A comprehensive collection on the experience of the indigenous peoples of North America.
Enabling the exploration of the political, social, and cultural history of native peoples from the sixteenth century well into the twentieth century, Indigenous Peoples of North America, Part I, opens a window on to the history of Indigenous communities in the United States and Canada, telling their story with an unprecedented depth and breadth. Comprehensive yet personal, the collection covers the history of American Indian tribes, offering critical primary sources through the papers and records of individuals, government agencies, associations and organizations, all in support of the research needs of students and scholars.
Sourced from an array of American and Canadian institutions, Indigenous Peoples of North America, Part I, includes the archives of associations and the publications of important organizations that represented Indigenous interests, the papers of religious groups and the records of government agencies that worked within Indigenous communities, and newspapers of various tribes and Native organizations, all of which sought to give voice to Indigenous peoples. The collection includes manuscripts, drawings and sketches, photographs, maps, periodicals, monographs, reports, legal materials, organizational records, and population census records. It also features materials in Indigenous languages, including dictionaries, bibles, and primers.
Topics of interest include trade and communication, Arctic exploration and tribes, the Iroquois Confederation, Canadian Catholic Indian missions, Indian removal, Indian wars and the frontier army, establishment of the Canadian Indian and Aboriginal Department, Indian delegations and Indian-federal relations, Canadian Indian treaty policy, government boarding and missionary schools and curricula, Dawes Severalty and the allotment system, dances and festivals, Alaskan Indian policies, Indian languages and linguistics, assimilation and the Indian New Deal, relocation, termination, and the Indian Claims Commission, water and fishing rights, civil rights, radicalism, poverty, and the American Indian movement.
“Indigenous Peoples: North America brings together an immense an important body of primary source archival documents from important sources like the US Department of the Interior, missions, and manuscripts collections. It is cross-searchable with Gale Primary Sources collections. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.”
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