The Munsee Indians: A History is a 446-page anthropological history of the Munsee or Delaware Nation from first contact to the American Revolution. Using archival and archaeological sources the author covers vast amounts of history in this 2009 publication. Chapters discuss the contact period from 1524 to 1664; land rights and transactions; epidemics; wars; the Great Peace of 1701; the role of missionaries and land speculation. The book contains a chronology, extensive bibliography, and an index.
Coach Tommy Thompson and the Boys of Sequoyah reads like a historical novel about the life and times of a Cherokee youth who went to a boarding school for Native Americans and became a leading sports coach for Native American students. Tommy Thompson (1903-1958) attended the Cherokee Orphan Training School (later known as Sequoyah Indian School) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma following the death of his mother. Here he began his educational experience at a government-run boarding school or residential school.
Art as Performance, Story as Criticism: Reflections on Native Literary Aesthetics by Muskogee Creek and Cherokee literature professor Craig Womack offers a new look at Indigenous literary criticism. Using original short story and essays called musings, the author examines the literature created by Native American and First Nations authors of the past and present. Of particular interest are the essays about the works of E. Pauline Johnson and Beth Brant.
The Great Law and the Longhouse: A Political History of the Iroquois Confederacy is the classic volume by the late anthropologist and ethnohistorian William N. Fenton. He discusses the history of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy from the time of creation until 1794. The first two sections of the work covers 16 chapters about Haudenosaunee cultural traditions and teachings including: creation; the Great Law; Chief John A.
Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School is a first-person narrative by Ojibwe educator and activist Adam Fortunate Eagle, a former boarding school student. Fortunate Eagle has changed his name from Nordwall to Fortunate Eagle. He is an enrolled member of Red Lake and has been adopted by the Crow Nation. For ten years (1935-1945) he attended Pipestone Indian Training School, a federal Indian boarding school in Minnesota. The book explains his perceptions of life at a residential or boarding school during the Depression.
Native Peoples of Southern New England, 1650-1775 by Kathleen J Bragdon, Professor of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, offers a new volume about the various Nations of the New England region during the American colonial period. Many people believe that First Nations living in this territory at the time of contact and thereafter readily declined in population following the influx of settlers but this new volume dispels this idea by drawing on recent research in archaeology, linguistics and the historical record.
Intermediate Creek: Mvskoke Emponvkv Hokkolat is the next book in the series that teaches the Creek language. In addition to Beginning Creek: Mvskoke Emponvkv, the authors have developed an expanded understanding of the language that builds on the grammatical principles covered in the Beginning Creek text. This intermediate volume contains comprehensive explanations of the use of the plural subject and object noun phrases; future tense and intensive mood; commands; postpostitions and compound noun phrases; and sentences with multiple clauses.
Let's Speak Chickasaw, Chikashshanompa' Kilanompoli' is aid to language learning volume published by the University of Oklahoma Press and designed to assist the general language learner who has no special training in linguistics. Written by Pamela Munro and Catherine Willmond this 393-page book offers the learner a conversational style to learning and the book includes a helpful audio CD of spoken Chickasaw that assists learner in pronunciation.
In Muting White Noise: Native American and European American Novel Traditions, James H. Cox considers how Native authors have liberated our imaginations from colonial narratives. Cox takes his title from Sherman Alexie, for whom the white noise of a television set represents the white mass-produced culture that mutes American Indian voices. Cox foregrounds the work of Native intellectuals in his readings of the American Indian novel tradition.
Indian Blues: American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879-1934 studies a seldom examined topic in the history of Native Americans and United States history. The author is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He examines the period between 1890 and 1935 in terms of American Indian responses to federal Indian policy that worked to prevent Native Americans from performing their traditional songs and dances.