The Indian Tribes of North America

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Author: Swanton, John Reed (1873-1958)

Year: 1952

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Place: Washington, DC


vi+726pp with 5 folding maps, bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6") issued in olive green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 145. 1st edition.

This useful reference work is organized primarily in terms of modern North American political divisions. Consideration is given to the tribes of Alaksa, Canada, Greenland, the West Indies, Mexico and Central America, but most of the book is devoted to the Indians of the states within the United States. In discussing the numberous tribes cited, such topics as name, connections, location, subdivisions, villages, history, population, and connection in which the tribe has become noted are concisely treated. 1650 is roughly the base date used in mapping tribal locations. The boundaries between linguistic stocks or similar major divisions are alos plotted on the maps. The author is fully aware of the problems involved in the use of such an indeterminate and frequently unsatisfactory unit as "tribe," as well as in placement of such tribes in time and space. In the face of these difficulties, he has adopted ingenious conventions and compromises which fit the publication to the needs of the general reader, particularly one with state or local interests. The complilation of this work required a very substantial amount of time and professional experience. It is a comprehensive reference work which is certain to be consulted for years to come. John M Roberts, Book Reveiw American Antrhopologist, Volume 57, page 144-5.


Covers and spine soiled and stained, spine extremities rubbed, corners bumped, page ends soiled, slightly shaken over all about a very good copy issued without jacket.

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