Welcome to the Indians of North America Page
Groups of native people lived on the North American continent long before they were discovered by European explorers. They often associated together by their common language and culture. These natives have been known as Indians, American Indians, Native Americans, the native races of North America, and other similar terms. Original records and books about them may be listed or cataloged under any or all of these terms.
Almost none of the American Indian groups had a written language. Therefore, most of the early records regarding them were created and preserved by individuals and governments dealing with the natives.
The Indians used oral history methods to preserve their history and culture.
There are many depositories of the records of the Indians of North America. The National Archives of the United States in Washington D.C., its several regional archives, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the Oklahoma Historical Society in Oklahoma City, the Public Archives of Canada in Ottawa are but a few of the archives or libraries with very substantial holdings of American Indian records. Many of these facilities have copies of records also found elsewhere. But each of these records custodians also have records unique to their facility.
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