The Wilmette Institute is very pleased to present an extensive ten-part bibliography [below
] about references to American Indians in Baha’i sacred writings, in writings by Baha’i authors, in Baha’i periodicals, and in other Baha’i media. We offer this fascinating and comprehensive bibliography with a caveat to the user: While these ten files were edited based on APA standards, inevitably a work of this length will have some issues of spelling, grammar, and consistency of style. We live in an era when editing is crowd-sourced and the Wilmette Institute does not have the capacity to re-edit these files extensively without your help. Therefore we call on you, the user, to inform us if you spot problems. The easiest thing to do is to download the pdf, save it as a Word document (or write us for a copy in Word) and use “track changes” when you edit. We welcome your involvement in this project and hope it will produce a continuously updated and refined bibliography of references. We also hope it will stimulate similar projects to create bibliographies about other minority groups and specialized subjects.
Dr. Littlebrave Beaston received her Naturopathic Doctorate and Masters in Acupuncture at Bastyr University and her M. Ed in counseling from North Dakota State University. She has been a Bahá’í since 1969 and has experienced Reservation, rural and urban, large and small, heterogeneous and homogenous Bahá’í communities. For fun she loves Devotions, Feast, going to the House of Worship, swimming, hiking, cooking, good conversation, and helping people reach their full potential and make their contributions. To that end she hopes that this research will inspire others to select a strand and write more. The field is wide open when it comes to writing about the many inspiring tales of American Indian Baha’is. Perhaps this will help.
This bibliography is designed to list references in the Bahá'í Faith along with the quotation. There are additional inspirational and newsworthy readings and sites on the topic of American Indians and the Bahá'í Faith in the Star of the West, Bahá’í World Volumes, the United States Bahá'í News, Supplement to the U.S. Bahá'í News, The American Bahá'í and World Order Magazines.The information I have selected to place here is only to help the reader reference the work on American Indians quickly. It does not appear in full sentences for much of the time.
For the majority of the time, I have kept the spelling as it appears in the original work. I have interpreted "American Indian" for this purpose to mean any articles reporting "American Indians" in the United States, Alaska, Canada, South and Central America. Sometimes the word "Indian" was not in the article. Still I have included articles for when it came to particular activities, it was clear (to me) that they were talking about Indians. I have attempted to include the names of Indian believers as I knew them or if they appeared in the print. This is not to favor them in any inappropriate way but rather to show who was involved, their tribes, and the fact that they were involved. One of my hopes is that this book will be helpful to those who will write the future books about Indian Bahá'í communities, how they got started, and their development. I believe that is more how Indians will write and not about any one particular person. When it came to South America, I have to admit being quite ignorant. So I had to rely on what was there for spelling etc. None the less, the information should lead you to some pretty affirming reading.
I have also included Books, Booklets, Pamphlets, Films, Reports, Cassettes, DVD’s, And Videos which relate to the topic. Some of these sources I knew of because I know the people while others were found various ways including using the Bahá'í Bibliographic Database. This database can be accessed through the creator, William Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org.And finally, there is a section on the Programs at the Association for Bahá'í Studies for North America.