Information about North American Indian Drama
1. Introduction - personal account of how the database was created.
2. Editorial Policy - detailed criteria used in selecting materials.
3. Software Requirements - notes on which browsers are supported.
4. Technical Support - whom to contact for technical support.
5. Subscription and Free Trial Information - how to get a subscription or a trial.
6. License Agreement - licensing terms and conditions.
7. Acknowledgements - charter customers and individuals who contributed.
8. Copyright and Performance Permission Statement - copyright terms and conditions.
9. Archiving - how this material is preserved for the future.
10. Cataloging Records - what kind of MARC records will be available for this collection.

1.   An Introduction to North American Indian Drama

North American Indian Drama Drama brings together 256 text plays by 49 of the most important American Indian, First Nation, and Pacific Islanders playwrights of the twentieth century. 

More than half of the plays are previously unpublished, almost all are hard to find, and they represent a wealth of dramatic material that is often overlooked or inaccessible. Together, these plays demonstrate Native theaters diversity of tribal traditions and communities, approaches to drama, and individual experiences, but also reflect the commonality of the artistic drive of Native writers to give public voice to their own representations of themselves and their culture. The collection represents groups across the United States and Canada, including Cherokee, Métis, Creek, Choctaw, Pembina Chippewa, Ojibway, Lenape, Comanche, Cree, Navajo, Rappahannock, Hawaiian/Samoan and others.

In addition, this release includes five issues of the Native Playwrights Newsletter, published by Dr. Paul Rathburn. The Native Playwrights Newsletter is quite simply the only resource of its kind, documenting contemporary Indian Drama through original essays, reviews, interviews, photographs, production histories, articles, and in some cases, even the plays themselves.

The writing depicts traditional creation stories, oral histories, and rituals alongside modern issues such as tribal and individual searches for identity, life on and off the reservation, poverty and its accompanying struggles, political sovereignty and claims for self-determination, spirituality and connections to nature, and intercultural encounters and collisions. Many of the works serve as protest literature against deep suffering and dislocation, or they transcend protest to become universal testaments of survival, humor, and hope.

The collection begins in the early 1930s with The Cherokee Night and other works by R. Lynn Riggs, the first American Indian playwright to have his works produced. It progresses through the 20th century with plays produced by the Native American Theatre Ensemble (NATE) and other companies of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, including Spiderwoman Theater, the longest continually running Native American or womens theatre group in North America.

Among the playwrights included are Hanay Geiogamah, Diane Glancy, Bruce King, William S. Yellow Robe, Yvette Nolan, Drew Hayden Taylor, Monique Mojica, Marie Humber Clements, Tomson Highway , Terry Gomez, Daniel David Moses, Laura Shamas, E. Donald Two-Rivers, and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl.

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2.   Editorial Policy

We consulted several bibliographies in creating the database, and content selection is under the direction of our editors and advisors. The collection’s unpublished portion has evolved mostly under the direction of the playwrights themselves.

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3.   Software Requirements

North American Indian Drama is optimized to operate with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, and Firefox 3.0. (We are aware that the "select terms" feature of our Find and Search is not performing well in Firefox 3.5.2. Upgrading to the latest version of Firefox will resolve this issue.)

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4.   Technical Support

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When reporting a problem please include your customer name, e-mail address, phone number, domain name or IP address and that of your web proxy server if used.

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5.   Subscription and Free Trial Information

North American Indian Drama is available for one-time purchase of perpetual access, or as an annual subscription. Please contact us at sales@alexanderstreet.comm if you wish to begin a subscription or to request a free 30-day trial

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6.   License Agreement

Terms of Use

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7.   Acknowledgements

North American Indian Drama was made possible through the hard work of the following individuals:

Dr. Christy Stanlake Editorial Advisor, North American Indian Drama
Catherine Mardikes Software development and design, University of Chicago
Mark Olsen Software development and design, University of Chicago
Pat Carlson Production, Alexander Street Press
Will Whalen Editor, Alexander Street Press
Graham Dimmock Software development, Alexander Street Press
Dave Althen Sourcing, Alexander Street Press
Michael Kangal Sourcing, Alexander Street Press
Tanya Walls Finance, Alexander Street Press
John Cicero Software development, Alexander Street Press
Charles Cooney Software development and design, University of Chicago
Milena Gruwell Indexer, Alexander Street Press
John Sciarretto Indexer, Alexander Street Press
Zoshia Minto Production, Alexander Street Press
Michelle Eldridge Production, Alexander Street Press
Christina Chamberlain Production, Alexander Street Press
Niki Dowdell Production, Alexander Street Press
Young Park Production, Alexander Street Press
Maura Walz Editor, Alexander Street Press
...and, most of all, the authors and their families Editorial advice, historical information, script identification, contact information, and everything else

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8.   Copyright and Performance Rights

Professionals and amateurs are hereby warned that plays and materials in this database are fully protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America, and all other countries covered by the International Copyright Union (including the British Commonwealth and Canada), and of all countries covered by the Pan-American Copyright Convention, and the Universal Copyright Convention, and of all countries with which the United States has reciprocal copyright relations.  All rights, including but not limited to professional, amateur, motion pictures, recitation, lecturing, public reading, radio broadcasting, television, video or sound taping, all other forms of mechanical or electronic reproduction, including information storage and retrieval systems and photocopying, and the rights of translation into foreign languages, are strictly reserved.

Plays from this collection may not be performed without securing permission from the appropriate copyright holders, as listed in the bibliographic display for each play.  Particular emphasis is laid upon the question of readings, permission for which must be secured in writing.  All production rights reserved.  Under no circumstances may any electronic form (CD-ROM, online, or other local storage medium) be used to create production copies of the play. 

Specific performance rights information for each play can be found in the bibliographic detail display for that play.  Alexander Street Press makes no guarantee that this information is correct.  For plays where no performance rights information is listed Alexander Street Press does not warrant that no performance rights exist. 

We are eager to hear from any rights owners who are not properly identified so that appropriate information may be provided in the future. Please e-mail the editor at the address below.

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9.   Archiving

Texts produced for North American Indian Drama are considered research materials and receive the same level of stewardship as books, paper documents, and photographs. Once complete, copies of the database will be given to all purchasing institutions, so ensuring that the materials are available to subsequent generations.

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10.   Cataloging Records

MARC records are available for this collection. Each play has its own MARC record to allow linking from the OPAC to the individual item. This will enable patrons to link directly from a publish access catalog to all documents pertaining to that author. To retrieve these records, please see our site at and select the records for North American Indian Drama.


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