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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. 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.

Tone-Kei Book 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."

"Do as my people do. Be kind, courteous and see your brother's point of view. I promise I will see you in the next life and we will be dancing together forever again!" - Tone-Kei

Click here to visit the author's web site and purchase a copy.
The Loose End of the Rainbow by D.B. Pacini book cover  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: A Good Medicine Collection: Life in Harmony with Nature, By Hungry Wolf, Adolf, The Book Publishing Co., 1991.

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 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 readings.

American Indians in World War I 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 historical event.

Aztec Thought and Culture Aztec Thought and Culture: 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 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: 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 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 occasions.

Circle of Wonder Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story,
Alan Track, Clear Light Publishers, Santa Fe, 1993.

This book reflects on his first Christmas at  Jemez 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 Contemporary Native American Architecture: Cultural Regeneration and Creativity,
Carol Hersette Krinsky, Oxford University Press, New York, 1996.

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.

Custer Died For Your Sins Custer 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 his people.

  

God is Red God Is Red : A Native View of Religion,
Vine Deloria, Jr., Fulcrum Publishing, 2003.

First 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 society.

 

Indian Killer Indian 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 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 school. Full-color.

Cover Image México Profundo : 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.

 

Modern by Tradition Modern by Tradition: American Indian Painting in the Studio Style,
Bruce 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 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.

 

Navajo: Visions and Voices Across the Mesa Navajo: 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 illustrations.

One Nation under God One 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.

Pow Wow Pow Wow: 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 these celebrations.

A Rainbow at Night 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 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 Americans.

 

Secrets of Mayan Science/Religion Secrets of Mayan Science/Religion,
Hunbatz Men, Inner Traditions International, Limited, 1990.

In this 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 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 natural worlds.

Spirit of the White Bison

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

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 They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School,
K. Tsianina Lomawaima, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 1994.

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."

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories,
Sandra Cisneros, Knopf Publishing, March 1992.

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.

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