North American Indian Thought and Culture brings together more than 100,000 pages of Indian publications that include autobiographies, biographies, oral histories, personal writings, photographs, drawings and audio files for the first time.
This database brings together more than 100,000 pages of personal stories, many of which are previously unpublished, rare, or hard to find. Fifty-four volumes, representing 15,000 pages, are from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries alone. They include works by Cadwallader Colden, William Apes, Samuel G Drake and Benjamin Drake, as well as autobiographies by Black Hawk, Okah Tubbee, Kah-Ga-Gah-Bowh and many others. Rare books are included, representing King Philip, Red Jacket, Sequioyah, Thayendanegea, Tomochichi, Standing Bear, Red Cloud, John Ross, and Geronimo. Additional materials bring coverage through the present day.
The biographies have been collected from more than 100 Indian publications, such as The Arrow, the Cherokee Phoenix, and the Chickasaw Intelligencer. In addition, the collection includes more than 20,000 photographs and more than 2,000 oral histories, presented in audio and transcript form. Images include photographs from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Edward Curtis, the Princeton Collection, and many rarer collections.
The database integrates writings, images, and oral histories for the first time, providing a comprehensive representation of key events as described by the people directly involved. As such, it is an essential resource for all those interested in serious, scholarly research into the history of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Peoples.
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