Category: Indigenous Studies



Harvard University Press | September 15, 2014 | 331 pages
In this story of one man’s encounter with an indigenous people of Peru, Michael Brown guides his readers upriver into a contested zone of the Amazonian frontier, where more than 50,000 Awajún—renowned for pugnacity and fierce independence—use hard-won political savvy, literacy, and digital... More Info

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Beacon Press (MA) | September 16, 2014 | 296 pages
The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited... More Info

Red Skin, White Masks

August 15, 2014 | 256 pages
Over the past forty years, recognition has become the dominant mode of negotiation and decolonization between the nation-state and Indigenous nations in North America. The term “recognition” shapes debates over Indigenous cultural distinctiveness, Indigenous rights to land and self-government,... More Info

Dirty Copper

Fulcrum Pub | June 1, 2014 | 204 pages
Dirty Copper continues the story of Luke Warmwater in this prequel to Walking the Rez Road.  More Info

Dancing with a Ghost

Penguin Global | October 1, 2014 | 220 pages
A crucial sourcebook for anyone involved with native issues, "Dancing with a Ghost" seeks to bridge the gap which exists between Native American and other groups by examining the traditional Cree and Ojibway world view and by showing why their philosophy so often places them in conflict with the... More Info

Up Ghost River

August 26, 2014 | 352 pages
A powerful, raw and eloquent memoir about the abuse former First Nations chief Edmund Metatawabin endured in residential school in the 1960s, the resulting trauma, and the spirit he rediscovered within himself and his community through traditional spirituality and knowledge. After being seperated... More Info

The Heart of Everything That Is

Simon & Schuster | September 2, 2014 | 432 pages
An acclaimed New York Times bestseller, selected by Salon as a best book of the year, the astonishing untold story of the life and times of Sioux warrior Red Cloud: “a page-turner with remarkable immediacy…and the narrative sweep of a great Western” (The Boston Globe). Red Cloud was the only... More Info

Braiding Sweetgrass

September 9, 2014 | 408 pages
Called the work of "a mesmerizing storyteller with deep compassion and memorable prose" by Publishers Weekly, and flagged as the book that, "anyone interested in natural history, botany, protecting nature, or Native American culture will love," by Library Journal, Braiding Sweetgrass in paperback... More Info

The Road Back to Sweetgrass

September 9, 2014 | 200 pages
Set in northern Minnesota, The Road Back to Sweetgrass follows Dale Ann, Theresa, and Margie, a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing their coming of age and the intersection of their lives as they navigate love, economic hardship, loss, and changing family... More Info

The Winter We Danced

Arbeiter Ring Pub | March 1, 2014 | 366 pages
The Winter We Danced is a vivid collection of writing, poetry, lyrics, art and images from the many diverse voices that make up the past, present, and future of the Idle No More movement. Calling for pathways into healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities while drawing on a wide-ranging... More Info

Recovering Canada

University of Toronto Press | October 1, 2014 | 312 pages
John Borrows suggests how First Nations laws could be applied by Canadian courts, and tempers this by pointing out the many difficulties that would occur if the courts attempted to follow such an approach.  More Info

Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge

June 1, 2014 | 1056 pages
How knowledge of plants and environments has been applied and shared over centuries and millennia by Indigenous peoples.  More Info

Recovering the Sacred

October 1, 2014 | 294 pages
When she invites us to "recover the sacred," Native American organizer Winona LaDuke is requesting far more than the rescue of ancient bones and beaded headbands from museums.  More Info

Beyond the Indian Act

McGill Queens Univ | October 1, 2014 | 226 pages
While land claims made by Canada's aboriginal peoples continue to attract attention and controversy, there has been almost no discussion of the ways in which First Nations lands are managed and the property rights that have been in place since the Indian Act of 1876.Beyond the Indian Actlooks at... More Info

Voices of Fire

October 1, 2014 | 312 pages
Stories of the volcano goddess Pele and her youngest sister Hi'iaka, patron of hula, are most familiar as a form of literary colonialism--first translated by missionary descendants and others, then co-opted by Hollywood and the tourist industry. But far from quaint tales for amusement, the Pele and... More Info

Settler Common Sense

October 1, 2014 | 320 pages
In Settler Common Sense, Mark Rifkin explores how canonical American writers take part in the legacy of displacing Native Americans. Although the books he focuses on are not about Indians, they serve as examples of what Rifkin calls “settler common sense,” taking for granted the legal and... More Info

Cree Narrative

McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP | October 1, 2014 | 285 pages
A vivid account of the values and world view of an indigenous society.  More Info

The Life of Chief Joseph

Bison Books | May 1, 2014 | 176 pages
Originally published: Idaho Falls, Ida.: Wasatch Press, c2008.  More Info

We Will Dance Our Truth

Bison Books | May 1, 2014 | 394 pages
In this innovative, performative approach to the expressive culture of the Yaqui (Yoeme) peoples of the Sonora and Arizona borderlands, David Delgado Shorter provides an altogether fresh understanding of Yoeme worldviews. Based on extensive field study, Shorter’s interpretation of the... More Info

Native American Environmentalism

Bison Books | April 1, 2014 | 224 pages
"A study of traditional Native American approaches to land and spirituality, analyzing how colonization has influenced how we perceive Indian spirituality and Indian relationships to nature"--  More Info

Storyworlds Across Media

July 1, 2014 | 400 pages
The proliferation of media and their ever-increasing role in our daily life has produced a strong sense that understanding media—everything from oral storytelling, literary narrative, newspapers, and comics to radio, film, TV, and video games—is key to understanding the dynamics of culture and... More Info

My Life with the Salmon

Theytus Books | November 1, 2010 | 174 pages
Diane "Honey" Jacobson's latest book is an important comment about First Nations efforts to save the salmon and her personal youthful journey to find meaning and a sense of place in life. Like the style in her first book My Life in a Kwagu'l Big House, Diane's style in My Life with the Salmon is... More Info

People of the Land

October 1, 2014 | 112 pages
Spectacular imagery adorns this fascinating anthology of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations stories and legends. The book is a unique commemorative collection that celebrates the four host First Nations whose ancestral territories provided a stunning setting for the... More Info

Indigenous Women, Work, and History, 1940-1980

February 1, 2013 | 288 pages
When dealing with Indigenous women's history we are conditioned to think about women as private-sphere figures, circumscribed by the home, the reserve, and the community. Indigenous Women, Work, and History rejects these long-standing conventions by presenting case studies of Indigenous working in... More Info

Critical Collaborations

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | May 1, 2014 | 350 pages
Critical Collaborations: Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies is the third volume of essays produced as part of the TransCanada conferences project. The essays gathered in Critical Collaborations constitute a call for collaboration and kinship across disciplinary,... More Info

Black Elk Speaks

Bison Books | October 1, 2014 | 424 pages
Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time. Black Elk’s searing visions of the unity of... More Info

The Canadian Sioux, Second Edition

Bison Books | June 1, 2014 | 232 pages
The Canadian Sioux are descendants of Santees, Yanktonais, and Tetons from the United States who sought refuge in Canada during the 1860s and 1870s. Living today on eight reserves in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, they are the least studied of all the Sioux groups. This book, originally published in... More Info

Native Diasporas

October 1, 2014 | 592 pages
The arrival of European settlers in the Americas disrupted indigenous lifeways, and the effects of colonialism shattered Native communities. Forced migration and human trafficking created a diaspora of cultures, languages, and people. Gregory D. Smithers and Brooke N. Newman have gathered the work... More Info

?aitsinikssiistsi / Blackfoot Stories

Canadian Plains Research Center | May 6, 2014 | 96 pages
The third volume in the First Nations Language Readers series--meant for language learners and language users--this collection presents eight Blackfoot sories told by Lena Russell Ikkinnihki 'Gentle Singer,' a fluent speaker of Blackfoot from the Kainai (Blood) reserve in southern Alberta.In... More Info

The Force of Family

July 16, 2014 | 240 pages
Over the course of more than a decade, the Haida Nation triumphantly returned home all known Haida ancestral remains from North American museums. The Force of Family is an ethnography of those efforts to repatriate ancestral remains from museums around the world.  More Info

Akinirmut Unipkaaqtuat

Inhabit Media | March 1, 2006 | 218 pages
The three stories in this colume are well known across the Inuit world. The longest story here is the Legend of Kiviuq who is a figure of almost epic proportions. Kiviuq is spared because he is kind. The story of Kaujjarjuq is about a man who has been taught to "be patient in suffering." His... More Info

Give Me My Father's Body

October 1, 1986 | 277 pages
Profiles the Eskimo boy who was brought back to the U.S. by explorer Robert Peary, and whose father's body was placed on display at the Museum of Natural History  More Info


Inhabit Media Incorporated | October 1, 2014 | 288 pages
A collection of ancient Inuit myths. In this exhaustive story collection, the rich tradition of Inuit storytelling becomes accessible to the rest of Canada for the first time. Unipkaaqtut is the Inuit word meaning "to tell stories." This definitive collection of Inuit legends is thoughtfully... More Info

Indigenous storywork

Univ of British Columbia Pr | June 1, 2008 | 176 pages
Jo-ann Archibald worked closely with Coast Salish Elders andstorytellers, who shared both traditional and personal life-experiencestories, in order to develop ways of bringing storytelling intoeducational contexts. Indigenous Storyworkis the result ofthis research and it demonstrates how stories... More Info

Home in the City

University of Toronto Press | August 9, 2013 | 441 pages
During the past several decades, the Aboriginal population of Canada has become so urbanized that today, the majority of First Nations and Métis people live in cities. Home in the City provides an in-depth analysis of urban Aboriginal housing, living conditions, issues, and trends. Based on... More Info

Living Indigenous Leadership

UBC Press | July 1, 2013 | 256 pages
Indigenous scholars strive to produce research to improve Native communities in meaningful ways. They also recognize that long-lasting change depends on effective leadership. This collection showcases innovative research and leadership practices from diverse nations and tribes in Canada, the United... More Info

Where Happiness Dwells

UBC Press | July 1, 2013 | 420 pages
The Dane-zaa people have lived in BC's Peace River area for thousands of years. Elders documented their peoples' history and worldview, passing them on through storytelling. Language loss, however, threatens to break the bonds of knowledge transmission. At the request of the Doig River First... More Info

Native Writers and Canadian Writing

UBC Press | January 1, 1990 | 306 pages
Native Writers and Canadian Writing is a co-publication withCanadian Literature -- Canada's foremost literary journal-- of a special double issue which focuses on literature by and aboutCanada's Native peoples and contains original articles and poems byboth Native and non-Native writers.  More Info

On Being Here to Stay

University of Toronto Press | February 11, 2014 | 232 pages
In On Being Here to Stay, Asch retells the story of Canada with a focus on the relationship between First Nations and settlers.  More Info

Inuit Folk-Tales

International Polar Inst | January 1, 2009 | 303 pages
Back in print, "Eskimo" folklore collected by pioneering northern anthropologist Knud Rasmussen  More Info

Becoming Inummarik

McGill Queens Univ | April 1, 2014 | 432 pages
A critical look at how Inuit men balance traditional values and social circumstances to find their place in the contemporary Arctic.  More Info

Children of the Dragonfly

University of Arizona Press | October 1, 2014 | 280 pages
Sometimes the losses of childhood can be recovered only in the flight of the dragonfly.Native American children have long been subject to removal from their homes for placement in residential schools and, more recently, in foster or adoptive homes. The governments of both the United States and... More Info

Who's Asking?

MIT Press | January 3, 2014 | 304 pages
Analysis and case studies show that including different orientations toward the natural world makes for more effective scientific practice and science education.  More Info


January 15, 2014 | 224 pages
What does it mean to be an Indigenous man today? Between October 2010 and May 2013, Sam McKegney conducted interviews with leading Indigenous artists, critics, activists, and elders on the subject of Indigenous manhood. In offices, kitchens, and coffee shops, and once in a car driving down the 401,... More Info

Living with Animals

September 30, 2013 | 416 pages
Living with Animals presents over 100 images from oral and written sources – including birch bark scrolls, rock art, stories, games, and dreams – in which animals appear as kindred beings, spirit powers, healers, and protectors.  More Info

Canada's Indigenous Constitution

University of Toronto Press | October 1, 2014 | 427 pages
With characteristic richness and eloquence, John Borrows explores legal traditions, the role of governments and courts, and the prospect of a multi-juridical legal culture, all with a view to understanding and improving legal processes in Canada. He discusses the place of individuals, families, and... More Info


IAD Press | January 1, 2000 | 177 pages
Skins is full of passion, warmth and humor. It reveals the rich diversity of styles and themes explored by contemporary Indigenous writers in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. This unique collection of short stories brings together prominent and critically acclaimed writers from... More Info

The Colonial Present

Clarity Press | July 30, 2013 | 330 pages
No treaties were made with the indigenous nations whose territories are now considered a Canadian province called British Columbia. Instead, a breathtaking policy of criminalization and assimilation has been vigorously carried out against them. Present day governments continue with processes that,... More Info

Modern Blackfeet

January 1, 2014 | 144 pages
Modern Blackfeet sheds light on the politics, economics, society, and especially the acculturation of the Blackfeet Indians of Montana. The Blackfeet Reservation has an established government and an active and diverse population that has long supported itself through ranching, industry, and oil and... More Info


January 15, 2014 | 192 pages
In the early 1950s, Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk was asked by a priest working in Kangiqsujuaq in northern Quebec to write down some Inuttitut phrases to assist him in the study of the language. At the age of twenty-two, Nappaaluk began writing but did not stop at mere phrases. She invented a group of... More Info