The list author says: "The goal of this list was to nail down a "canon" of literature by and about Native Americans. From my point of view, the books on this list provide a foundation from which to assess all aspects and issues of Native American culture."
"A collection of nearly one hundred primary documents--individual Indian voices that span the vastness of their history while illuminating its particular moments. A survey of American Indian thought, culture, and history"
"Published 1830, the autobiography of John Tanner (1780- sometime after 1846), a White Indian. Captured by the Shawnee along the Ohio River at 9 years old and later sold to an Ojibwa family in northern Michigan, he lived among the Native Americans thirty years."
"Published 1833, this unflinching narrative by the vanquished Sauk leader Black Hawk (1767-1838) was the first thoroughly adversarial account of frontier hostilities between white settlers and Native Americans. Black Hawk, a complex, contradictory figure, relates his life story and that of his people, who had been forced from western Illinois in what was known as the Black Hawk War."
"From 1831 to 1837, George Catlin (1796-1872) traveled extensively among the native peoples of North America (visiting fifty tribes, I do believe). Studying their habits and customs, these trips resulted in copious notes, over 500 paintings and sketches, and a substantial collection of artifacts."
"The autobiography of the legendary Apache warrior, as dictated to S. M. Barrett in 1905. Geronimo (1829-1909) was a prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States and their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades."
"Crazy Horse (1840–1877) was a Native American war leader of the Oglala Lakota. He took up arms against the U.S. Federal government to fight against encroachments on the territories and way of life of the Lakota people, including leading a war party at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876."
"(1903–1976) Lame Deer related an account of his life and Sioux life and culture to Richard Erdoes, the author of many books on Native Americans. Other well known Sioux such as Pete Catches also took part in this account. In 1972, this book was published, drawn from this account."
"Editor/narrator Lee Miller, who was a consultant on the television series 500 Nations, has culled hundreds of excerpts of speeches and brief statements from both Natives and whites to illustrate their respective attitudes toward each other from 1500 to 1900"
"Compilation of myths, tales, poetry, and oratory from the Iroquois, Cherokee, Winnebago, Sioux, Blackfeet, Hopi, and others. It's too bad this is out of print, Viking Portables are always definitive."
"A pricey but definitive introduction to the religions of Native Americans. Hopefully your local library has a copy, or can obtain one for you. Revised for the first time in over twenty years, this edition provides an overview of the latest research and thought in this area. Nicely compliments Tooker's definitive but dated anthology below."
"A representative collection of the major spiritual texts from the Native American Indian peoples of the East Coast. Elisabeth Tooker, professor of anthropology at Temple University and an editor of The Handbook of North American Indians, presents the sacred traditions of the Iroquois, Winnibego, Fox, Menominee, Delaware, Cherokee and others."
"160 tales taken from accounts by travelers and anthropologists; some are told by contemporary Indians (in English or various native tongues); some are highly traditional, some are new or personal elaborations on old material."
"Momaday, a Native American (Kiowa) writer born in 1934, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1969 for this novel. Originally conceived as a series of poems, it was then replanned as stories, and finally shaped into a novel. It is based largely on Momaday's firsthand knowledge of life at Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico."
"1st published 1977. Silko (born 1948) is a Native writer of the Laguna Pueblo tribe. Tayo, a WW II vet of mixed ancestry, returns to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation. Deeply scarred by his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese, and further wounded by the rejection he encounters from his people, only by immersing himself in the Indian past can he begin to regain the peace that was taken from him."
"I Tell You Now is an anthology of autobiographical accounts by eighteen notable Native writers of different ages, tribes, and areas. This second edition features a new introduction by the editors and updated biographical sketches for each writer."
"What does it mean to grow up Native American? Stories of oppression and survival, of heritage denied and reclaimed -- twenty-two American writers recall childhood in their native land. Contributions by Luther Standing Bear, Joseph Bruchac, Leslie Marmon Silko, and others."