Voices of the American Indian Experience

by James E. Seelye Jr. and Steven A. Littleton, Editors


American Indians have been an integral part of all of North American history, yet their voices are typically absent in the telling of their own stories. This work attempts to help rectify this under-representation, drawing upon a variety of primary sources from many different American Indians from a variety of regions to present accurate, unfiltered viewpoints.

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November 2012


Pages 796
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Race and Ethnicity/American Indian Studies

In a single source, this comprehensive two-volume work provides the entire history of American Indians, as told by Indians themselves.

Voices of the American Indian Experience provides unique insights into American Indian history by focusing on Indian accounts instead of on relying on other sources. As a result, their voices are clearer, and readers learn more about Indians directly from Indians, rather than through accounts that are filtered, diluted, and possibly even misinterpreted by an outsider's perspective.

The volumes comprise a vast and fascinating variety of sources that span creation stories from Native American prehistory, to Indians who met the earliest Europeans to visit the Americas, all the way through to American Indians who served in recent foreign conflicts in the U.S. Armed Forces. This work provides information that is essential to fully understanding the history of the United States, and will be a valuable resource for advanced high school students and college students as well as general audiences with an interest in history or Native American culture.


  • Includes some sources that have never before been published
  • Incorporates a wide range of sources from different regions to provide an excellent representation of American Indian history
  • Provides clear, concise introductions to each document, putting them into historical context
  • Documents the key laws that impacted American Indians
  • Includes an up-to-date, complete bibliography
Author Info

James E. Seelye Jr., PhD, is assistant professor of history at Kent State University, OH. A specialist in American Indian history and a student of Alfred A. Cave, he earned his doctoral degree from the University of Toledo.

Steven A. Littleton is a former park ranger-interpreter at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. He is currently a doctoral candidate in history of the American West at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.



"Native Americans are highly diverse, and a collection of this kind can only attempt to sample the variety of viewpoints. Still, the editors acknowledge this difficulty and have produced a quality work that complements rather than replaces other works on American Indian history. Libraries may wish to have a second copy in their circulating collections. Recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries supporting Native American studies or American history programs."
—Library Journal

"These volumes provide a treasure trove of information for students of American Indian history."—Booklist

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