Cover image for Macmillan encyclopedia of Native American tribes
Macmillan encyclopedia of Native American tribes
Johnson, Michael, 1937 April 22-
Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan Library Reference USA, 1999.
Physical Description:
288 pages ; 31 cm
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Central Library E76.2 .J63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
Hamburg Library E76.2 .J63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library E76.2 .J63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library E76.2 .J63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

On Order



This fully-updated and revised edition of the 1994 Native Tribes of North America is a superb reference on Native American peoples from the Canadian Arctic to the Rio Grande. Designed for students, researchers, and general readers alike, the Encyclopedia is illustrated throughout with contemporary and rare historical photographs, regional maps and dramatic illustrations.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

The two encyclopedias reviewed here give similar coverage to the Indian tribes of America. Both are quite limited in their coverage of the Mexican and Latin American tribes that settled the Southwest, although the Waldman book does include a section on those tribes as their influence relates to the Southwestern U.S. Neither is as comprehensive as the four-volume Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes [RBB S 1 98]. Waldman`s Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes is a revised edition of a book published in 1988. In A^-Z format, it gives an overview of the history and culture of tribes and peoples from Abenaki to Zuni. Focus is on U.S. North American tribes, but there is also coverage of cultural groupings in Canada and Central America. The volume is notable for its ease of use, its wonderful illustrations, and the great starting point it provides for junior and senior high-school students and even undergraduate students attempting to understand the history of Native Americans. Cross-references are extensive, there is a diagram of the cultural languages and families, and the index and glossary are well constructed and easy to use. Information is clearly presented and illustrates that the history of the various tribes is ongoing and that native peoples are an integral part of what America was and has become. Johnson's Macmillan Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes is the second edition of a more scholarly and in-depth work. Rather than being arranged alphabetically, it is arranged by cultural and geographical areas subdivided by language groups and then by family and tribe (e.g., Northeastern Woodlands--Iroquoian--Huron). At the beginning of each geographical-cultural section, there is a chart displaying language families and tribes; within the section, individual tribes are grouped by language family. The indexing in the volume lists only tribe names, illustrations, and maps, and the cross-referencing between entries is minimal. Appendixes include lists of useful Web sites, powwows, museums, tribal population figures, locations of reservations by state, and principal tribes. The glossary is adequate but not extensive and includes some excellent illustrations. Overall, the quality of the text, illustrations, and photographs is very good, but the book's arrangement may prove difficult for those persons with only a rudimentary understanding of the cultural structure of Native American tribes. Waldman is recommended without reservation for junior-and senior-high students as well as public libraries and anyone interested in a basic understanding of the Native American Indian tribal history and current configuration. Johnson will make a good addition to academic collections, but those with somewhat limited budgets may wish to pass if they have the 1993 first edition or if their collections include the Gale set.

Google Preview