Native American Resources



The purpose of this guide is to lead the beginning researcher to the most important and useful sources in the Reference Collection and online for the study of Native Americans.  The list of sources is not exhaustive; please consult with a Reference Librarian for additional suggestions. 


American Indian Quotations.  Howard J. Langer, ed. Call number:  REF 973.0497 American.

American Indians:  Answers to Today's Questions.  Jack Utter.  Call number:  REF 970.00497 Utter.

Chronology of Native North American History:  From Pre-Columbian Times to the Present.  Duane Champagne, ed.  Call number:  REF 970.00497 Chronology.

The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Great Plains.  Loretta Fowler.  Call number:  REF 970.2 Fowler.

Great North American Indians:  Profiles in Life and Leadership.  Frederick J. Dockstader.  REF 970.2 Dockstader.

Indian Treaties 1778-1883.  Charles J. Kappler.   Call number:  REF 970.5 United.

Languages, Territories, and Names of California Indian Tribes.  Robert F. Heizer.  REF 970.494 Heizer.

Native Americans:  An Annotated Bibliography.  Frederick E. Hoxie and Harvey Markowitz.  Call number:  REF 970.00497.

The Native Peoples of North America:  A History.  Bruce E. Johansen.  Call number:  REF 970.00497 Johannsen v1-2.

Timelines of Native American History.
  Sarah Hazen-Hammond.  Call number:  REF 970.004 Hazen-Hammond.

Word Dance:  The Language of Native American Culture.  Carl Waldman.  Call number:  REF 970.0049 7003 Waldman.


The Native American Almanac:  A Reference Work on Native North Americans in the United States and Canada.  Duane Champagne, ed.  Call number:  REF 970.004 Native.


Atlas of The North American Indian.  Carl Waldman.  Call number:  REF 970.004 Waldman.


Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World:  15,000 Years of Inventions and Innovations.  Emory Dean Keoke and Kay Marie Poerterfield.  Call number:  REF 970.00497 Keoke.

Encyclopedia of Native American Religions:An Introduction. Call number: REF 299.703 Hirschfelder.

Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes.  Carl Waldman.  Call number:  REF 970.1 Waldman.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes.  Sharon Malinowski and Anna Sheets, ed.  Call number:  REF 973.0497 Gale.  v1-5.

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes.  Michael Johnson.  Call number:  REF 970.004 Johnson.

Native America in the Twentieth Century:  An Encyclopedia.  Mary B. Davis, ed.  Call number:  REF 970.00497.

Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian.  Barry T. Klein.  Call number:  REF 970.004 Reference.


Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico.   Frederick W. Hodge.  Call number:  REF 970.1 Ho  Part 1 & 2.

Handbook of the Indians of California.  A.L. Kroeber.  Call number:  REF 970.3 Kr

Handbook of North American Indians.  William C. Sturtevant, ed.  Call number:  REF 970.00497 v2-17. 

CONNECT TO SNAP (Solano, Napa and Partners Online Catalog to locate additional books and materials)


Napa Valley College subscribes to the following periodicals pertaining to Native Americans:

American Indian
California History
Native Peoples (1998-1999 only) 
News From Native California

See Periodical List for additional titles


The Sonoma/Napa and Partners (SNAP) online catalog is the gateway to circulating books on anatomy and physiology. Search by keyword, author, title or subject. Subject headings strive to identify topics with consistent terminology. The basic terminology is produced by the Library of Congress. Always look at the subject headings in any catalog, database or index to make sure that you are searching with the most relevant terminology. Once you have the right terms, it's much easier to find the right books.When searching by subject, use one or more of the subject headings below:

Indians of North America 

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The following databases may be useful in locating information on Native Americans. These reference sources are available online through Solano, Napa and Partners (SNAP) databases and require a library card or e-card to access them.  Search mainstream news coverage of native issues and historical news coverage in the historical news coverage listed below.

Academic Search Premier
E-books (Ebsco)
Academic OneFile
Religion and Philosophy Collection (Ebsco) 

For Historical News Coverage:
California Digital Newspaper Collection 
Searchable facsimilies of selected California newspapers, including the Daily Alta California (1850-1890) and The Call.

California Newspaper Microfilm Archive & California Newspaper Project.
Searchable catalog of nearly 9,000 California newspapers.


American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection
Brought to you by the University of Washington's Digital Collections Department, this database contains "over 2,300 original photographs as well as over 1,500 pages from the Annual Reports of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior from 1851 to 1908.

American Memory Project:  Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian Photographic Images
Library of Congress site containing over 2000 photogravure plates and narratives.  In this collection, Curtis "portrayed the traditional customs and lifeways of eighty Indian tribes. The twenty volumes, each with an accompanying portfolio, are organized by tribes and culture areas encompassing the Great Plains, Great Basin, Plateau Region, Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska."  Browse by geographic location or by American Indian Tribe.

California Indian Library Collections Project
Located at the Ethnic Studies Library at UC Berkeley, this marvelous resource provides tribal bibliographies of northern and central California Indians.

Indigenous Peoples' Literature
This site contains a listing of tribes, great chiefs/leaders, as well as indigenous peoples' literature from North America as well as Mexico, Latin America, Central America, and South America.

Muwekma Ohlone Indian Tribe
Official website of the Muwekma Ohlone Indian Tribe, the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Bay region.

National Museum of the Native American Indian
This museum contains "one of the most extensive collections of Native American arts and artifacts in the world—approximately 266,000 catalog records (825,000 items) representing over 12,000 years of history and more than 1,200 indigenous cultures throughout the Americas. Ranging from ancient Paleo-Indian points to contemporary fine arts, the collections include works of aesthetic, religious, and historical significance as well as articles produced for everyday use.  In addition to the object collections, the museum’s holdings also include the Photographic Archive (approximately 324,000 images from the 1860s to the present)." 

Native Languages of the Americas
This site is dedicated to preserving and promoting American Indian tribal languages, particularly through the use of Internet technology.

NativeWeb, an international, nonprofit, educational organization has created a gateway site about indigenous cultures around the world.  See the "Nations Index" link for information about specific tribes.

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Last updated:  Oct 1, 2012                                                                 Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery