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Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS)

This guide contains starting places to find scholarship and primary sources on Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Researching Native American and Indigenous Studies Topics

Welcome to the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) guide. This guide is intended to help you identify books, databases, primary sources, and other materials that might be useful in NAIS. It is not an exhaustive guide, but a starting place. Because NAIS is a multi-disciplinary academic field, its students and practitioners use sources, methods, theories drawn from many different places to approach a wide range of topics. 

Finding the most useful search terms to research your project is always important. Searching for NAIS topics can be even more complicated than usual, because of the variation in naming over time and between authors. Depending on your topic, you may have to use various combinations of:

  • native american
  • american indian
  • indigenous peoples
  • first peoples
  • first nations
  • names of individual tribes, bands or nations relevant to your topic

Land Acknowledgment

VCU's two largest campuses are located on the traditional lands of the Powhatan Confederacy. I acknowledge the role of the Powhatan as the traditional custodians of these lands, and I pay respect to their elders past, present and emerging.

Awareness of the history of a land and its indigenous peoples involves more than making a blanket statement. If you have not already done so, consider learning more at Native Land, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, or from resources offered by your local tribe, band or nation.


Try Something New

Selected new or recent resources from VCU Libraries collections.