The Indian Tribes of North America

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Swanton’s The Indian Tribes of North America is a classic example of early 20th Century Native American ethnological research. Published in 1953 in Bulletin 145 of the Bureau of American Ethnology, this manuscript covers all known Indian tribes, at the time, broken down by location (state). AccessGenealogy’s online presentation provides state pages by which the user is then either provided a brief history of the tribe, or is referred to a more in-depth ethnological representation of the tribe and it’s place in history. This ethnology usually contains the various names by which the tribe was known, general locations of the tribe, village names, brief history, population statistics for the tribe, and then connections in which the tribe is noted.

The Indian Tribes of North America
Powells Map showing the Lingusitic Families of the Indian Tribes of North America

The Indian Tribes of North America


MLA Source Citation:

Swanton, John R. The Indian Tribes of North America. Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 145. Washington DC: US Government Printing Office. 1953. Web. 20 January 2015. - Last updated on Oct 5th, 2013

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2 Responses to “The Indian Tribes of North America”

    1. Vince Genre
      3:20 pm on November 14th, 2013

    I am trying to link my past to the obijwa tribe in canada. my great grandmother was 1/2 indiian . her married name was martha weiler and was married to john weiler. their marriage license lists her maiden name as weiler. so i have hit a snag. can you help me?

      1. Dennis
        12:54 pm on November 24th, 2013

      Vince, have you ascertained that your grandmother did not actually have the maiden name of Weiler? I’ve found Partridge’s marrying Partridge’s, so it’s not that uncommon, even on the rarer surnames.

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