Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico

Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906.

Indian Beadwork

Attractive and precious objects, perforated usually through the middle and strung for various purposes, constitute a class of ornaments universally esteemed, which the Indians of North America did not fail to develop. Akin to beads, and scarcely separable from them, were objects from the same materials called pendants. They were perforated near the end or …

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Indian Baskets

Basketry, including wattling, matting, and bagging, may be defined as the primitive textile art. Its materials include nearly the whole series of North American textile plants, and the Indian women explored the tribal habitat for the best. Constant digging in the same favorite spot for roots and the clearing away of useless plants about the …

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Indian Use of Bark

Among the resources of nature utilized by the tribes of North America bark was of prime importance. It was stripped from trees at the right season by hacking all around and taking it off in sheets of desired length. The inner bark of cedar, elm, and other trees was in some localities torn into strips, …

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Indian Head Deformation

Deformations of the human head have been known since the writings of Herodotus. They are divisible into two main classes, those of pathological and those of mechanical or artificial origin. The latter, with which this article is alone concerned, are again divisible into  un-intentional and intentional deformations. One or the other of these varieties of …

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Amer+Ind. A word composed of the first syllables of “American Indian,” suggested in 1899 by an American lexicographer as a substitute for the inappropriate terms used to designate the race of man inhabiting the New World before its occupancy by Europeans. The convenience of such derivatives as Amerindic, Amerindize, Amerindian, proto-Amerind, pre-Amerindic, pseudo-Amerind, etc., argues …

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Indian Villages and Towns of Mexico

These pages will provide an alphabetical listing for all the villages, towns, and settlements in what was Mexico at the time the Handbook of American Indian of North America was written. Aboreachic to Azqueltan Babasaqui to Buquibava Caborca to Cusihuiriachic Durango Ecatacari to Espejos Galilali to Gumisachic Hecatari to Huvaguere Igualali to Ixtacan

Indian Reservations 1908

Schedule showing each Federal Indian Reservation in 1908, under what agency or School, Tribes occupying or belonging to it, area not allotted or specially reserved, and authority for its establishment. (Compiled by the Office of Indian Affairs) Reservation History Current Federally Recognized Indian Tribes by State Arizona Indian Reservations California Indian Reservations Colorado Indian Reservations Idaho …

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Native American Culture

These pages provide the reader with information regarding the intra-tribal workings (culture) of many tribes, their relationship with other tribes and tribal members, and tribal structure known in 1880.  No changes have been made from the original text.  Some of the information may differ greatly from present day facts, some may be offensive to some …

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Indian Chiefs and Leaders

This is not a complete list of Indian Chiefs.  As we build more pages, they will be added also, or others are submitted by readers they will be added to these pages. Chiefs, Leaders, and Sachem Abbigadasset Adoeette Adario Ahyouwaighs Allaquippa American Horse Amisquam Anacamegishca Annawan Appanoose Mark Arthur Aspenquid Aspinet Assacumbuit Crispus Attacks Awashonks …

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Bureau of American Ethnology

The Bureau of American Ethnology was organized in 1879 and was placed by Congress under the supervision of the Smithsonian Institution. It was directed that all the archives, records, and materials relating to the Indian tribes collected by the Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region under the auspices of the Interior Department should be transferred to the Institution for use by the Bureau.

Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico

The scope of the Handbook is as comprehensive as its function necessitates. It treats of all the tribes north of Mexico, including the Eskimo, and those tribes south of the boundary more or less affiliated with those in the United States. It has been the aim to give a brief description of every linguistic stock, confederacy, tribe, subtribe or tribal division, and settlement known to history or even to tradition, as well as the origin; and derivation of every name treated, whenever such is known, and to record under each every form of the name and every other appellation that could be learned. For AccessGenealogy, this is the basis of our tribal descriptions from which we’ve grown the Native American section of our site. We simply believe it to be indispensable to the Native American researcher.

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