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We are Wikipedians who have formed a project to improve, maintain, and organize the information in articles related to Indigenous peoples of the Americas. We hope this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. This page and its subpages contain our suggestions and discussions.

If you would like to help, please introduce yourself on our talk page and add your name as a participant! Or, jump in and expand a stub article with reliable sources. Feel free to ask for help ...

WikiProject Indigenous peoples of North America descended from the WikiProject Ethnic groups.

It covers all information on Indigenous peoples of the Americas available at Wikipedia, with the purpose of providing a unified coordination of all articles, stubs, categories and lists on the topic and closely related subjects.

Purpose edit

The aim of WikiProject Indigenous peoples of North America is:

  • to organize our content,
  • to improve our content when possible,
  • to detect missing and incomplete articles and either create them or enhance them,
  • and to provide a coordinated effort in this direction.

Scope edit

This project aims to encompass all historic, ethnic, and cultural aspects of the many groups collectively described as Indigenous peoples of North America, including Aboriginal peoples in Canada, Kalaallit of Greenland, Native Americans in the United States, and indigenous peoples of Mexico (parts of Mexico within the Mesoamerican culture areas are often excluded from North America).

A special note for our First Nations, American Indian, Native American, and Indigenous contributors edit

  We welcome all people of American Indian, Native American, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, mestizo, and other Indigenous backgrounds reading this page! We hope you enjoy participating in Wikipedia. We are especially happy to have your help in improving the diversity of Wikipedia coverage. Please feel free to leave a note on the talk page of this WikiProject, or at Wikipedia:Systemic bias if you run into problems here. And yes, it is possible to start your own Wikipedia in your own language. We'd be happy to support you in this. (Leave a note if you need help setting up a new language, or with fonts.)

Articles requested edit

Redlinked entries in List of Native American politicians edit

Lists of missing articles edit

Progress update on our articles edit

As of 24 April 2024, there are 14,000 articles within the scope of WikiProject Indigenous peoples of North America, of which 32 are featured. This makes up 0.21% of the articles on Wikipedia and 0.3% of featured articles and lists. Including non-article pages, such as talk pages, redirects, categories, etcetera, there are 37,066 pages in the project.

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Backlog: Unassessed Indigenous peoples of North America articles
Goal: 0 articles
Current: 255 articles
Initial: 1,880 articles

Our articles by category edit

Goals edit

  1. Provide a centralized resource guide of all related topics in Wikipedia, as well as spearhead the effort to improve and develop them.
  2. Create uniform templates that serve to identify all related articles as part of this project, as well as stub templates to englobe all related stubs under specific categories.
  3. Standardize articles about different tribes, personalities, and (when possible) historical events and cultural aspects.
  4. Verify historical accuracy and neutrality of all articles within the scope of the project.
  5. Create, expand and cleanup related articles.

General Strategy and Discussion forum edit

If possible, the natural place to be used as the discussion forum is the project's talk page. Whenever needed, discussion can be moved to a more appropriate place regarding a particular matter.

Resources edit

Essays and Guidelines edit

Manual of Style and Policy on Wikipedia edit

Native American and Indigenous Canadian status is based on citizenship, not race. Indigenous people's citizenship can be listed parenthetically, or as a clause after their names.[a]

For example:

  1. ^ For additional guidelines on naming conventions and sourcing Native American and Indigenous Canadian identities, see Determining Native American and Indigenous Canadian identities.

Style Guides edit

Style Guides on Indigenous terminology and other issues. Like "Native American", "Indigenous" is capitalized when referring to people.

From the Associated Press
From APA style
  • APA Style - Racial and Ethnic Identity. Section 5.7 of the APA Publication Manual, Seventh Edition, September 2019.

    Racial and ethnic groups are designated by proper nouns and are capitalized. ... capitalize terms such as “Native American,” “Hispanic,” and so on. Capitalize “Indigenous” and “Aboriginal” whenever they are used. Capitalize “Indigenous People” or “Aboriginal People” when referring to a specific group (e.g., the Indigenous Peoples of Canada), but use lowercase for “people” when describing persons who are Indigenous or Aboriginal (e.g., “the authors were all Indigenous people but belonged to different nations”).

From The Chicago Manual of Style
  • Capitalization: 'We would capitalize “Indigenous” in both contexts: that of Indigenous people and groups, on the one hand, and Indigenous culture and society, on the other. Lowercase “indigenous” would be reserved for contexts in which the term does not apply to Indigenous people in any sense—for example, indigenous plant and animal species.'
From the Native American Journalists Association
Some example of WP:RS publications and media outlets that capitalize "Indigenous" when referring to Indigenous people (not a complete list, by any means)

External links edit

Reference books edit

  • Phillip M. White (October 2004). Bibliography of Native American bibliographies. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-31941-9.
  • Fagan, Brian M. (2000). Ancient North America: The archaeology of a continent (3rd ed.). New York: Thames and Hudson.
  • Landar, Herbert. (1973). The tribes and languages of North America: A checklist. In T. A. Sebeok (Ed.), Current trends in linguistics: Linguistics in North America (Vol. 10, pp. 1253-1441). The Hague: Mouton.
  • Sturtevant, William C. (Ed.). (1978-present). Handbook of North American Indians (Vol. 1-20). Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution. (Vols. 1-3, 16, 18-20 not yet published).
  • Poser, Bill. (2006). The Names of the First Nations Languages of British Columbia.
  • Sonneborn, Liz (2007). A to Z of American Indian Women. A to Z of women (Rev. ed.). New York: Facts On File. ISBN 9780816066940.

Arts and Artists edit

  • Everett, Deborah (2008). Encyclopedia of Native American Artists. Artists of the American mosaic, ISSN 1939-1218. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. ISBN 9780313337628.
  • Reno, Dawn E. (1995). Contemporary Native American Artists. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Alliance Publishing. ISBN 0964150964.
  • Roger Matuz, ed. (1998). St. James Guide to Native North American Artists. Detroit: St. James Press. ISBN 1558622217.

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Project origin and history edit

When WikiProject Ethnic groups began in January 2004, this topic was badly lacking in quantity and quality. There were no uniform criteria regarding ethnic matters to be included in Wikipedia. Today, the situation is very different. As of 2013, Wikipedia contains exhaustive quanitites of information on many ethnic matters, and more resources and information are added daily. Organizing and coordinating this large volume of ethnic information remains a challenging task, and has resulted in the creation of new WikiProjects focused on specific ethnic groups.

As a great deal of work has been already done both within and outside WikiProject Ethnic groups, the task ahead looks less daunting than that it did in 2004, but no less important and immense for that reason.

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