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Indigenous Studies

This guide is a starting point for students in Indigenous Studies, or for other interdisciplinary studies related to Indigenous peoples.

Suggested Subject Headings

Each book in the library is given at least one authorized Library of Congress Subject Heading. Below are some potentially useful headings for Indigenous Studies.

Researching Indigenous Genocides

The topic of genocide in the Americas is considered a controversial one: within the field of genocide studies there is considerable debate as to whether or not what was inflicted on the continent's Indigenous peoples qualified as "genocide." The government of Canada does not recognize the use of this term in this context. As such, researching Native American genocide poses some difficulties, as standard subject headings related to genocide rarely apply. A small percentage of titles have been assigned the subject headings "Genocide - Canada" or "Genocide - United States." More often, however these are the commonly used headings:

Indians of North America --

  • Treatment of
  • Violence against
  • Crimes against
  • Assimilation
  • Government relations
  • Relocation
  • Education
  • Wars

See also:

  • United States – Ethnic Relations
  • United States – Race relations
  • Columbus, Christopher -- Influence
  • Forced migration - United States
  • Massacres – United States
  • California -- Gold Discoveries -- social aspects

(For more resources on genocide see the Library subject guide, "Massacres and Genocide in World History").

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