Comprehensive, authoritative, and timely, here is a wide-ranging portrait of America's indigenous peoples, combining information about their history and traditions with insight into the topics that most affect their lives today. From the upheaval of first contacts to the policies of removal to contemporary issues of self-determination, this useful source book provides information on all aspects of Native American life. Each chapter of the almanac outlines a particular topic of interest, such as the history of Native-white relations, the location and status of Native American tribes, religious traditions and ceremonies, Native American language and literature, contemporary performers and artists, and more. Within each chapter, reference features highlight prominent individuals, provide up-to-date facts and figures, make suggestions for further reading, and include the names and addresses of dozens of Native American organizations, cultural centers, and points of interest. The book also contains a detailed chronology, an extensive bibliography, and more than 100 historical and contemporary drawings and photographs. For students, researchers, writers, and anyone else interested in Native American studies today, The Native American Almanac is a comprehensive look at the first Americans.
About the Author: ARLENE HIRSCHFELDER is the author of numerous books on Native American subjects, including the Carter G. Woodson Award-winning Happily May I Walk and The Encyclopedia of Native American Religions. She has an M.A. from the University of Chicago and has taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City. She lives in Teaneck, New Jersey. MARTHA KREIPE DE MONTAN? is the manager of the Resource Center of the National Museum of the American Indian/Smithsonian Institution. A member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi from Kansas, she has an M.A. in the Ethnohistory of North American Indians from the University of Kansas, and is the author of Coyote in Love with a Star, A Picture Book. She lives in New York City.