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Database in the Spotlight: North American Indian Thought and Culture

Posted in Arts & Humanities, Faculty, Social Sciences, and Students

  • Read Cherokee accounts of their experiences on the Trail of Tears.
  • Study rare historical photographs of medicine ceremonies or ghost dances.
  • Compare narrative styles using the actual audio recordings of Native American storytellers.

Primary source research into cultural, anthropological, and historical Native American topics now becomes a reality for Cal State Fullerton students through an amazing digital collection of autobiographies, biographies, Indian publications, oral histories, personal writings, photographs, drawings, and audio files. The collections have been chosen for their ability give insight into the native point of view in the United States and Canada from the time of the earliest European settlers to the late 20th century.

This new addition to the Pollak Library’s collection of primary source databases shares the powerful searching capabilities of other Alexander Street Press databases, ranging from the ability to locate information on specific individuals, eyewitness accounts of raids, battles, and other historical events, to mentions of specific species of wildlife, geographic formations, or natural phenomena, and drawings of huts, tools and other items of daily life.

North American Indian Thought and Culture was added in Summer 2008 and is listed under Databases A-Z on the library homepage.