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American Indian Studies

This page is a starting point for all students researching American Indian issues. This guide is created by the Labriola National American Indian Data Center.

Article Databases

The following indexes and databases are accessed from the Arizona State University Libraries home page by clicking on “Articles and entering the title of the database in the space provided.


American Indian History and Culture is a database offering fast access to more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and biographies.


Ethnic NewsWatch is an interdisciplinary and comprehensive full text database of newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic, minority, and Native press from 1990 to present, including: Indian Country Today, News from Indian Country and Akwesasne Notes.

Helpful Websites

In addition to the most important links below, there are a number of ever changing sites set up by varied American Indian theatre projects throughout the country.


“American Indian Community House,” The American Indian Community House (AICH) is a not-for-profit organization serving the health, social service, and cultural needs of Native Americans residing in New York City. The AICH Performing Arts Department promotes Native American performing artists and provides a performance space and audience for music, dance and drama, written, directed and produced or performed by indigenous artists.


“American Indian Film Institute,” The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) is a non-profit media arts center founded in 1979 to foster understanding of the culture, traditions and issues of contemporary Native Americans.


“Yellow Bird Indian Dancers,” The dance group presents a repertoire of authentic Apache, Southwest and Northern Plains dances ranging from preschool age to adult dancers. In addition to the dances, they provide professional stage production of their works including: storytellers, lecturers, flute players and native craft demonstrators.


“Project HOOP”, Project Hoop, “Honoring Our Orgins and Peoples” through Native American theater is a national, multi-disciplinary initiative to advance Native theater artistically, academically, and professionally.

Reference Books

The following reference books can be found in the Labriola Center near the reference desk.


The following bibliography lists reference material dealing with American Indian Theatre. Theatre is defined as that of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, and sound. The following resources include material found in the Labriola National American Indian Data Center and the ASU Library.




Native Playwrights’ Newsletter, Paul Rathbun, ed., Madison: NPN, 1993-1996. Addressing theinterest of Indigenous playwrights and theatre artists.

Theses and Dissertations

“The Development of Native American Theatre Companies in the Continental United States,” Sally Ann Heath. Doctor of Philosophy Thesis, University of Colorado, 1996. The study explores the emergence of Native American theatre and it examines the success, failures, and the present state of affairs of theatre companies.


Included are small manuscripts, informational brochures, museum publications, photographs (including slides), articles and poetry. To find ephemera related to American Indian Theatre, search the American Indian Index which is accessed from the Arizona State University Libraries home page under “Specialized Collections.” Type in searches such as: “theatre,” “plays,” “performing arts,” “powwow” and “drama.”


“The Canyon Records Collection,” contains 454 sound recordings (CD’s, LP’s, cassettes) of Native American Music published by Canyon Records of Phoenix, AZ. The items are held at the ASU Music Library and none of the items circulate outside of the library.

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