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Latin American Indigenous Studies, Languages and Literature: LTSP 2C Dominguez

An introductory guide to doing research on Latin American Indigenous authors, languages, and literature

LTSP 2C Assignment on Indigenous Cultures

This page is designed to help you complete the following assignment:

Escoge un país de América Latina o el Caribe e investiga en el internet sobre los pueblos indígenas que habitan ese territorio, cuántos son, qué lenguas hablan, con qué recursos cuentan, cuál es su situación actual etc.

Escribe un texto argumentativo teniendo en cuenta las siguientes preguntas ¿Viven los pueblos indígenas mejor, peor o igual que cuando llegaron los colonizadores españoles? ¿El progreso y la modernidad ha sido beneficioso o perjudicial para estas comunidades indígenas?

Escribe claramente tu tesis y provee ejemplos que apoyen tu argumento.

The Search Strategies (see especially the box titled Keyword Search Strategies and Tools) and Finding Books tabs on this Research Guide will also help you navigate the various online library catalogs and the databases and other resources listed below.

Choose an Indigenous Culture For Your Paper

Second Map of Native Lands in the Americas produced by the organization is an incredible resource mapping indigenous territories and languages.  As the About Us > How it Works page explains: 

Ways to navigate include

  • Entering an address (to identify local indigenous cultures and territories)
  • Mousing over or clicking around on the map to see indigenous the indigenous cultures and territories in a particular location

Once you click on the name of a  particular indigenous culture, links with the language name(s) displayed will appear on the left of the screen.  Clicking on such links will take you to pages with additional information and resources on that language and the nation it belongs to.

Online Sources and Databases

Good Places to Find Country Information:


Human Rights Organizations:


UN Resources:

The Main UN website has an amazing amount of information, but can be daunting.  One helpful strategy to navigating is to use the A-Z Site Index (under the search box at the top right corner of the page)

UN Library

This link lets you search either in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library (which will point to some print resources -- such as books) that you will have to find elsewhere, OR in the Search for UN Digital Library which includes digitized UN material, such as documents, voting data, speeches, maps, and open access publications.

UN News Centre: Search for UN news by region, topic of focus (Iraq, Middle East, terrorism etc.), or by UN body. Includes press releases, factsheets, maps and other resources.

UN Data 

Wide range of economic, social, cultural, and demographic indicators: population, environment, health, economics, technology, trade, refugees, and more.


Annotated Bibliographies

The Handbook of Latin American Studies is an annotated bibliography of sources; you can search with keywords as with a library catalog to identify sources to help you learn more about your topic.


The Latin American Studies Module of Oxford Bibliographies includes bibliographic essays which reference sources on indigenous communities throughout Latin America.  Some specialized bibliographies focusing on this subject include: