American Indian Holocaust and Survival: A Population History Since 1492 is a demographic overview of North American Indian history describing in detail the holocaust that, even today, white Americans tend to dismiss as an unfortunate concomitant of Manifest Destiny. They wish to forget that, as Euro-Americans invaded North America and prospered in the "New World," the numbers of Indigenous peoples declined sharply; entire Nations, often in the space of a few years, were "wiped from the face of the earth." Russell Thornton is Professor of Sociology in the University of Minnesota.
Writing as a historian of religion well acquainted with ethnological materials, John A Grim identifies four patterns in the shamanic experience: cosmology, tribal sanction, ritual reenactment, and trance experience. Relating those concepts to the Siberian and Ojibwe experiences, he draws on stories, sociology, anthropology, and psychology to paint a picture of shamanism that is both particularized and interpretative. As religious personalities, shamans are important today because of their singular ability to express symbolically the forces that animate the cosmology.
Indian Dances of North America: Their Importance to Indian Life, although a dated (1989) approach to understanding the many varieties of Native American dances, this volume published by the University of Oklahoma Press remains a handy reference guide. Reginald and Gladys Laubin have presented numerous demonstrations, seminars, and lectures about the various dance forms among the Indigenous Nations of North America.
Tecumseh's Last Stand by John Sugden is a detailed study of the final campaign of the great Shawnee leader Tecumseh. The final months are told in chapters beginning in August 1813 and ending with Tecumseh's death at the Battle of the Thames in October 1813. The final chapter examines the various stories about Tecumseh's burial. Under Tecumseh's leadership the united Nations of Shawnees, Winnebagoes, Kickapoos, Potawatomis, Sacs, Odawas, Muncey Delawares, Ojibwes, and Senecas held off the American forces for a year before their defeat at the Battle of Lake Erie.
Indian School Days is the humourous, bitter-sweet autobiography by Ojibwe linguist and storyteller Basil Johnston who was taken from his family at age ten and placed in Jesuit boarding school in northern Ontario. It was 1939 when the feared Indian agent visited Basil Johnston's family and removed him and his four-year-old sister to St. Peter Claver's school, run by the priests in a community known as Spanish, 75 miles from Sudbury. Spanish was a word synonymous with residential school, penitentiary, reformatory, exile, dungeon, whippings, kicks, slaps, all rolled into one.
The Moccasin Maker is an annotated anthology of Emily Pauline Johnson's (1861-1913) short story collection first published in 1913. This University of Oklahoma Press edition is edited by A. Lavonne Brown Ruoff. It contains all of the original short stories that appeared in the original publication. The stories include: My Mother; Catharine of the "Crow's Nest"; A Red Girl's Reasoning; The Envoy Extraordinary; A Pagan in St.
Jim Thorpe: World's Greatest Athlete was originally published in 1975 under title: Pathway to Glory. This 1979 University of Oklahoma Press edition is a biography of early twentieth-century Native American athlete Jim Thorpe, discussing his school years, his participation in amateur sports, his Olympic wins in 1912, and his professional baseball and football careers. Born in 1888 in Oklahoma Territory, Jim Thorpe was Sac and Fox who attended the Sac and Fox agency school and Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas. He transferred to Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania.