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The Sacred Hoop
Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions
Written by Paula Gunn Allen

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 1, 1992
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4617-3 (0-8070-4617-5)

This pioneering work, first published in 1986, documents the continuing vitality of American Indian traditions and the crucial role of women in those traditions. Read more >

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Spider Woman's Granddaughters
Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women
Written by Paula Gunn Allen

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 12, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90508-1 (0-449-90508-X)

Paula Gunn Allen has collected this powerful cast of traditional tales, biographical writings, and contemporary short stories, many by the most accomplished Native American women writing today, including:
Louise Erdrich
Leslie Marmon Silko
Vickie L. Sears
Mary TallMountain
Anna Lee Walters
LeAnne Howe
Linda Hogan
Misha Gallagher
And many others.

"Native American women rank high among modern writers... Now with this... Read more >

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My Mother's Ghost
A Courageous Woman, a Son's Love, and the Power of Memory
Written by Fergus M. Bordewich

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49130-3 (0-385-49130-1)

In 1962, at the age of fourteen, Fergus Bordewich’s life was shattered as his mother attempted to jump off a runaway horse and fell calamitously under the galloping hooves of the horse Fergus was riding. Crouching beside her in a gathering pool of blood, he convinced himself that she would be... Read more >

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Connecting to Our Ancestral Past
Healing through Family Constellations, Ceremony, and Ritual
Written by Francesca Mason Boring

Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-447-9 (1-58394-447-8)

Connecting to Our Ancestral Past is a pragmatic, spiritual journey that introduces a variety of specific rituals and conversations in connection with Constellations work, an experiential process that explores one's history and powerful events of the past in order to understand and resolve problems of the present. Constellations facilitator and author... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Origin and Mysteries of the Civilisation of Gold
Written by Paloma Carcedo de Mufarech

Format: Hardcover, 244 pages
Publisher: Marsilio
On Sale: November 9, 2010
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-88-317-0589-9 (88-317-0589-X)

A trip across time along a golden labyrinth leading to the birth of pre-Columbian civilizations. More than 250 masterpieces from the most important museums of Peru reveal the mastery and the skill of the pre-Columbian goldsmiths of the Central Andes, as well as how gold forged the belief, the rituals, the... Read more >

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Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage
The First Peoples of Alaska
Edited by Aron A. Crowell, Rosita Worl, Paul C. Ongtooguk and Dawn D. Biddison

Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 18, 2010
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-270-6 (1-58834-270-0)

Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska features more than 200 objects representing the masterful artistry and design traditions of twenty Alaska Native peoples. Based on a collaborative exhibition created by Alaska Native communities, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the... Read more >

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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Written by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0040-3 (0-8070-0040-X)

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 this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Sorrow in Our Hearts

Written by Allan Eckert

Format: Paperback, 1088 pages
Publisher: Domain
On Sale: February 1, 1993
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-56174-6 (0-553-56174-X)

With the meticulous accuracy of a scholar and the dramatic flair of a novelist, Eckert's biography details Tecumseh's life, from his birth in 1768 under the augury of a shooting star, through his formation of an unprecedented alliance of Native American tribes during one of the most crucial periods in Native... Read more >

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Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes
Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
Written by Daniel L. Everett

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38612-0 (0-307-38612-0)

A riveting account of the astonishing experiences and discoveries made by linguist Daniel Everett while he lived with the Pirahã, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians in central Brazil.
Daniel Everett arrived among the Pirahã with his wife and three young children hoping to convert the tribe to Christianity. Everett quickly became... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The History of a People
Written by T.R. Fehrenbach

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3049-1 (1-4000-3049-8)

Authoritative and immediate, this is the classic account of the most powerful of the American Indian tribes. T.R. Fehrenbach traces the Comanches’ rise to power, from their prehistoric origins to their domination of the high plains for more than a century until their demise in the face of Anglo-American expansion.

Master horseback... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Native American Photography at the Smithsonian
The Shindler Catalogue
Written by Paula Fleming

Format: Hardcover, 408 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 2003
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-121-1 (1-58834-121-6)

This book of hauntingly beautiful Native American portraits reflects the tragic history of the Cheyenne, Sioux, Pawnee, Cherokee, and other groups whose leaders traveled to Washington in the mid-nineteenth-century to negotiate treaties with the US government. As compelling as the famous photographs of Indians by Edward S. Curtis, these unique images... Read more >

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Columbus and Other Cannibals
The Wetiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism, and Terrorism
Written by Jack D. Forbes
Foreword by Derrick Jensen

Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-781-7 (1-58322-781-4)

Celebrated American Indian thinker Jack D. Forbes’s Columbus and Other Cannibals was one of the founding texts of the anticivilization movement when it was first published in 1978. His history of terrorism, genocide, and ecocide told from a Native American point of view has inspired America’s most influential activists for decades... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Foxfire 12

Written by Foxfire Fund, Inc.

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3261-7 (1-4000-3261-X)

In 1966, in the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Georgia, a group of teachers and their students founded a quarterly magazine that they named Foxfire, after a phosphorescent lichen. In 1972, several articles from the magazine were published in book form and the acclaimed Foxfire series began. Almost forty years later, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Thirteen Moons
A Novel
Written by Charles Frazier

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6758-6 (0-8129-6758-5)

At the age of twelve, an orphan named Will Cooper is given a horse, a key, and a map and is sent on a journey through the uncharted wilderness of the Cherokee Nation. Will is a bound boy, obliged to run a remote Indian trading post. As he fulfills his lonesome... Read more >

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Star Mounds
Legacy of a Native American Mystery
Written by Ross Hamilton

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-446-2 (1-58394-446-X)

Star Mounds is a full-color illustrated study of the precolonial monuments of the greater Ohio Valley, woven together with over fifty “medicine stories” inspired by Native American mythology that demonstrate the depth of the knowledge held by indigenous peoples about the universe they lived in.

The earthworks of the region have... Read more >

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Cave and Cosmos
Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality
Written by Michael Harner

Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-546-9 (1-58394-546-6)

In 1980, Michael Harner blazed the trail for the worldwide revival of shamanism with his seminal classic The Way of the Shaman. In this long-awaited sequel, he provides new evidence of the reality of heavens.

Drawing from a lifetime of personal shamanic experiences and more than 2,500 reports of Westerners’ experiences... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Creation's Journey
Native American Identity and Belief
Written by Tom Hill and Richard W. Hill

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 1994
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-56098-453-5 (1-56098-453-8)

Drawing on the vast collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, Creation’s Journey retells the story of native life from the Arctic to the Tierra del Fuego, and from childhood to old age.

“Moving, instructive, and thought provoking. . . The stories and descriptions that accompany the images are often... Read more >

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Rising Voices

Written by Arlene Hirschfelder and Beverly Singer

Format: Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Ivy Books
On Sale: July 5, 1993
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1167-6 (0-8041-1167-7)

An astonishing collection of poems and essays written by young contemporary Native Americans. Words of protest against prejudice and oppression, poems of estrangement and pain, cries for lost worlds and lost identities -- but also songs of celebration and joy for the future. Read more >

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Bird of Another Heaven

Written by James D. Houston

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38808-7 (0-307-38808-5)

From the acclaimed author of Snow Mountain Passage comes this richly evocative novel that follows a half-Indian, half-Hawai'ian woman and her complex relationship with the last king of Hawai'i.

When talk show host Sheridan Brody finds the journals of his great grandmother Nani Keala (aka Nancy Callahan), he uncovers a mythic, unknown... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eight Lives Down
The Most Dangerous Job in the World in the Most Dangerous Place in the World
Written by Chris Hunter

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38528-1 (0-553-38528-3)

Visceral and compelling, Eight Lives Down is the most exciting and nerve-jangling work of military non-fiction since Bravo Two Zero.

Chris Hunter has the most dangerous job in the world — to make safe the British sector in Iraq against some of the most hardened and technically advanced terrorists in the world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Collecting Native America, 1870-1960

Written by Shepard Krech, III

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 15, 2010
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-277-5 (1-58834-277-8)

Between the 1870s and 1950s collectors vigorously pursued the artifacts of Native American groups. Setting out to preserve what they thought was a vanishing culture, they amassed ethnographic and archaeological collections amounting to well over one million objects and founded museums throughout North America that were meant to educate the public... Read more >

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The Broken Spears 2007 Revised Edition
The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
Written by Miguel Leon-Portilla

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 15, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5500-7 (0-8070-5500-X)

For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel León-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Arctic Dreams

Written by Barry Lopez

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72748-1 (0-375-72748-5)

Barry Lopez’s National Book Award-winning classic study of the Far North is widely considered his masterpiece.

Lopez offers a thorough examination of this obscure world–its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on their icy shores. But what turns this marvelous work of natural history... Read more >

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Pueblo Bonito
Center of the Chacoan World
Written by Jill E. Neitzel

Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-131-0 (1-58834-131-3)

Pueblo Bonito is the largest and most famous ruin in New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Built by the ancestral Puebloan people some 1,000 years ago, the ruin testifies to one of the oldest and most complex societies ever discovered in North America. Study of the large corpus of data... Read more >

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Before and after the Horizon
Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes
Edited by David Penney

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-452-6 (1-58834-452-5)

Before and after the Horizon is the only book to consider the work of Anishinaabe artists overall and to discuss 500 years of Anishinaabe art history. This book--which accompanies an exhibition of the same title opening in August 2013 at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York--reveals how... Read more >
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