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Native Peoples of the World: An Encyclopedia of Groups, Cultures, and Contemporary Issues
Edited by: Steven Danver

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Choice Outstanding Academic Title

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Information: 1056pp. Three volumes; topic finder; photos; sidebars; maps; further reading; index.
Publication Date: November 2012.  


Description: This work examines the world's indigenous peoples, their cultures, the countries in which they reside, and the issues that impact these groups. It highlights the complex relationships between native groups and the physical and social environments in which they live. It serves both as a primer for people wishing to learn about indigenous peoples worldwide, and as a ready-reference for historic and contemporary information on specific groups, countries, and issues. The encyclopedia is organized in three main parts: Indigenous Groups (including regional sections), Countries, and Issues. More than 500 articles are arranged alphabetically within sections, and accompanied by 55 sidebars highlighting interesting individuals, events, places, and ideas. Maps, bibliographies, a topic finder, and a comprehensive general index are included. The diversity of articles and perspectives contribute to a unique depth and breadth of coverage, making this an indispensable resource.

Selected Contents:

List of Sidebars
World Map


Introduction; Acholi; Akan; Amhara; Asante; Baganda; Bagwere; Bamileke; Banda; Baule; Bemba; Berber; Borana; Dagomba; Dan; Dinka; Dogon; Dyula; Eket; Fulani; Gbaya; Gonja; Gumuz; Gurage; Hausa; Hehe; Himba; Hutu; Ibibio; Idoma; Igbo; Ijo; Kalenjin; Karamojong; Kikuyu; Kongo; Kuba; Lega; Luba; Luhya; Luluwa; Luo; Maasai; Mbole; Mende; Merina; Mossi; Ndebele; Ngbaka; Nubians; Nyamwezi; Nyiha; Oromo; Pende; Pokot; Rundi; San (Bushmen); Senoufo; Shona; Sidama; Somali; Songye; Sudanese; Sukuma; Swahili; Teso; Tigrinya; Tsonga; Turkana; Tutsi; Twa; Urhobo; Wolof; Xhosa; Yao; Yombe; Yoruba; Zulu

Central and South America
Introduction; Amuzgo; Ashaninka; Awa; Aymara; Ayoreo; Bororo; Chontal de Oaxaca; Cofan; Embera; Garifuna; Guambiano; Guarani; Huastec; Huave; Huichol; Kalinago; Kichwa; Kuna; Lacandones; Lenca; Mapuche; Maya; Mayo; Miskito; Mixtec; Nahua; Nasa; Otomi; Pame; P'urhepecha; Quechua; Quiche; Rama; Shuar; Sumu-Mayangna; Tano; Tarahumara; Ticuna; Totonac; Tukano; Tupi; Tzeltal; Tzotzil; Warao; Wayuu; Wichi; Yanomami; Yaqui; Yucatec Maya; Zapara; Zapotec

East Asia and Oceania
Introduction; Ainu; Akha; Altay; Andaman Islanders; Bajau; Balinese; Burmese; Cambodians; Chamorros; Chams; Chukchi; Chukotko-Kamchatkan; Dayak; Han; Hawaiians; Indigenous Australians; Indonesians; Jurchen; Kamchadal; Kanaks; Ket; Khitan; Lao; Lapita; Liao; Malay; Manchu; Maori; Melanesians; Micronesians; Mongols; Montagnards; Moriori; Negrito; Okinawans; Paekche; Papuans; Polynesians; Ryukyuans; Samoyedic; Taiwanese Aborigines; Thai; Tungusic; Uzbek; Vietnamese; Wa; West Irian Peoples; Xi Xia; Xiongnu; Yakuts; Yi; Yuezhi

Introduction; Abkhazians (Abkhaz); Albanians; Armenians; Azeri (Azerbaijanians); Basques; Belorussians; Bosniaks; Bretons; Bulgarians; Castilians; Catalans; Chechens; Chuvash; Corsicans; Cossacks; Croats; Cypriots; Czechs; Danes; Dutch; English; Estonians; Faroese; Finns; Flemish; French; Frisians; Friulians; Gagauz; Galicians; Georgians; Germans; Greeks; Greenlanders; Hungarians; Icelanders; Irish; Italians; Jews, European; Kalmyks; Karaims; Karelians; Kashubs; Komi; Ladinians; Latvians; Lithuanians; Livonians; Luxembourgers; Macedonians; Maltese; Mari; Moldavians; Montenegrins; Norwegians; Occitans; Ossetes; Poles; Portuguese; Rhaetoromans (Rumantschs); Roma (Gypsies); Romanians; Russians; Sami; Sardinians; Scots, Highland; Scots, Lowland; Serbs; Slovaks; Slovenes; Sorbs; Swedes; Tatars, Crimean; Tatars, Volga; Udmurt; Ukrainians; Walloons; Welsh

North America
Introduction; Abenaki; Aleut; Algonquian; Apache; Arapaho; Assiniboine; Athabascan; Blackfeet; Blackfoot; Caddo; Cayuga; Cherokee; Cheyenne; Chickasaw; Chippewa; Choctaw; Chumash; Colville; Comanche; Cree; Crow; Eskimo; Haida; Havasupai; Hoopa; Hopi; Houma; Hualapai; Huron; Inuit; Iowa; Kickapoo; Kiowa; Klamath; Kootenai; Lenape; Luiseno; Lumbee; Lummi; Menominee; Metis; Miami; Micmac; Miwok; Modoc; Mohawk; Montagnais; Muscogee (Creek); Narragansett; Navajo; Nez Perce; Odawa; Omaha; Oneida; Onondaga; Osage; Paiute; Pawnee; Pequot; Pima; Ponca; Potawatomi; Powhatan; Pueblo; Sac and Fox; Salish; Seminole; Seneca; Shawnee; Shoshone; Shoshone-Bannock; Sioux; Tlingit; Tohono O'odham; Tsimshian; Tuscarora; Ute; Wampanoag; Winnebago; Yakama; Yavapai; Yup'ik; Yurok

South Asia and Middle East
Introduction; Assyrians; Banjara; Bashkir; Bedouin Tribes; Bhil; Bhuinya; Bhumia; Binjhal; Bodo; Bonda; Chaldeans; Circassians; Gadaba; Garo; Gond; Hajong; Hazaras; Ho; Juang; Kaffirs; Kazakhs; Kharia; Khasi; Khond; Kisan; Kolha; Koli; Konda Reddis; Kuki; Kurds; Kyrgyz; Lahu; Lepcha; Lodha; Magh; Meena; Mirdha; Mizo; Munda; Naga; Oraon; Palestinians; Paniyan; Pardhi; Paroja; Pashtun; Santal; Saora; Sinhalese; Tadjiks; Tamils; Turkmen; Valmiki; Zeliangrong

Argentina; Australia; Belize; Bolivia; Botswana; Brazil; Burundi; Cameroon; Canada; Central African Republic; Chile; China; Colombia; Comoros; Cuba; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Djibouti; Dominican Republic and Haiti; Ecuador; El Salvador; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Fiji; Finland; France; Germany; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Japan; Kenya; Laos; Libya; Madagascar; Malawi; Malaysia; Mexico; Morocco; Mozambique; Myanmar; Namibia; New Zealand; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Norway; Panama; Papua New Guinea; Paraguay; Peru; Philippines; Russia; Rwanda; Samoa; Somalia; South Africa; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sudan and South Sudan; Sweden; Syria; Tahiti; Taiwan; Tanzania; Thailand; Tonga; Tunisia; Turkey; Uganda; United States; Venezuela; Zambia

Agriculture; Anthropology; Assimilation; Climate Change; Colonialism; Economic Development; Ecosystem Management; Education; Genocide; Globalization; Hunting and Fishing Rights; Indigenous Governments; Indigenous Identity; Indigenous People and the United Nations; Industrial Development; International Policy; Land Rights; Language; Literature; Logging Rights; Media; Migration; Military Service; Mining; Missionary Activities; Native Nongovernmental Organizations; Oil and Mineral Rights; Peyotism; Political Discrimination; Political Participation; Poverty; Racism; Reemerging People Groups; Religion (Indigenous); Relocation; Repatriation; Revitalization; Revolts; Sacred Sites; Self-Determination; Social Customs; Social Discrimination; Sustainable Development; United Nations Declaration; Urbanization; Violence and Warfare; Water Rights; Women's Rights; Youth

Indigenous and Tribal Populations Convention (1957)
Declaration of Indigenous Peoples of the World (1992)
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007)



Review(s): "This set gives researchers a reliable introduction to native peoples of the world and their historical and current challenges. A useful addition." -- School Library Journal

"Danver's coverage of 400 different groups and selected countries and issues is by an impressive roster of historians and anthropologists from a wide range of institutions. It is particularly gratifying to see ethnic and native groups included from Western industrialized nations as well as from the more expected developing areas. ... The articles are written in clear prose and deal with the geography, history, religion, customs and rituals, and colonial experiences of each group while being respectful of each culture's heritage and customs. ... There are few reference sources available in this area with worldwide coverage. Because of its quality and its scope, this excellent work is recommended for school, academic, and public libraries." -- Library Journal

"For students, scholars, policy makers, and anyone working with native peoples, this thoughtfully prepared three-volume reference profiles approximately 400 native groups and concludes with approximately 50 entries addressing important issues." -- Reference & Research Book News

"Recommended for academic and large public collections." -- Booklist

"A well-designed and scholarly set that takes a serious and informed look at native peoples worldwide and at the issues they face. It offers a multifaceted approach that affords the reader different perspectives while at the same time providing thorough global coverage. The entries in all three sections are fact filled and precisely written in a style making them equally accessible to high school students, lay researchers, and undergraduates. This is one of those highly useful reference sets that will have equal appeal to high school, public, and undergraduate libraries. In short, it is well worth the asking price." -- Against the Grain

"This encyclopedia is authoritative, engrossing, current, intelligently designed, and handsomely produced. ... Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers." -- Choice

"The strength of Native Peoples of the World is its review of the more than 400 unique indigenous groups selected for discussion and its summary of some of the most significant themes, conflicts, and problems these groups face in the modern world. A detailed table of contents and index provide ready access to information as needed. Every entry includes suggestions for further reading and each is signed by one of the encyclopedia's many contributors, all of whom are drawn from the academic community in the USA and abroad. ... It provides a good entry point and overview for students seeking information on native populations and issues that may be difficult to easily locate elsewhere. Suggested for school and public libraries." -- Reference Reviews

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