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Indigenous Appalachia

A guide to sources informing the Indigenous Appalachia exhibition

Appalachian *tribes

Indigenous communities can be named as Tribes, Native Nations or otherwise as deemed by the respective communities. Though many of these Native Nations and Tribes are no longer represented in Appalachia due to forced migration and genocide, they have ancestry in all of our lands. We recognize this list of Appalachian Indigenous communities is not exhaustive, it is fluid and we are open to learning about more. The important histories of these Nations can be found on their respective websites.

Names, websites, maps, and more


Library database

Selected books about Indigenous identity

Native American Museums in Appalachia

Melungeons, identity and ethnicity

Follow links to these Library of Congress Subject Headings to retrieve lists of related library materials

Indians of North America Mixed descent

Indians of North America Ethnic identity

Melungeons Appalachian Region, Southern Ethnic identity

Melungeons Race identity