The Native American Almanac: A Portrait of Native America Today

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Comprehensive, authoritative, and timely, here is a wide-ranging portrait of America's indigenous peoples, combining information about their history and traditions with insight into the topics that most affect their lives today. From the upheaval of first contacts to the policies of removal to contemporary issues of self-determination, this useful source book provides information on all aspects of Native American life. Each chapter of the almanac outlines a particular topic of interest, such as the history of ...
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Comprehensive, authoritative, and timely, here is a wide-ranging portrait of America's indigenous peoples, combining information about their history and traditions with insight into the topics that most affect their lives today. From the upheaval of first contacts to the policies of removal to contemporary issues of self-determination, this useful source book provides information on all aspects of Native American life. Each chapter of the almanac outlines a particular topic of interest, such as the history of Native-white relations, the location and status of Native American tribes, religious traditions and ceremonies, Native American language and literature, contemporary performers and artists, and more. Within each chapter, reference features highlight prominent individuals, provide up-to-date facts and figures, make suggestions for further reading, and include the names and addresses of dozens of Native American organizations, cultural centers, and points of interest. The book also contains a detailed chronology, an extensive bibliography, and more than 100 historical and contemporary drawings and photographs. For students, researchers, writers, and anyone else interested in Native American studies today, The Native American Almanac is a comprehensive look at the first Americans.

For students, researchers, writers and history buffs, this wide-ranging portrait of the first Americans is full of hard-to-find information. Each chapter focuses on a particular topic, such as early encounters with Europeans, religious traditions, treaties, tribal governments, language and literature. 100 photos; maps.GBC (West/Southwest)

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Hirschfelder ( The Encyclopedia of Native American Religions , among others) and de Montano, a manager at the Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian, have written an excellent overview of past and present Native American life. Their book opens with a well-written historical section that leads into 15 chapters covering demographics, law, treaties, relations with the federal government, tribal government, language, education, religion, games and sports, and media, as well as an extensive bibliography. Also included are lists of tribes, reservations, treaties, and a chronology. While much of the directory information and bibliography duplicates Barry Klein's Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian and the Native American Information Directory (both LJ 1/93), the inclusion of discussion on past and present social and cultural trends creates an unusual, informative reference work. Recommended to all varieties of libraries.-- Stephen L. Hupp, Capital Univ. Lib., Columbus, Ohio
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Most people's view of Native Americans is of a people frozen in time. This book challenges that stereotype. Hirschfelder is the author of several books on this topic; De Montano is a Native American and museum curator Each chapter is arranged around a theme. The first, "Historical Overview of Relations between Native Americans and Whites in the United States," lays the groundwork. The following chapters cover the Native American of today: population, tribes, lands, laws, Supreme Court decisions, treaties, tribal governments, language, religion, games and sports, artists, communication, economics, and military service. In addition to text, each chapter contains boxed information, for example, "Twenty Supreme Court Cases," "Historical Novels by Native American Authors," "Native American Words Used in English," and lists of actors, filmmakers, and athletes. Within chapters are other resource lists, for example, autobiographies of Native Americans, a chronology of newspapers, Native American artists, and education organizations. Black-and-white illustrations add interest This book aims to give the reader "a Native American perception of Indian Country and the people who inhabit it today." The tribal recognition and reservation concept are one example of changing Indian sovereignty. Current population figures for reservations in 1990 are listed as well as their size and date of establishment Appendixes of tribes by state, reservations and historic Indian areas, treaties, landmarks, and a lengthy chronology are followed by a bibliography arranged to mirror the organization of the book and an index. Its reasonable price and interesting content make this a valuable resource for all middle and high school and public libraries that wish to provide their patrons with a portrait of the Native American of today rather than the stereotypical Indian of the past.
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"...an excellent overview of past and present Native American life."
Library Journal

"Best research tool."
—Lingua Franca

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671850128
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

ARLENE HIRSCHFELDER is the author of numerous books on Native American subjects, including the Carter G. Woodson Award-winning Happily May I Walk and The Encyclopedia of Native American Religions. She has an M.A. from the University of Chicago and has taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City. She lives in Teaneck, New Jersey. MARTHA KREIPE DE MONTAN? is the manager of the Resource Center of the National Museum of the American Indian/Smithsonian Institution. A member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi from Kansas, she has an M.A. in the Ethnohistory of North American Indians from the University of Kansas, and is the author of Coyote in Love with a Star, A Picture Book. She lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Historical Overview of Relations Between Native Americans and Whites in the United States 1
First Encounters 1
The Fur Trade 6
The Revolutionary Era 8
Early Federal Indian Policy 10
Removal and Assimilation 11
Intertribal Conflicts 14
The Civil War 15
Reservation Policy 16
Western Indian-White Conflicts 17
Federal Assimilation Policies 19
The General Allotment Act 20
The Indian Reorganization Act 22
Termination 24
Urban Life 27
Self-Determination 30
Native Americans Today 36
Population 36
Tribes 39
Reservations, Trusts, and Other Indian Lands 40
Supreme Court Decisions Affecting Native Americans 44
Treaties 53
Indian Treaty Fishing Rights in the Pacific Northwest 59
Indian Treaty Fishing Rights in the Great Lakes 60
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service 62
Structural Organization of the BIA 64
Field Organization 67
Indian Health Service 68
Tribal Governments 71
Historical Tribal Governments 71
The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 72
Tribal Constitutions 75
The Bureau of Indian Affairs 76
Tribal Government Operation 79
Tribal Government Reform 81
Languages 83
Education 92
Education Organizations and Programs 105
Regional Resource and Evaluation Centers 109
Religion 111
Sacred Sites 112
Missionaries 114
Religious Movements 116
Repatriation and Reburial 117
Court Cases and Peyote 119
Games and Sports 120
Traditional Purpose of Games and Sports 121
Modern Sports Involvement 127
The American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame 131
Artists 144
Visual Arts 144
Performing Arts 162
Performing Artists 165
Film and Video Arts 177
Voices of Communication 189
Native American Media 189
A Chronology of Native American Journalism 189
Native American Autobiographies 193
Contemporary Native American Writers 202
Employment, Income, and Economic Development 209
Native Employment 209
Water 211
Minerals, Oil, Gas, Coal, and Other Resources 214
Agriculture 216
Timber 217
Outdoor Recreation on Indian Lands 221
Business 221
Gaming 221
Native Americans and Military Service 227
App. I Native American Tribes by State 237
App. II Reservations, Rancherias, Colonies, and Historic Indian Areas 273
App. III Chronology of Indian Treaties 1778-1868 287
App. IV Native Landmarks 293
App. V Chronology 301
Bibliography 315
Index 329
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