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Indians of the Great Plains

2nd Edition

By Daniel J. Gelo


428 pages | 67 B/W Illus.

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This book provides a thorough and engaging study of Plains Indian life. It covers both historical and contemporary aspects and contains wide and balanced treatment of the many different tribal groups, including Canadian and southern populations. Daniel J. Gelo draws on years of ethnographic research and emphasizes that Plains societies and cultures are continuing, living entities. The second edition has been updated to take account of recent developments and current terminology. The chapters feature a range of illustrations, maps, and text boxes, as well as summaries, key terms, and questions to support teaching and learning. It is an essential text for courses on Indians of the Great Plains and relevant for students of anthropology, archaeology, history, and Indigenous studies.

Table of Contents


1. The Great Plains

2. Oral traditions

3. Early history

4. Bison, horse, and hoe

5. Tribal organization

6. Family and social life

7. Material culture and art

8. Music and dance

9. Religious fundamentals

10. Group rituals

11. External relations

12. Life through the twentieth century

13. Contemporary life

About the Author

Daniel J. Gelo is Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Stumberg Distinguished University Chair, and Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural