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Native American/Indigenous Studies: Home

A guide for finding resources to do with the first peoples of America and other colonized areas.

Navigating this Guide

This guide is designed to help in researching Native American Studies and the various disciplines that fall in that field.

On each page there is a list of relevant keywords and subject terms to that area as well as a list of recommended databases and print resources. Not all of the print sources are reference books, so they may be checked out. Use them as a starting off point and look for other relevant books. Some of the print sources are divided into native and non-native perspectives; this does not mean that one source is inherently better than the other, but instead refers to either the author or the sources used in the text.

This homepage contains a list of prominent Native American journals that the Libraries subscribe to as well as a search box to our online Native American encyclopedias in the Gale Virtual Reference Library. 

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Native Americans in Art

Buffalo Chase, A Single Death by George Catlin

Provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Osage (American Indians, Portfolio) by Werner Drewes

Provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Young Omahaw, War Eagle, Little Missouri, and Pawnees by Charles Bird King

Provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lithograph of Missouria, Otoe, and Ponca Indians by Karl Bodmer

Source: Library of Congress

Mo-Hon-Go. Osage Woman. (History of the Indian Tribes of North America) by Charles Bird King

Provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Native American Journals

Film Recommendations

New & Recommended Books

Native Diasporas

The arrival of European settlers in the Americas disrupted indigenous lifeways, and the effects of colonialism shattered Native communities. Forced migration and human trafficking created a diaspora of cultures, languages, and people. Gregory D. Smithers and Brooke N. Newman have gathered the work of leading scholars, including Bill Anthes, Duane Champagne, Daniel Cobb, Donald Fixico, and Joy Porter, among others, in examining an expansive range of Native peoples and the extent of their influences through reaggregation. These diverse and wide-ranging essays uncover indigenous understandings of self-identification, community, and culture through the speeches, cultural products, intimate relations, and political and legal practices of Native peoples.

Masters of Empire

In Masters of Empire, the historian Michael A. McDonnell reveals the pivotal role played by the native peoples of the Great Lakes in the history of North America.

Roots of Our Renewal

In Roots of Our Renewal, Clint Carroll tells how Cherokee people have developed material, spiritual, and political ties with the lands they have inhabited since removal from their homelands in the southeastern United States. Although the forced relocation of the late 1830s had devastating consequences for Cherokee society, Carroll shows that the reconstituted Cherokee Nation west of the Mississippi eventually cultivated a special connection to the new land--a connection that is reflected in its management of natural resources.

Why You Can't Teach United States History without American Indians

A resource for all who teach and study history, this book illuminates the unmistakable centrality of American Indian history to the full sweep of American history. The nineteen essays gathered in this collaboratively produced volume, written by leading scholars in the field of Native American history, reflect the newest directions of the field and are organized to follow the chronological arc of the standard American history survey.

All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos)

Both a tribute to the unique experiences of individual Native Americans and a celebration of the values that draw American Indians together, All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos) explores contemporary Native life.

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Willow Hoxie - Spring 2017