Native Americans in the Inland Northwest


Reference Works

Champagne, Duane. Chronology of Native North American History From Pre-Columbian Times to the Present. Detroit: Gale Research Inc, 1994.

Green, Rayna. The British Museum Encyclopedia of Native North America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999.

Halliday, Jan and Gail Chehak. Native Peoples of the Northwest: A Traveler's Guide to Land, Art, and Culture. Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 1996.

  • This travel book describes current conditions of reservations in the Northwest. Each reservation is featured with names, descriptions, and directions to their museums, memorials, parks, refuges, institutes, restaurants, and scenic or historical sights. It also describes cultural activities the reservation has to offer including pageants, celebrations, or shows. Significant to the Inland Northwest is the Columbia River gorge including the Colville, Yakima, and Spokane reservations. AU

Hoxie, Frederick E. Encyclopedia of North American Indians. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996.

Keenan, Jerry. Encyclopedia of American Indian Wars 1492-1890. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Inc, 1997.

  • Alphabetically organized, this book describes many individuals, tribes, and battles which involved Native Americans. Significant to the Inland Northwest, Keenan gives a brief biography of Col. Edward Steptoe and a detailed description of the Yakima-Rogue War of 1855 to 1856. AU

Malinowski, Sharon and Anna Sheets. The Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes. 4 vols. Detroit: Gale Research Inc, 1998.

  • This book gives elaborate descriptions of all of the tribes in North America. Each entry includes an introduction to the tribe, a quotation about the tribe, tribal history, oral literature, including a sample of each tribe's stories, language, buildings, clothing, healing practices, customs, and current tribal issues. In addition, for quick reference, the book includes tribe's name, location, population, language family, and a brief timeline. Significant tribes of the Inland Northwest are the Coeur d'Alenes, Colville, Nez Perce, and Spokanes. AU

Marley, David F. Wars of the Americas: A Chronology of Armed Conflict in the New World, 1492 to the Present. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Inc, 1998.

Pritzker, Barry M. Native Americans: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Peoples. 2 vols. Denver: ABC-CLIO Inc, 1998.

  • This book describes the origin and structure of most Indian tribes of North America including pronunciations of the names, location of the tribes (past and present), population, and language. It arranges historical information in the categories of events, religion, government, customs, dwellings, diet, key technology, trade, transportation, dress, and war. Then it classifies contemporary information on the tribe by "government/reservations," economy, legal status, and daily life. For the Inland northwest Pritzker features the Plateau tribes, including the Coeur d'Alenes, Colville, Spokanes, and the Nez Perce. AU

Ruby, Robert H. and John A. Brown. A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.

  • This book describes many of the tribes of North America from pre-history to the present. It briefly describes each tribe, followed by detailed descriptions of their location, history, government and claims, contemporary life and culture, and special events. Significant to the Inland Northwest, Ruby and Brown feature the Coeur d'Alenes, Colville, confederated tribes of the Colville reservation, Nez Perce, Palouse, Sanpoil, and Spokanes. AU

Schobinger, Juan. The Ancient Americans: A Reference Guide to the Art, Culture, and History of Pre-Columbian North and South America. 5 vols. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe Inc, 1997.

Walker, Deward E., Jr. Handbook of North American Indians: Plateau. 17 vols. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1998.

  • This book covers Native American tribes of the plateau region. It describes the region's events from prehistory until the present, followed by the people, divided into their tribal classifications, then special topics of the region such as mythology, games, and demographics. Walker describes historic events since 1846 of the entire region, introducing the white individuals and tribal members struggling for control of the land of the Plateau through treaties, battles, and the formation of reservations. Also included are maps, timelines, and tables of events. AU

Waldman, Carl. Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes. New York: Facts On File Publications, 1988.

  • This book contains brief descriptions of Native American tribes, listing major events and briefly describing their location and special cultural traits. Waldman includes an overview of the Coeur d'Alene and Spokane tribes. AU


Contributers to this bibliography

AU = Amy Underkofler