Category: Indigenous studies

Preserving Sacred

University of Manitoba Press | August 18, 2019 | 274 pages
Examines the historical misreprentations of the Ojibwa religious tradition in both Canada and U.S.  More Info

Muskekowuck Athinuwick

Univ. of Manitoba Press | August 18, 2019 | 289 pages
The original people of the Hudson Bay lowlands, often known as the Lowland Cree and known to themselves as Muskekowuck Athinuwick, were among the first Aboriginal peoples in northwestern North America to come into contact with Europeans. This book challenges long-held misconceptions about the... More Info

Fractured Homeland

UBC Press | January 1, 2013 | 344 pages
In 1992, the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, the only federallyrecognized Algonquin reserve in Ontario, launched a comprehensive landclaim. The claim drew attention to the reality that two-thirds ofAlgonquins in Canada have never been recognized as Indian, and havetherefore had to struggle to reassert... More Info

Settlement, Subsistence and Change Among the Labrador Inuit

May 1, 2012 | 264 pages
On January 22, 2005, Inuit from communities throughout northern and central Labrador gathered in a school gymnasium to witness the signing of the Labrador Inuit Land Claim Agreement and to celebrate the long-awaited creation of their own regional self-government of Nunatsiavut. This historic... More Info


By Umeek
UBC Press | February 28, 2005 | 146 pages
In Tsawalk, hereditary chief Umeek develops a theory of “Tsawalk,” meaning “one,” that views the nature of existence as an integrated and orderly whole, and thereby recognizes the intrinsic relationship between the physical and spiritual. Umeek demonstrates how Tsawalk provides a viable... More Info

Voices and Images of Nunavimmiut, Volume 2

International Polar Inst | September 13, 2011 | 285 pages
A unique opportunity to hear the authentic voices of a world in change  More Info


International Polar Inst | December 14, 2010 | 288 pages
Recorded here, long before the environmental and political effects of the later parts of the twentieth century, are the recollections of the people of Nunavik in their own words. This is the first volume of a four-volume series collecting articles from periodicals published by Makivik Corporation,... More Info

Finding a Way to the Heart

June 1, 2012 | 264 pages
When Sylvia Van Kirk published her groundbreaking book, Many Tender Ties, in 1980, she revolutionized the historical understanding of the North American fur trade and introduced entirely new areas of inquiry in women’s, social, and Aboriginal history. Finding a Way to the Heart examines Van... More Info

Carrying on "Irregardless"

Harbour Publishing | October 1, 2012 | 120 pages
Carrying on "Irregardless" is a handsomely illustrated paperback based on the first exhibition to focus on humour in Northwest Coast First Nations art. The show, mounted by the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver is titled after one of Bill Reid's favourite deliberate grammatical... More Info

Indigenous (In)Justice

Harvard University Press | February 25, 2013 | 310 pages
Indigenous (In)Justice explores legal and human rights issues surrounding the Bedouin Arab population in Israel's Naqab/Negev desert. With contributions from international scholars, including United Nations officials, the volume examines the economic and social rights of indigenous peoples within... More Info

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth

Talonbooks Limited | April 1, 1998 | 112 pages
The emotional struggle of an adopted Native woman to acknowledge her birth family. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.  More Info

Indigenous Screen Cultures in Canada

Univ. of Manitoba Press | August 31, 2010 | 202 pages
Indigenous media challenges the power of the state, erodes communication monopolies, and illuminates government threats to indigenous cultural, social, economic, and political sovereignty. Its effectiveness in these areas, however, is hampered by government control of broadcast frequencies,... More Info

The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book

Arsenal Pulp PressLtd | October 26, 2010 | 87 pages
A visually stunning journey through 500 years of indigenous peoples’ resistance.  More Info

Healing Histories

University of Alberta Press | November 15, 2012 | 184 pages
Healing Histories is the first detailed collection of Aboriginal perspectives on the history of tuberculosis in Canada’s indigenous communities and on the federal government’s Indian Health Services. Featuring oral accounts from patients, families, and workers who experienced Canada’s Indian... More Info


University of Toronto Press | August 18, 2019 | 313 pages
The word Wasáse is the Kanienkeha (Mohawk) word for the ancient war dance ceremony of unity, strength, and commitment to action. The author notes, "This book traces the journey of those Indigenous people who have found a way to transcend the colonial identities which are the legacy of our history... More Info

Compact, contract, covenant

Univ of Toronto Pr | June 1, 2009 | 379 pages
"Compact, Contract, Covenant" is renowned historian of Native-newcomer relations J.R. Miller's exploration and explanation of more than four centuries of treating-making.  More Info

The Red Indians

Arbeiter Ring Publishing | April 1, 2008 | 158 pages
In the manner of Eduardo Galeano's famous trilogy Memories of Fire, the book uncovers a critical, living history of conflict. The book, The Red Indians, with its polyvalent title that points to the many issues covered in the text, introduces readers to the history of colonial oppression in Canada,... More Info

American Gypsy

August 5, 2012 | 232 pages
In American Gypsy, a collection of six plays, Diane Glancy uses a mélange of voices to invoke the myths and realities of modern Native American life. Glancy intermixes poetry and prose to address themes of gender, generational relationships, acculturation, myth, and tensions between Christianity... More Info

Disinherited Generations

November 15, 2012 | 180 pages
This oral autobiography of two remarkable Cree women tells their life story against a backdrop of government discrimination, First Nations activism, and the resurgence of First Nations communities. Nellie Carlson and Kathleen Steinhauer, who helped to organize the Indian Rights for Indian Women... More Info

Across Time and Tundra

University of Washington Press | August 18, 2019 | 230 pages
This is the definitive, illustrated history of one of North America's most interesting and least-known Native peoples: the Inuvialuit, tile Inuit of the Mackenzie Delta. For hundreds of years they enjoyed a rich and secure lifestyle, augmented by great annual hunts of beluga and bowhead whales. All... More Info

The Lakotas and the Black Hills

Penguin Paperbacks | June 28, 2011 | 238 pages
Traces the loss of the Lakota Sioux's spiritual homelands and their legal battle to regain them, recounting such events as the defeat of Custer at Little Bighorn and their Supreme Court campaigns.  More Info


Penguin Group USA | September 25, 2012 | 259 pages
A collection of stories focuses on contemporary Native American concerns--white injustice, the fragmenting of the Indian community, and the loss of tribal identity--and recalls Indian legends and tribal stories.  More Info

Visions of the Heart

March 8, 2011 | 430 pages
Now in its third edition, this outstanding collection from leading scholars offers a rich, in-depth study of contemporary issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Exploring the sources of oppression, this text offers a critical examination of the relationship between Aboriginal peoples andother... More Info

Long journey home

Indiana Univ Pr | January 1, 2008 | 416 pages
Through first-person accounts, Long Journey Home presents the stories of the Lenape, also known as the Delaware Tribe. These oral histories, which span the post--Civil War era to the present, are gathered into four sections and tell of personal and tribal events as they unfold over time and place.... More Info


Yale University Press | November 15, 2012 | 376 pages
Renowned for ferocity in battle, legendary for an uncanny ability to elude capture, feared for the violence of his vengeful raids, the Apache fighter Geronimo captured the public imagination in his own time and remains a figure of mythical proportion today. This thoroughly researched biography by a... More Info

Picturing Indians

Univ of Wisconsin Pr | August 18, 2019 | 194 pages
A landmark volume explores photographer Henry Hamilton Bennett's many-layered relationship with Wisconsin Dells Native peoples, the Ho-Chunk, places Bennett within the context of contemporary artists and photographers of American Indians, and examines the reception of this legacy by the Ho-Chunk.... More Info

The Inconvenient Indian

Doubleday Canada | November 13, 2012 | 304 pages
The Inconvenient Indianis at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America. Rich with dark and light, pain and... More Info

Acts of rebellion

Psychology Press | August 18, 2019 | 483 pages
Ward Churchill is one of the most vocal, incisive, and respected writers on American Indian issues. Acts of Rebellion brings together his most important writings on indigenism from the past two decades, covering basic American Indian concerns from land issues to the American Indian Movement, from... More Info

Possessing the Pacific

Harvard Univ Pr | August 18, 2019 | 388 pages
Tells the story of colonial settlement in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska, and how the settlers acquired vast amounts of land from the indigenous people. This acquisition still shapes the relations between whites and... More Info

The whaling Indians

Canadian Mus of Civilization | August 18, 2019 | 431 pages
Part 9 of The Whaling Indians features 28 accounts of traditional hunting life among the Nuu-chah-nulth drawn from a collection of oral history gathered between 1910 and 1923. They outline methods of hunting humpback and gray whales and the preparatory rituals that helped guarantee success.  More Info

Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada

McGill Queens Univ | March 28, 2012 | 512 pages
Comprised of essays, interviews, and personal reflections by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal musicians and scholars alike, the collection highlights themes of innovation, teaching and transmission, and cultural interaction. Individual chapters discuss musical genres ranging from popular styles... More Info

Chee Chee

McGill Queens University Press | June 1, 2010 | 208 pages
Benjamin Chee Chee lived with anger and frustration for more than thirty years before he took his own life. An Ojibway artist who killed himself just as he was beginning to gain international recognition, Chee Chee is one of the thousands of aboriginal peoples in Canada who have commited suicide.... More Info

Collections and Objections

McGill Queens Univ | August 18, 2019 | 308 pages
North America's museums are treasured for their collections of Aboriginal ethnographic and archaeological objects. Yet stories of how these artifacts were acquired often reveal unethical acts and troubling chains of possession, as well as unexpected instances of collaboration. For instance,... More Info

Power without law

McGill Queens Univ Pr | October 1, 2009 | 244 pages
The decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the Marshall case of 1999 asserted sweeping Native treaty rights to natural resources in the Maritime provinces and led to intense national and provincial controversy.  More Info

The rediscovered self

McGill Queens Univ Pr | June 1, 2009 | 236 pages
In a series of thematically linked essays, Ronald Niezen discusses the ways new rights standards and networks of activist collaboration facilitate indigenous claims about culture, adding coherence to their histories, institutions, and group qualities. Drawing on historical, legal, and ethnographic... More Info

The Spirit Lives in the Mind

McGill Queens Univ Pr | February 9, 2007 | 224 pages
Louis Bird has spent the last three decades documenting Cree oral traditions and sharing his stories with audiences in Canada, the United States, and Europe. In The Spirit Lives in the Mind the renowned storyteller and historian of the Omushkego shares teachings and stories of the Swampy Cree... More Info

Warriors of the Plains

McGill Queens Univ | February 28, 2012 | 160 pages
Warriors of the Plains skilfully interweaves a survey of North American Plains Indian history with a generously detailed examination of Plains Indian warrior art - weapons, amulets, clothing, and ceremonial objects - with particular emphasis on their ritual use and symbolic meanings. Replete with... More Info

An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People

McGill Queens Univ | August 18, 2011 | 456 pages
Canada’s Native people have inhabited this land since the Ice Age and were already accomplished traders, artisans, farmers and marine hunters when Europeans first reached their shores. Contact between Natives and European explorers and settlers initially presented an unprecedented period of... More Info

Telling It to the Judge

McGill Queens Univ | November 1, 2011 | 224 pages
In 1973, the Supreme Court's historic Calder decision on the Nisga'a community's title suit in British Columbia launched the Native rights litigation era in Canada. Legal claims have raised questions with significant historical implications, such as, "What treaty rights have survived in various... More Info

The Bear River Massacre and the making of history

State Univ of New York Pr | April 1, 2004 | 348 pages
Explores how a pivotal event in U.S. history-the killing of nearly 300 Shoshoni men, women, and children in 1863-has been contested, forgotten, and remembered.  More Info

Ways of Knowing

UBC Press | November 1, 1998 | 368 pages
The creative world of a northern Native community is revealed in this innovative book. Once semi-nomadic hunters and gatherers, the Dene Tha of northern Canada today live in government-built homes in the settlement of Chateh. Their lives are a distinct blend of old and new, in which more... More Info

Colonizing Bodies

University of Washington Press | June 1, 1999 | 272 pages
Colonizing Bodies looks at the impact of government policy on the health of Native people, including reserve allocations, the alienation of water supplies to Euro-American settlers, residential schooling, and the persecution of indigenous healers. Colonizing Bodies pushes the boundaries between... More Info

Urbanizing Frontiers

University of British Columbia Press | February 15, 2010 | 317 pages
Frontiers were not confined to the bush, backwoods, or borderlands. Towns and cities at the farthest reaches of empire were crucial to the settler colonial project. Yet the experiences of Indigenous peoples in these urban frontiers have been overshadowed by triumphant narratives of progress.... More Info


University of British Columbia Press | February 28, 2009 | 431 pages
John Lutz traces Aboriginal people's involvement in the neweconomy, and their displacement from it, from the arrival of the firstEuropeans to the 1970s. Drawing on an extensive array of oralhistories, manuscripts, newspaper accounts, biographies, andstatistical analysis, Lutz shows that Aboriginal... More Info

The texture of contact

Univ of Nebraska Pr | October 1, 2009 | 395 pages
The Texture of Contact is a landmark study of Iroquois and European communities and coexistence in eastern North America before the American Revolution. David L. Preston details the ways in which European and Iroquois settlers on the frontiers creatively adapted to each other’s presence, weaving... More Info

The Huron-Wendat Feast of the Dead

Johns Hopkins Univ Pr | February 7, 2011 | 163 pages
"Two thousand Wendat (Huron) Indians stood on the edge of an enormous burial pit... they held in their arms the bones of roughly seven hundred deceased friends and family members. The Wendats had lovingly scraped and cleaned the bones of the corpses that had decomposed on the scaffolds. They... More Info

The National Museum of the American Indian

Univ of Nebraska Pr | November 1, 2008 | 475 pages
The first American national museum designed and run by indigenous peoples, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC opened in 2004. It represents both the United States as a singular nation and the myriad indigenous nations within its borders.... More Info

White mother to a dark race

Univ of Nebraska Pr | July 1, 2009 | 557 pages
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, indigenous communities in the United States and Australia suffered a common experience at the hands of state authorities: the removal of their children to institutions in the name of assimilating American Indians and protecting Aboriginal... More Info

The 1904 anthropology days and Olympic games

Univ of Nebraska Pr | December 1, 2008 | 471 pages
One of the more problematic sport spectacles in American history took place at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, which included the third modern Olympic Games. Associated with the Games was a curious event known as Anthropology Days organized by William J. McGee and James Sullivan, at that time... More Info


Univ of Nebraska Pr | November 1, 2008 | 385 pages
The concept and idea of survivance has revolutionized our understanding of the lives, creative impulses, literary practices, and histories of the Native peoples of North America. Engendered and articulated by the Anishinaabe critic and writer Gerald Vizenor, survivance throws into relief the... More Info