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Indigenous Studies in the Americas: Home

This is a guide about indigenous studies in the Americas, with resources from UNC and beyond.

What Is Indigenous Studies?

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From the UNC Anti-Racist Graduate Worker Collective:

"We recognize the land and sovereignty of Native and Indigenous nations in Chapel Hill, in North Carolina, in North America, and across the world. The University of North Carolina sits on the land of the Occaneechi, Shakori, Eno, and Sissipahaw peoples."

Indigenous Studies, also known as Native American or Native Studies, focuses on the past and present of native and indigenous people, also known as First Peoples. These cultures were the first known inhabitants of later colonized land, most commonly in the Western Hemisphere but also in other former European colonies like Australia. Its goal is to uncover, celebrate, and tell the stories of indigenous cultures that have been historically erased from mainstream history, anthropology, literature, and political science. It is interdisciplinary and includes legal and political studies, linguistics, art and anthropology, and modern indigenous civil and environmental rights movements.


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Collection Description

The Latin American and Iberian collections of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill support the broad range of research needs of Carolina's faculty and students in these world areas. Our holdings of over 500,000 volumes are primarily held in Walter Royal Davis Library, the central library for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The strength of the collections complements the research interests of the many graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences.  In addition to acquiring materials in Spanish and Portuguese, our collections include volumes in several of the Maya languages, Guaraní, Galician, Catalán, Basque and Haitian Creole, among others.

Based on a long-standing cooperative agreement with Duke Univerity, UNC-Chapel Hill collects core materials from all Latin American countries, as well as research-level materials from Argentina, Brazil (humanities and literature), Chile, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Researching Latin America

To learn more about the collection and how to research subjects in LAIR, see the Guide to Latin American & Iberian Library Resources.

Teresa Chapa, Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies Librarian

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