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Native American Lakota star Teachers, students, and others are encouraged to read about Native American and indigenous people. The Gathering of Nations believes that reading promotes understanding.

This is a selected bibliography, most are by and about Native people. These books are recommended reading for all adults and young adults (ages 11 - 18). The books are listed by: TITLE, AUTHOR, PUBLISHER, YEAR, and RECOMMENDATION.

A Gathering of Flowers: A Gathering of Flowers: Short Stories About Being Young In America, By Joyce Carol Thomas, HarperCollins Publishers, 1990.

Covering such diverse settings as urban San Francisco, a Chippewa reservation, and a Latino barrio in Chicago, these eleven stories by authors from diverse backgrounds recount what it is like to grow up in the United States...

 A Woman Of Her Tribe A Woman Of Her Tribe, By Robinson, Margaret A., Charles Scribner’s Sons,1992.

Fifteen-year-old Annette has won a scholarship to St. John’s Academy in Victoria, British Columbia...faces racism, but with the help of two special teachers and a friend she begins to adjust. ..THIS BOOK HAS MATURE CONTENT.

American Indian Myths and Legends American Indian Myths and Legends, By Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz, Knopf Publishing Group, 1985.

Gathering 160 tales from 80 tribal groups to offer a rich and lively panarama of the Native American mythic heritage. 100 drawings.

Black Elk Speaks: Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux,  By John G. Neihardt, Black, Vine Deloria, Lori Utecht, Black Elk, University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

"Black Elk Speaks is the story of the Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during the momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century. Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881-1973) in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and chose Neihardt to tell his story.

Bless Me, Ultima Bless Me, Ultima, By Rudolfo A. Anaya, Grand Central Publishing, 1995.

A talent for meaningful storytelling and exquisite prose has made Rudolfo Anaya a leading exponent of Chicano literature in English. Anaya's work has won international acclaim, earning him a premier place in virtually every anthology of Latino writing.

The Blue Between The Clouds The Blue Between The Clouds, By Wunderli, Stephen, Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, 1996.

Two Moons, an eleven-year-old Navajo boy living in Utah in 1939 in the home of his schoolmate Matt, becomes best friends with Matt and helps him pursue his dream of flying.

Bless Me, Ultima Codex Tamuanchan: On Becoming Human, By Roberto Rodriguez.

Tamuanchan is not intentionally a follow up to the X in La Raza, though one can interpret it as such. This book examines the issue of dehumanization, positing that virtually all human beings -- to one degree or another -- have been dehumanized by the violent and violating society we live in.

Crazy Weather Crazy Weather, By McNichols, Charles L. and Momaday, Scott, University of Nebraska Press, 1994.

In four days of "glory-hunting" with an Indian comrade, South Boy, who is white, realizes that he must choose between two cultures.

Drifting Snow: Drifting Snow: An Arctic Search, By Houston, James A., Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1994.

Having been taken from her Arctic home when a tiny child, a teenager returns to look for her parents and learn once again about her Eskimo culture.

Earth and Sky: Earth & Sky: Visions of the Cosmos in Native American Folklore, By Ray A. Williamson and Clarie R. Farrer, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1992.

Native American views of the cosmos, and traditionally recognize an underlying unity in earth and sky.

Indian Summer Indian Summer, By Girion, Barbara, Scholastic Incorporated, 1990.

While spending summer vacation on an Indian reservation, twelve-year-old Joni has a difficult time getting along with Sarah Birdsong and her friends, who seem to hold her...

Muskrat Will Be Swimming Muskrat Will Be Swimming, By Cheryl Savageau, Northland Publishing, Flagstaff, Arizona, 1995.

A heart-warming tale of the lesson a girl learns from a Seneca creation story told to her by her grandfather--a lesson of knowing who you are and staying strong in the face of hurtful criticism. Elegantly illustrated, Muskrat Will Be Swimming is a treasure for all who have dealt with the fear of being different.

My Daughter, My Son, the Eagle, the Dove: My Daughter, My Son, the Eagle, the Dove: An Aztec Chant, By Ana Castillo, Penguin Young Readers Group, 2000.

Both a blessing to a child and a tribute to parenthood, this superb keepsake book by renowned Chicana poet and author Ana Castillo was inspired by ancient Aztec chants. It's the ideal gift to commemorate any of various momentous events in an older child's life--such as graduation, an important birthday, a quincea-era, or a family occasion.

Native Peoples of the Northwest: Native Peoples of the Northwest: A Traveler's Guide to Land, Art, and Culture, By Jan Holiday and Gail Chehak, Sasquatch Books, Seattle, 2000.

For those journeying to tribal areas from western Montana to southeastern Alaska, a book that leads through six different regions of historical and cultural significance.  In addition to describing important tribal events, sacred places, museums, and galleries, also on purchasing native art, on understanding tribal history and customs, and on being respectful visitors.

North Alaska Chronicle: North Alaska Chronicle: Notes from the End of Time, By John Martin Campbell, Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, 1998.

A rare, often poignant, glimpse into the history, legends, material culture and daily life of a traditional society that no longer exists.

Native American Gardening: Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families, By Michael J. Cadukto and Joseph Bruchac, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, CO, 1996.

The combination of Native gardening and the spiritual way of life it embodies with tribal tales, family garden projects, and Native recipes.

Nampeyo and Her Pottery Nampeyo and Her Pottery, By Barbara Kramer, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1996.

This is a paperbound reprint of a 1996 book (U. of New Mexico Press), sans color plates (all are in b&w), about which Book News wrote: A biography of the famous Hopi potter whose work revitalized traditional pottery by integrating contemporary design into prehistoric ceramics.

Night Flying Woman: Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrative, By Ignatia Broker, Minnesota Historical Society Press, grades 7-up, 1983.

With the art of a practiced storyteller, Ignatia Broker recounts the life of her great-great-grandmother, Night Flying Woman, who was born in the mid-nineteenth century and lived during a chaotic time of enormous change, uprooting, and loss for Minnesota's Ojibway.

 

Owl In the Cedar Tree Owl In The Cedar Tree,  By Momaday Scott, University of Nebraska Press, 1992.

“Details of Navaho culture and religious beliefs and suggestions of the conflict between traditional ways and the white man’s ways are accurate and interesting”-Library Journal

Red Hawk's Account Of Custer's Last Battle Red Hawk's Account Of Custer's Last Battle,. By Goble, Paul, University of Nebraska Press, 1992.

“Beautifully illustrated and written with verve and authenticity...It all rings true, with and air of excitement. ..an awareness of the main echoes that come down to us today.”- NY Times

Revolt of the Cockroach People The Revolt of the Cockroach People,  By Oscar Zeta Acosta, Marco Acosta, Knopf Publishing Group, 1989.

The further adventures of "Dr. Gonzo" as he defends the "cucarachas" — the Chicanos of East Los Angeles. Before his mysterious disappearance and probable death in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta was famous as a Robin Hood Chicano lawyer and notorious as the real-life model for Hunter S. Thompson's "Dr. Gonzo" a fat, pugnacious attorney with a gargantuan appetite...

Rising Voices: Rising Voices: Writings of Young Native Americans, By Arlene B. Hirschfelder and Beverly R. Singer, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1992.

Young Native Americans speaking to us through poems and essays written over the past hundred years. A wide range of subjects and emotions, yet they share a common sense of pride, and a common for the future of tribal culture and values.

Spider Woman's Web: Spider Woman's Web: Traditional Native American Tales about Women's Power, By Susan Hazen-Hammond, Penguin Group, 1999.

Ancient storytelling meets modern psychology--in the most unique and inspiring book for women since Women Who Run with the Wolves.
In the Americas, the oral tradition has created one of the oldest surviving bodies of literature on earth.

Toughboy And Sister Toughboy And Sister, By Hill, Kirkpatrick, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1990.

An 11-year-old Indian boy and his younger sister must fend for themselves alone in an Alaskan wilderness camp when their father disappears on a drinking binge. "A simply told, well-crafted story . . . Sure to satisfy survival-story fans."--Kirkus Reviews.

We Will Rise: We Will Rise: Rebuilding the Mexikah Nation, by Kurly Tlapoyawa, Trafford Publishing, 2002.

A revolutionary and eye opening look at the indigenous cultural heritage of chicano - Mexicans.

Weaving New Worlds: Weaving New Worlds: Southeastern Cherokee Women and Their Basketry, By Sarah H. Hill, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1997.

Traditional myths and legends; descriptions of the basket making process; firsthand accounts by basket weavers and their families; biographies of important weavers; a wealth of archival photographs; and carefully researched social, economic, and ecological analyses.

When Indians Became Cowboys: When Indians Became Cowboys: Native Peoples and Cattle Ranching in the American West, By Peter Iverson, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1994.

In this book on Indian cattle ranching, Peter Iverson describes a way of life that has been both economically viable and socially and culturally rewarding. Thus an Indian rancher can demonstrate his generosity and his concern for the well-being of others by giving cattle or beef to relatives, or by feeding people at a celebration.

Wind in the Blood: Wind in the Blood: Mayan Healing and Chinese Medicine, By Hernan Garcia Mendoza, Antonio Sierra, Gilberto Balam, Jeff Conant (Translator), Antonio Cierra, North Atlantic Books, October 1999.

Comparing Mayan medicine to Chinese traditions, the authors find many resemblances. This guide looks into the theory and practice of Mayan medicine.

Woman Who Glows in the Dark: Woman Who Glows in the Dark: A Curandera Reveals Traditional Aztec Secrets of Physical and Spiritual Health, By Elena Avila, Joy Parker, Penguin Group, 2000.

In Women Who Glows in the Dark, Avila addresses the needs of contemporary readers through this time-honored medicine, and explores the soul-diminishing forces inherent in modern society. Through her own compelling story of finding her identity as a healer...

The X in La Raza The X in La Raza, By Roberto Rodriguez.

The X in La Raza is about identity. But it is not a discussion in the same vein as was customary in the 1960s and 1970s. One of the primary focuses of this work is examining how government, corporate America and the media have, in effect, conspired to impose upon us an identity.

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