This guide was created in 2022 by MPAL GA Amanda Crego-Emley.
This guide presents a selection of resources that will help you find playscripts, literary criticism, performance histories, and historical context for Native American theatre.
Indigenous theatre is also an area in which we are actively collecting, so if there are other materials you'd like to see in the collection, please let us know through our suggest a purchase form!
Use the tabs to the left to learn more about finding specific types of materials in our collection. Read the section below for general search tips.
Here are some search tips for navigating the Library Catalog to find materials on Indigenous theatre.
When you do a simple keyword search, you are searching for words or phrases that can be found anywhere in the text of an item record. This can be a great way to find a large number of results! That said, you might also get results that are only tangentially related to your topic if your keyword is mentioned in the record, but it isn't a main subject of the work.
Using the Advanced Search feature, you can browse by subject in our Library Catalog. This means conducting a search using a term from a pre-defined controlled vocabulary of headings used to classify materials in our catalog. This will give you more targeted results than doing a simple keyword search because you will only see results that were assigned the subject heading you searched with. Searching by subject can be a great strategy, but it only works if you know which subject terms are used in our catalog. Here are a few you can try:
To search by subject: