O-si-yo, tsi-lu-gi: Hello and Welcome to Tribalpedia!
The information for each tribe was obtained from various sources including the Tribal websites, Wikipedia, and other educational sites involved in Native Indian history. We have condensed the material from all of these sources to make it easier for you to read. Note that not every tribe is listed. There are records for over 4000 Native American tribes, but only 513 are still recognized by the US Government. This is an ongoing project and information will be added on a continuing basis.

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For Teachers, there are links to complete Lesson Plans with Answer Keys for the following Tribes:

Tribes Located in the United States:

Background image: Dowa Yalanne, Zuni. Photo courtesy of R.Deck.
Note: Dowa Yalanne (Zuni: “Corn Mountain”) is sacred to the Zuni people. The mesa is a place for shrines and religious activities, and is closed to outside visitors.
Read more about Dowa Yalanne in our Zuni entry.
As always, thanks to Chuck Houpt


National Museum Of The American Indian

Summer 2017 Highlights

Living Earth Festival 2017

Southern Ute Bear Dancers from Ignacio

Join us for the eighth annual Living Earth Festival celebrating the bounty and wisdom of the Earth. The festival will feature daily cooking presentations highlighting cacao as the featured ingredient, artist demonstrators, and dance performances by the Southern Ute Bear Dancers from Ignacio, CO, Artists taking part this year include Mi’kmaq bead and textile artist Karen Hodge Russell, Potawatomi traditional potter Pahponee, Tlingit hide painter Margie Morris, Mayan cacao growers Julio and Heliodora Saqui, and traditional Mayan potters Josefa Canto and Timotea Mesh. Isleta farmer Joseph Jaramillo will speak to traditional farming practices and the heirloom food products he grows.

Native Fashion

From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, Native Fashion Now celebrates the visual range, creative expression, and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 70 works spanning the last 50 years explore the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists from pioneering Native style-makers to maverick designers making their mark in today’s world of fashion.

Celebrate Native American Veterans

Though we celebrate those who dedicate themselves to defending our nation, many Americans are unaware of the exceptional service performed by Native American veterans. Taking up the charge given by Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) will establish a NateVeterans Memorial in the heart of Washington, DC. When the memorial is unveiled, we will recognize for the first time on a national scale the enduring and distinguished service of Native Americans in every branch of the U.S. armed forces.

Celebrating the Cacao Plant

Join us for a lively conversation celebrating the cacao plant, the chocolate produced from it, and the many ways it enriches our cuisine and culture. Chefs Freddie Bitsoie (Diné [Navajo]), Neftali Duran (Mixteco), and Julio Saqui (Mopan Maya) will explore the history of cacao and its growth, harvesting, and production; discuss sustainability and sourcing; illuminate the delicious intrigue of Mexican hot chocolate, dark molé, and other traditional dishes, both sweet and savory, made with chocolate. Learn about one of the world’s most beloved foods with these accomplished chefs whose passion for cooking is inspired by their Native American culinary traditions and heritage. Chef and educator Sue McWilliams will moderate.