ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS, edited by Frederick E. Hoxie (Houghton Mifflin Company, 712 pages, $45.00)

This single-volume work, containing the contributions of 260 contemporary authorities, details the history of the Native-American people from Paleo-Indians to the present. Entries include descriptions of one hundred tribes, as well as the major language groups–Lakota, Navajo, Cherokee, Cree, and Ojibwa; biographies chosen to represent many different regions and eras; overviews of such diverse topics as treaties, alcoholism, dreams, and voting rights; definitions of frequently misunderstood terms; and more than one hundred illustrations and maps.