More Books About Native Americans for Adults

Today is Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

Here are a few more books about Native Americans for adults to read.  I will be introducing some books for children in tomorrow’s post.  I have not read any of the following, so am simply giving recommendations passed along by a couple of different Native American sources.   Some of these may be available in your local library.

14931493:New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (Knopf, 2005) and Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Knopf, 2011) by Charles Mann

These two volumes illustrate the variety of rich cultures that existed before Columbus arrived in the New World.  The first of these books was named by Time magazine as the best nonfiction book of 2011.  “You wouldn’t think there was another revelatory, perspective-shifting book to be gotten out of the arrival of Columbus in the New World, but 1493 is just that,” Time magazine said. “With immense energy and curiosity, Mann chronicles what amounts to the birth of a truly global ecosphere struggling to find a new equilibrium. It was a bloody birth. These forces were hugely powerful historical actors, and every trade turned out to be a trade-off too.”

*****

this dayThis Day in North American History: Important Dates in the History of North America’s Native Peoples for Every Calendar Day (Da Capo Press 2002) by Phil Konstantin. 

This book details over 5000 events from 715 C.E. to the present.

*****

rethinkingRethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (Rethinking Schools, Ltd. 1998) by Bill Bigelow.

The book turns traditional notions of Columbus’ arrival on their heads, and it must be noted that this book was banned by Arizona Public Schools recently when the Tucson Pubic Schools voted to eliminate “ethnic education.”  I remember hearing about this book in graduate school  (at the time it was a series of articles in the Rethinking Schools magazine) and I must say that now the book is banned in Arizona, I’m really anxious to read it.

*****

giversIndian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World (Crown Publishers 1988) by Jack Weatherford. 

This book describes the contributions that Native Americans have made to life in the United States, and reminds us that many of the things we take for granted were Native inventions.

*****

forgottnForgotten Founders: How the American Indian Helped Shape Democracy (Harvard Common Press 1982) by Bruce Johansen.  

This book describes the Great Law of Peace and how it helped to shape the U.S. Constitution.

*****

live in tipisDo All Indians Live in Tipis? Questions and Answers from the Museum of the American Indian (Harper Perennials 2007).

Like Dr. Anton Treuer’s book, which I introduced yesterday, this one helps to debunk myths and misinformation about Native Americans.

*****

rezlifeRez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life (Atlantic Monthly Press 2012) by David Treuer.

Yes, David Treuer is Anton Treuer’s brother, and together they are working on an Ojibwe language grammar textbook.  As of 2012 David Treuer has published four novels.  He published a book of essays in 2006 on Native American fiction that stirred controversy because it criticized major Native American writers and concluded that “Native American fiction does not exist.”    His memoir Rez Life describes the types of experiences and issues that come up in the lives of modern Native Americans.

Happy reading.  🙂

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