To find resources about North American Indians and Alaska Natives, try the following terms in your searches:
The following is a selection of potential Native research topics adapted from Professor Frank Lagana, Queensborough Community College:
Arts and Culture:
Religion and the Natural Environment:
Once you have determined your research topic and have reviewed some books and encyclopedias to get an overview of your topic, you will need to develop a research question. A research question is a clear, focused, concise, complex, and arguable question around which you center your research. You should ask a question about an issue that you are genuinely curious about. While your research topic may be as simple as "American Indian art" then, your research question should be more specific and focused. The specificity of a well-developed research question helps writers avoid the "all-about" paper and work toward supporting a specific, arguable thesis.
The following is a list of research question examples pertaining to the "American Indian art" topic adapted with the permission of Sadie Rosenthal, Cascadia Community College:
You may also want to search by specific tribes or peoples.
Click on the image below to see a map of North American Indian Tribes or go to the National Congress of American Indians site for an alpabetical list.
Image from: AAA Native Arts Gallery
For a map of Salish tribes and their territories in British Columbia and Washington, click on the image below.
Image from: Handbook of North American Indians. V.7: Northwest Coast
Edited by Wayne Suttles. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1990
The graphic below gives a partial list of Northwest Coast Indian tribes and Alaska Native peoples. For a more complete list visit the Indian Tribes by Region page on the AAA Native Arts Gallery site.