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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 Hold Life Has
Coca and Cultural Identity in an Andean Community
Written by Catherine J. Allen


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-032-0 (1-58834-032-5)

This second edition of Catherine J. Allen’s distinctive ethnography of the Quechua-speaking people of the Andes brings their story into the present. She has added an extensive afterword based on her visits to Sonqo in 1995 and 2000 and has updated and revised parts of the original text. The book focuses... 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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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37724-1 (0-307-37724-5)

In August 1862, after decades of broken treaties, increasing hardship, and relentless encroachment on their lands, a group of Dakota warriors convened a council at the tepee of their leader, Little Crow. Knowing the strength and resilience of the young American nation, Little Crow counseled caution, but anger won the day... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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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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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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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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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 >
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The Americas
A Hemispheric History
Written by Felipe Fernández-Armesto 


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 17, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7554-3 (0-8129-7554-5)

NOW IN PAPERBACK

In this groundbreaking work, leading historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto tells the story of our hemisphere as a whole, showing why it is impossible to understand North, Central, and South America in isolation without turning to the intertwining forces that shape the region. With imagination, thematic breadth, and his trademark wit... 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, 256 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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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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The Real All Americans

Written by Sally Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2624-9 (0-7679-2624-2)

Sally Jenkins, bestselling co-author of It's Not About the Bike, revives a forgotten piece of history in The Real All Americans. In doing so, she has crafted a truly inspirational story about a Native American football team that is as much about football as Lance Armstrong's book was about a bike.


If... Read more >

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America in 1492
The World of the Indian Peoples Before the Arrival of Columbus
Written by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 2, 1993
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74337-8 (0-679-74337-5)

Developed at the D Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian and edited by award-winning author Alvin Josephy, Jr., America in 1492 is an invaluable collection of essays by fifteen prominent historians, anthropologists, and scholars of art, religion, and folklore.  With the dozens of illustrations, drawn largely from the... Read more >

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Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes
Nine Indian Writers on the Legacy of the Expedition
Written by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7749-6 (1-4000-7749-4)

At the heart of this landmark collection of essays rests a single question: What impact, good or bad, immediate or long-range, did Lewis and Clark’s journey have on the Indians whose homelands they traversed? The nine writers in this volume each provide their own unique answers; from Pulitzer prize-winner N. Scott... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes

Edited by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4267-8 (1-4000-4267-4)

Although each of the nine men and women who write about the impact of the Lewis and Clark expedition comes at the subject from a different angle, the overall conclusion is similar: This was one event in the many cycles of life their people have experienced on this continent.

Vine Deloria... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek
A Tragic Clash Between White and Native America
Written by Richard Kluger


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38896-4 (0-307-38896-4)

Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Kluger brings to life a bloody clash between Native Americans and white settlers in the 1850s Pacific Northwest. After he was appointed the first governor of the state of Washington, Isaac Ingalls Stevens had one goal: to persuade the Indians of the Puget Sound region to leave their... Read more >

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Seizing Destiny
The Relentless Expansion of American Territory
Written by Richard Kluger


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71298-2 (0-375-71298-4)

Less than 100 years after its creation as a fragile republic, the United States more than quadrupled its size, making it the world's third largest nation. No other country or sovereign power had ever grown so big so fast or become so rich and so powerful.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Kluger... 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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