Category: Indigenous studies

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

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

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 | August 18, 2019 | 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 | August 18, 2019 | 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

Lethal Encounters

November 1, 2013 | 224 pages
This in-depth narrative history of the interactions between English settlers and American Indians during the Virginia colony's first century explains why a harmonious coexistence proved impossible. While the romanticized story of the Jamestown colony has been retold many times, the events following... More Info


South End Pr | August 18, 2019 | 246 pages
Native American activist links colonialism and racism to sexual violence, exploring the impact on native women.  More Info

Robert Davidson

Seattle Art Museum | November 1, 2013 | 104 pages
For over forty years Robert Davidson has absorbed the bedrock art traditions of Haida art and craft, working in the ancient forms of his grandfather, the influential Haida artist Charles Edensaw. Davidson has taken new directions within the highly disciplined structure of the old Northwest Coast... More Info

Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer

Bison Books | January 1, 2014 | 224 pages
Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer is Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s searching account of her life as a mixed-blood woman coming of age off reservation, yet deeply immersed in her Huron, Metis, and Cherokee heritage. In a style at once elliptical and achingly clear, Hedge Coke details her mother’s... More Info

That Dream Shall Have a Name

January 1, 2014 | 488 pages
The founding idea of “America” has been based largely on the expected sweeping away of Native Americans to make room for EuroAmericans and their cultures. In this authoritative study, David L. Moore examines the works of five well-known Native American writers and their efforts, since the... More Info

Klee Wyck

Douglas & McIntyre Limited | March 11, 2004 | 152 pages
The legendary Emily Carrwas primarily a painter, but she first gained recognition as a writer. Her first book, published in 1941, was titled Klee Wyck( "Laughing One"), in honour of the name that the Native people fo the west coast gave her as an intrepid young woman. The book was a hit with both... More Info

Elder Brother and the Law of the People

University of Manitoba Press | May 1, 2013 | 216 pages
Elder Brother and the Law of the People presents an entirely new way of viewing Aboriginal cultural identity on the northern plains.  More Info

Aboriginal Ways of Using English

Aboriginal Studies Press | August 18, 2019 | 276 pages
This new collection by Professor Diana Eades addresses the way non-traditional language Aboriginal speakers of English use and speak English. Here she draws together some of her best writing over the past thirty years. Older chapters are brought up to date with contemporary reflections, informed by... More Info


November 1, 2013 | 824 pages
During the 1920s and 1930s, Josephine Waggoner (1871–1943), a Lakota woman who had been educated at Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in Virginia, grew increasingly concerned that the history and culture of her people were being lost as elders died without passing along their knowledge. A... More Info

The Raven Steals the Light

August 18, 1996 | 109 pages
An elegant reissue of a timeless collection of Haida myths, with a new preface by Claude Levi-Strauss. Ten masterful, complex drawings by Bill Reidare accompanied by ten episodes from Haida mythology told by Bill Reidand Robert Bringhurst. The result brings Haida art and mythology alive as never... More Info

Old Indian Legends

U of Nebraska Press | August 18, 2019 | 165 pages
A collection of tales about such mysteries as Iktomi, Eya, and Old Double Face  More Info

Reservation Capitalism

Bison Books | November 1, 2013 | 224 pages
Native American peoples suffer from health, educational, infrastructure, and social deficiencies of the sort that most Americans who live outside tribal lands are wholly unaware of and would not tolerate. Indians are the poorest people in the United States, and their reservations are appallingly... More Info

Sovereign Screens: Aboriginal Media on the Canadian West Coast

December 1, 2013 | 312 pages
While Indigenous media have gained increasing prominence around the world, the vibrant Aboriginal media world on the Canadian West Coast has received little scholarly attention. As the first ethnography of the Aboriginal media community in Vancouver, Sovereign Screens reveals the various social... More Info

Voices and Images of Nunavimmiut

International Polar Inst | July 1, 2013 | 256 pages
This book, the fifth in a series anthologizing writings by Inuit in Nunavik over the last thirty-five years, presents articles on renewable resources and wildlife protection. Written by member of the Inuit community and non-Inuit who have worked closely with the community to better understand... More Info

Braiding Sweetgrass

October 8, 2013 | 320 pages
With incredible grace and inspiring attention to the natural world, Robin Wall Kimmerer takes readers on a a field trip through ancient forests and backyard ponds, sacred sites and urban wastelands. Plants become powerful metaphors for healing our relationship with the natural world, and guides in... More Info

Creating Space

October 1, 2013 | 208 pages
Verna J. Kirkness grew up on the Fisher River Indian reserve in Manitoba. Her childhood dream to be a teacher set her on a lifelong journey in education as a teacher, counsellor, consultant, and professor. As the first cross-cultural consultant for the Manitoba Department of Education Curriculum... More Info

Sun Chief: The Autobiography of a Hopi Indian, Second Edition

Yale University Press | August 1, 2013 | 512 pages
First published in 1942, Sun Chief is the autobiography of Hopi Chief Don C. Talayesva and offers a unique insider view on Hopi society. In a new Foreword, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert situates the book within contemporary Hopi studies, exploring how scholars have used the book since its publication... More Info

Who Is an Indian?

August 22, 2013 | 256 pages
This collection examines the changing roles of race and place in the politics of defining Indigenous identities in the Americas.  More Info

Torn from Our Midst

University of Regina Press | August 18, 2019 | 287 pages
"More than 300 women and men gathered in August 2008 at a conference entitled Missing Women: Decolonization, Third Wave Feminisms, and Indigenous People of Canada and Mexico. Here, personal stories and theoretical tools were brought together, as academics, activists, family members of missing and... More Info

First Nations

University of Regina Press | August 18, 2019 | 311 pages
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Aboriginal Consultation, Environmental Assessment, and Regulatory Review in Canada

U of R Press | May 27, 2013 | 240 pages
Supreme Court of Canada decisions have defined a general framework for the ?uty to consult?Aboriginal peoples and accommodate their concerns over natural resource development, but anticipate the details of that framework will be expanded upon in the future. Aboriginal Consultation, Environmental... More Info

Clearing a Path

University of Regina Press | January 1, 2009 | 80 pages
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Children of the Tipi

World Wisdom, Inc | June 1, 2013 | 40 pages
A sumptuously photographed introduction to the world of the pre-reservation Plains Indians collects simple but eloquent quotations by Native American chiefs and elders that describe what life was like for children growing up on the American Plains and includes sections on camp life and the roles of... More Info

Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry

June 1, 2013 |
How can North Americans come to terms with the lamentable clash between indigenous and settler cultures, faiths, and attitudes toward creation? Showcasing a variety of voices both traditional and Christian, native and non-native "Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry" offers up alternative histories, radical... More Info

From Princess to Chief

University Alabama Press | August 10, 2013 | 144 pages
A collaborative life history of Priscilla Freeman Jacobs, From Princess to Chief tells the story of the first female chief (from 1986 to 2005) of the state-recognized Waccamaw Siouan Indian Tribe of North Carolina. In From Princess to Chief, Priscilla Freeman Jacobs and Patricia Barker Lerch detail... More Info

Rupert's Land

NeWest Press | September 1, 2013 | 280 pages
At the height of the Great Depression, two Prairie children struggle with poverty and uncertainty. Surrounded by religion, law, and her authoritarian father, Cora Wagoner daydreams about what it would be like to abandon society altogether and join one of the Indian tribes she's read so much about.... More Info

Clearing the Plains

Canadian Plains Research Center | May 1, 2013 | 354 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

American Indians and the American Imaginary: Cultural Representation Across the Centuries

Paradigm Pub | July 30, 2013 | 246 pages
At a time when indigenous peoples worldwide are asserting their rights, American Indians and the American Imaginary offers an ethnographic and historical perspective on the power of representations of Native Americans in American public culture. The books wide-ranging case studies move from... More Info

Realizing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Purich Pub | April 30, 2010 | 287 pages
The Declaration is a visionary step towards addressing the human rights of indigenous peoples proclaims United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It provides a momentous opportunity for States and indigenous peoples to ... promote reconciliation and ensure that the past is not repeated. Adopted... More Info

The Lakota Ghost Dance Of 1890

July 1, 2013 | 464 pages
A broad range of perspectives from Natives and non-Natives makes this book the most complete account and analysis yet of the Lakota ghost dance. A revitalization movement that swept across Native communities of the West in the late 1880s, the ghost dance took firm hold among the Lakotas, perplexed... More Info

Standing Up With Ga'axsta'las

UBC Press | July 1, 2013 | 596 pages
Standing Up with Ga’axsta’las tellsthe remarkable story of Jane Constance Cook (1870-1951), acontroversial Kwakwaka’wakw leader and activist wholived during a period of enormous colonial upheaval. Workingcollaboratively, Robertson and Cook’s descendants draw on oralhistories and textual... More Info


May 1, 2013 | 376 pages
A fast-paced biography of the most famous North American Indian of all time, with new material to reveal the man behind the legend  More Info

Drawing Out Law

University of Toronto Press | August 18, 2019 | 259 pages
Shedding light on Canadian law and policy as they relate to Indigenous peoples, Drawing Out Law illustrates past and present moral agency of Indigenous peoples and their approaches to the law and calls for the renewal of ancient Ojibway teaching in contemporary circumstances.  More Info

One Story, One Song

Douglas & McIntyre Ltd | April 1, 2011 | 272 pages
A new collection of warm, wise and inspiring stories from the author of the bestselling One Native Life. Since its publication in 2008, readers and reviewers have embraced Richard Wagamese’s One Native Life. “In quiet tones and luminous language,” wrote the Winnipeg Free Press, “Wagamese... More Info

Discovering Totem Poles

Douglas & McIntyre | June 16, 2012 | 112 pages
An indispensible guide for identifying totem poles along British Columbia's inside passage from Vancouver to Alaska. Whether rising from a forest mist or soaring overhead in parks and museums, magnificent cedar totem poles have captivated the attention and imagination of visitors to Washington... More Info