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  • Print publication year: 1996
  • Online publication date: March 2008

Bibliographical Essays



The coming generation of basic reference works on Native American history is in the process of publication. When complete, the twenty volumes of Handbook of North American Indians, gen. ed. William C. Sturtevant (9 vols. to date, Washington, DC, 1978-), will provide exhaustive coverage by region and topic. Especially relevant for economic history are many of the essays in Vol. 4: History of Indian—White Relations, ed. Wilcomb E. Washburn (1988). The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, Vol. 1: North America, ed. Bruce G. Trigger and Wilcomb E. Washburn (Cambridge, England, in preparation), will consist of chapters covering the entire span of Native American history, from the earliest arrivals via the Bering land bridge to the present. Two valuable historical atlases are: R. Cole Harris, ed., Historical Atlas of Canada, Vol. 1: From the Beginning to 1800 (Toronto, 1987); and Helen Hornbeck Tanner, ed., Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History (Norman, 1987). The best overviews of precontact archaeology are Brian M. Fagan, Ancient North America: The Archaeology of a Continent (London, 1991) and Stuart J. Fiedel, Prehistory of the Americas, 2nd ed. (Cambridge, England, 1992). See also Michael Coe et al., eds., Atlas of Ancient America (New York, 1986), and Lynda Norene Shaffer, Native Americans Before 1492: The Moundbuilding Centers of the Eastern Woodlands (Armonk, NY, 1992). For a brief but illuminating discussion of exchange in pre-Columbian North American, see William A. Turnbaugh, "Wide-Area Connections in Native North America," American Indian Culture and Research Journal 1:4 (1976), 22-8