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A Note Regarding Resources: Items are listed on this page that enhance work with the topic discussed. Some older items, especially, may include dated practices and ideas that are no longer generally accepted. Resources reflecting current practices are noted whenever possible.
Barnhart, John D., and Dorothy L. Riker. Indiana to 1816: The Colonial Period. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau and Indiana Historical Society, 1971.
This book is a standard source to use for Indiana history in this period. For secondary students and adult readers.
Burger, Carl. Beaver Skins and Mountain Men. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1968.
An excellent source for students in intermediate grades, includes chapters on the fur trade in the Great Lakes region and the West.
Cobblestone. Volume 3, Number 6, June 1982.
This entire issue is entitled “The North American Beaver Trade” and is very readable for intermediate students.
Gilman, Carolyn. Where Two Worlds Meet: The Great Lakes Fur Trade. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 1982.
Wonderful photographs and drawings are included in this informative work suitable for upper elementary, secondary, and adult readers.
Hicks, Ronald, ed. Native American Cultures in Indiana: Proceedings of the First Minnetrista Council for Great Lakes Native American Studies. Muncie: Minnetrista Cultural Center and Ball State University, 1992.
A series of articles cover the archaeology of early Indiana residents to European contact. This is an excellent and scholarly source recommended for adult readers.
Kehoe, Alice B. North American Indians. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1981.
Excellent adult source on Native American cultures.
Kozlak, Chet. A Great Lakes Fur Trade Coloring Book. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 1981.
Do not be misled by coloring book in the title. This book offers wonderful and accurate drawings of the period with brief text. It is available from the Minnesota Historical Society and other sources.
Ritzenthaler, Robert, and Pat Ritzenthaler. The Woodland Indians of the Western Great Lakes. Milwaukee: Milwaukee Public Museum, 1983.
An excellent source of information on the Woodland culture for secondary and adult readers.
Tanner, Helen Hornbeck, ed. The Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987.
A definitive work on the subject of Great Lakes Indians for adult readers.
Voegelin, Ermine Wheeler, et al. “An Anthropological Report on the History of the Miamis . . . . ” Bloomington: Indiana University, 1957-58.
This report was presented before the U.S. Indian Claims Commission, prepared by the Great Lakes-Ohio Valley Research Project of Indiana University at the request of the U. S. Department of Justice in October 1957. This typescript was published in 1974 under the same title by Garland Publishing Co., New York.
Of Special Interest
The Trail of Courage, September 19-20; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. features pre-1840 living history encampments. Fulton County Historical Society, Rochester. Call 219-233-4436.
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, Indianapolis, has a large collection including Woodland Indian artifacts. Call 317-636-9378.
Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, has Woodland Indian artifacts. Call 317-282-4848.
Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, September 26-27, has early Indiana living history re-enactments at Fort Ouiatenon, West Lafayette. Call 317-743-3921.
Miami County Museum, Peru has artifacts from the French trade period. Call 317-473-9183.