Native America in the twentieth century : an encyclopedia /

Other Authors: Davis, Mary B.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Garland Pub., 1994.
Series: Garland reference library of social science ; v. 452
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Review by Choice Review

This is a unique and much-needed collection of articles on Native American life in the US during this century. More than half of the articles cover individual tribal nations, and many of these are written by representatives of the respective tribes; the rest of the essays cover Indian associations, art, educational and governmental policies, health, languages, law, and religion. Biographical profiles are excluded. Each article is followed by references to further reading. Though it was necessary with many of the subjects to give some historical background, most of the contributors concentrate on events in the 20th century or the ramifications of an event or program (e.g., allotment) for Native Americans today. There is a list of contributors, a list of articles by broad subject, and a subject/name index. Maps are listed, but the many photographs, tables, and charts are not. The diversity of expert voices--many of them native--and the scope of coverage of contemporary life in Native America make this an extremely valuable work. For these reasons, libraries that own other recent encyclopedias, e.g., Native America: Portrait of the Peoples, ed. by Duane Champagne (1994), should still acquire this. Recommended for all public and academic library collections. C. E. Carter; University of New Mexico

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Review by Booklist Review

More than 300 signed articles by 282 contributors make this a first-stop reference source for material about contemporary Native Americans. It is important to note that more than 40 percent of the articles were written by Native Americans. Overview articles appear on such topics as art, education, government, and health, which contain see also references. Other articles cover such topics as the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the Bureau of Indian Affairs schools, the National Congress of American Indians, and Red Power from an Indian perspective. The largest number of articles are on individual tribes; these are often accompanied by charts and graphs and vary in length from less than one-half page for Nanticoke to five pages for Navajo. Extensive bibliographies accompany every entry. In addition, there are more than 20 full-page line maps and many black-and-white photographs. All entries are signed, and the authors' credentials are provided. At the beginning of the work, a classified list of articles lists them under such headings as Art, Government Policy, Law, and Religion. The detailed index provides subject access. This is an easy-to-use reference work. It is an excellent source for hard-to-find information about lesser-known such tribes as the Hoh and the Tunica-Biloxi, but it has limited coverage of individuals. The editor indicates that biographical material is beyond the scope of the work, as is coverage of Canadian Natives. Since this work provides up-to-date information on tribal groups, it could easily replace books with limited coverage. Native American Almanac [RBB Ja 15 94] is a more popular treatment of the topic and does not provide detailed information on individual tribes. The Native North American Almanac [RBB My 1 94] has both historical and contemporary coverage. It also contains biographies and directory information. Libraries, high school and up, in need of a scholarly treatment of this topic will want to consider Native America in the Twentieth Century. (Reviewed December 1, 1994)

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Review by Library Journal Review

The 282 contributors to this comprehensive volume, 40 percent of whom are Native American, offer tribal-specific information on the art, daily life, economic development, and religion of 20th-century American Indians and Alaskan Natives and the government policy that affects them. Editor Davis, a longtime LJ reviewer of Native American books, is a librarian at New York's Huntington Free Library, which specializes in Native affairs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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