American Indians

Speak Like Singing

Classics of Native American Literature
By Kenneth Lincoln

Speak Like Singing honors talk-song visions for all relatives and seeks to plumb, if not to reconcile, Native and American poetics, tribal chorus, and solitary vision.

Santa Ana

The People, the Pueblo, and the History of Tamaya
By Laura Bayer

Relying on oral tradition, as well as documentary sources, this book traces Santa Ana Pueblo's history from the sixteenth century to the recent past.

In Beauty I Walk

The Literary Roots of Native American Writing
Edited by Jarold RamseyLori Burlingame

This generous selection of classics of American Indian literature illustrates the many connections with Native oral tradition carried on, and sometimes departed from, by today's younger generation of Indian authors.

Father Meme

By Gerald Vizenor

The reluctance of the Catholic Church to punish pedophile priests is dramatized in this modern fable of sin, sacrifice, and survivance in a Native American mission in Minnesota.

The Red Window

By Marianne Broyles

Acknowledging the historic oppression of Native Americans, Broyles also focuses on the enduring spirit of the people themselves.

Creek Indian Medicine Ways

The Enduring Power of Mvskoke Religion
By David Lewis, Jr.Ann T. Jordan

In Creek Indian Medicine Ways, Jordan traces the written accounts of Mvskoke religion from the eighteenth century to the present in order to historically contextualize Lewis's story and knowledge. This book is a collaboration between anthropologist and medicine man that provides a rare glimpse of a living religious tradition and its origins.

Under Sacred Ground

A History of Navajo Oil, 1922-1982
By Kathleen P. Chamberlain

Modern Navajo tribal government originated in 1923 solely to approve oil leases. This ethnohistory tracks the major changes brought to the Navajo people in the six decades following the discovery and exploitation of oil and gas on tribal lands.

Swept Under the Rug

A Hidden History of Navajo Weaving
By Kathy M'Closkey

Debunks the romanticist stereotyping of Navajo weavers and Reservation traders and situates weavers within the economic history of the southwest.

Rabbit and the Well

By Deborah L. Duvall
Illustrations by Murv Jacob

Ji-Stu the Rabbit thinks he's very clever but discovers he has outsmarted himself.

Pottery and Practice

The Expression of Identity at Pottery Mound and Hummingbird Pueblo
By Suzanne Eckert

Eckert illustrates how the relationship between ethnicity, migration, and ritual practice combined to create a complexly patterned material culture among residents of two fourteenth-century Pueblo villages.