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Suggested Book List

Two Old Women by Velma Willis

Fools Crow by Thomas Mails

Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt

God is Red by Vine Deloria Jr. or Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties & Red Earth, White Lies & Custer Died for Your Sins

All Our Relations: Native Struggles For Land and Life by Winona Laduke

Loud Hawk by Kenneth Stern

Lakota Woman by Mary (Crow Dog) with Richard Erdoes or Ohitika Woman by Mary Brave Bird with Richard Erdoes

Like a Hurricane by Paul Smith and Robert Warrior

Dawn Land by Joseph Bruchac or Long River

Custer's Fall: The Native American Side of the Story by David H. Miller

American Indian Women: Telling Their Lives by G. Bataille & K. Sands

The Ways of My Grandmothers by Beverly Hungry Wolf

The Sacred Hoop or Grandmothers of the Light by Paula Gunn Allen

Native Heart by Gabriel Horn

Where White Men Fear to Tread by Russell Means

Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie or Reservation Blues or The Toughest Indian in the World

Spider Woman’s Grandaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women ed. Paula Gunn Allen

Plenty-coups by Frank B. Linderman

I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Cravens

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko or Gardens in the Dunes

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich or any of hers Tracks, Love Medicine

The Indian Lawyer or Killing Custer by James Welch-or any of his works

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Messengers of the Wind: N. Am. Women Tell Their Life Stories ed. by Jane Katz

The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge: A Lakota Odyssey by Joe Starita

Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman (any of his SW novels are great)

Land of the Spotted Eagle by Luther Standing Bear

Mean Spirit by Linda Hogan or Power

Growing Up Native American edited by Patricia Riley

The Book of Elders: The Life Stories and Wisdom of Great American Indians as told to Sandy Johnson

Daughters of the Earth by Carolyn Niethammer

Nightland by Louis Owens or Dark River

Faces in the Moon by Betty Louise Bell (lots of family names to keep up with)
Okla Hannali by R. A. Lafferty
Nunaga by Duncan Pryde (Arctic, Eskimo)
Koyukuk by Sidney Huntington (Athabascan, Sub-arctic)
Once Upon An Eskimo Time by Edna Wilder-year in the life of an Eskimo
Stolen Continents by Ronald Wright
Black Hills/White Justice by Edward Lazarus
Hanta Yo by Ruth Beebe Hill Dakota/Lakota
A Century of Dishonor by Helen Hunt Jackson

I also have biographies about: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Chief Joseph, Quannah Parker, Geronimo, Wovoka, Crow Dog and more.

Watch a Video and make a report on any of the following videos for

Extra credit !!! These videos are worth 2 hours extra credit each.
The Dark Wind with Lou Diamond Phillips based on a Tony Hillerman book-a murder mystery in the Southwest on Navaho land
Tecumseh: The Last Warrior with Jesse Borrego & Tantoo Cardinal
The Mission with Robt. Deniro and Jeremy Irons The Jesuits and S. Am. Indians
The Buffalo Soldiers with Danny Glover-Plains
Hidalgo with Viggo Mortensen
You May Borrow Any of the Following Videos From Me:


The Doe Boy with James Duval, Kevin Anderson, Gordon Tootoosis-Cherokee
The Fast Runner ® performed in Inuit (Arctic) story of love, survival, tradition-subtitled
Whale Rider story of a small Maori village in New Zealand and questions of heirship
The Missing ® with Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett -Apache


Smoke Signals with Adam Beach-Spokane
Windtalkers ® with Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach-about Navaho Codetalkers
Skinwalkers with Wes Srtudi- based on a Tony Hillerman book in Navaho country
The Last of His Tribe with Graham Green, Jon Voight, Ann Archer-story of Ishi the last Yahi Indian in California
The Education of Little Tree with Tantoo Cardinal & James Cromwell-SE Cherokee
Grey Owl with Pierce Brosnan-He fought to change the world-Ojibwe
Last of the Dog Men with Tom Berringer-Cheyenne
Sioux City with Lou Diamond Phillips- Story of a youngster given up by his mother when he was four, to live with a white family.
Windwalker with Trevor Howard a life story of mystery, suspense and love
Crazy Horse with Irene Bedard and Michael Greyeyes(Turner Home Video)
Grand Avenue with Irene Bedard , A Martinez and Tantoo Cardinal (HBO Cable)
Ravenhawk with Rachel McLish (HBO Cable)
Thunderheart with Val Kilmer

Based on actual happenings, another look at what is happening now

Squanto: A Warrior's Tale with Adam Beach and Nathanial Parker
Last of the Mohicans with Russell Means as the last Mohican and Daniel Day-Lewis A recent adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's literary classic.
On Deadly Ground with Steve Seagal and Michael Caine

Filmed in Alaska and the Northwest, a look at environmental issues

Blackrobe with Aden Young and Sandrine Holt - first missionaries in the Northeast
Geronimo with Jason Patric, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Wes Studi
The Broken Chain with Pierce Brosnan -The story of two brothers who choose differing paths-Iroquois
I Will Fight No More Forever with James Whitmore and Ned Romero

The story of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce people he loved

Dances With Wolves (if you haven't seen it before) with Kevin Costner,
Clearcut with Graham Greene The story of NW Natives vs, a Canadian sawmill
Shadow of the Wolf with Lou Diamond Phillips and Donald Sutherland-Inuit

The Following videos are worth 1 hour of extra credit. (You may also borrow these from me.)
Land of the Eagle Geographic videos:
"The Great Encounter" NE

"Confronting the Wilderness" Great Lakes

"Conquering the Swamps" Florida and SE

"Across the Sea of Grass" Plains

"Into the Shining Mountains" Plateau/Great Basin

"Living on the Edge" SW

"The First and Last Frontier" Alaska, NW

"Searching for Paradise" California

500 Nations:
"The Ancestors" Early Cultures of N. America

"Mexico" Cortez and early Spanish exploration in Mesoamerica

“Clash of Cultures” Spanish in the SE

"Invasion of the Coast" Inuit, Powhatan, Plymouth, Colonial Wars

"Cauldron of War" Iroquois Democracy and American Revolution

"Removal" Tecumseh, War of 1812, Indian Removal Act, Cherokee

"Roads Across the Plains" Last days of Plains Indians

“Attack on Culture” Attack on Native Ways-reservations, land allotment

Disney Animated Classics:
"The Lion King" learn about the Circle of Life

"Pocahontas" enjoy the legend-learn about the Circle of Life

“Snow White” the story of White Snow, Indian style
How the West Was Lost:
Navaho Cherokee Lakota 1 Dakota

Seminole Iroquois Cheyenne1 Modoc

Nez Perce Apache Cheyenne/Lakota 2 Ute

The Five Tribes(SE)

The Way West
"Westward, the Course of Empire Takes Its Way"(1845-1864)

"The Approach of Civilization"(1865-1869)

"The War For the Black Hills"(1870-1876)

"Ghost Dance"(1877-1893)

Other Documentaries
“Ishi: The Last Yahi” Story of the last California Yahi Indian

“More Than Bows and Arrows” Contributions of Indians of the Americas

“Elegant Visions” Traditional Women’s Tribal Dress

“With Hand and Heart: A Portrait of Southwestern Native American Artists”

“California Indians: Yokuts” A look at this California tribe through the eyes of an elder.

Osage “Ribbonwork: The Life and Times of Georgine Robinson” the craft and culture of ribbonwork

“Anasazi: The Ancient Ones” A look a some of the first people in the SW

“Sioux Legends” A look into their mythology/stories

“Baskets of the Northwest People: Gifts From the Grandmothers”

"People of the Seventh Fire" Cree people of Canada discuss their prophesies and their connection to the Earth

"Running Brave" Billy Mills Story with Robby Benson as Lakota, Billy Mills 1964 Olympic Gold Medallist runner

"Wiping the Tears of Seven Generations" The Big Foot Memorial Ride healing of Wounded Knee survivors

"Nomadic Indians of the West"

"Indians of the Northwest"

"Indians of the Eastern Woodlands"

"Forever in Time" photos and the story of Edward Curtis who photographed N. Am. Indians

"Life Spirit" from American Ritual Object Indian Repatriation Foundation(20 min)

"Myths and Moundbuilders" Anthropological and Archaeological study of mound builders

"Geronimo and the Apache Resistance" PBS

"Last Stand at Little Bighorn" PBS

"Sacred Ground" the American Indian and his relationship to the land

"Winds of Change: A Matter of Promises" Three different tribes today-

Lummi, Navaho and Onondaga PBS

"Incident at Oglala" Robert Redford produced this story about Leonard Peltier and his Personal struggle for truth and the conflict with the FBI

"Surviving Columbus: The Story of the Pueblo People" PBS

"America's Great Indian Leaders" Geronimo, Quanah Parker, Crazy Horse & Chief Joseph

"America's Great Indian Nations" Iroquois, Seminoles, Shawnee, Navajo, Cheyenne and Lakota Sioux

"Flint knapping" with Bruce Bradley Ph.D. takes you through the process of a hunt scenario, making flint tools from start to finish.

“Seasons of the Navaho” A year in the life of a Navaho family. PBS

“Spirit of the Mask” Mask traditions of the Pacific Northwest

“Pocahontas” the story of her life A&E

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