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Indigenous Studies Definition
Indigenous Studies are a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the varied aspects of indigenous peoples around the world & their cultures. There is no single definition of the phrase "indigenous peoples," and frequently other terms are, or have been, used to describe these groups, for example: native, aboriginal or tribal. None of these terms are entirely satisfactory for various reasons. Nonetheless, indigenous peoples are generally considered to be descendants of the original inhabitants of a region that have become incorporated into a politically dominant larger society or nation state. Indigenous peoples self-identify as such & retain distinctive attributes of their own culture.
Decolonization or Postcolonial?
For some projects in certain geographical regions, using the term "postcolonial" in your searches will possibly be even more useful than "decolonization." Make sure to try both if you're having trouble finding sufficient materials. As William Darity writes, "Postcolonialism is a generalized term used to describe the variety of events that have arisen in the aftermath of European decolonization since the nineteenth century. Among the events included under the rubric are social change, cultural redefinition, and political upheaval on both the small and large scale. The term implies a breaking free or a breaking away from a colonizing force, but essentially the study of postcolonialism addresses issues of power, subordination, race, gender inequity, and class— and examines how these issues linger far after the colonizer has exited."
Bibliography of Indigenous Peoples in North America This link opens in a new window
Bibliography of Indigenous Peoples in North America is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of indigenous North American culture, history, and life. Includes citations to books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.
American Indian Histories and Cultures This link opens in a new window
The full-text materials in this collection cover 11 broad areas related to Native Americans from the time prior to North American colonization to the 20th century Rights Movement. Areas covered, related to indigenous peoples of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, include culture, history, education, religion, government relations, treaties, wars, trade, and 20th century political activism, among others. The primary source documents in this collection includes maps, atlases, visual images, art, photographs, linguistic and ethnographic accounts, 20th century American Indian newspapers, and more drawn from the Ayers Collection at the Newberry Library. Cross-searchable with the Library's subscription to The American West collection.
Ethnic NewsWatch This link opens in a new window
Ethnic NewsWatch is a current resource of full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press. The complete collection also includes the module Ethnic NewsWatch: A History, which provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989. Together, these resources provide access to a full-text collection of more than 2.5 million articles from over 340 publications, including articles from major scholarly journals on ethnic studies.
America: History and Life with Full Text This link opens in a new window
An index to journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on North American historical topics from prehistory to the present. See Historical Abstracts for historical coverage beyond the US and Canada.
Indigenous Governance Database
A resource center for Native nation leaders, key decision-makers, employees, citizens, and others in search of educational and informational resources about nation building, sovereignty, governance, leadership, and sustainable economic and community development in Indigenous country. Includes text, video and audio resources. From the Native Nations Institute (NNI), University of Arizona Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.
State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2016
This report, from Minority Rights Group International, provides information and statistics about the health and human rights situation of minorities and indigenous peoples around the world.