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Indigenous Peoples: General Sources


We have created this guide to help you explore resources related to indigenous peoples throughout the world. Use the tabs (above) to navigate to various locales. On the front page, you'll find more general resources. For help locating books in the library, consult this guide and/or ask for directions at the library's information desk. If you have resources to suggest, please feel free to email us. Finally, although you'll find a wealth of information here, this guide is not intended to be comprehensive. Please search the library's catalog or chat with a librarian to find additional resources.

We'd also like to draw your attention to issues revolving around naming. Searching for information about indigenous peoples can be complicated by the politics of naming. Do catalogers use the word Sami, Sapmi, or Lapp? What about Eskimo versus Inuit? Dakota or Sioux? Ojibwe, Anisinaabe, or Chippewa? As you search, be aware that the names of groups have changed over time and subject headings or database descriptors may use a name that seems incorrect or even offensive. 

Our Campus is on Indigenous Land

The land Gustavus occupies was home to the Dakota people until the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux was signed in 1851. A student-curated exhibit, Commemorating Controversy: Dakota-U.S. War of 1862, created for the 150th anniversary of the Dakota Conflict, is available in digital form via GustieScholar. We also recommend The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 educational resource from the Minnesota Historical Society, as well as Little War on the Prairie, an episode of This American Life, which is narrated by Gustavus graduate John Biewen.


Whose Land is This?

In the Reference Collection

Indigenous Methodologies

Gustavus Library DEI guides

Selected Books

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