Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2004


Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 14, No. 1, 2004. Copyright © 2004 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Loretta Fowler, professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma and author of several books on Great Plains tribes such as the Arapahos and the Gros Ventres, has now produced this excellent guide to all of the Indian tribes of the area. Dividing the Great Plains into five different regions-Southern, Central, Northwestern, Middle Missouri, and Northeastern Periphery-Fowler provides a concise and straightforward Indian history from prehistoric times to the present in four short chapters. Important terms-people, places, and events-used in each chapter are placed in boldface type and then defined in an appendix that stretches alphabetically from "age-graded societies" to "yuwipi." In addition, there are informative maps and photographs as well as a useful chronology. Finally, the author supplies an excellent, up-to-the-minute annotated bibliography that includes books and articles on each tribe, along with videos and films and even tribal Web pages. Scholars, teachers, and students will find the work most useful as a quick guide to facts, sources, and definitions.