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Books on American Indian History and Culture

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Native American reference books

Atlas of the North American Indian:
     Complete collection of maps showing the pre-Columbian, colonial, and current locations of hundreds of native tribes
     and nations. A top classroom reference.
Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes:
     Past and present information about the culture groups of native North America. This book is easy enough to read that it works as a
     children's resource, but it doesn't 'dumb down' or get lost in silly romanticizing. We could recommend this to anyone with an interest.
A Native American Encyclopedia:
     A good resource book offering historical and demographic information about each tribal group of North America, explaining
     the differences between the diverse cultures clearly and precisely. This would make a great classroom reference for older kids.
Encyclopedia of North American Indians: Native American History, Culture, and Life:
     Another good resource book presenting different ancient and modern Indian cultures respectfully and fairly. Sometimes it
     rambles a little--Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes is more clearly and uniformly written. But Encyclopedia of
     North American Indians has more pieces by native authors.
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People:
     Excellent textbook of American history from the Native American perspective, written for high schoolers.
     This blog post has some worthwhile online lesson plans to accompany the book.
500 Nations: An Illustrated History of North American Indians:
     This reference work of Native American history is harder to read but very thorough. Recommended for history buffs,
     maybe not for casual or younger readers .

Books about Native American history

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West:
     Western historian Dee Brown's seminal 1971 book, famous for presenting the Native American side of the "Indian Wars"
     to the general public for the first time. Carefully researched, compellingly written, still important 30 years later.
Custer Died For Your Sins: * Spirit and Reason: * Red Earth, White Lies:
     Essays on history, politics and philosophy by Standing Rock Lakota writer Vine Deloria Jr.
Lakota Woman:
     Mary Brave Bird (Crow Dog)'s autobiographical history of the American Indian Movement. A civil rights must-read.
Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas:
     An excellent overview of the history of Native American tribes in the United States.
Killing Custer: The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Fate of the Plains Indians:
     Good books about the Battle of Little Bighorn and its aftermath
Massacre at Sand Creek: * Sand Creek Massacre: * From Sand Creek:
     Good books about the Sand Creek Massacre.
Strange Empire: Narrative of the Northwest: * Loyal Till Death:
     History of the Cree and Metis people and Canada's Northwest Rebellion.
Indian Metropolis: Native Americans in Chicago, 1945-75:
     An interesting book about Indian urbanization.
Charcoal's World:
     Interesting historical examination of a Blackfoot man's clash with white culture and the law
My Name Is Seepeetza: * Out of the Depths:
     Books about the painful history of the Indian residential schools.

Books about Native American culture and traditions

Of Earth and Elders: Visions and Voices from Native America:
     Fascinating mosaic of interviews, essays, and oral history from dozens of contemporary Indians.
Living with American Indian Art:
     Beautiful book of traditional arts and crafts from an intertribal museum collection, with many pictures.
Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume:
     A good overview of the different clothing styles and regalia in hundreds of tribes and nations.
     Photography of contemporary Indian regalia, interspersed with interesting interviews about powwow festivals.
Native American Architecture:
     Book about different styles of traditional Native housing.
The Sacred: Ways of Knowledge, Sources of Life:
     An interesting book on Native American spirituality by three Indian women from different tribal traditions.
The Native American Sweat Lodge:
     The cultural significance of the sweatlodge, narrated by an Abenaki author.
Native Religions and Cultures of North America:
     Collection of in-depth essays on different Native American religious traditions.
Native American Medicinal Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary:
     Anthropology book of data on traditional Native American medicine.
A Student's Guide to Native American Genealogy:
     One of the best resources available for helping people track down their Native American ancestors.

Native American biographies

American Indian Stories:
     Classic collection of semi-autobiographical tales of early Indian life by Lakota Sioux author Zitkala-Sa.
Black Hawk:
     Autobiography of Sauk Chief Black Hawk.
Spotted Tail:
     Interesting biography of this 19th-century Lakota leader by an historian of the Rosebud Sioux tribe.
War Under Heaven: * Pontiac and the Indian Uprising:
     Books about Chief Pontiac and the Pontiac Rebellion.
A Warrior of the People:
     Biography of Susan La Flesche, the first Native American doctor in the United States.
Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance: * In the Spirit of Crazy Horse: * Trial of Leonard Peltier:
     Books about AIM activist and political prisoner Leonard Peltier.
Where White Men Fear To Tread:
     Controversial Lakota activist Russell Means' autobiography and history of the American Indian Movement.

Native American nonfiction books for children

Songs From The Loom: * Clambake: * Shannon, Ojibway Dancer: * Children of Clay: * Drumbeat, Heartbeat:
     Kinaalda: * The Sacred Harvest: * Weaving a California Tradition: * A Story to Tell: * Four Seasons of Corn:
     The charming "We Are Still Here" series of picture books, featuring contemporary Native children and their families.
Sharice's Big Voice:
    Inspirational picture book based on the life of a Native American congresswoman.
Maria Tallchief:
     Biography of Maria Tallchief, the Osage ballerina.
Native American Games: * Keepers of the Earth: Native American environmental activities for children:
    Books of hands-on Native American childrens projects by an Abenaki author.
The Winter People * Code Talker * My Name Is Sepeetza * The Birchbark House *Mary and the Trail of Tears:
    Historical fiction books for kids and teens by Native authors, teaching about different time periods in history.

Books about Specific Native American Tribes and Nations

Algonquin Tribe Apache Tribe Blackfeet Tribe Caddo Tribe Catawba Tribe
Cherokee Tribe Chickasaw Tribe Chinook Tribe Choctaw Tribe Chumash Tribe
Coeur d'Alene Tribe Comanche Tribe Coushatta Tribe Creek Tribe Crow Tribe
Haida Tribe Hopi Tribe Huichol Tribe Illinois Tribe Iowa Tribe
Iroquois Tribe Kansa Tribe Kiowa Tribe Lakota Tribe Lenape Tribe
Maidu Tribe Makah Tribe Mandan Tribe Miami Tribe Miccosukee Tribe
Miwok Tribe Mohawk Tribe Mojave Tribe Natchez Tribe Navajo Tribe
Nez Perce Tribe Nootka Tribe Ohlone Tribe Ojibway Tribe Omaha Tribe
Oneida Tribe Onondaga Tribe Osage Tribe Ottawa Tribe Pawnee Tribe
Penobscot Tribe Pomo Tribe Powhatan Confederacy Pueblo Tribe Quinault Tribe
Seminole Tribe Seneca Tribe Shasta Tribe Shawnee Tribe Shoshone Tribe
Spokane Tribe Stockbridge-Munsee Tarahumara Tribe Tlingit Tribe Tohono O'odham
Tuscarora Tribe Umatilla Tribe Walla Walla Tribe Wampanoag Tribe Washoe Tribe
Wichita Tribe Winnebago Tribe Wiyot Tribe Wyandotte Tribe Yakima Tribe
Yurok Tribe Zapotec Tribe Zuni Tribe

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