By Barbara Kuipers
This annotated bibliography of greater than two hundred suggested reference books has been compiled to aid public librarians, university library media experts, and academics in offering top quality, appropriate nonfiction fabrics on American Indians. each one access has entire bibliographic information and exhibits topic region and analyzing point. Annotations are long and speak about the strengths and weaknesses of every booklet and its capability use within the curriculum. additionally, a complete part is dedicated to standards for choosing books approximately American Indians that stay away from stereotypes and confirm objectivity, and an easy-to-use record for comparing fabrics is integrated.
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Evaluation Criteria Books of reference value to be included in a collection of American Indian literature should meet the same standards of evaluation required of any reference book. To determine the potential usefulness of a reference book, The Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (ELIS) recommends considering the following questions: I. Authority 1. Authorship: What are the qualifications in experience and education of the authors, contributors, and editors by reputation and as revealed in previous works?
Although filmmakers still take liberties with historical facts, often failing to see the differences between tribal groups, the Native Americans of recent media releases have been transformed from inarticulate savages to intelligent, complex, humorous, and civilized individuals. Major publishing houses have capitalized on the public's interest in the American Indian and are offering more titles than in recent years. The novel that inspired the movie Dances with Wolves has sold millions of copies.
Unlike some others, Stensland has regard for a growing number of non-Indian writers who have turned to serious American Indian themes and are treating them with accuracy and Page 11 dignity. She includes both Indian and non-Indian books in her bibliography (Stensland 1979, 23). Seale, a children's librarian of Santee, Cree, and white ancestry, also expresses strong concern about non-Indian authors in an essay in Books Without Bias: Through Indian Eyes: As a children's librarian, it is my obligation to see that the collection contains balance, that the Children's Room be a place where all children will feel welcome, and comfortable.