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Native Peoples of Alberta: A Bibliographic Guide – Indian Nations of North America Books

Alberta, Provincial Archives of
Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism 1988

This guide is based on the collection held by the Historical Resources Library, Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Contents: Collection and scope – Where to find introductory material – How books are listed in the catalogue – Reference books, handbooks, encyclopedias, and dictionaries – Reference books and handbooks with a particular emphasis on Alberta – Bibliographies – Periodicals – Indexes – Theses and dissertations – Publications series – Museum catalogues – Travel narratives – Language studies – Special topics: I. Métis -ll. Women – Ill. Treaties. claims and government relations – Other sources of information – l. Provincial Archives of Alberta – ll. Other sources. Indian tribes Canada.

I Will Fight No More Forever: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War – Indian Tribe Nez Perce

Beal, Merrill D.
University of Washington 1966

“In this superb summation of the ethnohistory of the (Nez Perce) tribe containing also careful analyses of the military campaigns and political events and a wholly balanced review of facts, opinions, and previous evaluations of the situation and circumstances which have colored the evidence, we have what seems to be the last word…. Chief Joseph and his fellows emerge as human beings motivated by the sound requirements of nationalism in defeat, and the white man, both soldier and civilian, appears as a character expression of natural power evoking both good and evil in the pursuit of manifest destiny. A fine book, with some excellent photographs of the protagonists, long sections of notes, and an extensive bibliography, Recommended as the best book about American Indian history published in the last few years.” —Library Journal. Indian tribe Nez Perce.

The Ojibwe – Indian Nations of North America Books

Bial, Raymond
Benchmark 2000

Discusses the history, culture, social structure, beliefs, and customs of the Ojibwa Indians. 9th-12th grade reader.
“Native Americans occupy a turbulent, romantic and painful place in our nation’s history and consciousness. At once a symbol of a time long past and a living, vital presence today, Native Americans are not simply the first Americans, but an essential thread woven into the fabric of American life. Lifeways examines the existences carved out by each tribe. Daily life, religious beliefs and sacred rituals are all explored, as well as a tribe’s social systems, rules of warfare and their sense of themselves within the natural universe. In addition, the cycle of life — from birth to marriage to death — is revealed, including the roles played by men and women, boys and girls.” -Publisher. Books on Native American tribes. Indian tribe Ojibwe.

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Sac and Fox – Indian Nations of North America Books

Bonvillain, Nancy
Chelsea House 1995

“The Sac and Fox, two distinct but strongly allied tribes, prospered for centuries in present-day Michigan, peacefully farming, fishing, hunting, and gathering wild plants. Pushed steadily westward by European settlement during the 17th and 18th centuries, the Sac and Fox relocated in present-day Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio, where they maintained trade relations with all the new groups of European settlers.” -Back cover

Contents: Roots of an alliance — Sac and Fox traditions — Centuries of change — The critical years — War on the Frontier — The dispossessed — The Sac and Fox today. Books on Native American tribes.

Twelve Thousand Years: American Indians in Maine – Indian tribes Northeast

Bourque, Bruce J.
University of Nebraska 2001

“documents the generations of Native peoples who for twelve millennia have moved through and eventually settled along the rocky coast, rivers, lakes, valleys, and mountains of a region now known as Maine. Arriving first to this area were Paleo-Indian peoples, followed by maritime hunters, more immigrants, then a revival of maritime cultures. Beginning in the sixteenth century, Native peoples in northern New England became tangled in the far-reaching affairs of European explorers and colonists. Twelve Thousand Years reveals how Penobscots, Abenakis, Passamaquoddies, Maliseets, Micmacs, and other Native communities both strategically accommodated and overtly resisted European and American encroachments. Since that time, Native communities in Maine have endured, adapted when necessary, and experienced a political and cultural revitalization in recent decades.” -Publisher. Indian tribes Northeast.

The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Northeast – Indian Nations of North America Books

Bragdon, Kathleen Joan
Columbia University 2001

“A concise and authoritative reference resource to the history and culture of the varied indigenous peoples of the region. Encompassing the very latest scholarship, this multifaceted volume is divided into four parts. Part I presents an overview of the cultures and histories of Northeastern Indian people and surveys the key scholarly questions and debates that shape this field. Part II serves as an encyclopedia, alphabetically listing important individuals and places of significant cultural or historic meaning. Part III is a chronology of the major events in the history of American Indians in the Northeast. The expertly selected resources in Part IV include annotated lists of tribes, bibliographies, museums and sites, published sources, Internet sites, and films that can be easily accessed by those wishing to learn more.” -Publisher. Indian tribes Northeast.

The Shawnee – Book on Shawnee Indian Tribe

Brown, Janet Hubbard
Chelsea House 1995

Examines the history, culture, and current situation of the Shawnee Indians of the Midwest.

Contents: Uncertain origins — To be Shawnee — This land is our land — The revolution and its aftermath — Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa — Nowhere left to go. Indian tribe Shawnee.

The Aztecs: Gods and Fate in Ancient Mexico – Indian Nations of North America Books

Burland, Cottie and Forman, Werner
Galahad 1980

Contents: The land between the waters – The gods of Mexico – Quetzalcoatl: the feathered serpent – Texcatlipoca: the smoking mirror – The ritual of daily life – Astrology and the priesthood – The earthly confrontation. Books on Native American tribes.

A History of the Original Peoples of Northern Canada – Indian tribes Canada

Crowe, Keith J.
McGill-Queen’s University 1974

“While the majority of works on Canadian history are essentially European in perspective, Crowe has endeavoured to interpret the history of the original peoples of northern Canada from a native standpoint. He has attempted to provide a work that native Canadians can use to learn the broad outlines of their cultural and historical development as well as details about their people, places, and events, while giving non-native people a more accurate version of northern Canadian history and ethnology. Crowe begins with the emergence, in prehistoric times, of the three great groups of hunting people — the Algonkian, Athapaskan, and Inuit — describing their contribution to the cultural heritage of native peoples today. He devotes particular attention to the various native tribes and some of their outstanding leaders; to the fur trade, its effects, and the emergence of the Métis people; to the devastating consequences of trading and whaling for the Arctic and the Inuit who lived there; to the Yukon Indians and the Gold Rush; to the coming of Christianity; and to the impact of governmental and economic encroachment on the North and the native peoples’ response to this — moving into the boardroom and elected office.” -Publisher. Indian tribes Canada.

Indians of the Northwest Coast – Indian Nations of North America Books

Drucker, Philip
Natural History 1963

Originally published as an anthropological handbook for the American Museum of Natural History, based on a collection of art and crafts at the museum. The purpose of this work “is to sketch in the cultural background of the specimens by relating briefly not only how the various material objects were made and used, but recounting something of the general way of life of the makers and users.” -Author’s Preface. Many photos of the objects accompany the text. Native American tribes Northwest.

Ancient Lovers of Peace – Indian Nations of North America Books

Estabrook, Emma Franklin
Estabrook 1959

The author wrote most of this in the 1920s, while living and working among the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico. Indian tribes Pueblo.

Chickasaws – Indian Nations of North America Books

Gibson, Arrell M.
University of Oklahoma 1971

In ‘The Chickasaws’, the first book-length history of the Chickasaw Nation, Arrell M. Gibson recounts the remarkable, sustained effort of the Chickasaws in their 350-year struggle to preserve a measure of their tribal institutions and independence in the face of increasing encroachments by white men. Indian tribes Oklahoma.

Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution – Indian Tribes Northeast

Glatthaar, Joseph T. and Martin, James K.
Hill and Wang 2006

“Combining compelling narrative and grand historical sweep, ‘Forgotten Allies’ offers a vivid account of the Oneida Indians, forgotten heroes of the American Revolution who risked their homeland, their culture, and their lives to join in a war that gave birth to a new nation at the expense of their own. Revealing for the first time the full sacrifice of the Oneidas in securing independence, ‘Forgotten Allies’ offers poignant insights about Oneida culture and how it changed and adjusted in the wake of nearly two centuries of contact with European-American colonists. It depicts the resolve of an Indian nation that fought alongside the revolutionaries as their valuable allies, only to be erased from America’s collective historical memory. Beautifully written, ‘Forgotten Allies’ recaptures these lost memories and makes certain that the Oneidas’ incredible story is finally told in its entirety, thereby deepening and enriching our understanding of the American experience.” -Publisher. Indian tribes Northeast.

The Cheyenne Indians, Their History and Ways of Life, Vol 1 – Indian tribes Cheyenne.

Vol 2

Grinnell, George Bird
Cooper Square 1962

“A classic ethnography, originally published in 1928, that grew out of George Bird Grinnell’s long acquaintance with the Cheyennes. Volume I looks at the tribe’s early history and migrations, customs, domestic life, social organization, hunting, amusements, and government. In a second volume, Grinnell would consider its warmaking and warrior societies, healing practices and responses to European diseases, religious beliefs and rituals, and legends and prophecies surrounding the culture hero Sweet Medicine.” -Publisher. Indian tribes Cheyenne.

Empire of the Summer Moon – Indian Nations of North America Books

Quanah Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches, The Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

Gwynne, S. C.
Scribner 2010

“In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all. S.C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.” -Publisher. Indian tribes Comanches.

Potlatch and Totem, and the Recollections of an Indian Agent – Indian Nations of North America Books

Halliday, W.M.
Dent 1935

The author was “a teacher in an Indian Residential School for seven years, and for upwards of twenty-six years Indian Agent in and for the Kwawkewlth Indian Agency under the jurisdiction of the Department of Indian Affairs, Canada.” Includes the author’s photos. Part I of the book is “The Potlatch”, and Part II is “Recollections of an Indian Agent”. Indian tribes Canada.

Happily May I Walk: American Indians and Alaska Natives Today – Indian Tribes Alaska

Hirschfelder, Arlene B.
Scribner’s 1986

Explores the everyday life, culture, and preservation of traditions of America’s native peoples, the Indians, Inuits, and Aleuts.

Contents: Tribal governments — Reservations — Alaska natives — Language — Daily lives — Religious ways — Dance and music — Sacred healers — Elders — Children and education — Native Americans in cities — Reservation resources — Economic life — Treaty rights — Native American — U.S. government relations — Native American — state government relations — Termination and self-determination — Arts — Performing artists — Sports and powwows — Native American organizations — Writers and journalists. Indian tribes Alaska.

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