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Native American Studies Research Guide: New Books, 2013-2014


A compilation of recent Native American acquisitions by the MSU Libraries. Recently acquired books in the MSU Libraries.  Note : always check online catalog for latest information on location and status.

General Tips and Advice

  • Check the MSU Online Catalog for books, videos, and more.  Note that the MSU Online Catalog is a union catalog which includes the holdings of the Library of Michigan, the MSU College of Law Library, and other branches on our own campus.
  • Do a wider search using MelCat (a  network of participating Michigan libraries) or WorldCat (searches thousands of libraries). You can request non-MSU Library materials through interlibrary loan. NOTE: Not all materials listed in MelCat or WorldCat can be borrowed through interlibrary loan, but many can.
  • Don't forget to use the bibliographies in reference works, books, and articles to identify other resources on your topic.

Featured Books, A-K

Bad indians : a tribal memoir / Deborah A. Miranda.  Berkeley, Calif. : Heyday, c2013.  Berkeley, Calif. : Heyday, c2013.

Centering Anishinaabeg studies: understanding the world through stories / edited by Jill Doerfler, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, and Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark.  East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, c2013.  Also available online

Claiming Tribal Identity : the Five tribes and the politics of federal acknowledgment / Mark Edwin Miller.  Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2013]

The Dakota prisoner of war letters = Dakota Kaŝkapi Okicize Wowapi / Clifford Canku and Michael Simon ; introduction and afterword by John Peacock.  St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, [2013]

Disinherited generations : our struggle to reclaim treaty rights for First Nations women and their descendants / Nellie Carlson & Kathleen Steinhauer ; as told to Linda Goyette.  Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, c2013. 172pp.   Main Library E78 .C2 C367 2013 : This oral autobiography of two remarkable Cree women tells their life stories against a backdrop of government discrimination, First Nations activism, and the resurgence of First Nations communities. Nellie Carlson and Kathleen Steinhauer, who helped to organize the Indian Rights for Indian Women movement in western Canada in the 1960s, fought the Canadian government's interpretation of treaty and Aboriginal rights, the Indian Act, and the male power structure in their own communities in pursuit of equal rights for Aboriginal women and children. After decades of activism and court battles, First Nations women succeeded in changing these oppressive regulations, thus benefitting thousands of their descendants. Those interested in human rights, activism, history, and Native Studies will find that these personal stories, enriched by detailed notes and photographs, form a passionate record of an important, continuing struggle.

Domestic subjects : gender, citizenship, and law in Native American literature / Beth H. Piatote.  New Haven : Yale University Press, c2013. 234pp.   Main Library PS153.I52 P53 2013 : Amid the decline of U.S. military campaigns against Native Americans in the late nineteenth century, assimilation policy arose as the new front in the Indian Wars, with its weapons the deployment of culture and law, and its locus the American Indian home and family. In this groundbreaking interdisciplinary work, Piatote tracks the double movement of literature and law in the contest over the aims of settler-national domestication and the defense of tribal-national culture, political rights, and territory.

Encyclopedia of American Indian issues today  / Russell M. Lawson, editor.  Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, [2013]-   E76.2 .E527 2013 Online : This two-volume encyclopedia set presents 85 essays on American Indian issues in recent decades. The entries are organized thematically into ten sections on peoples and places; economy and work; learning, literacy and languages; health of body and mind in private and public spheres; Indian identity, spirituality, traditional and modern thought; sovereignty and dependence; law, politics and conflict; American Indian art and media; environmental concerns; and a final section on Canadian Indians and other aboriginal peoples. The entries are 5-15 pages long. Topics include kinship structures, women's identity and power, unemployment, deaf Native Americans, racial stereotyping in mascots, controversy over ownership of artifacts, Indian sovereignty, political activism, media made by Indians, tribal land use and preserving habitats, biocolonialism, and worldwide indigenous activism. The contributors come from North America, Europe and New Zealand. They include independent scholars, attorneys, and professors of history, sociology, English, religious studies, and Native American studies.

Fighting colonialism with hegemonic culture : native American appropriation of Indian stereotypes / Maureen Trudelle Schwarz.  Albany : State University of New York Press, c2013.  Also available online  

French and Indians in the heart of North America, 1630-1815 / edited by Robert Englebert and Guillaume Teasdale.  East Lansing : Michigan State University Press ; Winnipeg : University of Manitoba Press, c2013.  219pp.  Main Library F352 .F85 2013 : Consists mainly of papers concerning the history of French-Indian relations in the colonial Great Lakes region and Mississippi River Valley presented at the annual meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society in 2008.

Healing histories : stories from Canada's Indian hospitals / Laurie Meijer Drees.  Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, c2013.  Also available online.

The heart of everything that is : the untold story of Red Cloud, an American legend / Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013. 414pp.  Main Library E99.O3 R3725 2013 : The great Sioux warrior-statesman Red Cloud was the only American Indian in history to defeat the United States Army in a war, forcing the government to sue for peace on his terms. At the peak of Red Cloud’s powers the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States and the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters. But the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured. Now, thanks to the rediscovery of a lost autobiography, and painstaking research by two award-winning authors, the story of our nation’s most powerful and successful Indian warrior can finally be told. Born in 1821 near the Platte River in modern-day Nebraska, Red Cloud lived an epic life of courage, wisdom, and fortitude in the face of a relentless enemy—the soldiers and settlers who represented the “manifest destiny” of an expanding America. He grew up an orphan and had to overcome numerous social disadvantages to advance in Sioux culture. Red Cloud did that by being the best fighter, strategist, and leader of his fellow warriors. As the white man pushed farther and farther west, they stole the Indians’ land, slaughtered the venerated buffalo, and murdered with impunity anyone who resisted their intrusions. The final straw for Red Cloud and his warriors was the U.S. government’s frenzied spate of fort building throughout the pristine Powder River Country that abutted the Sioux’s sacred Black Hills—Paha Sapa to the Sioux, or “The Heart of Everything That Is.” The result was a gathering of angry tribes under one powerful leader. “The white man lies and steals,” Red Cloud told his thousands of braves at council fire. “My lodges were many, now they are few. The white man wants all. They must fight for it.” What came to be known as Red Cloud’s War (1866–1868) culminated in a massacre of American cavalry troops that presaged the Little Bighorn and served warning to Washington that the Plains Indians would fight, and die, for their land and traditions. But many more American soldiers would die first. In The Heart of Everything That Is, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, the New York Times bestselling authors of Halsey’s Typhoon and The Last Stand of Fox Company, restore Red Cloud to his rightful place in American history in a sweeping and dramatic narrative based on years of primary research. As they trace the events leading to Red Cloud’s War they provide intimate portraits of the many and various men and women whose lives Red Cloud touched—mountain men such as the larger-than-life Jim Bridger; U.S. generals like William Tecumseh Sherman who were charged with annihilating the Sioux; fearless explorers such as the dashing John Bozeman; and the warriors whom Red Cloud groomed, the legendary Crazy Horse in particular. And residing at the heart of the story is Red Cloud, fighting for the very existence of the Indian way of life. This fiery narrative, fueled by contemporary diaries and journals, newspaper reports, eyewitness accounts, and meticulous firsthand sourcing, is a stirring chronicle of the conflict between an expanding white civilization and the Plains Indians who stood in its way. The Heart of Everything That Is not only places the reader at the center of this remarkable epoch, but finally gives Red Cloud the modern-day recognition he deserves.

Imagining Geronimo : an Apache icon in popular culture / William M. Clements. Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c2013.  Also available online.

In the light of justice : the rise of human rights in Native America and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples / Walter R. Echo-Hawk. Golden, Colorado : Fulcrum Publishing, [2013]  325pp.  Schaeffer Law Library (Level 1) KF8205 .E24 2013 : In 2007 the United Nations approved the United Nations Declaration on the  Rights of Indigenous Peoples. United States endorsement in 2010 ushered  in a new era of Indian law and policy. This book highlights steps that the United States, as well as other nations, must take to provide a more  just society and heal past injustices committed against indigenous peoples.

Indian resilience and rebuilding : indigenous nations in the modern American west / Donald L. Fixico.  Tucson : The University of Arizona Press, [2013]  : Provides an Indigenous view of the last one-hundred years of Native history and guides readers through a century of achievements. It examines the progress that Indians have accomplished in rebuilding their nations in the twentieth century, revealing how Native communities adapted to the cultural and economic pressures in modern America. Donald Fixico examines issues like land allotment, the Indian New Deal, termination and relocation, Red Power and self-determination, casino gaming, and repatriation. He applies ethnohistorical analysis and political economic theory to provide a multilayered approach that ultimately shows how Native people reinvented themselves in order to rebuild their nations. Fixico identifies the tools to this empowerment, including education, navigation within cultural systems, modern Indian leadership, and indigenized political economy. He explains how these tools helped Indian communities to rebuild their nations. Fixico constructs an Indigenous paradigm of Native ethos and reality that drives modern Indian political economies heading into the twenty-first century. This illuminating and comprehensive analysis of Native nation's resilience in the twentieth century demonstrates how Native Americans reinvented themselves, rebuilt their nations, and ultimately became major forces in the United States. Indian Resilience and Rebuilding , redefines how modern American history can and should be told.

Indians, alcohol, and the roads to Taos and Santa Fe / William E. Unrau.  Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2013.  284pp.  E78.8 .F58 2013  

Indians on display : global commodification of native America in performance, art, and museums / Norman K. Denzin.  Walnut Creek, Califrnia : Left Coast Press, Inc., 2013.  226pp.  Main Library E98.P99 I55 2013 : Even as their nations and cultures were being destroyed by colonial expansion across the continent, American Indians became a form of entertainment, sometimes dangerous and violent, sometimes primitive and noble. Creating a fictional wild west, entrepreneurs then exported it around the world. Exhibitions by George Catlin, paintings by Charles King, and Wild West shows by Buffalo Bill Cody were viewed by millions worldwide. Norman Denzin uses a series of performance pieces with historical, contemporary, and fictitious characters to provide a cultural critique of how this version of Indians, one that existed only in the western imagination, was commodified and sold to a global audience. He then calls for a rewriting of the history of the American west, one devoid of minstrelsy and racist pageantry, and honoring the contemporary cultural and artistic visions of people whose ancestors were shattered by American expansionism.

Indigenous North American drama : a multivocal history / edited by Birgit Däwes.  Albany : SUNY Press, c2013   234pp.  Main Library PS153.I52 I56 2013 : Traces the historical  dimensions of Native North American drama using a critical perspective.... Responding  to an increasing need  for critical perspectives and methodologies, this collection traces the  historical dimensions of Native North American drama through overviews of major  developments, individual playwrights’ perspectives, and in-depth critical  analyses. Bringing together writers and scholars from the United States,  Canada, and Europe, Indigenous North  American Drama provides the first comprehensive outline of this vibrant  genre. It also acknowledges the wide diversity of styles and perspectives that  have helped shape contemporary Native North American theater itself. This  interdisciplinary introduction offers a basis for new readings of Native   American and First Nations literature at large.

Featured Books, L-Z

Lessons from Fort Apache [electronic resource] : beyond language endangerment and maintenance / M. Eleanor Nevins.  Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley-Blackwell [2013]

Mark my words : native women mapping our nations / Mishuana Goeman.  Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2013.  245pp. Main Library E98.W8 G64 2013: Dominant history would have us believe that colonialism belongs to a previous era that has long come to an end. But as Native people become mobile, reservation lands become overcrowded and the state seeks to enforce means of containment, closing its borders to incoming, often indigenous, immigrants....In Mark My Words, Mishuana Goeman traces settler colonialism as an enduring form of gendered spatial violence, demonstrating how it persists in the contemporary context of neoliberal globalization. The book argues that it is vital to refocus the efforts of Native nations beyond replicating settler models of territory, jurisdiction, and race. Through an examination of twentieth-century Native women’s poetry and prose, Goeman illuminates how these works can serve to remap settler geographies and center Native knowledges. She positions Native women as pivotal to how our nations, both tribal and nontribal, have been imagined and mapped, and how these women play an ongoing role in decolonization....In a strong and lucid voice, Goeman provides close readings of literary texts, including those of E. Pauline Johnson, Esther Belin, Joy Harjo, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Heid Erdrich. In addition, she places these works in the framework of U.S. and Canadian Indian law and policy. Her charting of women’s struggles to define themselves and their communities reveals the significant power in all of our stories.

A misplaced massacre : struggling over the memory of Sand Creek / Ari Kelman. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2013.  363pp.  Main Library E83.863 .K45 2013 : In the early morning of November 29, 1864, with the fate of the Union still uncertain, part of the First Colorado and nearly all of the Third Colorado volunteer regiments, commanded by Colonel John Chivington, surprised hundreds of Cheyenne and Arapaho people camped on the banks of Sand Creek in southeastern Colorado Territory. More than 150 Native Americans were slaughtered, the vast majority of them women, children, and the elderly, making it one of the most infamous cases of state-sponsored violence in U.S. history. A Misplaced Massacre examines the ways in which generations of Americans have struggled to come to terms with the meaning of both the attack and its aftermath, most publicly at the 2007 opening of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site....This site opened after a long and remarkably contentious planning process. Native Americans, Colorado ranchers, scholars, Park Service employees, and politicians alternately argued and allied with one another around the question of whether the nation’s crimes, as well as its achievements, should be memorialized. Ari Kelman unearths the stories of those who lived through the atrocity, as well as those who grappled with its troubling legacy, to reveal how the intertwined histories of the conquest and colonization of the American West and the U.S. Civil War left enduring national scars....Combining painstaking research with storytelling worthy of a novel, A Misplaced Massacre probes the intersection of history and memory, laying bare the ways differing groups of Americans come to know a shared past.

Native America : a History / Michael Leroy Oberg.  Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2018.  2nd edition, 360pp.  Main Library E77 .O24 2018  : "I hope to provide students interested in the Native American past with an understanding of how the varied parts of the story fit into a larger whole. My goal is to tell a story of native peoples, to advance an argument. To that end, I focus upon twelve native communities whose histories encapsulate what I see as the principal themes and developments in Native American history"

Native American DNA : tribal belonging and the false promise of genetic science / Kim TallBear.  Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, 2013.  252pp.   Main Library   E98.A55 T35 2013: Who is a Native American? And who gets to decide? From genealogists searching online for their ancestors to fortune hunters hoping for a slice of casino profits from wealthy tribes, the answers to these seemingly straightforward questions have profound ramifications. The rise of DNA testing has further complicated the issues and raised the stakes....In Native American DNA, Kim TallBear shows how DNA testing is a powerful—and problematic—scientific process that is useful in determining close biological relatives. But tribal membership is a legal category that has developed in dependence on certain social understandings and historical contexts, a set of concepts that entangles genetic information in a web of family relations, reservation histories, tribal rules, and government regulations. At a larger level, TallBear asserts, the “markers” that are identified and applied to specific groups such as Native American tribes bear the imprints of the cultural, racial, ethnic, national, and even tribal misinterpretations of the humans who study them....TallBear notes that ideas about racial science, which informed white definitions of tribes in the nineteenth century, are unfortunately being revived in twenty-first-century laboratories. Because today’s science seems so compelling, increasing numbers of Native Americans have begun to believe their own metaphors: “in our blood” is giving way to “in our DNA.” This rhetorical drift, she argues, has significant consequences, and ultimately she shows how Native American claims to land, resources, and sovereignty that have taken generations to ratify may be seriously—and permanently—undermined.

Native Americans on film : conversations, teaching, and theory / edited by M. Elise Marubbio and Eric L. Buffalohead.  Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky, [2013]  390pp.  Main Library PN1995.9.I48 N38 2013 : "The film industry and mainstream popular culture are notorious for promoting stereotypical images of Native Americans: the noble and ignoble savage, the pronoun-challenged sidekick, the ruthless warrior, the female drudge, the princess, the sexualized maiden, the drunk, and others. Over the years, Indigenous filmmakers have both challenged these representations and moved past them, offering their own distinct forms of cinematic expression. Native Americans on Film draws inspiration from the Indigenous film movement, bringing filmmakers into an intertextual conversation with academics from a variety of disciplines. The resulting dialogue opens a myriad of possibilities for engaging students with ongoing debates: What is Indigenous film? Who is an Indigenous filmmaker? What are Native filmmakers saying about Indigenous film and their own work? This thought-provoking text offers theoretical approaches to understanding Native cinema, includes pedagogical strategies for teaching particular films, and validates the different voices, approaches, and worldviews that emerge across the movement."

Native and Spanish new worlds : sixteenth-century entradas in the American southwest and southeast / edited by Clay Mathers, Jeffrey M. Mitchem, and Charles M. Haecker.  Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2013.  382pp. Main Library E78.S7 N36 2013 : Spanish-led entradas—expeditions bent on the exploration and control of new territories—took place throughout the sixteenth century in what is now the southern United States. Although their impact was profound, both locally and globally, detailed analyses of these encounters are notably scarce. Focusing on several major themes—social, economic, political, military, environmental, and demographic—the contributions gathered here explore not only the cultures and peoples involved in these unique engagements but also the wider connections and disparities between these borderlands and the colonial world in general during the first century of Native–European contact in North America. Bringing together research from both the southwestern and southeastern United States, this book offers a comparative synthesis of Native–European contacts and their consequences in both regions. The chapters also engage at different scales of analysis, from locally based research to macro-level evaluations, using documentary, paleoclimatic, and regional archaeological data....No other volume assembles such a wide variety of archaeological, ethnohistorical, environmental, and biological information to elucidate the experience of Natives and Europeans in the early colonial world of Northern New Spain, and the global implications of entradas during this formative period in borderlands history.

The Native American identity in sports : creating and preserving a culture / edited by Frank A. Salamone.  Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2013. 

Native Diasporas : Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas / Gregory D. Smithers, Brooke N. Newman.  Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2014] 

Native memoirs from the War of 1812 : Black Hawk and William Apess / Carl Benn.  Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.  184pp.  Main Library  E359.9.I63 N38 2014 : Native peoples played major roles in the War of 1812 as allies of both the United States and Great Britain, but few wrote about their conflict experiences. Two famously wrote down their stories: Black Hawk, the British-allied chief of the still-independent Sauks from the upper Mississippi, and American soldier William Apess, a Christian convert from the Pequots who lived on a reservation in Connecticut. Carl Benn explores the wartime passages of their autobiographies, in which they detail their decisions to take up arms, their experiences in the fighting, their broader lives within the context of native-newcomer relations, and their views on such critical issues as aboriginal independence....Scholars, students, and general readers interested in indigenous and military history in the early American republic will appreciate these important memoirs, along with Benn's helpful introductions and annotations.

The Red and the White : a family saga of the American West / Andrew R. Graybill.  New York : Liveright Pub. Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]  338pp.  Main Library E83.866 .G73 2013 : "Award-winning western historian Andrew R. Graybill now sheds light on the overlooked interracial Native-white relationships critical in the development of the trans-Mississippi West in this multi-generational saga. Beginning in 1844 with the marriage of Montana fur trader Malcolm Clarke and his Piegan Blackfeet bride, Coth-co-co-na, Graybill traces the family from the mid-nineteenth century, when such mixed marriages proliferated, to the first half of the twentieth, when Clarke's children and grandchildren often encountered virulent prejudice. At the center of Graybill's history is the virtually unexamined 1870 Marias Massacre, on a par with the more infamous slaughters at Sand Creek and Wounded Knee, an episode set in motion by the murder of Malcolm Clarke and in which Clarke's two sons rode with the Second U.S. Cavalry to kill their own blood relatives

Resilient cultures : America's Native peoples confront European colonization, 1500-1800 / John E. Kicza, Rebecca Horn.  Boston : Pearson, c2013.  2nd edition, 205pp.  Main Library E59.G6 K53 2013 : Provides a comparative perspective on the impact of early European colonization on the native peoples of the Americas.  Resilient Cultures examines the character of the indigenous cultures of the Americas before European contact and then considers the impact of colonization by the Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English as well as the creative ways in which indigenous cultures adapted to colonization.  The text explores such issues as environmental change, the nature of military conflicts, the cultural and material contributions of each side to the other, the importance of economic exchanges, and demographic transformations.

Seeing red : Hollywood's pixeled skins : American Indians and film / edited by LeAnne Howe, Harvey Markowitz, Denise K. Cummings.  East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, c2013.  225pp.  Main Library PN1995.9.I48 S44 2013 : At once informative, comic, and plaintive, Seeing Red—Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins is an anthology of critical reviews that reexamines the ways in which American Indians have traditionally been portrayed in film. From George B. Seitz’s 1925 The Vanishing American to Rick Schroder’s 2004 Black Cloud, these 36 reviews by prominent scholars of American Indian Studies are accessible, personal, intimate, and oftentimes autobiographic. Seeing Red—Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins offers indispensible perspectives from American Indian cultures to foreground the dramatic, frequently ridiculous difference between the experiences of Native peoples and their depiction in film. By pointing out and poking fun at the dominant ideologies and perpetuation of stereotypes of Native Americans in Hollywood, the book gives readers the ability to recognize both good filmmaking and the dangers of misrepresenting aboriginal peoples. The anthology offers a method to historicize and contextualize cinematic representations spanning the blatantly racist, to the well-intentioned, to more recent independent productions. Seeing Red is a unique collaboration by scholars in American Indian Studies that draws on the stereotypical representations of the past to suggest ways of seeing American Indians and indigenous peoples more clearly in the twenty-first century.

Survival schools : the American Indian Movement and community education in the Twin Cities / Julie L. Davis.  Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, [2013]  307pp.  Main Library E97.65.M6 D38 2013 : In the late 1960s, Indian families in Minneapolis and St. Paul were under siege. Clyde Bellecourt remembers, “We were losing our children during this time; juvenile courts were sweeping our children up, and they were fostering them out, and sometimes whole families were being broken up.” In 1972, motivated by prejudice in the child welfare system and hostility in the public schools, American Indian Movement (AIM) organizers and local Native parents came together to start their own community school. For Pat Bellanger, it was about cultural survival. Though established in a moment of crisis, the school fulfilled a goal that she had worked toward for years: to create an educational system that would enable Native children “never to forget who they were.”...While AIM is best known for its national protests and political demands, the survival schools foreground the movement’s local and regional engagement with issues of language, culture, spirituality, and identity. In telling of the evolution and impact of the Heart of the Earth school in Minneapolis and the Red School House in St. Paul, Julie L. Davis explains how the survival schools emerged out of AIM’s local activism in education, child welfare, and juvenile justice and its efforts to achieve self-determination over urban Indian institutions. The schools provided informal, supportive, culturally relevant learning environments for students who had struggled in the public schools. Survival school classes, for example, were often conducted with students and instructors seated together in a circle, which signified the concept of mutual human respect. Davis reveals how the survival schools contributed to the global movement for Indigenous decolonization as they helped Indian youth and their families to reclaim their cultural identities and build a distinctive Native community....The story of these schools, unfolding here through the voices of activists, teachers, parents, and students, is also an in-depth history of AIM’s founding and early community organizing in the Twin Cities—and evidence of its long-term effect on Indian people’s lives.

Therapeutic nations : healing in an age of indigenous human rights / Dian Million.  Tucson : The University of Arizona Press, [2013]

This Indian country : American Indian activists and the place they made / Frederick E. Hoxie.  New York : Penguin Books, 2013.

Trade, land, power : the struggle for Eastern North America / Daniel K. Richter.  Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2013.  315pp.  Main Library E98.F39 R54 2013 : In this sweeping collection of essays, one of America's leading colonial historians reinterprets the struggle between Native peoples and Europeans in terms of how each understood the material basis of power....Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in eastern North America, Natives and newcomers alike understood the close relationship between political power and control of trade and land, but they did so in very different ways. For Native Americans, trade was a collective act. The alliances that made a people powerful became visible through material exchanges that forged connections among kin groups, villages, and the spirit world. The land itself was often conceived as a participant in these transactions through the blessings it bestowed on those who gave in return. For colonizers, by contrast, power tended to grow from the individual accumulation of goods and landed property more than from collective exchange—from domination more than from alliance. For many decades, an uneasy balance between the two systems of power prevailed....Tracing the messy process by which global empires and their colonial populations could finally abandon compromise and impose their definitions on the continent, Daniel K. Richter casts penetrating light on the nature of European colonization, the character of Native resistance, and the formative roles that each played in the origins of the United States.

Tribal worlds : critical studies in American Indian nation building / edited by Brian Hosmer and Larry Nesper.  Albany : State University of New York Press, c2013.  312pp.  Main Library E98.T77 T77 2013 : Considers the emergence and general project of indigenous nationhood  in several geographical and historical settings in Native North America. Ethnographers  and historians address issues of  belonging, peoplehood, sovereignty, conflict,  economy, identity, and colonialism among the Northern Cheyenne and Kiowa on the Plains, several groups of the Ojibwe, the Makah of the Northwest, and two  groups of Iroquois. Featuring a new essay by the eminent senior scholar Anthony  F. C. Wallace on recent ethnographic work he has done in the Tuscarora  community, as well as provocative essays by junior scholars, Tribal Worlds  explores how indigenous  nationhood has emerged and been maintained in the face of aggressive efforts to  assimilate Native peoples.

Unsettling America : the uses of Indianness in the 21st century / C. Richard King.  Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2013]

Women and ledger art : four contemporary Native American artists / Richard Pearce.  Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2013.  101pp.  Main Library E78.G73 P37 2013 : Ledger art has traditionally been created by men to recount the lives of male warriors on the Plains. During the past forty years, this form has been adopted by Native female artists, who are turning previously untold stories of women’s lifestyles and achievements into ledger-style pictures. While there has been a resurgence of interest in ledger art, little has been written about these women ledger artists. ..Women and Ledger Art calls attention to the extraordinary achievements of these strong women who have chosen to express themselves through ledger art. Author Richard Pearce foregrounds these contributions by focusing on four contemporary women ledger artists: Sharron Ahtone Harjo (Kiowa), Colleen Cutschall (Oglala Lakota), Linda Haukaas (Sicangu Lakota), and Dolores Purdy Corcoran (Caddo). Pearce spent six years in continual communication with the women, learning about their work and their lives. Women and Ledger Art examines the artists and explains how they expanded Plains Indian history....With 46 stunning images of works in various mediums—from traditional forms on recovered ledger pages to simulated quillwork and sculpture, Women and Ledger Art reflects the new life these women have brought to an important transcultural form of expression.

The worlds the Shawnees made : migration and violence in early America  /  Stephen Warren.  Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2014]  308pp.  E99.S35 W375 2013 : "n 1779, Shawnees from Chillicothe, a community in the Ohio country, told the British, "We have always been the frontier." Their statement challenges an oft-held belief that American Indians derive their unique identities from longstanding ties to native lands. By tracking Shawnee people and migrations from 1400 to 1754, Stephen Warren illustrates how Shawnees made a life for themselves at the crossroads of empires and competing tribes, embracing mobility and often moving willingly toward violent borderlands. By the middle of the eighteenth century, the Shawnees ranged over the eastern half of North America and used their knowledge to foster notions of pan-Indian identity that shaped relations between Native Americans and settlers in the revolutionary era and beyond.  Warren's deft analysis makes clear that Shawnees were not anomalous among Native peoples east of the Mississippi. Through migration, they and their neighbors adapted to disease, warfare, and dislocation by interacting with colonizers as slavers, mercenaries, guides, and traders.  These adaptations enabled them to preserve their cultural identities and resist coalescence without forsaking their linguistic and religious traditions.

Yakama rising : indigenous cultural revitalization, activism, and healing / Michelle M. Jacob.  Tucson : The University of Arizona Press, [2013]

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