A Guide to the Indian Tribes of Oklahoma (Civilization of the American Indian Series)

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More than a century and a half ago Oklahoma was chosen to become the home of the red man in the United States. Today, sixty-seven tribes as widely divergent as the Five Civilized Tribes from the Southeast, the Plains tribes from the West, the Seneca from Ohio, and the indigenous Osage reside within its boundaries. More Indian tribes have retained their character and identity in Oklahoma than in any other state of the Union. At the same time, the American Indian in Oklahoma is highly respected colleague of his white contemporary in business, the professions, art, music, and in every other walk of life. it is significant that there are no reservations in the state. Most of the Indians are modern Americans in customs, habits, and dress and have the same life-style as any other citizen of the state. Nowhere else in the United States can be found such a blending of the blood and the civilization of the Anglo-American and the American Indian. This guide to the Indian Tribes of Oklahoma lists alphabetically the tribes within the state- twenty-nine of which have retained their tribal identity in the jurisdiction of the various Indian agencies, and thirty-eight small tribes and fragments of tribes no longer recognized separately. No comparable work has been issued since Frederick Webb Hodge's Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico was published in two volumes in 1910 and 1911. The present encyclopedic treatment of the subject of Oklahoma indians provide the following information for most tribes: origin of the tribal name, linguistic stock, physical characteristics, present location, numbers, history, government and organization, contemporary life and culture, and ceremonials and public dances. In addition, there is a list of suggested reading pertaining to each tribe. Volume 33 in The Civilizations of the American Indian Series

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