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A brief guide to archival, primary sources and other resources about Northwest Native American and First Nations' history and culture, with a focus on the holdings of Western Libraries' Heritage Resources programs.
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Introduction

This guide suggests useful resources for studying the history of Native American history and culture in the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on resources available through Western Libraries' Heritage Resources programs. It is not exhaustive and many of the resources listed are local or regional in focus. Contact Western Libraries Research Desk or Heritage Resources' staff if you need assistance finding more information.

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WWU offers a variety of courses in Native American studies. Check out the WWU Course Catalog for more information.  

 

Resources from the Western Libraries Catalog

This is a very brief list of titles frequently accessed by our researchers - many additional resources can be accessed via the Western Libraries Catalog. Please Ask Us if you need assistance. 

A Stó:lō-Coast Salish historical atlas
Call Number: Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection - Oversize G1172.F7E1 S8 2001

The Canoe Rocks: Alaska's Tlingit and the Euramerican frontier, 1800-1912 - Hinckley, Ted C.
Call Number: Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E99.T6 H55 1996
Also @ Heritage Resources--Archives Building Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Reference Room E99.T6 H55 1996

Chilliwacks and Their Neighbors - Wells, Oliver, 1907-1970
Call Number: Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E99.C5523 W45 1987
Also located @ Archives Building--Washington State Archives--NW Regional Branch Reference Room E99.C5523 W45 19

The Duwamish, Lummi, ... [et al] versus the United States of America - Duwamish Indians et al., claimants.
Call Number: Available at Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E78.W3 D8

History of Lummi Fishing Rights
Call Number: Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E99.L95 N79

History of Lummi legal action against the United States
Call Number: Wilson 4W - Books KF8228.L95 N83
Also Available at Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection KF8228.L95 N83 and Heritage Resources--Archives Building Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Vertical Files (Folder 250 )

Indians, fire, and the land in the Pacific Northwest
Call Number: Available at Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E78.N77 I53 1999
"Drawing on historical journals, Native American informants, and botanical and forestry studies, the contributors to this book describe local patterns of fire use in eight ecoregions, representing all parts of the Native Northwest from southwest Oregon to British Columbia and from Puget Sound to the Northern Rockies"

Indians in the making: ethnic relations and Indian identities around Puget Sound - Harmon, Alexandra.
Call Number: Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E78.W3 H37
Also located @ Heritage Resources--Archives Building Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Reference Room E78.W3 H37 1999

"...offers the first comprehensive account of these meetings, from the land-based fur trade of the 1820s to the Indian fishing rights activism of the 1970s. This history shows how notions of Indian identity - both Indian and non-Indian - changed as relations changed. "

Indians of Skagit County
Call Number: Available at Western Library Wilson 3W - Books E78.W3 S24
General history, New religions, Individual history for the eleven tribes, Swinomish reservation, Indian legends, Stories, oration by Chief Seattle, The Point Elliot (Muckilteo) treaty.

Also at: Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E78.W3 S24 and Archives Building--Washington State Archives--NW Regional Branch Reference Room E78.W3 S24

Listening to our ancestors: the art of native life along the north pacific coast
Call Number: Available at Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E78.N78 L58 2005
"in a series of community self-portraits, cultural figures from eleven Northwest Coast nations discuss the ways in which these masterpieces, as well as everyday tools and utensils from the museum's collections, connect them with their forbears, who made and used these beautiful objects. Kwakwaka'wakw Chief Robert Joseph and the community curators contrast the approach anthropologists and art historians have taken to the treasures of the Northwest with Native people's perspective on their cultural legacy."

Lummi elders speak - Nugent, Ann (ed)
Call Number: Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E99.L95 L86 1999
Also located @ Archives Building--Washington State Archives--NW Regional Branch Reference Room E99.L95 L86 1999

Lummi Indian census rolls for selected years between 1885-1912, and 1950
Available at Heritage Resources--Archives Building Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Reference Room.

Photocopy of typed material copied from microfilm reproductions of originals housed at the National Archives. Typed documents and text written by Howard Buswell; includes handwritten annotations by Buswell throughout.

Lummi Indians of Northwest Washington
Call Number: Heritage Resources--Archives Building Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Reference Room E99.L9
Publication Date: 1934
Also in: Heritage Resources--Special Collections Rare Book Collection E99.L95 S8

The cycle of life, Tribal culture, Legend and lore.

Native peoples of the Olympic Peninsula: who we are
Call Number: Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E78.W3 N37 2002
Also @ Archives Building--Washington State Archives--NW Regional Branch Reference Room E78.W3 N37 2002

"The Native tribes of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula share complex histories of trade, religion, warfare, and kinship. Yet few books have depicted the indigenous people of this region from a Native perspective. "

Otter skins, Boston ships, and China goods: the maritime fur trade of the Northwest Coast, 1785-1841
Call Number: Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection HD9778.5.S4153 N74 1992
The dominant economic activity in the area. The Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Nootka, Salish, and Chinook spent much of their time hunting fur-bearing animals and trading their pelts - especially the highly prized "black skins" of sea otters - to Russian, British, Spanish, and American traders for metals, firearms, textiles, and food. Gibson's new.
Interpretations derive from his use of Western primary sources that have been largely ignored by previous investigators; Russian-language sources not consulted by others; the records of the Russian-American, East India, and Hudson's Bay companies; the unpublished logs and journals of a number of American ships; and the business correspondence of several New England shipowners.

Peoples of the sea wind: the native Americans of the Pacific Coast
Call Number: Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E78.P2 B76
Nine accounts of the old time life of various Indian tribes of the Pacific northwest coast, including chapters on the Tlingit, Kwakiutl, Tsimshian, Coast Salish and Nootka.

The Power of promises: rethinking Indian treaties in the Pacific Northwest
Call Number: Available at Western Library Wilson 3W - Books E78.N77 P68 2008

Schooling of the Lummi Indians between 1855-1956
Call Number: Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E99.L95 N85

The Swinomish totem pole: tribal legends
Call Number: Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E99.S21 S25
Publication Date: 1938
Also at: Heritage Resources--Special Collections Rare Book Collection E99.S21 S25

To Fish in Common: the ethnohistory of Lummi Indian salmon fishing - Boxberger, Daniel L., 1950-
Call Number: Available at Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E99.L95 B68 2000
Also @ Heritage Resources--Special Collections The Western Collection Boxberger, D.L.
& @ Heritage Resources--Archives Building Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Reference Room E99.L95 B68 2000

Traders' Tales: narratives of cultural encounters in the Columbia Plateau, 1807-1846 - Vibert, Elizabeth, 1962-
Call Number: Available at Western Library Wilson 4C - Northwest Collection E78.C63 V52 1997
Also @ Archives Building--Washington State Archives--NW Regional Branch Reference Room E78.C63 V52 1997

"As the earliest "ethnographic" accounts of the Native peoples of northern North America, fur-trade records have long been mined for data by legal researchers, historians, and anthropologists. Traders' Tales provides the first sustained critical analysis of these fascinating historical documents."

Ways of the Lushootseed People: ceremonies & traditions of northern Puget Sound First People.
Call Number: Available at Heritage Resources--Archives Building Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Reference Room E99.S21 W39 2001

Databases

Western Libraries provides access to a wide variety of article and research databases (a WWU log-in is required). In addition to the examples listed below, please see the Libraries' online guide to Databases A-Z and/or ask staff at the Libraries' Research Consultation Desk for assistance.  On campus access only for community users. The WWU community may access on or off campus.

  • America: History and Life  
      
    A database indexing scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistoric times to the present. The scope includes citations and abstracts of journal articles, dissertations, as well as book and media reviews.
  • Databases for American Cultural Studies
  • EBSCO multiple database search  
      
    EBSCO (All Databases) is a combination of Academic Search Complete (a scholarly, multi-disciplinary database, with more than 10,000 journals, with more than 5,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 4,600 peer-reviewed journals) and Business Source Complete (a full-text index to journals in business, management, marketing, etc.).
  • Ethnic News Watch  
      
    Ethnic NewsWatch is available as two resources, Ethnic NewsWatch™, which is a current collection, and Ethnic NewsWatch: A History™, which is an historical collection.
    Ethnic NewsWatch™, covers 1990 to present and includes newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives with national and regional coverage. Ethnic NewsWatch™ is devoted to presenting multi-ethnic and multi-cultural publications in one resource. Coverage begins in 1990 and is updated daily with new content.
    Ethnic NewsWatch: A History™, the historical file covering the years 1959-1989, offers a rare collection of over 30 full-text titles, focusing on African American, Hispanic American, and Native American presses from 1959-1989.
  • JSTOR  
      
    JSTOR provides searchable full-text access to backfiles of core scholarly journals in many fields including African American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, History, Language & Literature, Music, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology, and Statistics. There is a gap, usually from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the content available in JSTOR.

Heritage Resources

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Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Goltz-Murray Building, 360-650-7534
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Heritage Resources

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Western Libraries Heritage Resources provides for responsible stewardship of and access to unique and archival resources in support of teaching, learning and resarch at Western Washington University and beyond. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives and Records Management work together to document the culture and history of Western, the local community and Pacific Northwest region, and to promote public and scholarly access to holdings.

       

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