Native American Studies


Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the Nmai (William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780292726963
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Published: University of Texas Press - April 1st, 2011

From Sherman Alexie's films to the poetry and fiction of Louise Erdrich and Leslie Marmon Silko to the paintings of Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and the sculpture of Edgar Heap of Birds, Native American movies, literature, and art have become increasingly influential, garnering critical praise and enjoying mainstream popularity.

Soul Talk, Song Language: Conversations with Joy Harjo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780819571502
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Published: Wesleyan - October 15th, 2011

Joy Harjo is a "poet-healer-philosopher-saxophonist," and one of the most powerful Native American voices of her generation. She has spent the past two decades exploring her place in poetry, music, dance/performance, and art. Soul Talk, Song Language gathers together in one complete collection many of these explorations and conversations.

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416591061
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 10th, 2011

This stunning historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West was a major New York Times bestseller.

Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature (First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies) Cover Image
By Qwo-Li Driskill (Editor), Daniel Heath Justice (Editor), Deborah Miranda (Editor)
ISBN: 9780816502424
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Published: University of Arizona Press - October 1st, 2011

Two-Spirit people, identified by many different tribally specific names and standings within their communities, have been living, loving, and creating art since time immemorial. It wasn't until the 1970s, however, that contemporary queer Native literature gained any public notice.

Every Day Is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women Cover Image
By Wilma Mankiller, Gloria Steinem (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781555916916
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Published: Fulcrum Publishing - May 1st, 2011

A rare and often intimate glimpse at the resilience and perserverance of Native women who face each day positively and see the richnes in their lives.

Yellow Dirt: A Poisoned Land and the Betrayal of the Navajos Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416594833
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Published: Free Press - July 5th, 2011

This investigative feat tells the shocking, heartbreaking story of uranium mining on the Navajo reservation and its terrible legacy of sickness and government neglect, documenting one of the darker chapters in 20th century American history.

Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802119711
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - February 7th, 2012

Celebrated novelist David Treuer has gained a reputation for writing fiction that expands the horizons of Native American literature. In "Rez Life," his first full-length work of nonfiction, Treuer brings a novelist's storytelling skill and an eye for detail to a complex and subtle examination of Native American reservation life, past and present.

Whispers of the Ancients: Native Tales for Teaching and Healing in Our Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780472051069
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Published: University of Michigan Press - April 28th, 2010

"Whispers of the Ancients helps us reconnect with the spirit of story that is a part of all our heritages. With respect for the wisdom of the past and with an eye toward the cross-cultural links that legends can make between us, Tamarack Song offers a gathering of tales and insightful comments that point the way back to the circle."

Native American Stories of the Sacred: Annotated & Explained (SkyLight Illuminations) Cover Image
By Evan T. Pritchard (Commentaries by), Evan T. Pritchard (Retold by)
ISBN: 9781594731129
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Published: Skylight Paths Publishing - October 1st, 2005

The wisdom from these stories can become a companion on your own spiritual journey.

The Book of Ceremonies: A Native Way of Honoring and Living the Sacred Cover Image
By Gabriel Horn, Carises Horn (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781577315049
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Published: New World Library - May 1st, 2005

In The Book of Ceremonies, Gabriel Horn presents a tapestry of stories, poems, prayers, and love songs describing sacred Native American ways of life and what the varied Native traditions and practices can offer all spiritual seekers.

I Tell You Now (Second Edition): Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers (American Indian Lives) Cover Image
By Arnold Krupat (Editor), Brian Swann (Editor)
ISBN: 9780803293144
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Published: Bison - June 1st, 2005

I Tell You Now is an anthology of autobiographical accounts by eighteen notable Native writers of different ages, tribes, and areas. This second edition features a new introduction by the editors and updated biographical sketches for each writer.

American Indian Grandmothers: Traditions and Transitions Cover Image
ISBN: 9780826320780
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Published: University of New Mexico Press - September 1st, 1999

These nine essays blend documentary history, oral history, and ethnographic observation to shed light on the complex world of grandmothering in Native America. The cultural and emotional resources of their ethnic traditions help grandmothers grapple with the myriad social, economic, cultural, and political challenges they faced in the late twentieth century.

American Indians: Answers to Today's Questions (Civilization of the American Indian) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780806133096
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - January 15th, 2002

Who is an Indian? Who is a Native American?

What are Indian self-determination and sovereignty?

What defines an Indian tribe?

Coyote Healing: Miracles in Native Medicine Cover Image
By Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Larry Dossey (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781591430100
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Published: Bear & Company - March 25th, 2003

Distills the basic principles used by Native American healers to create miracles.

- Explores the power of miracles in both traditional Native American healing and modern scientific medicine.

- Cites numerous cases in which people whose conditions were deemed hopeless were miraculously healed.

Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry Cover Image
By Dean Rader (Editor), Janice Gould (Editor)
ISBN: 9780816523498
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Published: University of Arizona Press - November 1st, 2003

Although American Indian poetry is widely read and discussed, few resources have been available that focus on it critically. This book is the first collection of essays on the genre, bringing poetry out from under the shadow of fiction in the study of Native American literature.

Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312224790
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Published: Palgrave MacMillan - June 16th, 2000

The term 'berdache' is a little-known, rarely discussed reference to Native American individuals who embodied both genders - what some might classify as 'the third sex.' Berdaches were known to combine male and female social roles with traits unique to their status as a third gender, defying and redefining traditional notions of gender-specific behavior.

Loud Hawk: The United States Versus the American Indian Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9780806134390
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - April 15th, 2002

Loud Hawk: The United States versus the American Indian Movement is the story of a criminal case that began with the arrest of six members of the American Indian Movement in Portland, Oregon, in 1975. The case did not end until 1988, after thirteen years of pretrial litigaion. It stands as the longest pretrial case in U.S. history.