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The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America

Written by Edwin Tappan Adney and Howard Chappelle


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 1983
Price: $32.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-296-8 (1-56098-296-9)

The bark canoes of the North American Indians, particularly those of birchbark, were among the most highly developed manually propelled primitive watercraft. They could be used to carry heavy loads in shallow streams but were light enough to be hauled long distances over land. Built with Stone Age tools from available... Read more >

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The First Americans
In Pursuit of Archaeology's Greatest Mystery
Written by James Adovasio and Jake Page


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 17, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75704-4 (0-375-75704-X)

Archaeologist J. M. Adovasio has spent the last thirty years at the center of one of our most fiery scientific debates: Who were the first humans in the Americas, and how and when did they get there?

H. L. Mencken said that “for every complex problem, there is a solution that is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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: $15.00
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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The Scalpel and the Silver Bear
The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing
Written by Lori Alvord and Elizbeth Cohen Van Pelt


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: June 6, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37800-9 (0-553-37800-7)

The first Navajo woman surgeon combines western medicine and traditional healing.

A spellbinding journey between two worlds, this remarkable book describes surgeon Lori Arviso Alvord's struggles to bring modern medicine to the Navajo reservation in Gallup, New Mexico--and to bring the values of her people to a medical care system in danger... Read more >

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Crazy Horse and Custer
The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors
Written by Stephen E. Ambrose


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 1996
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47966-0 (0-385-47966-2)

From the author of the bestselling D-Day, June 6, 1944 and Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose's Crazy Horse and Custer is "an impressively researched and admirably narrated dual biography" (Publishers Weekly) of the two leaders whose strikingly parallel lives culminated with their legendary clash at Little Bighorn. Crazy Horse, leader of... Read more >

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38 Nooses
Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End
Written by Scott W. Berg


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38913-8 (0-307-38913-8)

A Kirkus Best Book of the Year

In August 1862, after suffering decades of hardship, broken treaties, and relentless encroachment on their land, the Dakota leader Little Crow reluctantly agreed that his people must go to war. After six weeks of fighting, the uprising was smashed, thousands of Indians were taken prisoner... Read more >
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The White Man's Indian
Images of the American Indian from Columbus to the Present
Written by Robert F. Berkhofer


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1979
Price: $11.96
ISBN: 978-0-394-72794-3 (0-394-72794-0)

Columbus called them "Indians" because his geography was faulty. That name and, more importantly, the images it has come to suggest have endured for five centuries, not only obscuring the true identity of the original Americans but serving as an ideological weapon in their subjugation. Berkhofer's account illustrates the self-serving stereotypes... Read more >
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Helpless
Caledonia's Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us
Written by Christie Blatchford


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
On Sale: July 26, 2011
Price: $18.50
ISBN: 978-0-385-67040-1 (0-385-67040-0)

It officially began on February 28, 2006, when a handful of protesters from the nearby Six Nations reserve walked onto Douglas Creek Estates, then a residential subdivision under construction, and blocked workers from entering. Over the course of the spring and summer of that first year, the criminal actions of the... Read more >
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Killing the White Man's Indian
Reinventing Native Americans at the End of the Twentieth Century
Written by Fergus M. Bordewich


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 14, 1997
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42036-5 (0-385-42036-6)

Killing the White Man's Indian bravely confronts the current myths and often contradictory realities of Native American tribal life today. Based on three years of research, and written with neither a conservative nor a politically correct bias, the book reveals Native American politics and policies today in all their contradictory—and controversial—guises... 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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Honoring the Medicine
The Essential Guide to Native American Healing
Written by Ken Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 27, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-43513-2 (0-345-43513-3)

For thousands of years, Native medicine was the only medicine on the North American continent. It is America’s original holistic medicine, a powerful means of healing the body, balancing the emotions, and renewing the spirit. Medicine men and women prescribe prayers, dances, songs, herbal mixtures, counseling, and many other remedies that... 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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Frontier Medicine
From the ATlantic to the Pacific, 1492-1941
Written by David Dary


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45542-0 (0-307-45542-4)

In this intriguing narrative, David Dary charts how American medicine has evolved since 1492, when New World settlers first began combining European remedies with the traditional practices of the native populations. It’s a story filled with colorful characters, from quacks and con artists to heroic healers and ingenious medicine men, and... Read more >
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The Heathen School
A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic
Written by John Demos


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-45510-3 (0-679-45510-8)

The astonishing story of a unique missionary project—and the America it embodied—from award-winning historian John Demos.

Near the start of the nineteenth century, as the newly established United States looked outward toward the wider world, a group of eminent Protestant ministers formed a grand scheme for gathering the rest of mankind into the redemptive fold of Christianity and “civilization.&rdquo... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Unredeemed Captive
A Family Story from Early America
Written by John Demos


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 28, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75961-4 (0-679-75961-1)

Nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize and the Ray Allen Billington Prize

In 1704 a French and Indian war party descended on the village of Deerfield, Massachusetts, abducting an eminent Puritan minister and his children. Although John Williams and most... 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.

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Lewis & Clark
The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
Written by Dayton Duncan


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 31, 1999
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70652-3 (0-375-70652-6)

This companion volume to Ken Burns' PBS documentary provides a richly detailed, factual account of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery and its trek across the newly acquired Louisiana Territory.

Including over 150 illustrations--most in full color--and numerous excerpts from the journals kept by the two captains and four enlisted men, Lewis... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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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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Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country
Traveling Through the Land of my Ancestors
Written by Louise Erdrich


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 20, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7922-5373-0 (0-7922-5373-6)

For more than twenty years Louise Erdrich has dazzled readers with the intricately wrought, deeply poetic novels which have won her a place among today's finest writers. Her nonfiction is equally eloquent, and this lovely memoir offers a vivid glimpse of the landscape, the people, and the long tradition of storytelling... Read more >

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Comanches
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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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 >
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