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The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Great Plains


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Part I: History and Culture 1. Introduction 2. Encounters with Europeans: Trade Relations 3. American Expansion: Trade and Treaties 4. Reservation Life: 1880s-1933 5. The Self-Determination Era Part II: People, Places, and Events Part III: Chronology Part IV: Resources 1. Research: Methods and History 2. Bibliographies and Research Aids 3. Archaeology 4. Published Primary Sources 5. General and Comparative Studies 6. Tribal Studies 7. Selected Fiction 8. Video and Film 9. Internet Resources

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Here in one volume is an indispensable guide to the extensive ethnohistorical research that, in recent decades, has recovered the varied and often unexpected history of Comanche, Cheyenne, Osage, and Sioux Indians, to name only a few of the tribal groups included. From the earliest archaeological evidence to the current experience of Indians living on and off reservations, a wealth of information is presented in a clear and accessible way..

About the Author

Loretta Fowler is professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of Arapahoe Politics, 1851-1978: Symbols in Crises of Authority; Shared Symbols, Contested Meanings: Gros Ventre Culture and History, 1778-1984; The Arapaho; and Tribal Sovereignty and the Historical Imagination: Cheyenne-Arapaho Politics.


To many, the term Indians evokes images of natives on horseback, with war bonnets made of eagle feathers streaming behind them, chasing buffalo on the prairies of North America's heartland. Fowler (anthropology, Univ. of Oklahoma; Tribal Sovereignty and the Historical Imagination: Cheyenne-Arapaho Politics) challenges this stereotypical image by illuminating the diversity of cultures that have existed in this region over a 16,000-year period. These include such varied cultures as those of the Mississippian Moundbuilders, who resided at Cahokia (present-day St. Louis) and Spiro (in Oklahoma) and that of the members of the Blackfeet Confederacy. Like its predecessors, Kathleen J. Bragdon's The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Northeast and Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green's The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Southeast, this work is divided into four parts: a general survey of the history and cultures of the native peoples of the region; alphabetically arranged entries focusing on individuals, places, and events; a chronology; and a listing of resources for further research that includes published primary sources, oral traditions, films, and Internet sites. All volumes in the series are highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Fowler also contributed her expertise to the more scholarly Plains, part of Smithsonian Press's "Handbook of North American Indians" series, which should be strongly considered for purchase by academic libraries.-John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Fowler challenges stereotypical images [of Indians] by illuminating the diversity of cultures that have existed in this region over a 16,000-year period... highly recommended. Library Journal (starred review) This third volume in a series of six by Columbia University is an exceptionally concise, scholarly, and very inclusive historical look into the changes that took place in the 'traditional' Plains Indian cultures... Highly recommended. Choice Fowler has now produced this excellent guide to all of the Indian tribes of the area... Fowler's important, informative work will help dispel the long-standing stereotype that all the Indians of the Great Plains wore eagle feather headdresses, hunted buffalo from horseback, and lived in conical teepees. The guide will also serve to inform readers that far from disappearing after the Massacre at Wounded Knee, the tribes of the Great Plains exist vibrantly today. -- F. Todd Smith Great Plains Research A well-formed baseline of knowledge about the Great Plains people, which... evidences the valuable contribution of Fowler's work. -- Jacki Rand The Annals of Iowa

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