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Native American/Indigenous Studies: Getting Started

Find Native American/Indigenous materials in the Catalog and Databases

Use these keyword/subject heading suggestions to locate books and articles:

Before you begin your search compile a list of keywords that include topic and tribal affiliation that you can use interchangeably throughout your information search.

This research guide aims to highlight critical themes bridging past and present, representing issues and research areas that reflect the lived experiences of Native American/Indigenous scholars today.

Find interdisciplinary subject areas

Native American/Indigenous studies are interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. Relationality and interconnectedness are reoccurring themes for Native American/Indigenous scholars. Disciplinary perspectives in this guide may include AnthropologySociologyPolitical SciencePublic PolicyLawEducationHealth: Community-Engaged ResearchHistory, and Environmental-Science.


Duke Native American Research Guides

Honoring Native Lands

With permission from the Duke University Native American/Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA) and Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, we share the following Land Acknowledgement:

"Léwa Eno, Tutelo, Saponi, Occaneechi, Shakori eyātile amā agíneókehléi yoñspépua wahiyébise. (I would like to acknowledge that we are on the land of the Eno, Tutelo, Saponi, Occaneechi, and Shakori Native people.) Mecoure’mechen Kihoe! (You are welcome here!) We are gathered today on land that was traditionally part of the territory of the Saponi people in the Piedmont of what is now the state of North Carolina. This area is not far from the “Great Trading Path,” used by both the native people of this area and non-native peoples during the early years of contact. The Saponi people, whose descendants include the Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation Indian Tribe, still thrive and live in this region, officially recognized by the state government of North Carolina." 

About NAISA: "As the primary Native American/Indigenous cultural organization on campus, we serve as a resource for all Native American/Indigenous students on campus through educational, career, cultural, and social support. Further, we work to advance the awareness of Native American/Indigenous cultures across campus, throughout the state of North Carolina, and beyond."

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