Category: Indigenous studies


Treaty No. 9

January 31, 2015 | 601 pages
For more than a century, the vast lands of Northern Ontario have been shared among the governments of Canada, Ontario, and the First Nations who signed Treaty No. 9 in 1905. For just as long, details about the signing of the constitutionally recognized agreement have been known only through the... More Info

Upper Perené Arawak Narratives of History, Landscape, and Ritual

December 1, 2014 | 488 pages
"A comprehensive bilingual collection of Ashâeninka Perenâe Arawakan oral literature, including traditional narratives, ethnographic accounts of old customs and rituals, contemporary women's autobiographical stories, songs, chants, and ritual speeches"--  More Info

Finding Dahshaa

UBC Press | February 15, 2010 | 192 pages
Just as dahshaa -- a rare type of dried, rotted spruce wood -- is essential to the Dene moosehide-tanning process, self-determination and the alleviation of social suffering are necessary to Indigenous survival in the Northwest Territories.  More Info

Healing Traditions

UBC Press | January 31, 2015 | 503 pages
Aboriginal peoples in Canada have diverse cultures but share common social and political challenges that have contributed to their experiences of health and illness. This collection addresses the origins of mental health and social problems and the emergence of culturally responsive approaches to... More Info

Truth and Indignation

University of Toronto Press | October 23, 2013 | 192 pages
Professor:  Prof. Doris Buss
Course Codes:  LAWS 4603
Semester:  Winter-2015
Truth and Indignation offers the first close and critical assessment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as it is unfolding. Using interviews with survivors and oblate priests and nuns, as well as testimonies, texts, and visual materials produced by the Commission, Niezen raises some... More Info

Indigenous Healing

May 20, 2014 | 304 pages
No summary available.

The Navajo and the Animal People

Fulcrum Pub | September 9, 2014 | 150 pages
A fascinating insight into the Navajo tribe's spiritual relationship with carnivorous animals.  More Info

Sky Loom

November 1, 2014 | 558 pages
Sky Loom offers a dazzling introduction to Native American myths, stories, and songs drawn from previous collections by acclaimed translator and poet Brian Swann. With a general introduction by Swann, Sky Loom is a stunning collection that provides a glimpse into the intricacies and beauties of... More Info

Traditional History and Characteristics Sketches of the Ojibway Nation

Wilfrid Laurier University Press | May 23, 2014 | 180 pages
Course Codes:  ENGL 5804
Semester:  Winter-2015
The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation (1850) was one of the first books of Indigenous history written by an Indigenous author. The book blends nature writing and narrative to describe the language, religious beliefs, stories, land, work, and play of the Ojibway... More Info

Time Bomb

J. Patrick Boyer Book | November 29, 2014 | 232 pages
A catastrophic confrontation between Canada's so-called "settlers" and First Nations communities, fuelled by fundamental prejudices, misunderstandings, Canada's economic vulnerabilities, and the rising political power within the First Nations society, make such a First Nations uprising feasible... More Info

Unfinished Dreams

University of Toronto Press | January 31, 1998 | 323 pages
Anthropologist Wayne Warry argues that self-government can be realized only when individuals are secure in their cultural identity and can contribute to the transformation of their communities. Warry's notion of community healing involves efforts to rebuild the human foundations for self-governing... More Info

Urban Aboriginal Policy Making in Canadian Municipalities

McGill Queens Univ | January 1, 2012 | 240 pages
"The majority of Aboriginal people in Canada - First Nations, Inuit, and Mâetis - live in urban areas. Public policy making concerning urban Aboriginal people is, however, complex, complicated by geographic variation, and varies greatly in both quality and quantity from municipality to... More Info

Song of Dewey Beard

Bison Books | October 1, 2014 | 288 pages
The great Native American warriors and their resistance to the U.S. government in the war against the Plains Indians is a well-known chapter in the story of the American West. In the aftermath of the great resistance, as the Indian nations recovered from war, many figures loomed heroic, yet their... More Info

Reverse Shots

Wilfrid Laurier University Press | October 8, 2014 | 256 pages
From the dawn of cinema, images of Indigenous peoples have been dominated by Hollywood stereotypes and often negative depictions from elsewhere around the world. With the advent of digital technologies, however, many Indigenous peoples are working to redress the imbalance in numbers and counter the... More Info

The Queerness of Native American Literature

November 1, 2014 | 296 pages
With a new and more inclusive perspective for the growing field of queer Native studies, Lisa Tatonetti provides a genealogy of queer Native writing after Stonewall. Looking across a broad range of literature, Tatonetti offers the first overview and guide to queer Native literature from its rise in... More Info

A Story as Sharp as a Knife

Douglas & McIntyre Ltd | April 1, 2011 | 544 pages
A seminal collection of Haida myths and legends; now in a gorgeous new package. The linguist and ethnographer John Swanton took dictation from the last great Haida-speaking storytellers, poets and historians from the fall of 1900 through the summer of 1901. Together they created a great treasury of... More Info

Dawnland Voices

September 1, 2014 | 716 pages
Dawnland Voices calls attention to the little-known but extraordinarily rich literary traditions of New England’s Native Americans. This pathbreaking anthology includes both classic and contemporary literary works from ten New England indigenous nations: the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Mohegan,... More Info

Justice to Be Accorded to the Indians

January 31, 2015 | 448 pages
Published by the Salish Kootenai College Press Peter Ronan (1839–93) was the government agent for the Salish and Kootenai tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana from 1877 until his death. It was a period of rapid cultural and economic change for the tribes as hunting and... More Info

A Great Many of Us Have Good Farms

March 15, 2014 | 448 pages
Published by the Salish Kootenai College Press Peter Ronan (1839–93) was the government agent for the Salish and Kootenai tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana from 1877 until his death. It was a period of rapid cultural and economic change for the tribes as hunting and... More Info

Bad Judgment

No summary available.

The Comeback

Viking Canada | October 28, 2014 | 224 pages

Terrible Justice

September 22, 2014 | 412 pages
Terrible Justice explores relations not only between the Sioux and their opponents but also the discord among Sioux bands themselves. Moving beyond earlier historians' focus on the Brulé and Oglala bands, Chaky examines how the northern, southern, and Minnesota Sioux bands all became involved in... More Info

Progressive Traditions

July 24, 2014 | 278 pages
According to a dichotomy commonly found in studies of American Indians, some noble Native people defiantly defend their pristine indigenous traditions in honor of their ancestors, while others in weakness or greed surrender their culture and identities to white American economies and institutions.... More Info

Chiefs and Challengers

July 24, 2014 | 434 pages
In this second edition of Chiefs and Challengers, Phillips brings the story into the twentieth century by drawing upon recent historical and anthropological scholarship and upon seldom-used documentary evidence.  More Info

Arapaho Stories, Songs, and Prayers

August 25, 2014 | 576 pages
Many of these narratives, gathered in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, were obtained or published only in English translation. Although this is the case with many Arapaho stories, extensive Arapaho-language texts exist that have never before been published—until now. Arapaho... More Info

Blackfoot Redemption

June 13, 2014 | 288 pages
Blackfoot Redemption is the riveting account of a Canadian Blackfoot known as Spopee and his unusual and haunting story. To reconstruct the events of Spopee's life—at first traceable only through bits and pieces of information—William E. Farr conducted exhaustive archival research, digging... More Info

American Indians in U.S. History

January 31, 2015 | 191 pages
This concise survey, tracing the experiences of American Indians from their origins to the present, has proven its value to both students and general readers in the decade since its first publication. Now the second edition, drawing on the most recent research, adds information about Indian social,... More Info

Red Power Rising

June 19, 2014 | 275 pages
During the 1960s, American Indian youth were swept up in a movement called Red Power—a civil rights struggle fueled by intertribal activism. While some define the movement as militant and others see it as peaceful, there is one common assumption about its history: Red Power began with the Indian... More Info

The Powwow Highway

September 15, 2014 | 304 pages
"Takes us into the places where Indians live . . . their jokes, their lovemaking, their hearts. . . . Leaves me feeling as if I had made the journey myself."--Denver Post  More Info


November 1, 2014 | 240 pages
No summary available.

Negotiating the Numbered Treaties

Purich Pub | January 1, 2009 | 223 pages
Alexander Morris, the main negotiator of many of the numbered treaties on the prairies, has often been portrayed as a parsimonious agent of the government, bent on taking advantage of First Nations chiefs and councillors. Author Robert J. Talbot sees Morris as a man deeply sympathetic to the... More Info

Indigenous Diplomacy and the Rights of Peoples

Purich Pub | January 1, 2008 | 239 pages
Despite centuries of sustained attacks against their collective existence, Indigenous peoples represent over 5,000 languages and cultures in more than 70 nations on six continents. Most have retained social, cultural, economic, and political characteristics distinct from other segments of national... More Info

Two Families

Purich Pub | January 1, 2007 | 143 pages
"This text is Harold Johnson's narrative on the relationship between First Nations, governments, and society in general. Writing in response to a student asking him what treaties meant, Johnson presents a different view of the treaty relationship. Treaties were the instruments that gave Europeans... More Info

Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage

Saskatoon : Purich | January 1, 2000 | 324 pages
Approximately 500 million of the world's Indigenous peoples have faced a similar fate at the hands of colonizing powers. That fate has included assaults on their language and culture, commercialization of their art, and use of their plant knowledge in the development of medicine, all without... More Info

Decolonizing Methodologies

Zed Books | March 15, 1999 | 208 pages
A call by an indigenous researcher for the decolonizing of research methods, which critically examines the historical and philosophical base of Western research. The book provides a literature which validates frustrations with various Western paradigms, academic traditions and methodologies.  More Info

Clearing the Plains

Canadian Plains Research Center | August 1, 2014 | 334 pages
"In arresting, but harrowing, prose, James Daschuk examines the roles that Old World diseases, climate, and, most disturbingly, Canadian politics?the politics of ethnocide?played in the deaths and subjugation of thousands of aboriginal people in the realization of Sir John A. Macdonald's ?National... More Info


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 | January 31, 2015 | 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 | January 31, 2015 | 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

January 31, 2015 | 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 | January 31, 2015 | 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