Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes

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Infobase Publishing, Jan 1, 2009 - Indians of North America - 385 pages
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A fully updated and revised edition of FOF's 1999 Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes, Revised Edition with 60 new entries, covers more than 200 American Indian tribes of North America. Includes 259 color illustrations (12 new to this edition), 11 color maps, cross-references, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.

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the ONLY reason why europeans were able to take over amarica is because smallpox wiped out 90% of the native population as soon as they arrived.

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What is the largest native tribe in Alaska with over 40,000 people? No, it is NOT the Inuit. Sadly, the U.S. census and various almanac, as well as this Encyclopedia, present incomplete information. The Yup'ik in southwestern Alaska are larger than their more well-known Inuit of Arctic Alaska. One would hope that this "Encyclopedia of Native American tribes" would present a comprehensive picture of native Alaskans. But such hope would be in vain. While the Tlingit, Haida, Athabascan (spelled Athapascan in this reference), Aleut, and Inuit are described, the more populous Yupik are absent. Even the obscure Gwich'in or Kutchin are described here. The Gwich'in is a tribe in Alaska of less than 1,000 that is not included in most Alaskan lists of native tribes.
While I appreciate the efforts throughout the book to talk about 19th and 20th century history and contemporary life, as far as Alaskan tribes are concerned, this discussion is rather uneven and sparse.
Despite my reservations, this is a good start. While this is the Third Edition, one could still hope that future editions might be more comprehensive.



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Carl Waldman is a freelance writer and the author of numerous books on Native Americans for Facts On File/Checkmark Books, including Atlas of the North American Indian, Revised Edition, Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes, Revised Edition, and Word Dance: The Language of Native American Culture. He resides in Cherry Valley, NY.

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