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Encyclopedia of Native American Wars and Warfare
  • Format
  • Authored by: General Editors; William B. Kessel, Ph.D., and Robert Wooster, Ph.D.
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816033374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-3337-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 03/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 973.21
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 416


Native American wars and warfare were a fact of life in North America for thousands of years. This A-to-Z volume concentrates on the conflicts that arose after the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World in 1492. From then until the late 1800s, the number of armed conflicts among Native American groups and between Indians and their non-Indian opponents reached significant proportions.

Encyclopedia of Native American Wars and Warfare looks past the legends, misconceptions, biased reports, and myths to present an accurate and objective view of these hard-fought engagements. The book reflects the perspective of both sides, whether the opponents were from different tribes or different cultures, whether Apache or Lakota, American or Russian.

More than 600 extensively cross-referenced entries detail:

  • Wars and battles
  • Treaties
  • Tribes
  • Individuals and places
  • Weaponry
  • Important concepts.
Enhanced by 80 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations and 35 maps, Encyclopedia of Native American Wars and Warfare gives readers a richer understanding of the people, places, and conflicts that helped shape North America.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Maps. Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

General Editor William B. Kessel, Ph.D., was born and raised on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in east-central Arizona. He received a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Arizona and an M.Div. in religious studies from the Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary. Kessel is the author of numerous articles and papers on Native American life. His writings have been featured in books such as Western Apache Material Culture: The Goodwin and Guenther Collections and The Apache Lutheran. His field experience includes extensive ethnographic research on the Apache Indians. Kessel is also a prominent author in religious studies on which he has published two books and more than 50 articles. Kessel is a professor of anthropology and sociology at Bethany Lutheran College, where he has taught various courses on contemporary U.S. Indians and especially Indian peoples of the southwestern United States. In the past decade, he has also served as consultant to the White Mountain Apache tribe.

General Editor Robert Wooster, Ph.D., is professor of history at Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, where he teaches courses on United States, military, western, and Texas history. He is a member of the editorial boards of several scholarly journals and former civilian deputy director of the United States Military Academy/ROTC Military History Fellowship. His books include Soldiers, Sutlers, and Settlers: Garrison Life on the Texas Frontier, The Military and United States Indian Policy, 1865–1903, and Nelson A. Miles and the Twilight of the Frontier Army.

Reviews and Awards

"...sharply focused, extensively cross-indexed entries...recommended for public, high-school, and academic libraries."

“Extensive cross-referencing, a chronology, and a solid selective bibliography will greatly assist readers new to Native American history. The editors set out to produce a resource that would be not only a place to start the research process, but also a tool that would cover topics not found in other basic reference resources. Success is theirs...Highly recommended.”

“A well-balanced and long-overdue research tool...will certainly fill a need in most libraries.”
School Library Journal

"...cut[s] through misperceptions and myths by using the most reliable accounts."
Reference & Research Book News

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