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Great Basin Indians: An Encyclopedic History
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Great Basin Indians: An Encyclopedic History Hardcover - 2013

by Michael Hittman

From the publisher

The Native American inhabitants of North America's Great Basin have a long, eventful history and rich cultures. Great Basin Indians: An Encyclopedic History covers all aspects of their world. The book is organized in an encyclopedic format to allow full discussion of many diverse topics, including geography, religion, significant individuals, the impact of Euro-American settlement, wars, tribes and intertribal relations, reservations, federal policies regarding Native Americans, scholarly theories regarding their prehistory, and others. Author Michael Hittman employs a vast range of archival and secondary sources as well as interviews, and he addresses the fruits of such recent methodologies as DNA analysis and gender studies that offer new insights into the lives and history of these enduring inhabitants of one of North America's most challenging environments. Great Basin Indians is an essential resource for any reader interested in the Native peoples of the American West and in western history in general.


  • Title Great Basin Indians: An Encyclopedic History
  • Author Michael Hittman
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition
  • Pages 494
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher University of Nevada Press, Reno
  • Date 2013-06
  • Illustrated Yes
  • ISBN 9780874179095 / 0874179092
  • Weight 1.85 lbs (0.84 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.29 x 6.41 x 1.41 in (23.60 x 16.28 x 3.58 cm)
  • Themes
    • Ethnic Orientation: Native American
  • Library of Congress subjects Indians of North America - Great Basin -, Indians of North America - Great Basin -
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2012046512
  • Dewey Decimal Code 979.004

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About the author

Michael Hittman is a professor of anthropology at Long Island University, specializing in Native American cultures. His other books include Wovoka and the Ghost Dance, Corbett Mack: The Life of a Northern Paiute, and Ghost Dances, Disillusionment, and Opiate Addiction: An Ethnohistory of Smith and Mason Valley Paiutes.