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American Indian Studies - Part 4: Art, Linguistics and Humanities Research Materials

Bibliography of American Indian Studies Materials
A Guide to Library and Internet Resources

Table of Contents:

Art and Artists
The University Libraries have extensive collections in various areas of art. Most information on textiles will be held in Magrath Library on the St. Paul campus. Architecture is covered in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library. Most other areas of art and art history are covered in Wilson Library. The Subject Resources: Art and Art History site provides a good overview of general reference materials for studying in these fields. Here is a guide to some of the key reference sources available on American Indian art and artists.
  • North American Indian Thought and Culture Authentication Required
    When complete, the database will represent the largest compilation ever created of biographical information on indigenous peoples from all areas of North America. Including biographies, autobiographies, oral histories, reference works, manuscripts, and photographs, the database presents the life stories of American Indians and Canadian First Peoples in their own words and through the words of others. Much of the material is previously unpublished, rare, or hard to find. New and current full-length biographies include works on Quanah Parker, Dennis Banks, Susan La Flesche Picotte, Cochise, Jim Thorpe, Crowfoot, Peter Pitchlynn, Sacajawea, Geronimo, Hosteen Klah, Black Elk, Pocahontas, George Washington Grayson, Standing Buffalo, and many more. More than twenty volumes covering chiefs of various nations are now included, as well as a modern edition of the collected speeches of Sitting Bull. The Center for Indigenous Arts & Cultures' five-volume encyclopedia on American Indian Artists has been added ("American Indian Art Series"), and the recent publication, American Indian Biographies (Salem Press, 2005) also adds many contemporary names to the collection.
  • Bibliography of articles and papers on North American Indian art
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library 016.30182 H217 Regular Loan TC Wilson Library Reference E98.A7 H37x 1939 Non-Circulating
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  • Selective Bibliography of Ceremonies, Dances, Music & Songs of the American Indian: From Books in the Library of Gregory Javitch
    Includes an annotated list of Indian dances
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Rare Books Quarto E58 .J38x 1974 Non-Circulating
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  • Biobibliography of Native American Writers, 1772-1924
    • Location(s): UM MORRIS Briggs Library Reference E77 .L5 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library E77 .L5x 1981 Regular Loan TC Wilson Library Reference E77 .L5x 1981 Non-Circulating
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Linguistics
For a good overview to the general reference collections in the area of linguistics is found at the University Libraries Linguistics website. The Libraries have a good collection of dictionaries for most native languages as well. Consult MNCAT for a complete listing of dictionaries. You can search MNCAT by subject using 'dictionaries' as a subject heading. For example, Ojibwa language -- Dictionaries - English will find dictionaries on Ojibwa. If you have questions, ask at any reference desk for assistance.
  • Bibliography of language arts materials for native North Americans : bilingual, English as a second language and native language materials 1965-1974
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library P115 .B5x 1977 Regular Loan
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  • Bibliography of language arts materials for native North Americans : bilingual, English as a second language and native language materials, 1975-1976, with supplemental entries for 1965-1974
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library P115 .B5x 1979 Regular Loan
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  • American Indian: Language and Literature
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference PM181 .M37x 1978
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Literature, Folklore and Belief Systems
Most of the materials in these areas will be found in the collections housed in Wilson Library. Materials will be cataloged in MNCAT for easiest access. A good bibliography to religious studies materials in the University Libraries is available at the Religous Sources website. A guide to materials in American Literature can be found at the English and American Literature site. Here is a brief listing of some key reference materials in this area. For more information, check with the reference staff in Wilson Library.
  • North American Indian Thought and Culture Authentication Required
    When complete, the database will represent the largest compilation ever created of biographical information on indigenous peoples from all areas of North America. Including biographies, autobiographies, oral histories, reference works, manuscripts, and photographs, the database presents the life stories of American Indians and Canadian First Peoples in their own words and through the words of others. Much of the material is previously unpublished, rare, or hard to find. New and current full-length biographies include works on Quanah Parker, Dennis Banks, Susan La Flesche Picotte, Cochise, Jim Thorpe, Crowfoot, Peter Pitchlynn, Sacajawea, Geronimo, Hosteen Klah, Black Elk, Pocahontas, George Washington Grayson, Standing Buffalo, and many more. More than twenty volumes covering chiefs of various nations are now included, as well as a modern edition of the collected speeches of Sitting Bull. The Center for Indigenous Arts & Cultures' five-volume encyclopedia on American Indian Artists has been added ("American Indian Art Series"), and the recent publication, American Indian Biographies (Salem Press, 2005) also adds many contemporary names to the collection.
  • Bibliography of North American folklore and folksong
    • Location(s): TC Music Library GR105 .H39x 1961 Regular Loan TC Wilson Library GR105 .H39x 1961 Regular Loan TC Wilson Library Reference GR105 .H39x 1961 Non-Circulating
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
  • Ethnic folklife dissertations from the United States and Canada, 1960-1980 : a selected annotated bibliography
    • Location(s): TC Andersen Library Immigration History Quarto GR105 .K34x 1986 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto GR105 .K34x 1986 Non-Circulating
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  • Biobibliography of Native American Writers, 1772-1924. A Supplement
    • Location(s): UM DULUTH Library REF E77 .L57 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Reference E77 .L5x 1981 Suppl. Non-Circulating
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  • Native North American literature : biographical and critical information on native writers and orators from the United States and Canada from historical times to the present
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto PS508.I5 N38 1994 Non-Circulating
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  • Folklore of the North American Indians; an annotated bibliography
    • Location(s): UM DULUTH Library Book E98.F6 U4X Regular Loan UM DULUTH Library E98.F6 U4X Non-Circulating UM MORRIS Briggs Library Z1209 .U4 Circulating IN STORAGE: MN Lib Access Ctr 016.3038 Ul4 9ZAR10D14S07TJK Regular Loan TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) LC 2.2:In 25/969 Regular Loan
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  • Dictionary of Native American literature
    • Location(s): UM DULUTH Library Book PM155 .D53 1994 Regular Loan UM MORRIS Briggs Library Reference PM155 .D53 1994 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library PM155 .D53 1994 Regular Loan TC Wilson Library Reference PM155 .D53 1994 Non-Circulating
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Music
The Music Library in Ferguson Hall has a good collection of sound recordings, sheet music as well as bibliographic and historical materials on a wide range of musical topics. All of their book materials are cataloged in MNCAT, LP recordings are cataloged in an on-site card catalog. You can find items of interest by using such subject headings as Peyote songs, Indians of North America - Music, Powwows, Indians of North America -- Music - Bibliography, Indians of North America -- Music -- History and criticism -- Bibliography, Shawnee Indians -- Music - Bibliography, or Indians of North America -- Music -- Discography. You can also use terms as sub-headings such as: Indians of North America - Minnesota -- Rites and ceremonies or Indians of North America -- Oklahoma - Music, Apache Indians -- Music.
  • Bibliography of North American folklore and folksong
    • Location(s): TC Music Library GR105 .H39x 1961 Regular Loan TC Wilson Library GR105 .H39x 1961 Regular Loan TC Wilson Library Reference GR105 .H39x 1961 Non-Circulating
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  • North American Indian music : a guide to published sources and selected recordings
    • Location(s): UM DULUTH Library REF ML128.F75 K44 1997 Non-Circulating TC Music Library Reference ML128.F75 K44 1997 Non-Circulating
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  • Native North American music and oral data : a catalogue of sound recordings, 1893-1976
    • Location(s): UM DULUTH Library REF ML156.2 .I55 Non-Circulating TC Music Library Reference ML156.2 .I55 1979 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Reference ML156.2 .I55 Non-Circulating
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Key Websites for More Information
The following are intended as a starting point for your research in this area. If you find additional sites you feel should be included here, please let us know!
  • First Nations Languages
    A good set of links, with emphasis on Canadian groups, provides an excellent set of links for further study.
  • NATIVE LANGUAGES PAGE
    Created and maintained by librarian Lisa Mitten, this site includes a wealth of good links and information.
  • Indigenous Peoples Literature
    This important site provides a wealth of information on the writings, art, literature and other materials related to American Indians in North America. Sections include: A Complete Listing of Tribes, Famous Documents, Famous Quotes, Art, Music, Poetry, Stories, etc. A good set of links for additional resources is also included.
  • YourDictionary.com
    A compendium of language, specialty, multilingual, translation, and other dictionaries, YourDictionary.com provides links to more than 1800 dictionaries in 250 languages. You can also search thesauri, grammars, acronyms, synonyms and more using this language portal.
  • PowWows.com
    "Pow Wows are the Native American people's way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and make new ones." This site provides information on upcoming events, information on dance styles, favorite songs and other information.
  • Native Music and Arts Organizations
    Created by Lisa Mitten of the University of Pittsburgh, this lists record labels, distributors, sources for native music, arts organizations and reviews; as well as links for specific artists.
  • Teaching Indigenous Languages
    Created by Jon Reyhner, Northern Arizona University, this collection of full-text scholarly articles, bibliographies, and information coers the teaching and revitalizing of varous indigenous languages. The site links to scholarly works and includes information on upcoming conferences and other information.
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Online Databases and Indexes in the Humanities
There are many important online databases, electronic journals, electronic books and other materials that will be important to you in studying in this area. For a good listing of Web guides to help you in this area, please go to Subject Resources: Arts and Humanities.
  • Art Full Text Authentication Required
    Art Full Text, produced by The HW Wilson Company, is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world. There is full-text coverage for selected periodicals. Coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Indexing coverage begins 1984; abstracting coverage begins with January 1994. The abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source articles. Full-text coverage begins in 1997.
  • Art Index Retrospective Authentication Required
    Art Index Retrospective covers 55 years (from 1929-1984)of art journalism and research from leading English-language sources, plus others published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Besides periodicals, resources include data from yearbooks and select museum bulletins.
  • ArtBibliographies Modern Authentication Required
    Index and abstracts of articles from periodical articles, books, exhibition catalogs, and index entries for dissertations. Covers all aspects of late 19th and 20th century art, including decorative and applied art, with particular reference to photography and three-dimensional design.
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans Authentication Required
    Covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life with 80,000+ citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.
  • Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)
    The data available on the Getty Web site as of April 1, 2010, comprises two databases: BHA and IBA. BHA (Bibliography of the History of Art/Bibliographie d'histoire de l'art) covers the years 1990-2007; the Getty Web version includes all records with abstracts in French or English and all subject terms in French and English. IBA (International Bibliography of the History of Art) covers 2008 and part of 2009; the Getty Web version includes all records with abstracts in English and all subject terms in French and English. A third database will be added to the Getty Web site during the coming months: RILA (Répertoire de la litterature de l'art), which covers 1975-1989. At present, the Getty has no plans to add RAA (Répertoire d'art et d'archéologie), which covers 1973-1989.
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index Authentication Required
    The BGMI contains biographical entries from more than 1,000 current and retrospective biographical reference sources. This figure translates into some 15 million biographies on nearly 5 million people, living and deceased, from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor.
    • Location(s): Also owned in print : Wilson Library General Collection Quarto CT 214 .B51x
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  • Dance Collection Online
    The Dance Catalog lists works about all forms of dance, from all cultures, in print and other media. It includes materials in many languages and serves as an index to an international range of dance periodicals.
  • Design and Applied Arts Index Authentication Required
    DAAI is an international index to design and craft journals. It contains annotated references from more than 450 design and craft journals, and data on nearly 50,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, firms etc. All areas of design and craft are covered, including industrial design, interior design, environmental design, computer aided design, furniture design, ceramics, glass, fashion design, textile design, graphic design, typography, multimedia design, book design, photography, advertising, theatre design, ergonomics, and design management.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch Authentication Required
    Full-text articles from over 300 American ethnic and minority newspapers including Asian-American, Jewish, African-American, Native-American, Arab-American, Eastern-European, and other multi-ethnic communities. Coverage dates back to 1990.
  • Minnesota Historical Society's Visual Resources Database
    Information about photographs, artwork, posters, and fine art photographs, as well as selected images from the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society are included in this database. These historical collections visually represent Minnesotans, their lives, landscapes, leisure and occupations from the pre-territorial period to the present.
  • MLA International Bibliography Authentication Required
    The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.
  • Music Index Online Authentication Required
    Information from more than 690 international music periodicals covering a broad range of subjects, including music history, forms and types of music, musical instruments from ancient to modern, acoustic, electronic, and computer-produced music. Book reviews, reviews of music recordings, tapes, and performances, first performances, and obituaries are also indexed.
  • Philosopher's Index Authentication Required
    features author-written abstracts covering scholarly research published in journals and books, including contributions to anthologies and book reviews. More on content at http://philindex.org/
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Authentication Required

    RILM Abstracts of Music Literature features a wealth of content from the early 1800s through the present with some content coverage extending back as far as the late 18th century. Updated monthly, the database includes coverage of relevant articles from more than 10,000 journals, many of which are not specifically devoted to music. RILM Abstracts of Music Literature also includes nearly 850,000 records with over 52,000 new records are added every year.
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Some Online Collections & Resources
  • Abbe Museum: Online Collections
    "The Abbe Museum’s collections focus on contemporary and historic Native American art, artifacts, and objects from Maine and the Northeast, totaling over 70,000 items. Ash splint and sweetgrass baskets, birchbark containers and canoes, other varied traditional and contemporary art forms, and archaeological artifacts that span more than 12,000 years of history represent the ever-evolving culture of Wabanaki people. Using our archival collections, photographs, and a research library, researchers at the Abbe are encouraged to pursue new learning about the Wabanaki nations through multiple lines of evidence."
  • Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian
    From "Northwestern University Digital Library Collections. Edward Sheriff Curtis published The North American Indian between 1907 and 1930 with the intent to record traditional Indian cultures. The work comprises twenty volumes of narrative text and photogravure images. Each volume is accompanied by a portfolio of large photogravure plates. The entire work is presented here, supported largely by funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services."
  • George Catlin and His Indian Gallery
    "The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum has this George Catlin exhibit up until the end of January, 2003. Catlin spent his life recording the customs and cultures of Native American tribes, and lobbying to protect their way of life. Courtesy of the University of Cincinnati Libraries Digital Collections."
  • George Catlin : The Printed Word
    "George Catlin (1796-1872) traveled the North American continent from 1830-1838 to chronicle the people, customs and traditions of Native American tribes. His life's ambition was to record the disappearing Native American culture in paint and print. Catlin's adventures resulted in over 600 portraits and scenes of rituals, hunting and daily life of over fifty North American tribes and several important printed works. This collection contains all images from the following Catlin titles: The Manners, Customs and Condition of the North American Indians. Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. Adventures of the Ojibbeway and Ioway Indians in England, France, and Belgium; Being Notes of Eight Years Travels and Residence in Europe with His North American Indian Collection. Courtesy of the University of Cincinnat Libraries Digital Collections."
  • Images of Native Americans (UC-Berkeley)
    A "digital companion to an exhibit of rare books, photographs, illustrations, and other archival and manuscript materials that debuted in the Fall of 2000, to celebrate the acquisition of the University of California, Berkeley Library's nine millionth volume. The Bancroft Library houses one the world's finest collections of research materials relating to the history of California and the American West, and this exhibition presents a selection of visual materials relating to Native Americans. The panorama of images selected includes illustrations from rare books, pamphlets, journals, pulp magazines, newspapers, and ephemera in addition to selections of original photographs, including stereographs, lantern slides, and cyanotypes."
  • Native American Artists Resource Collection Online (NAARCO)
    The Native American Artists Resource Collection Online (NAARCO) provides internet access to this premiere resource. At present the database does not provide the richness of the content that can be found on an artist in his or her physical file, but will provide online, basic biographical information. On the other hand, the online version has the capability and power to provide quick access to substantive resources on the internet about an artist.
  • Ojibwe People's Dictionary
    A searchable, talking Ojibwe-English dictionary that features the voices of Ojibwe speakers with thousands of entries and audio with new contact added over time.
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