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Native American Culture

Native American Culture Collection

About 340 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Native American Culture”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Native American Art & Culture, Native North American Almanac, Native American Shipwrecks, Place and Native American Indian History and Culture, Contemporary Native American Cultural Issues, Word Dance: the language of Native American culture, Native American Art Projects, Native American Spiritual Traditions, Dictionary of Native American Literature, many more books on Native American Culture.

Folklore of Indians of North America Collection

About 100 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Indians of North America – Folklore”. Some books: Pawnee Hero Stories and Folk-tales, Indian Legends, Myths and Legends of the Sioux, American Indian Fairy Tales, Indian Legend from Algic Researches, The Song of Hiawatha, Favorite North American Indian Legends, Bella Bella Tales, Kowa Tales, Traditions of the Skidi Pawnee, many more books about Indian Folklore.

American Indian Mythology Collection

About 120 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of American Indian Mythology. Some books: Native American Religions, Mesoamerican Mythology, Creation Myths of Primitive America, Mythic Narratives of North American Indians, The Ghosts the Indians Feared, Sagas of the Indian Americans, Warriors Gods & Spirits, Spirits of the Sacred Mountains, Myths of Pre-Columbian America, The Serpent and the Sun: myths of the Mexican world, The American Indian and the Occult, many more books on American Indian Mythology.

Native American Social Life & Customs Collection

About 130 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Native Americans – Social Life & Customs”. Some books: The Native American Almanac: a portrait of Native America today, North American Indian Life, Francis Parkman and the Plains Indians, A Native American Feast, The Wisdom of Native American Women, Atlas of Indians of North America, North American Indian Cooking, The Soul of an Indian, Indian Scout Craft and Lore, The Native American Book of Knowledge, many more books on Indian Social Life and Customs.

Native North American Art

Berlo, Janet
Oxford University 1998 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“An innovative survey of Native North American art history which fully incorporates substantive new research and scholarship, and examines such issues as gender, representation, the colonial encounter, and contemporary arts. By encompassing both the sacred and secular, political and domestic,the ceremonial and commercial, it shows the importance of the visual arts in maintaining the integrity of spiritual, social , political, and economic systems within Native North American societies. This exciting new investigation explores the indigenous arts of the US and Canada from the early pre-contact period to the present day, stressing the conceptual and iconographic continuities over five centuries and across an immensely diverse range of regions.” -Publisher

The Sacred Path: Spells, Prayers and Power Songs of the American Indians

Bierhorst, John, ed.
Quill 1984 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“An anthology of traditional American Indian poetry, ‘The Sacred Path’ emphasizes the relationship between the life of the individual and the power of the spoken word. Arranged as the progression of a human life, beginning with chants to ease the labor of an expectant mother, the selections narrate a journey through birth and infancy, puberty, adulthood, and old age. The underlying belief, shared by native American cultures as different as the Cherokee and the Aztec, is that language, like the forces of nature, can bring about change.” -Back cover

Contents: Birth and infancy — Growing up — Love songs and love magic — For the traveler — Against sickness and evil — Controlling the weather — Planting and gathering — For the hunter — For the dying and the dead.

Handbook of American Indian Languages, Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Boas, Franz
GPO 1911 Dewey Dec. 970.13

Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 40. The three volumes together exceed 2,500 pages, with chapters written by a number of different linguists. Part One contains an 85-page introduction to Indian languages, and chapters on Athapascan (Hupa), Tlingit, Haida, Tsmshian, Kwakiutl, Chinook, Maidu, Algonquian (Fox), Siouan (Dakota) and Eskimo.
Part Two contains chapters on the Takelma language of southwestern Oregon, Coos, Siuslawan (Lower Umpqua) and Chukchee.
Part Three contains chapters on Tonkawa, Quileute, Yuchi, Zuni, and Coeur d’Alene.

Native American Medicine

Bonvillain, Nancy
Chelsea House 1997 Dewey Dec. 970.13

Surveys the Native American healing and health care practices from the time of first European contact up to the present. Includes a chapter profiling some Native American healers. Indians of North America–Medicine. Traditional medicine.

Contents: Health and illness — Medicines — Healers — Instruments of healing — Ritual healing — Learning from Native American medicine — Tradition and change.

A Gathering of Spirit: A Collection by North American Indian Women

Brant, Beth
Firebrand 1988 Dewey Dec. 970.13

An anthology of modern fiction and poetry from many writers. “The single best source for experiencing the vibrancy and breadth of contemporary Indian women’s writing”- Book jacket. Canadian literature — Indian authors — Women authors — 20th century.

Mythology of the Americas

Burland, Cottie et al.
Hamlyn 1970 Dewey Dec. 970.13

The book is in three parts; ‘North American Indian Mythology’ by Cottie Burland; ‘Mexican and Central American Mythology’ by Irene Nicholson, and ‘South American Mythology’ by Harold Osborne. Heavily illustrated. Indian mythology.

North American Indian Mythology: The Eskimo – Fishermen of the northwest coast – Hunters of the northern forests – Farmers of the eastern woodlands – Buffalo hunters of the plains – Hunters of the great desert – Mound builders in the southeast – Dwellers on the mesas – The past and the future
Mexican and Central American Mythology: Time and eternity – Man-beast relationships – Calendar – Legend of the five suns – Twins of the Popol Vuh – Men of gold – Fifth sun – Quetzalcoatl myth – Four aspects of nature – Some female deities – Tloque Nahuaque – The ball game – Maya parallels with the Nahua gods – The Aztec’s journey to Anahuac
South American Mythology: Divine origin of the Inca – Mythology of the Collao – Myths and legends of the coast – Marginal, forest and southern Andean peoples – Some Riddles of South American myth

Prophets of the Great Spirit: Native American Revitalization Movements in Eastern North America

Cave, Alfred A.
University of Nebraska 2005 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“Prophets of the Great Spirit offers an in-depth look at the work of a diverse group of Native American visionaries who forged new, syncretic religious movements that provided their peoples with the ideological means to resist white domination. By blending ideas borrowed from Christianity with traditional beliefs, they transformed “high” gods or a distant and aloof creator into a powerful, activist deity that came to be called the Great Spirit. These revitalization leaders sought to regain the favor of the Great Spirit through reforms within their societies and the inauguration of new ritual practices.” -Publisher. Indians of North America — Religion — East (U.S.) — Rites and ceremonies.

Contents: Introduction — The Delaware prophets — The Shawnee prophet — Tenskwatawa, Tecumseh, and the pan-Indian movement — The red sticks — The Seneca prophet — The Kickapoo prophet — Conclusion.

Snow Bird and the Water Tiger and Other America Indian Tales

Compton, Margaret
Dodd, Mead 1895 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“Through the courtesy of the librarian of the Smithsonian Institute, the author has had access to government reports of Indian life. Upon these and the folk-lore contained in the standard works of Schoolcraft, Copway, and Catlin these stories are founded”. -Author’s note

Contents: The story-teller himself – Snowbird and the water-tiger – The coyote or prairie wolf – How Mad Buffalo fought the Thunder-bird – The red swan – The bended rocks – White Hawk, the lazy (plus 10 more stories)

American Indian Poetry: An Anthology of Songs and Chants

Cronyn, George W., ed.
Fawcett Columbine 1991 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“First published in 1918, American Indian Poetry is a pioneer work of remarkable authenticity. Filled with pieces collected from Native Americans in their own languages and translated by leading scholars and poets of the day, it was the first book to give their oral verse its place as an essential, vibrant part of North American literature. These songs and chants, ancient and modern, speak to the power and poignancy of ordinary life and to the deeply mystical. These are cries from a people at one with both spirit and earth, for all the world to hear and includes works from the major tribes from the Southeast to the Northwest Coast.”

Contents: Songs from the eastern woodlands — Songs from the southeast — Songs from the great plains — Songs from the southwest — Songs from California — Songs from the northwest coast — Songs from the far north — Interpretations — Songs from the hako — Songs from the north and south.

The Indians’ Book: An Offering by the American Indians of Indian Lore, Musical and Narrative, to Form a Record of the Songs and Legends of their Race

Curtis, Natalie, ed.
Harper 1907 Dewey Dec. 970.13

A treasury of Indian lore, with interesting drawings and photographs. “The Indians are the authors of this volume. The songs and stories are theirs; the drawings, cover-design, and title pages were made by them.” -A.L.A. Catalog 1926

The Soul of the Indian; An Interpretation

Eastman, Charles A.
Houghton Mifflin 1911 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“An interesting though somewhat idealized account of Indian religious and ethical life before the advent of the white man, which is of value as an aid to the understanding of Indian nature.” -A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Voices of the Winds: Native American Legends

Edmonds, Margot
Castle 2003 Dewey Dec. 970.13

An anthology of more than 130 Native American legends representative of many different tribes and organized by geographical regions across the United States. Each legend is introduced with a headnote and many are accompanied by a drawing.

American Indian Art

Feder, Norman
Abrams 1973 Dewey Dec. 970.13

This survey includes many photos; color & B&W.

Contents: Indian art : Use of materials & techniques — Change versus stability — Indian artist — Indian art by cultural areas : Plains — Southwest : Southern Athabascans — Rancheria Tribes — California — Great Basin & the Pacific Plateau — Pacific Northwest Coast — Arctic Coast — Woodlands.

Two Hundred Years of North American Indian Art

Feder, Norman
Praeger 1972 Dewey Dec. 970.13

The author was the curator of American Indian and Native Arts at the Denver Art Museum. This book introduces and reproduces the works of an exhibition he organized for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, from November 1971 to January 1972. The works were lent by numerous museums and collectors, listed near the front of the book. B&W photos.

Native Arts of North America

Feest, Christian F.
Oxford University 1980 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“Only since the early twentieth century have the craft arts of North America been recognized as art of a high order. Classifying the surviving works of a thousand tribes speaking over two hundred languages, Christian F, Feest looks at totem poles and masks, rock engravings and ghost dance shirts, Seminole patchwork, painted leather shields, and more to show how the subtle interaction of native tradition with European influences produced a flourishing period of tribal art, and an ultimately fruitful “ethnic art” market.” -Back cover

Native American Courtship and Marriage Traditions

Gourse, Leslie
Hippocrene 2000 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“This informative and fascinating book is the perfect resource for brides and grooms who want to learn about Native American courtship and marriage customs from centuries past. Helpful ideas and hints throughout explain how to incorporate traditions into a modern day wedding ceremony. Among the Native American tribes represented: Shinnecock; Chippewa/Ojibwa; Crow; Cherokee; Powhatan; Apache; Navajo; Sioux (Dakota Sioux, Teton Sioux, Lakota Sioux, Oglala Sioux).” -Publisher

Contents: Literature: love poems and folklore — Introduction to tribal wedding customs — Tribal wedding customs: the Hopi — Tribal wedding customs: the Navajo — Tribal wedding customs: the story of an Eastern Cherokee bride and a Minnesota Sioux bridegroom — Tribal wedding customs: the Iroquois — Tribal wedding customs: the Oglala Sioux — Celebrations of puberty — Dances and powwows — Food — Fashions, jewelry, basketry, cloth weaving, and decorations — Postscript: divorce and remarriage.

Creation’s Journey: Native American identity and belief

Hill, Tom and Richard W.
Smithsonian Institution Press 1994 Dewey Dec. 970.13

National Museum of the American Indian. Native American artists and academics discuss the connection of art objects to their rituals, stories, and spiritual beliefs. Drawing on the vast collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, Creation’s Journey retells the story of native life from the Arctic to the Tierra del Fuego, and from childhood to old age. Using objects, historical photographs, and the voices of Native Americans past and present, the book reawakens our senses to values and traditions that once prevailed. 220 color and 120 duotone photos.

Contents: Introduction: a backward glimpse through the museum door — Growing up Indian: Osage childhood, Giving thanks for what we have as Indians — Visual prayers: The symolism of feathers — Vision and virtuosity: The legacy of baskets, Reading ledger art — Across the generations: Native gold, Spanish gold — Epilogue: Art through Indian eyes.

Indian Silversmithing

Hunt, W. Ben.
Bruce 1952 Dewey Dec. 970.13

Ben Hunt of Hales Corners, Wisconsin studied and popularized Indian culture and crafts throughout the middle of the 20th century. In this book Hunt employs his drawing skills and his experience as a craftsman to demonstrate how the Indians of the American Southwest designed and crafted silver work.

American Indian Ecology

Huges, Donald J.
Texas Western 1983 Dewey Dec. 970.13

This book “is an attempt to present from Indian sources the attitudes of Indians toward the natural environment and the practices that result from those attitudes.”

Contents: The unspoiled continent — The sacred universe — The powerful animals — The plant people — All beings share the same land — The gifts of Mother Earth — The wisdom of the elders — Our people covered the land — The strangers’ ways — Indian wisdom for today.

Wigwam Stories Told by North American Indians

Judd, Mary Catherine, comp.
Ginn 1904 Dewey Dec. 970.13

Numerous brief stories, written for children, mostly adapted from the works of the early 19th century Michigan Indian agent and explorer Henry Schoolcraft.

American Indian Fairy Tales

Larned, W.T.
Volland 1921 Dewey Dec. 970.13

These were stories collected by Henry R. Schoolcraft, mainly among Indians living near Lake Superior. Schoolcraft published a version of them in 1839.

Native American Renaissance

Lincoln, Kenneth
University of California 1985 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“Native American Renaissance is the most important discussion of contemporary American Indian poetry and fiction produced to date. It offers intelligent and balanced insight into the contexts and work of a number of contemporary American Indian writers. Its careful discussion provides dear and sometimes breathtaking illumination into this literature that is at once tribal and modern, western and traditional, a literature that is the oldest and newest literature in America.”
–Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna), University of California, Berkeley

Contents: Introduction: “Sending a voice” — “-Old like hills, like stars” — Crossings — Ancestral voices in oral tradition — A contemporary tribe of poets — Word senders: Black Elk and N. Scott Momaday — Trickster’s swampy Cree bones — Blackfeet winter blues: James Welch — “The now day Indi’ns” — Grandmother Storyteller: Leslie Silko.

Handbook of American Indian Games

MacFarlan, Allan A. and Paulett J.
Dover 1985 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“Fun-loving youngsters will find new trails to amusement in this varied collection of 150 spirited, entertaining and easy-to-play games once played by Indian tribes across America. Indian lore and recreation specialists Allan and Paulette Macfarlan present a rich assortment of active, quiet, competitive, and instructive games for boys and girls of all ages that offer hours of enjoyment and provide insight into how American Indians thought, lived, and played.
You’ll find running, relay, kicking, stalking, throwing and rolling, tossing and catching, guessing, group-challenge, and many other games chosen for their skill-building and character-building qualities. These authentic Indian sports develop dexterity, strength, endurance, patience, logic, power of observation, good sportsmanship, and other desirable attributes.” -Publisher

Indian Nights

Mackay, Isabel Ecclestone
McClelland & Stewart 1930 Dewey Dec. 970.13

Ten legends from the Indians of the West Coast, preserving, “something of the peculiar “style” of the Indian story-teller as gathered from word-of-mouth translations, preserved in the records of the Smithsonian and other Institutes.” – Author’s note

Way of the Human being

Martin, Calvin
Yale University 1999 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“From Native Americans, Europeans learned about corn and beans, toboggans and canoes, and finding their way around an unfamiliar landscape. Yet the Europeans learned what they wished to learn-not necessarily what the natives actually meant by their stories and their lives-says Calvin Luther Martin in this unique and powerfully insightful book. By focusing on their own questions, Martin observes, those arriving in the New World have failed to grasp the deepest meaning of Native America. Drawing on his own experiences with native people and on their stories, Martin brings us to a new conceptual landscape-the mythworld that seems unfamiliar and strange to those accustomed to western ways of thinking. He shows how native people understand the world and how human beings can and should conduct themselves within it. Taking up the profound philosophical challenge of the Native American “way of the human being,” Martin leads us to rethink our entire sense of what is real and how we know the real.” -Publisher

Native North American Art History: Selected Readings

Mathews, Zena P. and Aldona Jonaitas
Peek 1982 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“This volume was conceived primarily as an undergraduate text for Native North American Art History. These readings look back over approximately a hundred years of scholarship pertaining to Native North American material culture. The majority of these articles have not been written by art historians by anthropologists and archeologists as well as by self-trained ethnographers.” -Introduction

Contents: General: Birch-bark in the Ancestry of Pottery Forms / Frank G. Speck ; Shamanism and North American Indian Art / Ester Pasztory — Eskimo: Eskimo Houses / Franz Boas, The Okvik Figurine: Madonna or Bear Mother? / Henry B. Collins ; Additional Examples of Early Eskimo Art / Henry B. Collins ; The Relation of Form to Iconography in Eskimo Masks / Joan M. Vastokas — Northwest Coast: Tsimshian Prehistoric Art / George F. MacDonald, Richard I. Inglis ; The Whale House of the Chilkat / George T. Emmons ; The Devilfish in Tlingit Sacred Art / Aldona Jonaitis ; Sacred Art and Spiritual Power: An Analysis of Tlingit Shamans’ Masks / Aldona Jonaitis ; Kwakiutl Transformation Masks / Debora Waite Iroquoin: Seneca Figurines: A Case of Misplaced Modesty / Zena Pearlstone Mathews ; Of Man and Beast: Effigy Pipe Chronology of the Ontario Iroquoians / Zena Pearlstone Mathews ; Masked Medicine Societies of the Iroquois / William N. Fenton — Algonkian: Pictography and Shamanistic Ritew or the Ojibwa / W.J. Hoffman ; The Double-Curve Motive in Northeastern Algonkian Art / Frank G. Speck ; Bird and Feline Motifs on Great Lakes Pouches / Lee Anne wilson — Southeast: Prehistoric Ceramics: The weeden Island Tradition / Mallory McCane-O’Connor ; An American Woodhenge / Warren L. Wittry ; Spiro Art and Its Mortuary Contexts / James A. Brown ; The Mesoamerican-Southeastern U.S. Connection / James B. Griffin.

American Indians and U.S. Politics: A Companion Reader

Meyer, John M.
Praeger 2002 Dewey Dec. 970.13

An examination of the relationship between American Indians and the U.S. political system. It attempts to give a clearer understanding of such contemporary issues as Indian fishing rights and gaming casinos. Aimed at those on introductory government courses, adding a futher perspective.

North American Indian Life: Customs and Traditions of 23 Tribes

Parsons, Elsie W.
Dover 1992 Dewey Dec. 970.13

Originally published in 1922 as ‘American Indian Life by Several of Its Students’. “For American Indian Life, Parsons brought together practically all of the stars of 1920s American ethnology, including Boas, Alfred Kroeber, Lowie, Radin, and Clark Wissler. The goal was to use the format of a fictional essay to show to the public how natives thought. Liberated from the constraints of a formal academic text, the scholars had a chance to indulge themselves in poetic description of the Indians. To a contemporary reviewer, American Indian Life proved that “the passionate ethnologist is a first-rate novelist.” Centered on native religions, the anthology extensively sampled indigenous spirituality and shamans.” -Znamenski, Andrei A.

Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume

Paterek, Josephine
ABC-CLIO 1994 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“A beautifully produced and illustrated (b & w) reference that offers complete descriptions and cultural contexts of the dress and ornamentation of the North American Indian tribes. The volume is divided into ten cultural regions, with each chapter giving an overview of the regional clothing. Individual tribes of the area follow in alphabetical order. Tribal information includes men’s basic dress, women’s basic dress, footwear, outer wear, hair styles, headgear, accessories, jewelry, armor, special costumes, garment decoration, face and body embellishment, transitional dress after European contact, and bibliographic references.” -Publisher

Contents: Southeast — Northeast — Plains — Southwest — Great Basin — Plateau — California — Northwest Coast — Subarctic — Arctic.

Indian Peace Medals in American History

Prucha, Francis P.
University of Nebraska 1976 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“The history of the nation’s Indian policy is revealed through Indian peace medals, which are equally important to the story of American art….Prucha provides an interesting story of the peace medals and also traces the designing and producing of these historic pieces.” -NY Times

Contents: Part I: The use of peace medals in American Indian policy – Part II: The designing and production of U.S. Indian peace medals

Growing up Native American: An Anthology

Riley, Patricia
Morrow 1993 Dewey Dec. 970.13

Stories of oppression and survival, of heritage denied and reclaimed — twenty-two American writers recall childhood in their native land.

Contents: The language we know / Simon Ortiz — The warriors / Anna Lee Walters — From Waterlily / Ella Cara Deloria — From Life among the Piutes / Sara Winnemucca Hopkins — Ni-Bo-Wi-Se-Gwe / Ignatia Broker — Wasichus in the hills / Black Elk as told to John G. Neihardt — At last I kill a buffalo / Luther Standing Bear — From The middle five : Indian schoolboys of the Omaha Tribe / Francis La Flesche — From Lame Deer : seeker of visions / Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes — From Love medicine / Louise Erdrich — A day in the life of Spanish / Basil Johnston — From Sundown / John Joseph Mathews — From Mean spirit / Linda Hogan — From The names : a memoir / N. Scott Momaday — Notes of a translator’s son / Joseph Bruchac — Turbulent childhood / Lee Maracle — The talking that trees does / Geary Hobson — Water witch / Louise Owens — Grace / Vickie L. Sears — Uncle Tony’s goat / Leslie Marmon Silko — From Yellow raft in blue water / Michael Dorris — The ballad of plastic Fred / Eric L. Gansworth.

The Indian and the Horse

Roe, Frank Gilbert
University of Oklahoma 1955 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“One truly remarkable phenomena of history is the acquisition of the horse by American Indian tribes of North America. With horses stolen from the Spanish frontier settlements (not “strays” found on the prairies), the Indian tribes were transformed and revitalized. Horses made Indians more mobile, enlarged their capacity as hunters, and made them awesome foes in warfare… This carefully documented account brings to life the hardy Indian pony–possessing almost unbelievable speed and endurance that allowed its rider to run down the fastest buffalo or leave his cavalry pursuers far behind… The book contains many superb illustrations from rare photographs and from paintings and drawings by George Catlin, Alfred Jacob Miller, Charles Wimar, Rudolph Friederich Kurz, Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, and others.” -Publisher

American Indian Literatures: An Introduction, Bibliographic Review, and Selected Bibliography

Ruoff, A. LaVonne Brown
Modern Language Association 1990 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“A thorough guide to the genres and major authors of both oral and written literature and to scholarship in the field.” An introductory section describes types of oral literatures and life histories, provides a history of Native American literature from 1772 to the present, and reprints many excerpts from the texts under discussion. The second section evaluates bibliographies and research guides; etc. The last section is an extensive bibliography.

Contents: Part I: Introduction to American Indian literatures — Backgrounds — Oral literatures — Life history and autobiography — History of written literature — Part II: Bibliographic review — Bibliographies and research guides — Anthologies, collections, and re-creations — Anthologies — Collections and re-creations of oral literatures — Collections of life histories and autobiographies — Scholarship and criticism — Studies of oral literatures — Studies of life histories and autobiographies — General literary studies — Studies of American Indian authors — Teaching American Indian literatures — Backgrounds — Biography — Demography — Ethnohistory — Languages — Philosophy and religion — Women’s studies — Image of the Indian — Part III: A selected bibliography of American Indian literature — Abbreviations of frequently cited works — Bibliographies and research guides — Anthologies, collections and re-creations — American Indian authors — Scholarship and criticism — Teaching American Indian literatures — Backgrounds — Films and videotapes — Journals and small presses — Important dates in American Indian history, 1500 to the present.

Literatures of the American Indian

Ruoff, A. LaVonne
Chelsea House 1991 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“Examines the history, evolution, and culture of the American Indians, discussing both oral and written literature. Ritual dramas, pictographs, songs, speeches, myths, legends, autobiographies, poems, and stories describe the Native American cultural heritage.” -Publisher

Contents: Indians of North America: Conflict and survival — First American literature — Ceremony and song — Telling stories: Picture essay — Painting tradition — Oratory and autobiography — Writing in English: 1772-1967 — Literary renaissance: 1968-present — Works cited — Bibliography.

Smoothing the Ground: Essays on Native American Oral Literature

Swann, Brian
University of California 1983 Dewey Dec. 970.13

A collection of essays on the new academic discipline of Native American literature, incorporating anthropology, linguistics, folklore, translation, and criticism.

Contents:Native American literatures / Kenneth Lincoln — Native American oral narratives: context and continuity / Kenneth M. Roemer — On the translation of style in oral narratives / Dennis Tedlock — American Indian verbal art and the role of the literary critic / John Bierhorst — Traditional native American literature: the translation dilemma / Jeffrey F. Huntsman — The wolf comes: Indian poetry and lingistic criticism / Karl Kroeber — Critical models for the study of indigenous literature: the case of the Nahuatl / Willaer Gingerich — Victoria Howard’s G̀itskux and His Older Brother’: a Clackamas Chinook myth / Dell Hymes — Stone Boy: persistent hero / Elaine Jahner — The vagina dentata motif in Nahuatl and Pueblo mythic narratives: a comparative study / Pat Carr and Willrd Gingerich — The story of the T̀simonmamant’ or Jimson weed girls: a Hopi narrative featuring the motif of the vagina dentata / Ekkehart Malotki — Poetry and culture: the Navajo example / Paul G. Zolrod — Comanche and coyote, the culture maker / Galen Buller — The Indian autobiography: origins, type, and function / Arnold Krupat — Indian sacred materials: Kroeber, Kroeber, Waters, and Momaday — B̀adger and Coyote Were Neighbors’: comic reconciliation in a Clackamas Chinook myth / William Nichols — ̀The Hunter Who Had an Elk for a Guardian Spirit, ‘ and the ecological imagination / Jarold Ramsey — Poem, dream, and the consuming of culture / Karl Kroeber — Black Elk’s truth / William Nichols — Reasoning together / Karl Kroeber and H. David Brumble.

The Elements of Native American Traditions

Versluis, Arthur
Element 1993 Dewey Dec. 970.13

An introduction to the traditions of American peoples, ranging from Eskimos of the far North, to the Aztecs and Incas of South American from the tribes of the East coast to those of the Plains and the far West. The main aspects of these cultures are especially noted and the book draws upon the wisdom of well-known visionaries, such as Black Elk. In clear, thematic chapters, the author analyses the different cultures, ceremonies and rituals, and the warrior, Shamanic and religious practices.

Word Dance: The Language of Native American Culture

Waldman, Carl
Facts On File 1994 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“A cross between a glossary, a dictionary, and an encyclopedia, this reference covers every aspect of Native American culture, providing brief definitions, information about language usage, events in Native American history, alternate spellings and numerous cross-references to related subjects. Terms range from such common words as moccasin, papoose and totem pole to the more obscure manitou (the force of nature and life in Algonquian tradition).” -Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Dictionary of Native American Literature

Wiget, Andrew
Garland 1994 Dewey Dec. 970.13

Covers Native American literature in both oral and written forms with numerous articles on topics, regions and individuals.

From the Earth to Beyond the Sky: Native American Medicine

Wolfson, Evelyn
Houghton Mifflin 1993 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“A fascinating glimpse into the mysterious and still powerful world of traditional Native American medicine and folklore. The author describes the wisdom and lore of the Native American Medicine Men. From earliest times the Native Americans have lived close to nature and learned many of its secrets. This book brings those secrets in a unique and wonderful way to the reader.” -Publisher

Contents: Health, harmony, and happiness — Plant medicine — The making of a medicine man — Ceremonies and sacred objects — Other healers.