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Native American Studies Research Guide: American Indian Experience


American Mosaic : American Indian Experience 

A digital resource that illuminates the histories and contemporary cultures of the Native peoples of North America.

Before European colonialists arrived on the continent, native societies were stewards of the North American landscape, living in complex cultural and political structures. Many of these societies and their cultural and political systems have influenced the span of nations they encompass in many tangible ways, from the U.S. Constitution and simple place names to fashion and spirituality. Nonetheless, the history of Native peoples of North America remains a mystery to many.

Understanding the Native peoples of North America is important to better comprehend not only our shared history but also that which came before. Without a comprehensive appreciation of the Native American experience over the last half millennium, it is impossible to truly grasp the identity of our shared continent.

The American Mosaic: The American Indian Experience is an online collection featuring reference content, hundreds of primary documents, and thousands of images. The Analyze sections pose historic quandaries that invite learners to examine issues from all angles and develop their critical thinking skills, while easy-to-use search and browse features facilitate research at every level. From precontact to the colonial era into the 21st century, and from the Inuit of Alaska to the Seminole of Florida, AIE is an indispensable electronic research and learning resource....The Academic database includes a feature titled "Idea Exchange." This collection of peer-reviewed articles presents multiple perspectives on core topics and is designed to encourage deeper scholarly exploration and discussion. The articles serve as models of well-constructed argumentative essays. And, they are citable for college- and university-level research papers. Users will find current MLA 7th edition, Chicago 15th ed., and APA 6th edition citation options to help simplify the bibliographic process.

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