Category: Indigenous studies

Bad Judgment

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The Comeback

Viking Canada | October 28, 2014 | 224 pages

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

June 18, 2019 | 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

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

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
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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

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


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

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 | June 18, 2019 | 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

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 | June 18, 2019 | 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

June 18, 2019 | 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 | June 18, 2019 | 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

Settler Common Sense

June 18, 2019 | 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

Voices of Fire

June 18, 2019 | 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

Cree Narrative

McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP | June 18, 2019 | 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

People of the Land

June 18, 2019 | 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

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

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

?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

Black Elk Speaks

Bison Books | June 18, 2019 | 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

June 18, 2019 | 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

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

June 18, 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 | June 18, 2019 | 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

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

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