2nd Edition

Indians of the Great Plains

By Daniel J. Gelo Copyright 2019
    446 Pages 67 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    446 Pages 67 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.

    "This textbook is the most thorough and detailed student text on the topic, as well as the best organized and balanced in its coverage of the diverse cultural aspects among all the indigenous peoples of the Plains. It has carefully been conceived for undergraduate teaching, but it will also be of interest to graduates and lay readers. Despite its conception as a textbook, it is so rich that it can even be used as a reference book on Plains Indians by non-anthropologists."

    Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez, Texas State University, USA