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William C. Sturtevant, General Editor


An encyclopedia summarizing knowledge about all Native peoples north of Mesoamerica, including cultures, languages, history, prehistory, and human biology, is a standard reference work for anthropologists, historians, students, and the general reader. Leading authorities have contributed chapters to each volume. Area volumes include separate chapters on all tribes. This heavily illustrated work contains extensive bibliographies and is well indexed. Each volume may be purchased and used independently. Some of the volumes are now out-of-print. Check the Internet for available copies.


These volumes can be ordered online through the Superintendent of Documents.

Vol. 2:  Indians in Contemporary Society

The 46 chapters in this volume explore how Indians and Arctic peoples maintain their Native identity in contemporary societies, including their responses to the social forces around them. The major sections include The Issues in the United States, The Issues in Canada, Demographic and Ethnic Issues, and Social and Cultural Revitalization. 589 pp. S/N 047-000-00417-9. 2008. $64. $89.60 international price.

Vol. 3:  Environment, Origins, and Population

Douglas H. Ubelaker, Vol. Ed.
72 chapters on the natural environment of the continent to which Indian cultures adapted in prehistoric and historic times, natural resources utilized by these cultures, current knowledge of the earliest Indian occupation (before 9,000 B.C.), and human biology of Indian and Eskimo (Inuit) populations, prehistoric, historic and modern. 1,160 pp. S/N 047-000-00416-1. 2006. $72.

Vol 4:  History of Indian-White Relations

Wilcomb E. Washburn, Vol. Ed.
57 chapters on the history of Indian-White relations in the U.S. and Canada following 1492. 838 pp. S/N 047-000-00406-3. 1988. $62

Vol. 5:  Arctic

David Damas, Vol. Ed.
60 chapters on Eskimo, Inuit, Aleut of U.S., Canada, Greenland, U.S.S.R. 845 pp. S/N 047-000-00398-9. 1984. $63


Vol. 6:  Subarctic  

June Helm, Vol. Ed. 66 chapters on Indians from interior Alaska to Labrador. 837 pp. S/N 047-000-00374-1. 1981. $62

Vol. 7:  Northwest Coast

Wayne Suttles, Vol. Ed.
58 chapters on Indians of the coasts of southeast Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. 796 pp. S/N 047-000-00408-0. 1990. $62

Vol. 8:  California  

Robert F. Heizer, Vol. Ed.
72 chapters on Indians of California. 816 pp. S/N 047-000-00347-4. 1978. $62

Vol. 9: Southwest  

Alfonso Ortiz, Vol. Ed.
59 chapters on Puebloan peoples and prehistory of southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. 717 pp. S/N 047-000-00361-0. 1979. $59.50

Vol. 10:  Southwest  

Alfonso Ortiz, Vol. Ed.
56 chapters on non-Puebloan peoples and on economy, social organization, and rituals of southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. 884 pp. S/N 047-000-00390-3. 1983. $63

Vol. 11:  Great Basin  

Warren L. d'Azevedo, Vol. Ed.
45 chapters on Indians of Utah, Nevada, and portions of adjoining states. 868 pp. S/N 047-000-00401-2. 1986. $63

Vol. 12:  Plateau   

Deward E. Walker, Jr., Vol. Ed.
41 chapters on Indians of southeastern British Columbia, eastern Washington, northeast and central Oregon, northern Idaho, western Montana, and a small portion of northern California. 808 pp. S/N 047-000-00412-8. 1988. $67

Vol. 13:  Plains  

Raymond J. DeMallie, Vol. Ed.
67 chapters on the Indians of the prairie and high plains of U.S. and Canada. Parts 1 and 2 compose the one volume. 1,376 pp. S/N 047-000-00414-4. 2001. $106

Vol. 14:  Southeast 

Raymond D. Fogelson, Vol. Ed.
64 chapters on Indians from Florida and the southern Appalachians and the Carolina Piedmont to the southern Mississippi River Valley. 1,042 pp. S/N 047-000-00415-2. 2004. $72. Errata page.

Vol. 15:  Northeast  

Bruce G. Trigger, Vol. Ed.
73 chapters on Indians from Virginia to St. Lawrence River, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Illinois. 924 pp. S/N 047-000-00351-2. 1978. $64

Vol. 17:  Languages  

Ives Goddard, Vol. Ed.
27 chapters on native languages of North America spoken by American Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts. Fold-out, color, volume map. 958 pp. S/N 047-000-00411-0. 1996. $89.50


These volumes can be ordered online through the Superintendent of Documents.

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