Reviews for Uxl Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes


Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 October 1999
Attractive and well organized, this set will be a useful addition in libraries where other Native American resources are heavily used, although it is limited to culture groups of the U.S. and Canada. Eighty tribes are described and arranged alphabetically within each volume (Northeast/Southeast, Great Basin/Southwest, Arctic/Plains/Plateau, California/Pacific Northwest). Two of the editors also shared responsibility for The Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes [RBB S 1 98], and the sets have a similar arrangement.Each region is introduced with a signed, six-to-eight-page article describing the area's geography, history, and cultural interrelationships. Chapters on individual tribes range from 8 to 22 pages, enhanced with black-and-white photos and drawings. Each begins with the tribe's name (with pronunciation), location, population, and language family and then surveys its history, religion, language, government, economy, daily life, arts, customs, current tribal issues, and notable people. A brief bibliography, simple map, and time line for each tribe add to the work's usefulness; and many chapters have sidebars on topics such as legends, statistics, recipes, and so on.Typically of UXL, pages are consecutively numbered and each volume includes the same introductory and end material (contents, alphabetical list of tribes, introduction, glossary, time line, maps, bibliography, acknowledgments, and index). The set's appearance and readability mark it for fifth grade and up. Unfamiliar words are explained in context as well as in the glossary. Efforts have been made to use appropriate terminology; for example, Inuit rather than Eskimo. Information is up-to-date, even including the new Canadian province of Nunavut, created in April 1999. Indexing is adequate--there's no entry for Tsnungwe (a group of Hupa) or cross-reference between Hoopa and Hupa. The set is less comprehensive than its Gale counterpart or even some single-volume sources, such as Facts On File's Encyclopedia of North American Tribes (rev. ed., 1999). There are no entries (in text or index) for the Delaware, Miami, Nanticoke, Tunica, or Yazoo, to name a few. However, middle-schoolers will find the clearly organized information useful for research. Recommended for school and public libraries.Reference on the WebFor Anglophile librarians and their patrons, here is a small sampling of sites listed in Helicon's Encyclopedia of Britain, reviewed on p. 471. All sites were last accessed September 2, 1999. ((Reviewed October 15, 1999)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Choice Reviews 2000 March
This set describes 80 "tribes, confederacies, and Native American groups" in North America. Each volume is devoted to one of four geographical-cultural regions: Northeast/Southeast, Great Basic/Southwest, Arctic and Subarctic, and Great Plains/Plateau. An introductory chapter in each volume gives regional information including a time line, maps, and glossary. Culture group entries give brief information on name, location, population, language family, origins, and group affiliations, followed by history, religion, language, government, economy, daily life, arts, customs, current tribal issues, and notable people. Entries include a locator map; numerous illustrations; sidebars with statistics, stories, and other information; and a reading list, which often includes Web sites. A bibliography and subject index complete each volume. Entries are briefer than those in Handbook of North American Indians (CH, May'99); fewer groups are covered, entry language is simpler, and reading lists are less scholarly than in Handbook or the Encyclopedia of World Cultures: North America (CH, Oct'91), making U-X-L suitable for popular collections and younger audiences. Its unique information on current tribal issues and notable people add value for all collections. Copyright 2000 American Library Association

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School Library Journal Reviews 2000 May
Gr 6 Up-This informative set examines 80 cultural groups in 10 geographical regions. Following a consistent format, the entries detail the history, language, economy, notable members, religion, current issues, and other topics related to each tribe. Useful descriptions of architectural and clothing styles are included, and some black-and-white photographs, maps, and reproductions accompany the facts. Inset boxes containing time lines, population statistics, Native words, and other tidbits will entice readers. Coverage is broad, and details to fill reports abound. While the organization will make comparative studies possible, not every group receives the same depth of treatment. Bibliographies with occasional tribal and other Web sites complete the entries. A complete index appears in each volume. These indexes will be helpful for students despite some inconsistent cross-referencing of group names. Overall, a useful, if somewhat staid, set for school and public libraries.-Mary B. McCarthy, ACLIN/Colorado State Library, Denver Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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