The Indian Tribes of North America (Google eBook)

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Genealogical Publishing Com, 1952 - Reference - 726 pages
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This is the definitive one-volume guide to the Indian tribes of North America, and it covers all groupings such as nations, confederations, tribes, subtribes, clans, and bands. It is a digest of all Indian groups and their historical locations throughout the continent. Formatted as a dictionary, or gazetteer, and organized by state, it includes all known tribal groupings within the state and the many villages where they were located. Using the year 1650 to determine the general location of most of the tribes, Swanton has drawn four over-sized fold-out maps, each depicting a different quadrant of North America and the location of the various tribes therein, including not only the tribes of the United States, Canada, Greenland, Mexico, and Central America, but the Caribbean islands as well. According to the author, the gazetteer and the maps are "intended to inform the general reader what Indian tribes occupied the territory of his State and to add enough data to indicate the place they occupied among the tribal groups of the continent and the part they played in the early period of our history. . . ." Accordingly, the bulk of the text includes such facts as the origin of the tribal name and a brief list of the more important synonyms; the linguistic connections of the tribe; its location; a brief sketch of its history; its population at different periods; and the extent to which its name has been perpetuated geographically.--From publisher description.
  

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Index, with this particular feature: Look up the name of any one of the 50 States and find a LIST of the tribes in that region. Provides cultural information, population, "History", and where the ... Read full review

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This features four large fold-out maps that divide North America into four major sections and list the Indian tribes that lived within each, dating back to 1650. Supplementary information also covers Central American natives. This 1952 title is a solid one-stop resource. ... Read full review

Contents

IOWA
263
MISSOURI
267
NORTH DAKOTA
271
SOUTH DAKOTA
276
NEBRASKA
283
KANSAS
290
OKLAHOMA
297
TEXAS
305

NEW JERSEY
46
PENNSYLVANIA
53
DELAWARE
55
VIRGINIA
59
WEST VIRGINIA
72
SOUTH CAROLINA
88
GEORGIA
102
FLORIDA
118
ALABAMA
151
MISSISSIPPI
172
LOUISIANA
193
ARKANSAS
210
TENNESSEE
213
KENTUCKY
227
OHIO
228
INDIANA
234
ILLINOIS
238
MICHIGAN
241
WISCONSIN
248
MINNESOTA
258
NEW MEXICO
325
ARIZONA
347
COLORADO
368
UTAH
370
NEVADA
373
WYOMING
382
MONTANA
385
IDAHO
396
WASHINGTON
410
OREGON
449
CALIFORNIA
476
ALASKA
527
CANADA
542
THE WEST INDIES
606
INDIAN TRIBES OF CUBA After Lehmann 1920
608
INDIAN TRIBES OF PUERTO RICO
609
BIBLIOGRAPHY
641
INDEX
681
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John R. Swanton, who was curator of North American archaeology in the anthropology department of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History for five decades, is widely regarded as the most distinguished ethnographer of American Indians. Between 1911 and 1952 he wrote eight major reference books, seven of them on the southeastern Indians.

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