Gathering of Nations April 25-27,
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students, and others are encouraged to read about Native American
and indigenous people.
The Gathering of Nations believes that reading promotes
This is a selected bibliography, most are by and about Native
people. Most of 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 new book about our dear friend Sammy Tone-kei White."Lost in memory of battles fought, trails ended and departed friends…" "This book encourages other American Indians to be visible and to be their own answer to prayer. Intertwined between Tone-Kei’s riveting biography are excerpts from his journal that is full of culture, speeches, vignettes and fables. The articles in his journal have been passed on from various Indian nations in Oklahoma, and have been painstakingly preserved by this celebrated Kiowa Elder."
The Loose End of the Rainbow, the first
youth/YA fantasy novel in the Universal Knights trilogy,
features American Indian youth and young adults. The
target reader age group is approximately 12-24. This
story promotes cultural harmony and environmental
responsibility. It inspires young people to be
compassionate toward all peoples and encourages them to
take personal responsibility for environmental concerns.
A tribe of nineteen Native American children, between
the ages of ten-months and seventeen-years, along with
some other small clans of courageous red, yellow, brown,
black, and white children, from all four corners of the
earth, embark on a daunting journey to the loose end of
the rainbow in a time long ago, many generations before
Columbus brought back word to Europe that there was a
land where proud native peoples lived.
A Good Medicine Collection:
Life in Harmony with Nature,By Hungry Wolf, Adolf,
The Book Publishing Co.,
A volume filled with legends, lore and spiritual seeking
of North America's native peoples. This book's theme is
a oneness with the universe - a path all people of good
will can follow.
Almanac of the Dead, Leslie Marmon
Silko, Penguin Group (USA), 1992.
In its extraordinary range
of character and culture, Almanac of the Dead is fiction
on the grand scale. The acclaimed author of Ceremony has
undertaken a weaving of ideas and lives, fate and
history, passion and conquest in an attempt to re-create
the moral history of the Americas, told from the point
of view of the conquered, not the conquerors. Author
American Indians in World War I: A War and at Home, Thomas A.
Britten, University of New Mexico Press, Lincoln, 1997.
This intriguing chronicle of Native experiences in this all-but
forgotten war, both overseas and on the home front, leads
insights into the diversity of Native reactions to a single
Aztec Thought and
A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind, Miguel Leon-Portilla, University of Oklahoma Press, 1990.
The religious world view of the Nahuas at
the beginning of the sixteenth century is known today
because of the work of such investigators.
Bead on an Anthill: A Lakota
Childhood, Delphine Red
Shirt, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 1997.
The experiences of a
young man who grew up in the 1960's and 1970's and who
"wanted to remember these things, to write them down,
the old Lakota words and my connection to the world
around me through them."
Circle of Wonder:
A Native American Christmas Story,By Momaday, N. Scott,
University of New Mexico Press, 1999.
Drawing on childhood
memories of Christmas in a New Mexican village, Momaday
produces a poetic story that skillfully blends Christian
and Native American traditions. On Christmas Eve, Tolo,
a lonely mute boy, is drawn by the spirit of his beloved
grandfather to a bonfire in the mountains, where he
shares a ``circle of wonder and good will'' with an elk,
a wolf and an eagle.
Children of the Circle,By Hungry Wolf,
Adolf and Star, The Book Publishing Co., 1992.
An intimate photo history of
Native American children from the 1870s to 1920 that
includes over 20 tribes of the American West. Over 90
photos, many very rare, are accompanied by descriptions
of daily life as well as ceremonial and other special
Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story, Alan Track,
Clear Light Publishers, Santa Fe, 1993.
This book reflects on his first Christmas atJemez Pueblo when he was twelve. Journey with Tolo a
lonely mute boy who lives with his parents in a Pueblo village,
but dreams the dead grandfather he loves and of the summers they
spent in the mountains.
Contemporary Native American Architecture: Cultural Regeneration and Creativity, Carol
Hersette Krinsky, Oxford University Press, New York,
A book that charts the development of a new kind of
architecture, one that reflects a cultural regeneration among
Native Americans since the 1960s and one that seeks alternative
ways of expressing tribal sponsorship and identity.
Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto, Vine Deloria,
Jr., University of Oklahoma Press, 2003.
Deloria asserts the
worth of the redman and blasts the political, social,
and religious forces that perpetuate the stereotyping of
God Is Red
: A Native View of Religion, Vine Deloria,
Jr., Fulcrum Publishing, 2003.
published in 1972 during a resurgence in Native American
activism, this work critiqued the Western spiritual
worldview and its effect on Native Americans and the
Killer, Sherman Alexie,
Jr., Grand Central Publishing, 1998.
A murderer is stalking and
scalping white men in Seattle. While this so-called
Indian Killer terrorizes the city, its Native American
population is thrown into turmoil. John Smith, an Indian
adopted as a newborn baby into a white family, is
increasingly dissatisfied with his life and dreams of
the existence he might have led on the reservation - he
is gently descending into madness.
Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue
Eagle,.By Jewel Grutman, Adam Cvijanovic, Gaye
Matthaei, Jewel Grutman,
Lickle Publishing, Incorporated, 1996.
Inspired by the richly
detailed picture stories of the Plains
Indians--sometimes drawn on ruled ledgers--this book is
a visual feast that introduces children to pictographic
art. This fictional account, based on historical fact,
tells of a young Sioux warrior's childhood adventures on
the plains and his journey East to the white man's
: Reclaiming a Civilization, Guillermo
Bonfil Batalla., University of Texas Press, 1996.
This translation of a
major work in Mexican anthropology argues that
Mesoamerican civilization is an ongoing and undeniable
force in contemporary Mexican life.
by Tradition: American Indian Painting in the Studio
Bernstein and W. Jackson Rushing,
Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, 1995.
Modern by Tradition:
American Indian Painting in the Studio Style presents
the form, style, and pictorial intention behind the
finest artists to emerge from the Studio, the renowned
art program developed at the Santa Fe Indian School in
the 1930s by Dorothy Dunn.
The Mud People: Testimonios, Chronicles and Remebrances, Patrisia
Gonzales, Chusma House, 2003.
The Mud People serves
as a book of consejos from Mexican elders of social
change. Written in the literary journalism genre, the
Mud People transmits a waking dream of the author's
healing from violence and historical trauma.
Visions and Voices Across the Mesa,By
Begay, Shonto, Scholastic Inc., 1995.
From creation stories to
childhood memories, reflections on tribal rituals to the
profound effect, good and bad, of white people on Navajo
land and culture. A renowned Navajo artist/writer
combines the best of his paintings with his rich poetic
voice, to give young readers an insightful glimpse into
the lives and souls of his people. Full-color
Nation under God: The Triumph of the Native American
Church, Alan Tack,
Clear Light Publishers, Santa Fe, 1996
This is a book that traces the history of the Native
American Church and its sacramental use of peyote
through a struggle for religious freedom, culminating
in the passage of the American Indian Religious
Freedom Act Amendments of 1994.
Images along the Red Road, Ben Marra,
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1996.
Photographs of the adults and children who participate.
They feel the feelings of pride and native unity in
A Rainbow at Night: THE WORLD IN WORDS AND PICTURES BY NAVAJO, Bruce Huko,
Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1996.
This engaging collection includes the children's drawings and
paintings, each accompanied by a photograph of the artist,
comments by both the artist and the author, and questions that
will prompt young readers to explore-in their minds and in their
art-aspects of their own lives corresponding to those each
artist has explored.
Red Earth, White Lies:
Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact, Vol. 1, Vine Deloria,
Jr., Fulcrum Publishing, 1997.
Native American activist
Vine Deloria, Jr., whose national bestseller Custer Died
for Your Sins changed the public's view of Native
spiritual text, the author explores sacred teachings
hidden by the Mayan priesthood shortly after the Spanish
Conquistadors arrived in Mexico in 1519. He concludes
with an explanation of the metaphysics of ancient Mayan
glyphs, and the secret path to illumined consciousness
of the feathered serpent, Quetzalcoatl.
Sing Down the Rain, Judy
Moreillon, Kiva Publishing, 1997.
A Native culture that endures and prevails in a harsh
environment by recognizing the interrelatedness of human and
Spirit of the White Bison,By Culleton,
Beatrice, The Book Publishing Co., 1989.
A young bison growing up on the plains in the late
1800s faces peril at the hands of soldiers intent on destroying the great
buffalo herds as a way to control native tribes. He is befriended by a native
warrior and a white hunter who try to save him and his herd from annihilation.
Teachings of Nature,By Hungry Wolf,
Adolf, The Book Publishing Co., 1992.
Growing concerns about our environment are causing many people to learn more
about the natural world around them...knowledge of the old ways described here
can stilt be of direct use.
They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School, K. Tsianina
Lomawaima, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln,
The voices of 61 Chilocco alumni from the 1920's and 1930's tell
of life at the training school they sometimes called
"Prairie Light," after the school's first building
"Light on the Prairie."
A collection of stories,
whose characters give voice to the vibrant and varied
life on both sides of the Mexican border. The women in
these stories offer tales of pure discovery, filled with
moments of infinite and intimate wisdom.