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Resources- Indigenous Peoples

Resources at the Library

1491 : new revelations of the Americas before Columbus” by Charles C. Mann (970.011 M)

The Book of elders : the life stories of great American Indians” as told to Sandy Johnson ; photographed by Dan Budnik (970.00497 B)

"The Other Slavery : the Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America" by Andres Resensez (970.1 R)

"Unworthy Republic : the Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory" by Claudio Saunt (on order)

When the light of the world was subdued, our songs came through : a Norton anthology of Native nations poetry” edited by Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, Jennifer Elise Foerster (811.008 W)

Brethren by nature : New England Indians, colonists, and the origins of American slavery” by Margaret Ellen Newell (ON ORDER)

"Dark work : the business of slavery in Rhode Island" by Christy Clark-Pujara (ON ORDER)


Local History Resources (note that these materials require special permission to view)  

"A history of the Narragansett tribe of Rhode Island : keepers of the bay" by Robert A. Geake (970.3 G LH)

"The Narragansett People" by Ethel Boissevain (973.474 B LH)

 

Downloadable Materials

hoopla Learn about the traditions and contributions of Native Americans by downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and music about indigenous people.

  

Online Resources

First Peoples of Rhode Island Tour Curated by Katharine Kirakosian, PhD and Tomaquag Museum, this tour highlights 10 places and people that illustrate themes and topics relevant to the history of the First Peoples of Rhode Island.

Guide to Indigenous Materials at the Library and Museum of the American Philosophical Society (APS). This guide provides broad coverage of the Native American and Indigenous archival collections at the American Philosophical Society. These materials date from 1553 to 2019 and include manuscript, audio, and visual materials relating to Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas. 

Indigenous Map is the prototype for an open access digital map of indigenous America. Their objective is to: (1) lower barriers to accessing and publishing information related to indigenous American history and culture for the benefit of people of all ages, identities/tribal affiliations, and educational levels, and (2) to provide a collaborative, digital documentation of indigenous cultures in America. 

"What we say matters: the power of words in American and Indigenous Histories" by Bryan C. Rindfleisch


Movies and documentaries

Vision Maker Media 

Vision Maker Media empowers and engages Native people to share stories. There are many titles available for free streaming at American Archive of Public Broadcasting

Treasure Inside the Museum A series of programs originally created for public television to showcase the assets of museums large and small. Including  the Tomaquag Musem.

 

  

Cultural/Educational Organizations 

Tomaquag Museum 

Tomaquag Museum Rhode island's only indigenous museum dedicated to sharing our culture, arts and history from a first-person perspective. Tomaquag museum features an extensive collection and archive that focuses on tribal communities of southern New England. 

Rhode Island Indian Council, Inc 

The Rhode Island Indian Council is a Regional Urban Indian Center and one of the largest Indian and Native American funded non-profit agencies in the country. Our service area encompasses five states across the East Coast: Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. For more than 45 years our agency has paved the way for the Native American community to succeed and become economically independent. We are dedicated to fulfilling our commitment for our native community to live a better life and achieve success. 

United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) 

United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. is a non-profit, inter-tribal organization that collectively represents its member tribes at the regional and national level. USET has grown to include 26 federally recognized Tribes, operating through various workgroups and committees and providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information amongst tribes, agencies and governments. 

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 

The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities in the United States. NCAI serves as a forum for consensus-based policy development among its membership of over 250 tribal governments from every region of the country. NCAI's mission is to inform the public and the federal government on tribal self-government, treaty rights, and a broad range of federal policy issues affecting tribal governments. 

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) 

A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. 

 

Educational Resources 

Right of Indigenous Peoples

The United Nation's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples. It establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world and it elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms as they apply to the specific situation of indigenous peoples.

American Indian History and Heritage (Teacher's Guide) 

Teacher’s Guide to American Indian History and Heritage is provided through the National Endowment for the Humanities. This valuable guide includes information about indigenous perspectives, preserving culture, indigenous languages, and more.  

Native Knowledge 360°  

NK360° provides educational materials, virtual student programs, and teacher training that incorporate Native narratives, more comprehensive histories, and accurate information to enlighten and inform teaching and learning about Native America. NK360° challenges common assumptions about Native peoples and offers a view that includes not only the past but also the vibrancy of Native peoples and cultures today. 

Check out their handy PDF guide: Framework for Essential Understandings about American Indians

 

Intellectual Property 

Local Contexts 

Local Contexts is an initiative to support Native, First Nations, Aboriginal, Inuit, Metis and Indigenous communities in the management of their intellectual property and cultural heritage specifically within the digital environment. Local Contexts provides legal, extra-legal, and educational strategies for navigating copyright law and the public domain status of this valuable cultural heritage. By providing strategic resources and practical solutions, Local Contexts and our partners are working towards a new paradigm of rights and responsibilities that recognizes the inherent sovereignty that Indigenous communities have over their cultural heritage.