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Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America Hardcover – September 13, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1554073078 ISBN-10: 1554073073 Edition: Third edition, expanded and thoroughly revised from the previous edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Third edition, expanded and thoroughly revised from the previous edition edition (September 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554073073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554073078
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Revised and expanded, Johnson’s Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America is a delight both to the eye and pocketbook. Arranged by cultural and geographical area (e.g., “Northeastern Woodlands,” “Southwest”), the volume contains brief entries on tribes, confederacies, and other groups. A chart at the beginning of each geographical-cultural section lists the various language families and tribes.  The indexing, greatly improved over that of the 1999 edition, includes tribe names, illustrations, and maps; and the cross-referencing between entries is also greatly improved. Appendixes list the powwow trails, museums, Native American tribes by populations, locations of reservations by state, and principal tribes. The expanded glossary is greatly enhanced by having the photographic examples in place with the alphabetic entry. The quality of illustrations and photographs is excellent and is indeed the most improved part of the book. The arrangement may prove off-putting or difficult for those persons with only a rudimentary understanding of the cultural structure of Native American tribes; however, with the improved indexing, this seems a minimal problem and actually adds to learning for the reader. The bibliography has been updated, and a new section on museums includes information about the newest addition to the Smithsonian museums—the National Museum of the American Indian. The section “The Indian Today” has been expanded, and the section on “Native Populations” has been updated to reflect 2001 census data.  This book makes an excellent companion to Carl Waldman’s Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes (3d ed., Facts On File, 2007). The fact that Firefly Books could do this exquisite volume for such a small price is to be commended. Recommended for most types of libraries. --Diana Shonrock

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Newly expanded by more than 70 pages from the original 1994 publication, this substantial reference remains one of the most elaborately illustrated books on Native Americans now in print... Highly recommended for North American historical and ethnographical collections. (Savannah Schroll Library Journal 2008-01-00)

A delight to both eye and pocketbook... The indexing, greatly improved over that of the 1999 edition, includes tribe names, illustrations, and maps; and the cross-referencing between entries is also greatly improved... The expanded glossary is greatly enhanced by having the photographic examplees in place with the alphabetic entry. The quality of illustrations and photographs is excellent and is indeed the most improved part of the book.... The fact that Firefly Books could do this exquisite volume for such a small price is to be commended. Recommended for most types of libraries. (Diana Shonrock Booklist (advance review from uncorrected proof) 2008-05-01)

Provides concise information about Native peoples north of the Rio Grande, including Canada... Although similar to other one-volume encyclopedias, the rich illustration and supplemental sections make this volume worthwhile. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels. (M. Cedar Face, Southern Oregon University Choice 2008-04-01)

Excellent color photographs, maps, and a well-illustrated glossary....School librarians will appreciate this book, especially the colorful maps, charts, and photographs. It is quite easy to be dazzled by the photography. (Karen D. Harvey American Reference Books Annual 2008 2008-01-00)

The richly illustrated, large format volume includes new maps, additional and better presented historical and contemporary photographs, art by renowned illustrator Richard Hook, and summer tables (e.g., of Indian languages), essays on "The Indian Today" and museums with Indian art and material, 2000 Census and other data on the North American Indian population, and a glossary. (Book News Inc. 2009-02-00)

Revised and expanded, Johnson's Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America is a delight both to the eye and the pocketbook.... The fact that Firefly Books could do this exquisite volume for such a small price is to be commended. Recommended. (Diana Shonrock Booklist 2008-05-01)

Although similar to other one-volume encyclopedias, the rich illustrations and supplemental sections make this volume worthwhile. Recommended. All levels. (M. Cedar Face, Southern Oregon University Choice Vol. 45 No 8 2008-04-00)

Newly expanded by more than 70 pages from the original 1994 publication, this substantial reference remains one of the most elaborately illustrated books on Native Americans now in print. Divided into ten region-categorized chapters, it offers a one- to two-paragraph description of the many tribes living within recognized regional boundaries. The color plates, previously located in a separate section, now appear beside relevant textural passages. Period and cultural artifact photographs have been added. Highly recommended for North American historical and ethnographic collections. (Library Journal 2008-01-00)

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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Z6 on July 10, 2010
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I bought this book for my husband's birthday and was very pleased at the amount of information on Native American tribes. Great pictures and identification of tribes less known.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Spendiff on January 4, 2014
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Thought we knew a lot about the Native Tribes until we read this book. Lots of reading but in easy to take-in chunks.
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I choose this rating because the book is informative and it is the only book that gives information on all of the tribes.
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By Bonnie C. Miller on January 25, 2014
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I have several adopted Native Americans in my family and wanted to learn more about the history of their tribes. This is an excellent study.
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a little worn - repaired with clear tape - but otherwise
as expected - great reference material
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By Jerry on July 23, 2014
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Great book! The illustrations are very well done and the detail is wonderful.
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