A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples

A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples

by Barry M. Pritzker, Barry Pritzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195138775

ISBN-13: 9780195138771

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Dispelling myths, answering questions, and stimulating thoughtful avenues for further inquiry, this highly absorbing reference provides a wealth of specific information about over 200 North American Indian groups in Canada and the United States. Readers will easily access important historical and contemporary facts about everything from notable leaders and

Overview


Dispelling myths, answering questions, and stimulating thoughtful avenues for further inquiry, this highly absorbing reference provides a wealth of specific information about over 200 North American Indian groups in Canada and the United States. Readers will easily access important historical and contemporary facts about everything from notable leaders and relations with non-natives to customs, dress, dwellings, weapons, government, and religion. This book is at once exhaustive and captivating, covering myriad aspects of a people spread across a continent.
Divided into ten geographic areas for easy reference, this work illustrates each Native American group in careful detail. Listed alphabetically, starting with the tribal name, translation, origin, and definition, each entry includes significant facts about the group's location and population, as well as impressive accounts of the group's history and culture. Bringing entries up-to-date, Barry Pritzker also presents current information on each group's government, economy, legal status, and land holdings. Whether interpreting the term "tribe" (many traditional Native American groups were not tribes at all but more like extended families) or describing how a Shoshone woman served as a guide on the Lewis and Clark expedition, Pritzker always presents the material in a clear and lively manner.
In light of past and ongoing injustices and the momentum of Indian and Inuit self-determination movements, an understanding of Native American cultures as well as their contributions to contemporary society becomes increasingly important. A magnificent resource, this book liberally provides the essential information necessary to better grasp the history and cultures of North American Indians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195138771
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Native American Studies
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
1,309,825
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xi
The Southwest
3(109)
California
112(50)
The Northwest Coast
162(58)
The Great Basin
220(29)
The Plateau
249(42)
The Great Plains
291(68)
The Southeast
359(39)
The Northeast Woodlands
398(84)
The Subarctic
482(37)
The Arctic
519(38)
Glossary 557(4)
Bibliography 561(4)
Appendix One Alaska Native Villages, by Language 565(4)
Appendix Two Anca Village Corporations 569(2)
Index 571

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