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Native Americans: Reference Sources

 

Encyclopedia of North American Indians
11 volumes

Good resource to begin research as it provides an overview of a variety of subjects, both recent and historical, in the form of short articles. Most of the contributors are members of Native communities, so a decidedly “Indian vantage point” is taken. Color photographs and illustrations are found throughout. In addition to indexes and a bibliography, appendices include: pronunciations of names of tribes, list of culture/tribal areas, reservations, native media sources, calendar of Native events in US and Canada, and Native populations by State.

Call Number:
Ref E76.2 E53 1997

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World

This resource lists items invented or first-used by Native Americans. Presented in a palatable A-Z format, each item or process (i.e. Vitamin C as a cure for scurvy) is discussed in a short essay with the source or suggested readings following. Also, each entry includes the period during which the invention was founded and the culture or region in which the contribution originated. Covering “15,000 years of inventions and innovations,” items range from deodorant to yams. In addition to photographs, maps of culture areas, and an extensive bibliography, inventions are also listed by tribe, subject, and geographic area.

Call Number:
Ref E54.5 K46 2002

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor


Native North American Almanac

Focusing on Native North Americans in the United States and Canada, this almanac includes signed essays on a variety of topics and people, an extensive directory, and subject-specific bibliographies. Many subjects are covered including history, languages, media, activism, religion, economy, legal issues, and traditional arts. More than 400 photos, maps and charts are interspersed. Tribes are listed by name and as a geographic list. A glossary of Native terms provides definitions to concepts while several indexes allow for quick access to a wealth of information.

Call Number:
Ref E77 N37 1994

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies
3 volumes

Native American history is included in this decidedly colonial reference work. Specifically addressed are Indian languages (with an emphasis on linguistics and geographic redistribution), literature, medical practice, aesthetics (art, music and dance), religions, families and life cycles, economies, and governance. Perhaps the most unique offering from this resource is the discussion of colonies’ effect on Native American culture. For example, the lengthy essay on the First Americans begins with its first inhabitants, Native Americans, and later discusses other human occupation (i.e. hunter-gatherers) by period. There is also an article on Indian-colonist contact.

Call Number:
Ref E45 E53 1993

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

California Indians: Primary Resources

A good starting point for research on Native Americans in California, the bulk of this source lists institutions by county that have materials (i.e. archives, photographs, periodicals) on the subject. Also included are locations outside California (other states and countries even) that have holdings on California Indians. Focus is ethnography and ethnohistory, but there is also information on historical materials. Includes the results of a literature search performed by a librarian, again, a good place to start a research project. There is a description of resources available at the California Indian Library Collections, which can be found in 58 county libraries in California.

Call Number:
Ref E78 C15 B43 1990

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Many Nations: a Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Indian and Alaska Native Peoples of the United States

Intended as a guide for finding materials on native Indians and Alaskans in the Library of Congress, this book is useful as a resource in its own right. It is perhaps best described as an annotated bibliography with a view. Beautiful, historic photographs, both color and black and white of people, manuscripts, advertisements and maps along with other gems are generously scattered throughout. “Gateways” provide rich summaries of subject areas featured in the collection (i.e. fur trade, Indian languages and tribal names). Limited full-text items can be accessed online via the Library of Congress web site.

Call Number:
Ref E77 L437 1996

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian

Listing 2,500 prominent Native Americans, the biographical section of this multidisciplinary resource focuses on individual’s professional achievements, but also includes direct quotes when available, and the subject or field to which the person is related. Also included in this guide are a directory (including listings from reservations to Indian schools to audio-visual aids), an extensive bibliography, and a section devoted entirely to directory resources in Canada.

Call Number:
Ref E76.2 R4 1993

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

American Indian biographies

Call Number:
Ref E89 A46 1999

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Encyclopedia of native American Biography

Call Number:
Ref E89 J69 1998

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

A to Z Native American Women

Call Number:
Ref E98 W8 S65 1998

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Encyclopedia of Native American Healing

This compilation of medicine-related terms includes everything from brief biographies of shamans (Black Elk) to medicine societies (Kabina) to terms related to health (i.e. soul loss, object intrusion) and medical objects (tunkan). The tribe and/or culture area are listed in most entries and refer to illustrated maps of tribes. Black and white photos and illustrations are strewn throughout. In addition to a traditional bibliography, there is a bibliography devoted entirely to medical plant usage. Index is useful as many of the entry titles are in Native American languages.

Call Number:
Ref E98 M4 L96 1996

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Distinguished Native American Spiritual Practitioners and Healers

One hundred Native healers and spiritual leaders, both well-known and obscure, are covered in this specialized biography. In addition to a summary of each individual, a history of her/his early life, leadership highlights as a healer, and a photograph when available are included. Bibliography includes web sites, as well as books, articles and chapters. Appendixes list practitioners by birth date and by Nation or group.

Call Number:
Ref E89 J7 2002

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor

 

Indian Country Address Book

Lists organizations, groups, programs, institutions, publications, and individuals associated with American Indians. Among the listing are social services (i.e. employment and training, health and housing resources), research resources (i.e. web pages and libraries), and names of artists and storytellers.

Call Number:
Ref E76.2 I527 2000

Location:
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor