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Native American/Indigenous Studies: Primary Sources

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

Native Sources

Prior to contact with Europeans, Native Americans passed down their history orally rather than by writing it down. This strong oral tradition means that there are virtually no early documents from the Native perspective. There are speeches by Native Americans early in American history that were written down by European observers, however as these were written down by people that were not a part of the culture nor was the language native to them, these documents should always be taken with a grain of salt. 

Non-Native Sources