Indigenous Peoples
An Encyclopedia of Culture, History, and Threats to Survival
by Victoria R. Williams
February 2020, 1248pp, 8 1/2x11
4 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6117-8
$432, £320, 373€, A584
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More uncontacted groups of indigenous peoples live in the Amazon region of Brazil than anywhere else in the world.

The book is an essential resource for those interested in investigating the lives, histories, and futures of indigenous peoples around the world.

Perfect for readers looking to learn more about cultural groups around the world, this four-volume work examines approximately 400 indigenous groups globally. The encyclopedia investigates the history, social structure, and culture of peoples from all corners of the world, including their role in the world, their politics, and their customs and traditions. Alphabetically arranged entries focus on groups living in all world regions, some of which are well-known with large populations, and others that are lesser-known with only a handful of surviving members.

Each entry includes sections on the group’s geography and environment; history and politics; society, culture, and tradition; access to health care and education; and threats to survival. Each entry concludes with See Also cross-references and a list of Further Reading resources to guide readers in their research. Also included in the encyclopedia are Native Voices inset boxes, allowing readers a glimpse into the daily lives of members of these indigenous groups, as well as an appendix featuring the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


  • Allows for easy cross-cultural comparisons to be made from entry to entry
  • Includes an appendix with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples so readers can easily access it as a resource
  • Showcases “Native Voices” boxes throughout the work, allowing readers to get a snapshot of a “day in the life” of members of various cultural group
  • Offers “See Also” features at the end of each entry to easily cross-reference entries
  • Provides accessible insight into many aspects of indigenous life, including history, society and culture, healthcare and education, and environment
Victoria R. Williams, PhD, is an independent writer and researcher living in London. She is author of ABC-CLIO's Weird Sports and Wacky Games around the World: From Buzkashi to Zorbing (Winner of the 2016 RUSA Outstanding Reference Sources Award), ABC-CLIO's multi-volume Celebrating Life Customs around the World: From Baby Showers to Funerals, and coeditor of ABC-CLIO's Etiquette and Taboos around the World: A Geographic Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Customs.


LJ Best Reference of 2020—Library Journal, March 1, 2021


"Highly recommended for grade school and public libraries. The global scope and eye-catching photos make this resource both important and student friendly."—Booklist, May 15, 2020

"Scholarly coverage is aimed at researchers, but this set will also appeal to general readers."—Library Journal, June 1, 2020

"Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates, and two-year students."—Choice, December 1, 2021
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