Books: The Living Test Tube

MAN'S RISE TO CIVILIZATION AS SHOWN BY THE INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA FROM PRIMEVAL TIMES TO THE COMING OF THE INDUSTRIAL STATE by Peter Farb. 332 pages. Duffon. $8.95.

Was the North American Indian a noble red man or a bloodthirsty savage? Both and neither, is the inevitable answer provided in this fascinating though disorganized survey. Commuting between the Aztecs and the Eskimos, millennium-hopping from "primeval times to the coming of the industrial state," this book is as nomadic as its subject matter. Its author is a conservationist-archaeologist-anthropologist who divides his time between...