This is actually the "short list". Go ahead and start on these and
we'll give you some more good ones later. I especially hope those of
you coming on spring and summer teams will read and watch as much as
Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Well written, somewhat autobiographical novel of a native man from the northwest.
Alexie, Sherman. Flight.
Some rough spots and language but very informative, interesting, and well written. Very redemptive ending!
Frazier, Ian. On the Rez. (Picador, 2001).
An inside look at modern day reservation life.
Nerburn, Kent. Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder.
Elk and John G. Neihardt. Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a
Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska
Brown, Dee Alexander. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West. (New York, NY: Henry Holt, 2001).
Carter, Forest. The Education of Little Tree (Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2001).
James Fenimore. Last of the Mohicans. Ehle, John. Trail of Tears: The
Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation (New York, NY: Anchor, 1997).
H., Arthur with George McPeek. Grieving Indian (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: Indian Life Ministries, 1998).
Hirschfelder, Arlene. Native American, A History in Pictures (London: Dorling Kindersley, 2000).
Adolphus. Out of Bondage: Finding the Path out of Indian Religion and
Into the Kingdom of God (Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2004).
Sarah A. Foreign to Familiar, A Guide to Understanding Hot and Cold
Climate Cultures (Hagerstown, MD: McDougal Publishing, 2000).
James and George Ellison. James Mooney's History, Myths, and Sacred
Formulas of the Cherokee (Fairview, NC: Bright Mountain Books, 1992).
Reader's Digest, eds. Through Indian Eyes, the Untold Story of Native American Peoples (Fairfield, IA: Readers Digest, 1996).
Smith, Craig Stephen. White Man's Gospel (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: Indian Life Ministries, 1998).
Starita, Joe. The Dull Knives of Pine Ridge: A Lakota Odyssey (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2002).
Tanis, Alta. God's Warrior: The Life Story of Ray Prince (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: Indian Life Ministries, 1996).
in the 50s in the Northwest Territory. Contrasts the idea of living in
and with nature to relying on technology. Great story, a little rough
at the begining.
The Edge of America
Story about a native girls' basketball team with a new, black coach. Kind of rough but realistic.
The Education of Little Tree
Excellent family movie.
made by Native Americans about Native Americans. Will give you insight
into how the history of Native America affects the modern Indian's
struggles. Not suitable for younger children.
Last of the Mohicans
are many similarities between the traditional Cherokee culture and the
Mohicans. This film was made near Cherokee and many of the cast members
Into the West
(Six hours, Produced by Stephen
Spielberg)Excellent for families--some violence, but made to be used in
schools. Drama/documentary; historically accurate.
Nations is an eight-part documentary that explores the history of the
indigenous peoples of North and Central America, from pre-Colombian
times through the period of European contact and colonization, to the
end of the 19th century and the subjugation of the Plains Indians of
North America. 500 Nations utilizes historical texts, eyewitness
accounts, pictorial sources and computer graphic reconstructions to
explore the magnificent civilizations which flourished prior to contact
with Western civilization, and to tell the dramatic and tragic story of
the Native American nations' desperate attempts to retain their way of
life against overwhelming odds." http://www.500nations.tv/home.htm