Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians

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Until the last two centuries, the human landscapes of the Great Plains were shaped solely by Native Americans, and since then the region has continued to be defined by the enduring presence of its Indigenous peoples. The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians offers a sweeping overview, across time and space, of this story in 123 entries drawn from the acclaimed Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, together with 23 new entries focusing on ...

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Overview

Until the last two centuries, the human landscapes of the Great Plains were shaped solely by Native Americans, and since then the region has continued to be defined by the enduring presence of its Indigenous peoples. The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians offers a sweeping overview, across time and space, of this story in 123 entries drawn from the acclaimed Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, together with 23 new entries focusing on contemporary Plains Indians, and many new photographs.
 
Here are the peoples, places, processes, and events that have shaped lives of the Indians of the Great Plains from the beginnings of human habitation to the present—not only yesterday’s wars, treaties, and traditions but also today’s tribal colleges, casinos, and legal battles. In addition to entries on familiar names from the past like Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, new entries on contemporary figures such as American Indian Movement spiritual leader Leonard Crow Dog and activists Russell Means and Leonard Peltier are included in the volume. Influential writer Vine Deloria Sr., Crow medicine woman Pretty Shield, Nakota blues-rock band Indigenous, and the Nebraska Indians baseball team are also among the entries in this comprehensive account. Anyone wanting to know about Plains Indians, past and present, will find this an authoritative and fascinating source.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

"This new volume's strength is as a single source that draws the various Great Plains Indians and their cultures together. . . . The general index is detailed and comprehensive; an index of contributors is included. This volume offers core information on the Native peoples of the Great Plains, covering a considerable expanse of time and subject matter."—Choice
Chronicles of Oklahoma

"The entries in the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains are well written and informative.  . . . [They] succeed in the editor’s quest to show what the Native peoples of that region have endured, what they have accomplished, and how they have remained central to life on the Great Plains. This is a quality publication that scholars and aficionados of American Indian history and cultures and Great Plains and Oklahoma histories will want to read and own."—John D. May, Chronicles of Oklahoma
Great Plains Quarterly

"The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians represents the single best reference work on the topic. In short, Wishart has condensed a vast array of subjects within the broader context of Great Plains Indians into one highly useable book."—James E. Sherow, Great Plains Quarterly

— James E. Sherow

Nebraska Magazine

“Here are the people, places, processes, and events that have shaped lives of the Indians of the Great Plains from the beginnings of human habitation to the present….Anyone wanting to know about Plains Indians, past and present, will find this an authoritative and fascinating source.”—Nebraska Magazine

Omaha City Weekly

“Because of its vast collection of short entries, this is an easy read that is informative and fascinating….the University of Nebraska Press’ Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians is a wonderful supplement to the often-sad story of America’s first settlers.” —Rick Galusha, Omaha City Weekly

New West

“The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians is a wonderful resource for readers interested in learning more about the original inhabitants of the Great Plains, and should spur most to delve further into the topics that pique their interest.”—New West
Lincoln Journal Star

“This book is a triumph of information about Plains tribes that must be on the bookshelf of everyone at all interested in their history and future. The tribes and reservations are, after all, important as ‘islands of population increase in a sea of rural population decline,’ in the Great Plains.”—Francis Moul, Lincoln Journal Star
Great Plains Quarterly - James E. Sherow

"The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians represents the single best reference work on the topic. In short, Wishart has condensed a vast array of subjects within the broader context of Great Plains Indians into one highly useable book."—James E. Sherow, Great Plains Quarterly
KLIATT - Patricia Moore
A paperback spin-off from the University of Nebraska's Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains Indians contains 123 articles appearing in the original publication to which 23 new articles and many illustrations have been added. Each highly readable article is signed by its author and followed by at least two or three references. The variety and range of the articles will appeal to any teacher or student of American history or American studies. Not only are there articles on the US government's military and political dealings with the tribal nations, but there are also long articles on individual tribes, tribal histories, individual tribal members, and tribal arts and artists. Also valuable is a long introduction co-written by Philip DeLoria and Christopher Riggs, which traces the history of the Plains Indians and summarizes their situation today. A valuable addition to any reference shelf.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803298620
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David J. Wishart is a professor of geography at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to editing the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (Nebraska 2004), he is the author of three other books, including An Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians (Nebraska 1994).

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