Here First: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers is an important new collection of essays by Native American writers compiled by Arnold Krupat and Brian Swan. In Here First, authors such as Sherman Alexie, Greg Sarris, and Elizabeth Woody tell the stories of their lives and their art. Each essay demonstrates the breadth of experience of twenty-seven individuals united in the creative expression of a Native American heritage.
America in 1492: The World of the Indian Peoples Before the Arrival of Columbus, originally published in 1992, is reissued and explores the lives and cultures of the people who lived in various regions of the Western hemisphere. This volume examines topics such as Indigenous languages, religion, society, trade, science and technology, and the arts. When Columbus landed in 1492, the New World was far from being a vast expanse of empty wilderness: it was home to some seventy-five million people.
Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World is an authorized teaching resource for Alberta Education grade 10, 11, and 12 courses. This 2010 edition contains a new introduction by the author Jack Weatherford. The book covers the contributions made Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.
The Death and Rebirth of the Seneca tells the story of the late colonial and early reservation history of the Seneca people, and of the spiritual teacher Handsome Lake, his visions, and the moral and spiritual revitalization of this Nation's society that he and his followers achieved in the years around 1800. Anthony Wallace's work remains the standard of ethnohistory by bringing to life this aspect of Haudenosaunee history.
Keeper'n Me has been reissued in this 2006 reprint. Ojibwe newspaper columnist, Richard Wagamese weaves a fascinating story about an Ojibwe man who was taken by Children's Aid as a child and after a series of foster homes finally escapes. Unfortunately his freedom is curtailed when life on the streets results in jail time. To his good fortune his Ojibwe family locates him and he returns to the reserve. The homecoming is at times humourous, poignant and emotional. An integral part of this return is a return to Ojibwe spiritual teachings that were denied to him.
Monkey Beach combines both joy and tragedy in a harrowing yet restrained story of grief and survival, and of a family on the edge of heartbreak. In the first English-language novel to be published by a Haisla writer, Eden Robinson offers a rich celebration of life in the settlement of Kitamaat, on the coast of British Columbia. The story grips the reader from the beginning. It is the morning after the narrator's brother has gone missing at sea; the mood is tense in the family house, as speculations remain unspoken.
The Medicine Wheel Garden is an interesting New Age approach to Native American spirituality and gardening with herbs. The author is an ethnobotonist whose other books relate to traditional medicine plants used by Native Americans. This book uses the medicine wheel as an organizing principle for creating backyard gardens in suburbia. The author describes the basics of medicine wheel symbolism as well as outlining various ceremonies from several tribal peoples of North America.
American Indian Myths and Legends is an anthology of 160 traditional stories and legends compiled by an anthropologist and a master storyteller. Drawing on the oral traditions of 60 Native Nations Richard Erdoes and the late Alfonso Ortiz have organized the stories around creations stories of humans and the world; stories about the sun, moon and stars; stories of monsters and heroes or monsters; Trickster stories; warrior stories; stories about love; stories about animals and other people; ghost stories; and stories about the end of time and death.