Encyclopedia of American Indian History [4 volumes]

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From the origins of Native American cultures through the years of colonialism and non-Native expansion to the present, Encyclopedia of American Indian History brings the story of Native Americans to life like no other previous reference on the subject. Featuring the work of many of the field's foremost scholars, it explores this fundamental and foundational aspect of the American experience with extraordinary depth, breadth, and currency, carefully balancing the perspectives of both Native and non-Native Americans.

Encyclopedia of American Indian History spans the centuries with three thematically organized volumes (covering the period from precontact through European colonization; the years of non-Native expansion (including Indian removal); and the modern era of reservations, reforms, and reclamation of semi-sovereignty). Each volume includes entries on key events, places, people, and issues. The fourth volume is an alphabetically organized resource providing histories of Native American nations, as well as an extensive chronology, topic finder, bibliography, and glossary. For students, historians, or anyone interested in the Native American experience, Encyclopedia of American Indian History brings that experience to life in an unprecedented way.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Encyclopedia of American Indian History is an ideal acquisition for those libraries who lack good introductory material on North American Indians, and who serve a general audience or junior college students."



"Recommended where needed for high school, undergraduate, and public libraries."


Library Journal

"This wide ranging guide will be welcome in school, public and academic libraries."


Gale Reference Reviews

"Both academic and larger public libraries will want to add this to their collections."


Against the Grain

"An exceptional, well detailed reference, this is a 'must have' for any collection serious about Native American history."


Midwest Book Review

"This encyclopedia should be considered by every library supporting Native American studies."


School Library Journal

"it is recommended for academic and public libraries"



"Teachers, students, and the public will all benefit from this new broad-based encyclopedia."



"this source is highly recommended."


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Library Journal

This set contains 450 entries by 110 contributors and is edited by Johansen (communication & Native American studies, Univ. of Nebraska, Omaha; The Native Peoples of North America: A History) and Pritzker (Native America Today: A Guide to Community Politics and Culture). Within the first three volumes, entries are organized by themes including issues, events, culture, government, people, and primary sources. Such a nonintuitive arrangement ensures the cumulative index (repeated at the end of each volume) will be well used. Running typically between two and six pages, the entries are readable, signed, and include both See alsoreferences and lists of references and further reading. The fourth volume focuses solely on providing-via one to twopage entries-information describing approximately 200 North American Indian nations (lists of references and further reading are lacking). Blackandwhite images appear frequently throughout the volumes without full citation information; indeed, many times the image source is simply listed as the Library of Congress or, more cryptically, "Bettmann/Corbis." Also lacking is a cumulative bibliography to shed light on the precise location of the images. Similarly (and weirdly), the primary resource entries include only citation information when the primary source can be located online. Although appropriate for preliminary research, this resource is likely unnecessary for budgetconscious libraries owning the Smithsonian's 20volume Handbook of North American Indiansand/or collecting the "Columbia Guide to American Indian History and Culture" series. Recommended where needed for high school, undergraduate, and public libraries.
—Lura Sanborn

School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up -This in-depth work covers the populations of the United States and Canada. The essays are alphabetical within each section and include cross-references and further-reading suggestions. The first volume also boasts three sets of essays: chronological ("Pre-contact Indian History," "Indian Immigrants and Removals," "Termination and Indian Sovereignty"); issues of importance throughout American Indian history (education, alcoholism, the environment and pollution); and significant events (exploration, wars, migrations). Two sections in the next volume include entries focusing on culture and governments. The discussions in volume three on people and groups are followed by primary-source documents, mainly consisting of the texts of treaties, legal decisions, and messages to Congress. The last volume focuses on specific Indian Nations and their histories, organized first by geography, and then alphabetically within regions. It also contains a section on resources-from lists of mascots to the addresses of tribal governments and national organizations. Each volume contains the same master index. The tone is positive, and the clear, unbiased text is descriptive rather than value-laden. An occasional black-and-white illustration enhances the otherwise utilitarian appearance. This encyclopedia should be considered by every library supporting Native American studies.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851098170
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/13/2007
  • Pages: 1423
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.75 (h) x 5.50 (d)

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