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Ethnography: North America:   

   Native American

Northeast Tribes:  Chippewa (Ojibwa) Delaware, Erie, Fox, Huron,Lenape,Menominee, Mohawk, Mohican, Narragansett, Pequot, Powhatan,  Sauk (Sac), Shawnee, Wampanoag

Southeastern Tribes: Caddo, Cherokee, Chickamauga, Chickasaw, Creek, Choctaw, Natchez, Seminole, Yuchi

Great Plains Tribes:  Arapaho, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Comanche, Cree, Crow, Gros, Iowa, Kansa, Kiowa, Osage, Comanche, Mandan, Missouria, Omaha, Otoe (Winnebago), Pawnee, Ponca, Shawnee,

Great Basin Tribes:  Bannock, Goshute, Paiute, Shoshone, Ute, Washoe

Southwest Tribes:  Apache, Chumash Hopi, Mojave, Navajo, Pima, Pueblo, Serrano, Yuma, Zuni

Northwest Tribes: Plateau:  Cayuse, Coeur d'Alene, Klamath, Modoc, Nez Perce, Palouse,  Salish, Walla Walla, Yakama, Northern California: Maidu, Miwok, Pomo, Shasta, Wappo, Wintun, Yana

Northwest Tribes: Coastal: Bella Coola, Chimskum,  Chinook,   Clatsop, Cowlitz, Flathead, Haida, Inuit, Kathlamet, Salish, Tillamook, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Wahkiakum



How to say I love you in Indian / Gyasi Ross.

897 ROSS

"The stories and poems of How to Say I Love You in Indian are filled with humor, heartbreak and wisdom and convey Native love in many forms: romantic, parental, love between friends, love of one's culture and community.


Originating in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Great Lakes States, Indiana, Illinois,


Iroquois on fire : a voice from the Mohawk nation / Douglas M. George-Kanentiio

970.3 MOHAWK GEORGE 2006

Written from an Iroquois perspective, Iroquois on Fire is an in-depth study of the historical and social issues raised during the Iroquois’ long struggle over disputed territorial titles. Douglas M. George-Kanentiio, a member of the Mohawk Nation and an activist for Native American claims, details the history of his nation from initial contact with the Europeans through the casino crises. As a key figure in the events of the last two decades, he uses his personal story to highlight issues of public interest: the land, family and community, geography, federal interference in tribal affairs, religion, political activism, land use/claims, and connections to organized crime. Though the story he tells is important in and of itself, it is rendered even more so because the interaction between New York and the Iroquois will surely affect the ways in which other states and the Natives who live in them address similar issues.

The Powhatan Indians of Virginia: their traditional culture / Helen C. Roundtree


Among the aspects of Powhatan life that Helen Rountree describes in vivid detail are hunting and agriculture, territorial claims, warfare and treatment of prisoners, physical appearance and dress, construction of houses and towns, education of youths, initiation rites, family and social structure and customs, the nature of rulers, medicine, religion, and even village games, music, and dance.


Originating in Delware, Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee



The Cherokee Trail of Tears / David Fitzgerald.


The Cherokee Trail of Tearstells the story of this cataclysmic event, paying tribute to the seventeen Cherokee detachments that were pushed westward into Oklahoma. Duane King, one of the country's foremost experts n the Trail of Tears, faithfully re-creates the Cheorkees' journey for readers by drawing from military journals, eyewitness diaries, payment vouchers, contemporary newspaper accounts nineteenth-century maps and oral traditions.

Voices from the Trail of Tears / Vicki Rozema.


Provides a collection of letters, military records, journal excerpts, and other firsthand accounts documenting the fate of the Cherokee Indians after the Indian Removal Act of 1830.    


Black, white, and Indian : race and the unmaking of an American family - Claudio Saunt.


Tracking a full five generations of the Grayson family and basing his account in part on unprecedented access to the forty-four volume diary of G.W. Grayson, the one-time principal chief of the Creek Nation, Claudio Saunt tells not only of America's past, but of its present, shedding light on one of the most contentious issues in Indian politics, the role of "blood" in the construction of identity. Overwhelmed by the racial hierarchy in the United States and compelled to adopt the very ideology that oppressed them, the Graysons denied their kin, enslaved their relatives, married their masters, and went to war against each other. Claudio Saunt gives us not only a remarkable saga in its own right but one that illustrates the centrality of race in the American experience. 

Halfbreed : the remarkable true story of George Bent - caught between the worlds of the Indian and the white man / David Fridtjof

970.3 CHEYENN BENT 2005

This in-depth analysis examines how and why Southern culture was forever changed when Scotch-Irish immigrants flooded the Appalachian Mountains in the 1700s. Geographical similarities between Southern Appalachia and the Highlands of Scotland and Ireland are discussed, as well as the parallels and differences of the two cultures in four basic areas - music and dance, agricultural practices, fighting and hunting techniques, and technological innovativeness. More than 300 years of the communities' ideology is explored based on data culled from ethnographic observation, interviews at various heritage sites, historic accounts, archived letters, and other textual documentation.


Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma



My life as an Indian : the story of a red woman and a white man in the lodges of the Blackfeet / James Willard Schultz


As a young tenderfoot, Schultz quickly found his feet and before long he was under the tutelage of the experienced trapper, Berry, who introduced him to a tribe of Piegan Blackfeet.For the next few years, Schultz immersed himself in the ways of these Native Americans, assisting his friends in fighting rivals, hunting alongside them and even marrying Nat-ah’-ki, a Blackfoot woman.As George Bird Grinnell states, “It is an animated and vivid picture of Indian life. The scene is on the plains in the old days, in the picturesque period when the tribe lived in a primitive way, subsisting on the buffalo and at war with hostile neighbours.” James Willard Schultz was given the name Apikuni, meaning Spotted Robe, by the chief, Running Crane. He was an early settler in the Montana region and wrote widely on Blood, Cree and Blackfeet Indians during the latter half of the nineteenth century. He published this book at the age of forty eight in 1907 and died in 1947. 



Black Elk speaks : being the life story of a holy man of the Oglala Sioux.


Widely hailed as a spiritual classic, this inspirational and unfailingly powerful story reveals the life and visions of the Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and the tragic history of his Sioux people during the epic closing decades of the Old West. In 1930, the aging Black Elk met a kindred spirit, the famed poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881–1973) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Lakota elder chose Neihardt to share his visions and life with the world. Neihardt understood and today Black Elk is known to all.


Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Southern California


The Hopi way / Laura Thompson

970.3 HOPI THOMPSO 1965

 The Hopi Way was published in 1944 after a three year collaboration between the Indian Service and the Committee on Human Development of the University of Chicago.  These short biographical sketches reveal both the lives of Hopi community members in that era and the subtle  biasses held by those commissioned to do the study.  


 Northern California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Western Montana, British Columbia & Alaska




During my time: Florence Edenshaw Davidson, a Haida woman / Margaret B. Blackman

970.3 HAIDA BLACKMA 1982

This book is the first life history of a Northwest Coast Indian woman. Florence Davidson, daughter of noted Haida carver and chief Charles Edenshaw, was born in 1896. As one of the few living Haida elders knowledgeable bout the culture of a bygone era, she was a fragile link with the past. Living in Masset on the Queen Charlotte Islands, some fifty miles off the northwest coast of British Columbia, Florence Davidson grew up in an era of dramatic change for her people. One of the last Haida women to undergo the traditional puberty seclusion and an arranged marriage, she followed patterns in her life typical of women of her generation. 


 Northern California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Western Montana, British Columbia & Alaska


Nez Perce


Nez Perce women in transition, 1877-1990 / Caroline James.

970.3 NEZPERC JAMES 1996

Traditionally Nez Perce Indian women have held important roles within the tribe. The women conducted vital, routine, day-in and day-out domestic chores as well as maintaining a strong influence in tribal community, culture, and tradition. As white encroachment on Nez Perce lands increased and the missionaries increased their influence, the lives of the Nez Perce changed dramatically. This volume is the first look into the lives and contributions of Nez Perce women as they struggled to maintain their families and communities in times of great change. Nez Perce Women in Transition includes unique individual accounts recorded directly from personal interviews with Nez Perce women ranging in age from twenty to ninety. The narratives, in combination with a broad selection of photographs, present some of the major historical, political, and cultural changes that have occurred and provide an opportunity to view Nez Perce women as they made and continue to make dramatic transitions.

Ohlone (Costanoan)


Bad indians : a tribal memoir / Deborah A. Miranda.


This beautiful and devastating book--part tribal history, part lyric and intimate memoir--should be required reading for anyone seeking to learn about California Indian history, past and present. Deborah A. Miranda tells stories of her Ohlone Costanoan Esselen family as well as the experience of California Indians as a whole through oral histories, newspaper clippings, anthropological recordings, personal reflections, and poems. The result is a work of literary art that is wise, angry, and playful all at once, a compilation that will break your heart and teach you to see the world anew.

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