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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 Thousand Years of American Indian Storytelling

A Thousand Years Of American Indian Storytelling, By Henry, Jeannette and Costo, Rupert, Indian Historian Press, 1981.

One of the bests things about this book is that it presents some of the modern stories, a few by children... there is humor...

American Indian Stereotypes American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children: A Reader and Bibliography, By Arlene B. Hirschfelder, Paulette Fairbanks Molin, Yvonne Wakim, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.,1999.

The second edition of "American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children" "has been put together to try and shock adults into realizing that the world of contemporary...

Anansi Goes Fishing Anansi Goes Fishing, By Kimmel, Eric A, Holiday House Inc., 1993.

Anansi the spider plans to trick Turtle into catching a fish for his dinner, but Turtle proves to be smarter and ends up with a free meal. Explains the origin of spider webs.

Arctic Hunter, By Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane, Holiday House Inc.,1992.

A ten-year-old Eskimo (Inupiat) boy who lives far north of the Arctic Circle describes his family's annual spring trip to their camp, where they hunt and fish for food to supplement their diet for the rest of the year and enjoy old traditions.

Artic Memories Arctic Memories, By Ekoomiak, Normee, Sagebrush Education Resources, 1992.

Normee Ekoomiak, an Inuk born near James Bay in Arctic Quebec, shares his Childhood with readers through his art and this bilingual (Inuktitut/ English) text.

Image Not Available The Bleeding Man And Other Stories, By Strete, Craig Kee., Greenwillow, 1977.

Anyone reading Strete’s stories will know something of what it can feet like to be Indian in America, right now...

Children of Clay : A Family of Pueblo Potters, By Swentzell, Rina, Lerner Publishing Group, 1993.

Members of a Tewa Indian family living in Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico follow the ages-old traditions of their people as they create various objects of clay.

Columbus Day Columbus Day, By Durham, Jimmie, West End Press, 1993.
 

Anger is counter-productive, they say, and “provocative”. They talk about “building bridges to understanding”. I can think of no better bridge to under-standing than Columbus Day...

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David Jones: On the Trail of Beauty, By Lois Essory Jaka, Snailpace Publishing, 1991.

Details of David John’s life and artistic development, it emphasizes the challenge this mural presents to his creativity and cultural integrity.

 

Death Of The Iron Horse Death of the Iron Horse, By Globe, Paul, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1993.

The Iron Horse was coming...Thundering and panting and breathing black smoke, it was a fearsome thing. The Cheyenne people had never seen a steam locomotive before, and it terrified them. Would it come right over the hill, into their camp, just as the relentless soldiers and white settlers had done before?

Dream Wolf Dream Wolf, By Goble, Paul, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1997.

When two Plains Indian children become lost, they are cared for and guided safely home by a friendly wolf.

Hiawatha : Messenger of Peace Hiawatha : Messenger of Peace, By Fradin, Dennis Brindell, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1992.

In Fradin's enlightening work, readers will learn about the real Hiawatha. This courageous, kind man--and inspiring speaker--ensured the survival of his people for 300 years after his death.

Image Not Available How Raven Brought Light to People, By Dixon, Ann and Watts, James, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1992.

Raven gives the sun, the moon, and the stars to the people of the world by tricking the great chief who is hoarding them in three boxes.

How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend How the Stars Fell into the Sky : A Navajo Legend, By Oughton, Jerry. Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

This retelling of a Navajo folktale explains how First Woman tried to write the laws of the land using stars in the sky, only to be thwarted by the trickster Coyote.

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Land of the Quinault, By Jacqueline M. Storm, David W. Chance, Larry Workman, Jim Harp, Lawrence Lestelle, Quinault Indian Nation, 1990.

A book produced by the Quinault Indian Nation, traces the evolution of a rich and complex native tradition from its beginnings to the present day.  It emphasizes both the integral role the Quinault people have played in the history of the region and the enduring stewardship of the land which is at the heart of their life ways.

Ma'ii And Cousin Horned Toad: Ma'ii And Cousin Horned Toad: A Traditional Navajo Story, By Begay, Shonto, Scholastic Inc., 1992.

Coyote, the trickster of Native American legend, gets his comeuppance in this strikingly illustrated and humorous morality tale. Coyote, or Ma'ii, visits his cousin Horned Toad and decides to take advantage of his hospitality.

 

Mishomis Book:

Mishomis Book: The Voice of the Ojibway, By Benton-Banai, Edward, Indian Country Communications, Incorporated, 1988.

The book so totally confounds the usual Indian stereotypes... recommended highly to anyone who wishes to introduce children of the dominant culture in a more realistic and truthful manner to the lives and cultures of the tribal peoples of America...

Native American Testimony: Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of Indian and White Relations from Prophecy to the Present, 1492-1992, By Peter Nabokov, Vine Deloria, Peter Nabokov, Penguin Group (USA), 1999.

In a series of powerful and moving documents, anthropologist Peter Nabokov presents a history of Native American and white relations as seen through Indian eyes and told through Indian voices: a record spanning more than five hundred years of interchange between the two peoples.

Our Voices, Our Land Our Voices, Our Land, By Trimble, Stephen A., Northland Publishing AZ, 1988.

The land is here, too, from Monument Valley to the saguaro cacti of the Sonoran Desert, from the Pueblo villages around Santa Fe to the Grand Canyon. In a remarkable selection of photographs, Stephen Trimble and Harvey Lloyd have captured the power of the southwestern landscape and the spirit of its native peoples.

People of the Sacred Arrows: People of the Sacred Arrows: The Southern Cheyenne Today, By Hoig, Stan, Penguin Young Readers Group, 1992.

Hoig offers a well-documented sociological study. Each of the ten chapters treats an aspect of the current conditions and problems the Southern Cheyenne face, with many individual examples. Various celebrations, ceremonies, and attempts at cultural preservation are detailed.

The People Shall Continue The People Shall Continue, By Ortiz, Simon J., Children's Book Press,1988.

Traces the progress of the Indians of North America from the time of the Creation to the present.

PUEBLO STORY TELLER Pueblo Story Teller, By Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith, Holiday House, Inc., 1991.

A young Cochiti Indian girl living with her grandparents in the Cochiti Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico, describes her home and family and the day-to-day life and customs of her people.

Raven's Light: Raven's Light: A Myth From the People of the Northwest Coast, By Shetterly, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1991.

This book stands out among pedestrian folktale retellings because of its descriptive verve, narrative coherence, and precision of language. It tells the story of Raven's creation of the world; his filling it with animals, plants and people; and his quest for light.

The Sea Lion:

The Sea Lion: A Story of Th Sea Cliff People, By Kesey, Ken, Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1995.

Eemook, the tribe's crippled spoon maker, has secretly carved a magnificent spoon-handle, which he shows to his friend Princess Shoola. In a mock fight over the object, the pair angers the spirits of the deep. Soon the Lion of the Sea, disguised as a handsome chieftain, arrives and captivates all the women, including Shoola.

Image Not Available Southwestern Indian Jewelry: Crafting New Traditions, By Cirillo, Dexter, Rizzoli, 2008.

Southwestern Indian Jewelry: Crafting New Traditions is a groundbreaking chronicle of jewelry making among tribes of the Southwest. A sequel to the critically acclaimed Southwestern Indian Jewelry, this book features eighty-five jewelers from the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and Rio Grande Pueblo peoples.

Image Not Available This Song Remembers: Self-Portraits of Native Americans in the Arts, By Katz, Jane B., Houghton Mifflin, 1980.

Art is a fund mental activity in tribal cultures...It is an expression of the basic need of people in all times...

Image Not Available Waundoa: I’m Number One, By Green, Richard, Ricara Features, 1983.

Green, who is Mohawk, has written a comic-strip story of a blind horse, who used to be a polo pony before getting hit on the head with a polo mallet...

The Ways of My Grandmothers The Ways of My Grandmothers, By Hungry Wolf, Beverly, HarperCollins Publishers, 1998.

In this affectionate and fascinating portrait of the women of the Blood People, a branch of the Blackfoot Indians, Beverly Hungry Wolf creates a hauntingly beautiful tribute to an age-old way of life. She weaves a captivating tapestry of personal and tribal history, legends, and myths, and describes many traditional skills passed along to her by her grandmothers.

Where the People Gather: Carving a Totem Pole Where the People Gather: Carving a Totem Pole,, By Jensen, Vickie, University of Washington Press, 1992.

The totem pole - in all its powerful beauty is a distinctive and widely recognized form of traditional native art that is alive and thriving today. Where the People Gather is the first book to document the entire process of carving a pole.

The World of Flower Blue: Pop Chalee--an Artistic Biography, By Cesa, Margaret, Red Crane Books, 1997.

Pop Chalee was one of the first Native American woman artists to achieve national fame, recognition and commercial success. The author Margaret Cesa takes us back to the beginnings of this remarkable woman, born in 1906 in the drab mining town of Castlegate, Utah. Pop's mother, Merea Margherete Luenberger, was from Berne, Switzerland.

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