|At A Glance|
Festivals and Pow-Wows
Museums, Archives and Libraries
Organizations, Agencies and Societies
Populations of US Reservations
Canadian Reserves and Bands
Comprehensive Subject Index
Educational Institutions and Programs
...an excellent sourcebook for researchers, students, and professionals and is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries and special collections.
The Book Report
Readers will find both the size and the organization of these two volumes very convenient to use.
American Reference Books Annual
October 2000 · 2 volumes · 689 pages · 6"x9"
American Indian Tribes
American Indian tribes have captured the imagination of Europeans, their American descendants, and other immigrant peoples since contact between the Old and New Worlds began in the late fifteenth century. Nevertheless, few peoples have been the subject of as many cultural misconceptions and stereotypes as American Indians. The first Europeans to arrive in North American mistakenly believed they had reached Asia, which they called the "Indies"-and immediately mislabeled the people they encountered as "Indians". Although the inaccuracy of that name was realized after it was discovered that the Americans were not connected to Asia, ethnocentrism continued to blind Europeans to the reality that the people they were meeting in the New World belonged to thousand of distant cultures (which Europeans dubbed "tribes") speaking hundreds of different languages. Far from being relatively undifferentiated bands of primitive "savages", the Native peoples of the New World actually made up one of the most diverse and rich culture regions of the world.
American Indian Tribes is part of the effort to educate non-Indians about Indian peoples. By focusing on culture regions and individual tribes and cultural traditions, these volumes serve to point up the startling diversity of Indian cultures. This fully illustrated, comprehensive two-volume survey of Native American history from the 15th through the 20th centuries covers wars and battles, government, legal decisions, and Native American contributions to American history as a whole. The coverage beings with overview essays on the ten major cultural/geographical areas: Arctic, California, Great Basin, Northeast, Northwest Coast, Plains, Plateau, Southeast, Southwest, and Subarctic. These are followed by more than 300 alphabetically arranged entries on individual tribes. The set concludes with ten appendices: Educational Institutions and Programs; Festivals and Pow-wows; Museums, Archives, and Libraries; Organizations, Agencies, and Societies; Populations of U.S. Reservations; Reservations: US; Reserves and Bands: Canada; Time Line; Mediagraphy; and Bibliography. The final item in this outstanding work is a comprehensive subject index.
Organization & Format
The set contains 224 articles, ranging from 1 to 8 pages and are grouped under two broad headings: Culture Areas and Tribes and Traditions. Each article begins with clearly marked lines of ready-reference information. For example, articles on tribes identify the curlture areas and language groups to which they belong, along with their primary geographical regions. Articles longer than 1,000 words conclude with updated bibliographies. Bibliographies of articles 2,000 words or longer include annotations.
Included are a gazetteer of historic places; descriptions of historic Native Americans; a list of museums, archives, and libraries; and a list of organizations, agencies, and societies. There is a thorough time line, a guide to tribes by culture area, an annotated bibliography, and a Web resources directory. There are also categorized, geographical, personage, tribes, and subject indexes.