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Native American Tribes & Regions

Native American Tribes Collection

About 160 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Native American Tribes”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes, Western and Northeastern Pomo Tribes, The Powhatan: a confederacy of Native American Tribes, Native American Cooking, Native American Languages, Native American Religions, Native American Sports and Games, Native American Mythology A to Z, Wonders of the Native American World, Native American Medicinal Plants, Native American Crafts of the Plains and Plateau, many more books on Native American tribes.

Indians of North America – Canada Collection

About 400 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Indians of North America – Canada. Some books: Reservations are for Indians, How History has Affected Native Life Today, Indians of the Subarctic, First Nations and Schools, The Way of the Indian, Origin of the Aborigines of Canada, Native Rights in Canada, Indians: lands and resources, This Land is Not For Sale, many other books on the Indians of Canada.

Indians of South America Collection

About 450 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Indians of South America. Some books: What do we know about the Amazonian Indians, Tales from Silver Lands, Handbook of South American Indians, Plants and People of the Columbian Amazon, Archeological Investigations on the Rio Napo, eastern Ecuador, Gold and Gods of Peru, The Mystery of the Andes Lines, many more books on Indians of South America.

Indians of Central America Collection

About 170 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Indians of Central America”. Some books: An Indian Family in Latin America, Frontier Adaptations in Lower Central America, The Maya, Languages of Guatemala, Paths to Central American Prehistory, The Social and Religious Life of a Guatemalan Village, Life and Death in Guatemala, Mayan Civilization, Ancient Mesoamerica, A Legend from the Miskito, The Mythology of Mexico and central America, many more books on the Indians of Central America.

Apache Indians Collection

About 150 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Apache Indians. Some books: The Apache, The First Hundred Years of Nino Cochise, Notes on the Indians of the Fort Apache, The Mescalero Apaches, Geronimo, The Apache Wars, The Apache Indians, Grenville Goodwin among the Western Apache, The Plains Apache, An Introduction to Plains Apache Archaeology, The Impact of the Horse on Navajo and Apache Folklore, many more books on the Apache Indians.

Pueblo Indians Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Pueblo Indians. Some books: The Ancient Ones: Basketmakers and Cliff Dwellers of the Southwest, Indians of the American Southwest, Pueblo Children of the Earth Mother, Pueblo Profiles; cultural identity through centuries of change, Pueblo Potters, Pueblos Gods and Spaniards, The Pueblo Indians: farmers of the Rio Grande, many more books on the Pueblo Indians.

Cherokee Indians Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Cherokee Indians. Some books: The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears, The Killing of Ned Christie; Cherokee outlaw, The Cherokee Removal: a brief history with documents, Priests and Warriors: social structures for Cherokee politics in the 18th century, The Cherokee: Indians of the mountains, History of the Cherokee Indians and their legends, many more books on the Cherokee Indians.

Navajo Indians Collection

About 350 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Navajo Indians”. Some books: Folk Tales and Myths of the Navajo People, The Navaho, Economics of Sainthood: religious change among the Rimrock Navajo, Three Navajo Households; a comparative study in small group culture, A Navajo Autobiography, The Navajo Peace Treaty 1868, The Navajo: herders, weavers and silversmiths, many more books about Navajo Indians.

Incas Collection

About 130 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Incas. Some books: Peru under the Incas, Realm of the Incas, The Last of the Incas: the rise and fall of an American empire, The World of the Inca, The Everyday Life of the Ancient Incas, Life among the Inca, The History of the Incas, The Royal Commentaries of the Inca, Lost City of the Incas; the story of Machu Picchu and its builders, The Inca; Indians of the Andes, many more books about the Inca Indians.

Cheyenne Indians Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Cheyenne Indians. Some books: Early Days among the Cheyenne and Arapahoe, The Cheyenne, Cheyenne Shamanism, ceremonies and prehistoric origins, The Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes of Oklahoma, The Cheyenne Indians: their history and way of life, Cheyenne and Arapahoe Music, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, The Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation 1877-1900, The Sand Creek Massacre, many more books on the Cheyenne Indians.

Ojibwa Indians Collection

About 170 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Ojibwa Indians. Some books: Tales of the Chippewa Indians, Ojibway, New Voices from the People Named the Chippewa, The Ojibwa Indians, Chippewa Child Life and Its Cultural Background, History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan, 33 Years among the Indians: the story of Mary Sagatoo, Windigo and other Tales of the Ojebways, Chippewa Music, many other books on the Ojibwa Indians.

Mayas Collection

About 110 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Indians – Mayas”. Some books: Ancient Mexico: the history and culture of the Maya, Aztecs and other pre-Columbian people, Emblem and State in the Classic Maya Lowlands, The Maya Indians of Southern Yucatan and northern British Honduras, The Ancient Maya, Mayan and Aztec Mythology, Maya Society under Colonial Rule, The Blood of Guatemala: a history of Race and Nation, Mayan Civilization, many more books on the Mayan Indians.

Creek Indians Collection

About 40 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Indians – Creek”. Some books: The Creek People: A Sacred Path: the way of the Muscogee Creeks, The Creeks: a critical bibliography, The Creek Frontier 1540-1783, Sacred Revolt: the Muskogees’ Struggle for a New World, Indian Allotments in Alabama and Mississippi 1830-1860, Ceremonial Songs of the Creek and Yuchi Indians, many more books about the Creek Indians.

Dakota – Sioux Indians Collection

About 210 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Dakota Indians”. Some books: Massacre at Powder River, Spotted Eagle and Black Crow: a Lakota legend, The Dakota of the Canadian Northwest, Sitting Bull: warrior of the Sioux, Fort Laramie and the Sioux Indians, Dakota-white Relations in the Upper Mississippi Valley 1650-1862, Myths and Legends of the Sioux, The Tortured Americans, many more books about the Dakota – Sioux Indians.

Comanche Indians Collection

About 75 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Comanche Indians”. Some books: Quanah Parker, The Comanches, Comanches & Other Indians of Texas, The Comanches: lords of the South Plains, Comanche Days, Comanche History and Culture, 9 Years among the Indians 1870-1879, Three Years among the Comanches, Sanapia: Comanche Medicine Woman, many more books about Comanche Indians.

Iroquois Indians Collection

About 110 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Iroquois Indians”. Some books: The Dancing Stars: an Iroquois Legend, The Iroquis, A History of the New York Iroquois, Creation & Confederation: the living history of the Iroquis, Iroquois Anthropology at the Mid-Century, The Iroquois in the American Revolution, Law and Government of the Grand River Iroquois, A Bibliography of the Iroquoian Literature, Many more books about Iroquois Indians.

Native American Aztecs Collection

About 120 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Aztecs”. Some books: Life and Death of the Aztec Nation, The World of the Aztecs, The Sun Kingdom of the Aztecs, The Aztecs of Mexico, Aztec Life, Aztecs: reign of blood & splendor, Daily Life of the Aztecs, The Gods of Mexico, The Aztec and Maya Papermakers, The Toltec Heritage, Thought and Religion in Ancient Mexico, many more books about the Aztec Indians.

Native American Inuit Collection

About 360 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Inuit”. Some books: People of the Snow: Eskimos of Arctic Canada, The Inuits: people of the Arctic, Songs and Stories of the Netsilik Eskimos, A Kayak Full of Ghosts: Eskimo Tales, Igloos, Canadian Inuit Literature, Inuit Masks, Arctic Memories: living with the Inuit, The Eskimo’s Journey into Our Time, The Report of the Alaska Native Review Commission, Canadian Eskimo Art, many more books on the Inuit.

Hopi Indians Collection

About 100 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Hopi Indians”. Some books: The Hopi Villages: the ancient province of Tusayan, The Hopi, A Day in Oraibi; a Hopi Indian Village, The Hopi Survival Kit, Book of the Hopi, The Hopi Snake Dance, The Fourth World of the Hopi, The Traditions of the Hopi, Indians of the Enchanted Desert, Ritual in Pueblo Art; Hopi life in Hopi painting, many more books on Hopi Indians.

Native Peoples of Alberta: A Bibliographic Guide

Alberta, Provincial Archives of
Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism 1988 Dewey Dec. 970.12

This guide is based on the collection held by the Historical Resources Library, Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Contents: Collection and scope – Where to find introductory material – How books are listed in the catalogue – Reference books, handbooks, encyclopedias, and dictionaries – Reference books and handbooks with a particular emphasis on Alberta – Bibliographies – Periodicals – Indexes – Theses and dissertations – Publications series – Museum catalogues – Travel narratives – Language studies – Special topics: I. Métis -ll. Women – Ill. Treaties. claims and government relations – Other sources of information – l. Provincial Archives of Alberta – ll. Other sources

I Will Fight No More Forever: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War

Beal, Merrill D.
University of Washington 1966 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“In this superb summation of the ethnohistory of the (Nez Perce) tribe containing also careful analyses of the military campaigns and political events and a wholly balanced review of facts, opinions, and previous evaluations of the situation and circumstances which have colored the evidence, we have what seems to be the last word…. Chief Joseph and his fellows emerge as human beings motivated by the sound requirements of nationalism in defeat, and the white man, both soldier and civilian, appears as a character expression of natural power evoking both good and evil in the pursuit of manifest destiny. A fine book, with some excellent photographs of the protagonists, long sections of notes, and an extensive bibliography, Recommended as the best book about American Indian history published in the last few years.” —Library Journal

The Ojibwe

Bial, Raymond
Benchmark 2000 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Discusses the history, culture, social structure, beliefs, and customs of the Ojibwa Indians. 9th-12th grade reader.
“Native Americans occupy a turbulent, romantic and painful place in our nation’s history and consciousness. At once a symbol of a time long past and a living, vital presence today, Native Americans are not simply the first Americans, but an essential thread woven into the fabric of American life. Lifeways examines the existences carved out by each tribe. Daily life, religious beliefs and sacred rituals are all explored, as well as a tribe’s social systems, rules of warfare and their sense of themselves within the natural universe. In addition, the cycle of life — from birth to marriage to death — is revealed, including the roles played by men and women, boys and girls.” -Publisher

Sac and Fox

Bonvillain, Nancy
Chelsea House 1995 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“The Sac and Fox, two distinct but strongly allied tribes, prospered for centuries in present-day Michigan, peacefully farming, fishing, hunting, and gathering wild plants. Pushed steadily westward by European settlement during the 17th and 18th centuries, the Sac and Fox relocated in present-day Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio, where they maintained trade relations with all the new groups of European settlers.” -Back cover

Contents: Roots of an alliance — Sac and Fox traditions — Centuries of change — The critical years — War on the Frontier — The dispossessed — The Sac and Fox today.

Twelve Thousand Years: American Indians in Maine

Bourque, Bruce J.
University of Nebraska 2001 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“documents the generations of Native peoples who for twelve millennia have moved through and eventually settled along the rocky coast, rivers, lakes, valleys, and mountains of a region now known as Maine. Arriving first to this area were Paleo-Indian peoples, followed by maritime hunters, more immigrants, then a revival of maritime cultures. Beginning in the sixteenth century, Native peoples in northern New England became tangled in the far-reaching affairs of European explorers and colonists. Twelve Thousand Years reveals how Penobscots, Abenakis, Passamaquoddies, Maliseets, Micmacs, and other Native communities both strategically accommodated and overtly resisted European and American encroachments. Since that time, Native communities in Maine have endured, adapted when necessary, and experienced a political and cultural revitalization in recent decades.” -Publisher

The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Northeast

Bragdon, Kathleen Joan
Columbia University 2001 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“A concise and authoritative reference resource to the history and culture of the varied indigenous peoples of the region. Encompassing the very latest scholarship, this multifaceted volume is divided into four parts. Part I presents an overview of the cultures and histories of Northeastern Indian people and surveys the key scholarly questions and debates that shape this field. Part II serves as an encyclopedia, alphabetically listing important individuals and places of significant cultural or historic meaning. Part III is a chronology of the major events in the history of American Indians in the Northeast. The expertly selected resources in Part IV include annotated lists of tribes, bibliographies, museums and sites, published sources, Internet sites, and films that can be easily accessed by those wishing to learn more.” -Publisher

The Shawnee

Brown, Janet Hubbard
Chelsea House 1995 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Examines the history, culture, and current situation of the Shawnee Indians of the Midwest.

Contents: Uncertain origins — To be Shawnee — This land is our land — The revolution and its aftermath — Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa — Nowhere left to go

The Aztecs: Gods and Fate in Ancient Mexico

Burland, Cottie and Forman, Werner
Galahad 1980 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Contents: The land between the waters – The gods of Mexico – Quetzalcoatl: the feathered serpent – Texcatlipoca: the smoking mirror – The ritual of daily life – Astrology and the priesthood – The earthly confrontation

In the Wake of the War Canoe

a stirring record of forty years’ successful labour, peril and adventure amongst the savage Indian tribes of the Pacific coast, and the piratical headhunting Haidas of the Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C.

Collison, W.H.
Musson 1916? Dewey Dec. 970.12

The author had been a missionary for 40 years among the Indian tribes of the North-West of British Columbia when he wrote this account of his experiences.

Desert Drums; the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, 1540-1928

Crane, Leo
Little, Brown 1928 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Crane was the agent for the government on four Indian reservations. This is a history of the Pueblo Indian of New Mexico from 1540 to 1928, and also contains many reminiscences from his own experiences.

Indians of the Enchanted Desert

Crane, Leo
Little, Brown 1929 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“An entertaining account of the problems of an Indian agent who lived more than a decade among the Navajo and Hopi Indians of Arizona. The Indian lore and Indian characters are full of life. The book is colored by bitter criticism of the methods of the Indian bureau.” -A.L.A. Catalog

A History of the Original Peoples of Northern Canada

Crowe, Keith J.
McGill-Queen’s University 1974 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“While the majority of works on Canadian history are essentially European in perspective, Crowe has endeavoured to interpret the history of the original peoples of northern Canada from a native standpoint. He has attempted to provide a work that native Canadians can use to learn the broad outlines of their cultural and historical development as well as details about their people, places, and events, while giving non-native people a more accurate version of northern Canadian history and ethnology. Crowe begins with the emergence, in prehistoric times, of the three great groups of hunting people — the Algonkian, Athapaskan, and Inuit — describing their contribution to the cultural heritage of native peoples today. He devotes particular attention to the various native tribes and some of their outstanding leaders; to the fur trade, its effects, and the emergence of the Métis people; to the devastating consequences of trading and whaling for the Arctic and the Inuit who lived there; to the Yukon Indians and the Gold Rush; to the coming of Christianity; and to the impact of governmental and economic encroachment on the North and the native peoples’ response to this — moving into the boardroom and elected office.” -Publisher

Indians of the Northwest Coast

Drucker, Philip
Natural History 1963 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Originally published as an anthropological handbook for the American Museum of Natural History, based on a collection of art and crafts at the museum. The purpose of this work “is to sketch in the cultural background of the specimens by relating briefly not only how the various material objects were made and used, but recounting something of the general way of life of the makers and users.” -Author’s Preface. Many photos of the objects accompany the text.

Ancient Lovers of Peace

Estabrook, Emma Franklin
Estabrook 1959 Dewey Dec. 970.12

The author wrote most of this in the 1920s, while living and working among the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico.


Gibson, Arrell M.
University of Oklahoma 1971 Dewey Dec. 970.12

In ‘The Chickasaws’, the first book-length history of the Chickasaw Nation, Arrell M. Gibson recounts the remarkable, sustained effort of the Chickasaws in their 350-year struggle to preserve a measure of their tribal institutions and independence in the face of increasing encroachments by white men.

Contents: Chickasaw Ethnohistory : a reconstruction — The province of Chicaza — Serving three masters — Twilight of the full bloods — Conquest of Chickasaw gods — Prelude to removal — Liquidating the Chickasaw estate — Chickasaw trail of tears — Chickasaws in the Western wilderness — The new Chickasaw nation — The Chickasaw nation in rebellion and reconstruction — The last days of the Chickasaw nation — Death of a nation.

Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution

Glatthaar, Joseph T. and Martin, James K.
Hill and Wang 2006 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“Combining compelling narrative and grand historical sweep, ‘Forgotten Allies’ offers a vivid account of the Oneida Indians, forgotten heroes of the American Revolution who risked their homeland, their culture, and their lives to join in a war that gave birth to a new nation at the expense of their own. Revealing for the first time the full sacrifice of the Oneidas in securing independence, ‘Forgotten Allies’ offers poignant insights about Oneida culture and how it changed and adjusted in the wake of nearly two centuries of contact with European-American colonists. It depicts the resolve of an Indian nation that fought alongside the revolutionaries as their valuable allies, only to be erased from America’s collective historical memory. Beautifully written, ‘Forgotten Allies’ recaptures these lost memories and makes certain that the Oneidas’ incredible story is finally told in its entirety, thereby deepening and enriching our understanding of the American experience.” -Publisher

Indians of the Northwest Coast

Goddard, Pliny Earle
American Museum of Natural History 1945 Dewey Dec. 970.12

The author died in 1928. He wrote this book after a visit to these tribes, along the Pacific coast from the Columbia River in Washington to southern Alaska, in 1922. Published by the American Museum of Natural History in 1945, the book contains numerous drawn illustrations and photos.

Contents: Introduction – Material culture – Social and political organization – Religion and ceremonial life – Art

Indians of the Southwest

Goddard, Pliny Earle
American Museum of Natural History 1921 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Published by the American Museum of Natural History.

Contents: The ancient peoples – The pueblo dwellers – The village dwellers – The camp dwellers

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The Cheyenne Indians, Their History and Ways of Life, Vol 1

Vol 2

Grinnell, George Bird
Cooper Square 1962 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“A classic ethnography, originally published in 1928, that grew out of George Bird Grinnell’s long acquaintance with the Cheyennes. Volume I looks at the tribe’s early history and migrations, customs, domestic life, social organization, hunting, amusements, and government. In a second volume, Grinnell would consider its warmaking and warrior societies, healing practices and responses to European diseases, religious beliefs and rituals, and legends and prophecies surrounding the culture hero Sweet Medicine.” -Publisher

Empire of the Summer Moon

Quanah Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches, The Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

Gwynne, S. C.
Scribner 2010 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all. S.C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.” -Publisher

Potlatch and Totem, and the Recollections of an Indian Agent

Halliday, W.M.
Dent 1935 Dewey Dec. 970.12

The author was “a teacher in an Indian Residential School for seven years, and for upwards of twenty-six years Indian Agent in and for the Kwawkewlth Indian Agency under the jurisdiction of the Department of Indian Affairs, Canada.” Includes the author’s photos. Part I of the book is “The Potlatch”, and Part II is “Recollections of an Indian Agent”.

Happily May I Walk: American Indians and Alaska Natives Today

Hirschfelder, Arlene B.
Scribner’s 1986 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Explores the everyday life, culture, and preservation of traditions of America’s native peoples, the Indians, Inuits, and Aleuts.

Contents: Tribal governments — Reservations — Alaska natives — Language — Daily lives — Religious ways — Dance and music — Sacred healers — Elders — Children and education — Native Americans in cities — Reservation resources — Economic life — Treaty rights — Native American — U.S. government relations — Native American — state government relations — Termination and self-determination — Arts — Performing artists — Sports and powwows — Native American organizations — Writers and journalists.

The Hopi Indians

Hough, Walter
Torch 1915 Dewey Dec. 970.12

The author was a curator in the Ethnology division at the U.S. National Museum, one of the Smithsonian museums.

Contents: The country, towns, and peoples – Social life – Food and rearing – The workers – Amusements – Birth, marriage and death – Religious life – Myths – Traditions and history – Brief biographies – The ancient people

Our Debt to the Red Man: The French-Indians in the Development of the United States

Houghton, Louise Seymour
Stratford 1918 Dewey Dec. 970.12

The author’s theme was that the ‘mixed-blood’ Indians descended from the numerous frontier marriages between French men and Indian women had an important role in the history of those areas of North America penetrated by the French fur trade.

Contents: Introducing the subject – The original American – Indians of mixed blood-a general view – French mixed-bloods of the Middle West – Metis of noble blood on both sides – French-Indians as mediators – Metis loyalty – The gift of tongues – The Metis as a trader – French Indians and exploration – French Indians in the settlement of the West – French Indians as farmers – The Metis as an industrial worker – The Metis intellect – The French Indian in the learned professions – In literature and art – The present situation – French mixed-bloods and our Indian problem

Indians of the Painted Desert Region; Hopis, Navahoes, Wallapais, Havasupais

James, George W.
Little, Brown 1903 Dewey Dec. 970.12

George Wharton James (1858-1923) was a British-born American popular lecturer, photographer, and journalist. He wrote more than 40 books and many articles and pamphlets on California and the American Southwest. -Wikipedia

Contents: The painted desert region – Desert recollections – First glimpses of the Hopi – The Hopi villages and their history – A few Hopi customs – The religious life of the Hopi – The Hopi snake dance – The Navaho and his history – The Navaho at home – The Navaho as a blanket weaver – The Wallapais – The advent of the Wallapais – The people of the blue water and their home – The Havasupais and their legends – The social and domestic life of the Havasupais – The Havasupais’ religious dances and beliefs

Indians of Canada

Jenness, Diamond
University of Toronto 1977 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“First published in 1932, “The Indians of Canada” remains one of the most comprehensive works available on Canada’s Indians. Part one includes chapters on languages, economic conditions, food resources, hunting and fishing, dress and adornment, dwellings, travel and transportation, trade and commerce, social and political organization, social life, religion, folklore and traditions, and drama, music, and art. The second part of the book describes the tribes in different groupings: the migratory tribbes of the eastern woodlands, the plains tribes, tribes of the Pacific coast, of the Cordillera, and the Mackenzie and Yukon River basins, and finally the Eskimo.” -Publisher

Ambiguous Iroquois Empire

the Covenant Chain confederation of Indian tribes with English colonies from its beginnings to the Lancaster Treaty of 1744

Jennings, Francis
Norton 1984 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“Ever since Cadwallader Colden wrote a rationalization for British colonial expansion in 1727, a myth has been solidly ensconced in American colonial histories— that the Iroquois nations had conquered a “savage empire” of the Indians in the Ohio Valley, the Great Lakes regions, and Pennsylvania. Colden asserted that the Iroquois were “Depending on the Province of New-York,” and therefore their “conquests” belonged to Great Britain. In this book, Francis Jennings traces the history behind the myth and demonstrates how that history proved decisive in building British colonial strength in preparation for the Seven Years’ War showdown with France. He shows that the so-called empire of the Iroquois was actually a complex alliance of tribes and colonies called the Covenant Chain, organized and maintained by incessant treaty negotiations.” -Publisher

Ethnography of the Fox Indians

Jones, William
Govt Printing Office 1939 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 12.

Chief Joseph’s People and their War

Josephy, Alvin M.
Yellowstone Library and Museum Assn 1973 Dewey Dec. 970.12

A 20-page booklet produced in cooperation with the National Park Service. It narrates the story of the conflict of the late 1870s between the Nez Perce Indians in Oregon and Idaho and the U.S. Army.

Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest

Josephy, Alvin M.
Yale University 1965 Dewey Dec. 970.12

This history of the Nez Perce tribe traces its contact with white settlers from Lewis and Clark to Chief Joseph and war in 1877.
“In this big, splendidly researched history of the Nez Perce, author Josephy never leaves any doubt about where his sympathies lie. By his colorfully documented account, the Nez Perce … were a notably peaceful tribe until provoked into rebellion by avaricious and cruel whites.” – Time

Handbook of the Indians of California

Kroeber, A.L.
Govt Printing Office 1925 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 78. This 1,000-page book covers numerous tribes.

The Navajos

Lipps, Oscar H.
Torch 1909 Dewey Dec. 970.12

From the “Little Histories of North American Indians” series.

Contents: Their discovery – Their country – The people – Their manners and customs – Wars and treaties – Their religion and morals – Navajo mythology – Ceremonies – Their arts and crafts – Civilization

Crow Indians

Lowie, Robert H.
Farrar & Rinehart 1935 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“The Crow Indians offers a concise and accessible introduction to the nineteenth-century world of the Crow Indians. Drawing on interviews with Crow elders in the early twentieth century, Robert H. Lowie showcases many facets of Crow life, including ceremonies, religious beliefs, a rich storytelling tradition, everyday life, the ties of kinship and the practice of war, and the relations between men and women. Lowie also tells of memorable individuals, including Gray-bull, the great visionary Medicine-crow, and Yellow-brow, the gifted storyteller.” -Publisher

The Ottawa

McCall, Barbara A.
Rourke 1992 Dewey Dec. 970.12

This short, illustrated booklet examines the history, culture, and present-day status of the Ottawa Indians, one of the Northeast Woodland tribes of the Great Lakes.

Old Indian Trails

McClintock, Walter
Houghton Mifflin 1923 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“An unusual record of Indian lore by an adopted son of Chief Mad Wolf. It is an interesting record of fifteen years’ close association with the old Blackfoot chiefs, medicine men, and common people, and recounts much of value concerning their customs, religious beliefs, and legends. Siksika Indians.” -A.L.A. Catalog 1926

The Indians of Canada: Their Manners and Customs

McLean, John
Kelley 1892 Dewey Dec. 970.12

The author spent nine years in the late 19th century among the Blood Indians of the Canadian Northwest, studying their language and culture. He was asked by the Smithsonian Institution, the British Association and other learned societies to write about them, and this book was the main result.

The Apache

Melody, Michael E.
Chelsea House 2006 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“The Apaches, whose name derives from åpachu and means “enemy” in the language Of the Zunis, are divided into six major divisions: Chiricahuas, Jicarillas, Kiowa-Apaches, Lipans, Mescaleros, and Western Apaches. By the time the Spanish arrived in the Southwest in the 1500s, the Apaches were already settled in an area that stretched from central Texas to central Arizona. Over the next three centuries, the Apaches feuded with the Spanish and then the Mexicans, often raiding into Mexico tor food, weapons, and supplies. After the United States took control of the Southwest in 1848, the Apaches and the U.S. Army clashed until 1886, when the last band of Apaches surrendered. Today, the Apaches rely on revenue generated from casinos and natural resources, such as lumber and oil, to fund education and social services. Many Apaches live on five primary reservations, the two largest of which—Fort Apache and San Carlos—are located in Arizona.” -Book cover

Out of the Blanket; The Story of Sue and Kate McBeth, Missionaries to the Nez Perces

Morrill, Allen and Eleanor
University Press of Idaho 1978 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Covers the years from 1873 to 1915 on the Nez Perce Reservation.

Two Leggings; The Making Of A Crow Warrior

Nabokov, Peter
Crowell 1967 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“Based on an unusual document describing, at first hand, an American Indian’s daily existence in the last century, this volume breathes life into a wealth of information usually found only in monographs. Two Leggings, an aged Crow Indian of the upper Missouri, was interviewed shortly before his death in 1923 by a representative of New York’s Museum of the American Indian. The field manuscript then lay in the museum’s vaults for nearly half a century. Mr. Nabokov, now a research associate of the museum, was asked to tell Two Legging’s story as the old warrior himself told it and to place the episodes in historical and cultural perspective.” -Book jacket

Indians of Texas: From Prehistoric to Modern Times

Newcomb, W.W.
Universityof Texas 1961 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“An excellent and long-needed survey of the ethnography of the Indian tribes who resided within the present limits of Texas since the beginning of the historic period… The book is the most comprehensive, scholarly, and authoritative account covering all the Indians of Texas, and is an invaluable and indispensable reference for students of Texas history, for anthropologists, and for lovers of Indian lore.” -Ethnohistory

Ancient Ruins of the Southwest: An Archaeological Guide

Noble, David Grant
Northland 1991 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“Guarded by cliff, river, and desert, the more than sixty sites discussed in this revised and expanded edition of Ancient Ruins include the well-known; Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelly—the remote; Grand Gulch, Kinishba Ruins—and the newly discovered—Casa Malpais, Chimney Rock Pueblo. In addition to descriptions of each site, the author provides time-saving tips for the traveler, citing major highways, nearby towns and the facilities they offer, campgrounds, and other helpful information. General location maps assist the reader in planning his or her exploration.” – Book cover

Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest

Plog, Stephen
Thames and Hudson 1997 Dewey Dec. 970.12

The American Southwest is home to some of the most remarkable monuments of America’s prehistoric past, such as Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon, which became a center of a thriving Anasazi cultural tradition. Interweaving the latest archaeological evidence with early first-person accounts, Professor Plog explains the rise and mysterious fall of Southwestern cultures. 150 illustrations.

Contents: Introduction: People and landscape — Paleo-Indians: early hunters and gatherers, 9500 to 6000 BC — The Archaic: questions of continuity and change, 6000/5500 to 200 BC — The rise of village life, 200 BC to AD 700 — From village to town: Hohokam, Mogollon, and Anasazi, AD 700 to 1130 — Cliff dwellings, cooperation, and conflict, AD 1130 to 1350 — Towns, mounds, and kachinas — From prehistory to history.


Remington, Gwen
Lucent 2001 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“The ‘Indigenous Peoples of North America’ series discusses the contemporary life of Native American populations as well as their varied social, cultural, and political histories. Traditional family and community religious beliefs and practices, warfare and conflict, and how each Native American tribe has fared in today’s world are among the topics covered. Each book features fully documented primary and secondary source quotes, bibliographies for further research, numerous maps and photographs and detailed indexes.” -Book cover

Contents: Tsistsista, the people – The nomadic life – Social and religious customs – War and peace: Peace chiefs and war leaders – Trade and traders – The Cheyenne wars: 1857 to 1878 – Early days on the reservation – An elastic will

In Search of the Old Ones: Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest

Roberts, David
Touchstone 1997 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“David Roberts describes the culture of the Anasazi–the name means “enemy ancestors” in Navajo–who once inhabited the Colorado Plateau and whose modern descendants are the Hopi Indians of Arizona. Archaeologists, Roberts writes, have been puzzling over the Anasazi for more than a century, trying to determine the environmental and cultural stresses that caused their society to collapse 700 years ago. He guides us through controversies in the historical record, among them the haunting question of whether the Anasazi committed acts of cannibalism. Roberts’s book is full of up-to-date thinking on the culture of the ancient people who lived in the harsh desert country of the Southwest.” -Publisher


Rollings, Willard H.
Chelsea House 1989 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“The Comanche have a long history as a fiercely proud people, willing to fight for their land and their honor. In the early 18th century, after living for centuries with their Shoshone relatives in the mountains of what are now Wyoming and Montana, they moved onto the southern Plains. They drove out the formidable Apache and for almost 200 years afterward made the Plains their own. On land that came to be known as the Comancheria they became nomadic hunters on horseback, setting up tipi camps as they followed the vast buffalo herds and fought off the French, Spanish, Mexicans, and Texans. Only in the late 19th century, after a long and bloody struggle, was the U S. government able to subdue them and force them onto a reservation.” -Book cover

My Life as an Indian: The Story of a Red Woman and a White Man in the Lodges of the Blackfeet

Schultz, J.W.
Boubleday, Page 1907 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“At the age of twenty [the author] goes west to Montana Territory in search of wild life and adventure, and finds both with the Piegan Blackfeet; he marries into the tribe and lives with them for many years; goes with them on the hunt, and on the warpath; joins in their religious ceremonies; and as a squawman lives the Indian life.” -author
“Reads like a romance . . . not the least interesting part being the traditions and old stories, retold with simplicity and real charm.” -Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: History (H.W. Wilson) 1929

The Indians of Greater New York

Skinner, Alanson
Torch 1915 Dewey Dec. 970.12

A volume in the “Little Histories of North American Indians” series. The author was Assistant Curator of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America

Spinden, Herbert J.
American Museum of Natural History 1928 Dewey Dec. 970.12

A publication of the American Museum of Natural History. This book “is intended as a general commentary and explanation of the more important phases of the ancient life and arts of the Indians of Mexico and Central America, and especially of their history.” -Author’s Preface.

Contents: The archaic horizon – The Mayan civilization – The middle civilizations – The Aztecs

Economics of the Iroquois

Stites, Sara Henry
New Era 1904 Dewey Dec. 970.12

PhD Dissertation.

Contents: Introduction: Sketch of the economic systems of the North American Indians – Part I: Economic antecedents of Iroquois culture – The environment of the Iroquois – The productive activities of the Iroquois – The organization of producers – The wealth of the Iroquois – The distribution of wealth – Exchange – Part II: Sociological consequences: The family – State and government – Religion – Morals – General culture

The Indians of the Southeastern United States

Swanton, John R.
Govt Printing Office 1946 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 137. Well over 100 tribes, or bands, of Indians in the southeastern region are individually profiled, followed by a general treatment of cultural aspects and artifacts such as language, hunting & fishing, housing, clothing, ornamentation, household utensils, implements, musical instruments etc.

The Ojibwe

Tanner, Helen Hornbeck
Chelsea House 1992 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Examines the culture, history, and changing fortunes of the Ojibwa Indians.

Contents: Coming to the Great Lakes – A Culture of all Seasons – Trading with the French – Fighting Off Competitors – Keeping Tradition Alive – Enduring “Civilization” – Losing Ground – The Modern Anishinabe – Bibliography

The Ojibwas: A Critical Bibliography

Tanner, Helen Hornbeck
Indiana University 1976 Dewey Dec. 970.12

“Apart from introducing us to the interesting Ojibwa people themselves, Tanner’s survey of the literature on this extensive tribe is expecially valuable for sources relevant to certain much-argued issues in anthropology and history. ‘The Ojibwas’ has two main parts: an essay and an alphabetical list of all works cited… The book is immensely useful to both beginning students and advanced scholars.”

Aboriginal People: A Selected Bibliography Concerning Canada’s First People

Whiteside, Don
National Indian Brotherhood 1973 Dewey Dec. 970.12

350-page bibliography. “This bibliography, while it contains a fair sampling of the major published works, emphasizes unpublished speeches, reports, and proceedings of various conferences as well as salient newspaper articles. It also emphasizes the works of Aboriginal People and includes a section on the philosophy of Indian resistance as well as a section on Aboriginals in other than North American countries.” – Introduction

Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians; an Indian interpretation

Wilson, Gilbert L.
University of Minnesota 1917 Dewey Dec. 970.12

An anthropological work, published as a Study in the Social Sciences at the University of Minnesota. This study of the economic life of the American Indian is based largely on data obtained from an old woman expert agriculturist of the Hidatsa tribe, born about 1839. It is not an account merely of Indian agriculture. It is an Indian woman’s interpretation of economics; the thoughts she gave to her fields; the philosophy of her labors. The material was collected by the author during the summers of 1912-1915, at Fort Berthold reservation.

The Aborigines of Minnesota

a report based on the collections of Jacob V. Brower, and on the field surveys and notes of Alfred J. Hill and Theodore H. Lewis

Winchell, N. H.
Pioneer 1911 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Parts 1-VI cover the Dakota; Parts VII-VIII cover the Ojibwa. Published by the Minnesota Historical Society.

North American Indians of the Plains

Wissler, Clark
American Museum of Natural History 1948 Dewey Dec. 970.12

Published by the American Museum of Natural History. The author was a Curator of Anthropology. “This little book is not merely a guide to museum collections from the Plains Indians, but a summary of the facts and interpretations making up the anthropology of those Indians.

Contents: Material culture – Social organization – Religion and ceremonies – Decorative and religious art – Language – Physical type – The chronology of plains culture – Origins