Reading / Film List 1

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Here you will find the first of several reading and film lists. The idea was born this morning to create a centralized place for those who care to enjoy the learning experience through literature and film. I have many to thank for their input. You all know who you are, and I am deeply grateful for your assistance and wisdom. This list focuses on Native American literature only. I have included in this first list those I have read or am reading at the present time as well as links to sites which also have formidable lists and /or samples of interest, first obtaining permission to link those sites to this one. For those of you out there who wish to add something to this list, I will create another section of suggested readings by others. Just click on the running wolf below if you have any to add to this list or any of the others which will be created in the future. Thank you in advance for your assistance. If you'd like to know anything about those included here, just ask.


Alexie, Sherman - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Alexie, Sherman - The Business of Fancydancing
Alexie, Sherman - Indian Killer
Alexie, Sherman - Reservation Blues
Alexie, Sherman - The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven
Alexie, Sherman - Ten Little Indians
   9 stories that will keep you riveted, either laughing or crying with
   the characters.
Alexie, Sherman - The Toughest Indian in the World (listen to an
   Alexie recording from "Dear John Wayne")
Bruchac, Joseph (ed.) - Returning the Gift
Dorris, Michael - Cloud Chamber (prequel to Yellow Raft on Blue Water)
Dorris, Michael - A Yellow Raft on Blue Water
Erdoes, Richard and Alfonso Ortiz - American Indian Myths and Legends
Erdrich, Louise - The Beet Queen
Erdrich, Louise - The Bingo Palace
Erdrich, Louise - Four Souls
   a novel that in some respects appears to be two stories, at first,
   two different voices that intertwine yet lead off in different
   directions -- then a third voice is added yet all three meld
   into one -- very powerful reading.
Erdrich, Louise - Love Medicine
Erdrich, Louise - The Painted Drum
   This novel comes full circle in four parts, all the connections made
   Excellent read!
Highwater, Jamake - Anpao
Hogan, Linda - Mean Spirit
Hogan, Linda - Power
Hogan, Linda - Solor Storms
Kingsolver, Barbara - Animal Dreams
Kingsolver, Barbara - The Been Trees
Kingsolver, Barbara - Homeland and Other Stories
Kingsolver, Barbara - Pigs in Heaven
Mathews, John Joseph - Sundown
Momaday, N. Scott - The Ancient Child
Momaday, N. Scott - House Made of Dawn
O'Bryan, Aileen - Navajo Indian Myths
Sarris, Greg - Grand Avenue
Sarris, Greg - The Sound of Rattles and Clappers: A Collection of New California Indian Writing
Silko, Leslie Marmon - Almanac of the Dead
Silko, Leslie Marmon - Ceremony
Silko, Leslie Marmon - Gardens in the Dunes
Spence, Lewis - An Illustrated Guide to Native American Myths and Legends
Stokes, Naomi - The Tree People
Swann, Brian (ed.) - Coming to Light: Contemporary Translations of the Native American Literature of
    North America
Trafzer, Clifford E. (ed.) - Earth Song, Sky Spirit
Velie, Alan R. - American Indian Literature
Welch, James - The Heartsong of Charging Elk
   Given to me as a gift, this is a story of a young man left behind
   after he falls ill in Marseille, France, a participant in Buffalo
   Bill's Wild West Show, never returning to his homeland, facing many
   trials, some which land him in jail for many years, because the people
   don't take the time to understand his culture, to understand him
   as the young warrior he is.
Welch, James - Winter in Blood

Author Websites

James Welch - American novelist, American Indian
Home Page for Leslie Marmon Silko
Linda Hogan
Louise Erdrich Official Web Page
N. Scott Momaday
The Official Site of Sherman Alexie
Paula Gunn Allen


Allen, Paula Gunn - The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions
Bataille, Gretchen M. and Kathleen Mullen Sands - American Indian Women Telling Their Lives
Beck, Peggy V., Anna Lee Waters, and Nia Francisco - The Sacred:
Ways of Knowledge, Sources of Life
Brown, Dee - Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Brave Bird, Mary - Ohitika Woman
Broker, Ignatia - Night Flying Woman
Churchill, Ward - Indians Are Us
Churchill, Ward - From a Native Son: Selected Essays on Indigenism, 1985 - 1995
Crow Dog, Mary - Lakota Woman
Deloria, Vine, Jr. - Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto
Dudley, Joseph Iron Eye - Chocteau Creek: A Sioux Remembrance
Erdrich, Louise - Traveling in the Land of my Ancestors: Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country
   while not a new book, this is a good read, traveling with her and her young daughter into Ojibwe
   country into Canada. a soothing read also.
Gibson, Arrell Morgan - The American Indian: Prehistory to the Present
Harney, Corbin - The Way It is: One Water...One Air...One Mother Earth...
Highwater, Jamake - Native Land
Hirschfelder, Arlene (ed.) - Native Heritage
Hogan, Linda - Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World
Hogan, Linda - The Woman Who Watches Over the World
   A well-written memoir that not only explores her pain, illnesses, and history,
   but causes reflection not only in connection with her experiences, but also
   the central theme - we are our history
Horn, Gabriel - Contemplations of a Primal Mind
Horn, Gabriel - Native Heart - An American Indian Odyssey
Kammer, Jerry - The Second Long Walk
Mankiller, Wilma - every day is a good day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women
   wisdom of the elders offered here through life experiences, and thoughts about
   different topics, each opening with a memoir from Wilma Mankiller's life -- a must read
Momaday, N. Scott - The Man Made of Words
Momaday, N. Scott - The Names: A Memoir
   Not a new book, published originally in 1976m this is a different view of Momaday's
   life, recounting places and people from his years growing up in Oklahoma, New
   Mexico, and Arizona, very much unlike his other memoir, The Way to Rainy
. This memoir includes family pictures as well as a beautiful recounting
   of his life with his family and others who were a part of his life during this time
Momaday, N. Scott - The Way to Rainy Mountain
Nasdijj - the blood runs like a river through my dreams
   unlike anything else I've read, a very good read.
Nerburn, Kent - Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder
Nerburn, Kent (ed.) - The Soul of an Indian and Other Writings From Ohiyesa
Peltier, Leonard - Prison Writings: My Life is My Sundance
Silko, Leslie Marmon - Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit: Essays on Native American
    Life Today
Wall, Steve - Wisdom's Daughters: Conversations with Women Elders of Native America
White Bull, Joseph - Lakota Warrior
    translated and edited by James H. Howard -- ledger book of Chief Joseph White Bull
   written in both Lakota and English

Books of Sayings / Wisdom

Curtis, Edward S. - Native American Wisdom
Hiflet, Joyce Sequichie - A Cherokee Feast of Days: Daily Meditations
Nerbern, Kent and Louise Mengelkoch - Native American Wisdom


Aadizookaanag and Dibaajimowin
Acorn Naturalists: Native American Stories
Anasazi Diaspora--Navajo myth, Shonto Begay
An Interview with Leslie Marmon Silko
Black Elk: Earth Prayer and the Sunset
Blanket Stories - At the Rainbow's End
Dr. Permenter - American Indian Literature
Indigenous Peoples' Literature
Indigenous Peoples' Literature
Indigenous Peoples' Literature
Internet Public Listing of Native American Authors
Literature Chat with Barbara Kingsolver
Native American Authors: Oneida Tribe
Native American Culture and Folklore
Native American Storytelling on the Web
Native American Stories as Told to Me
Navajo Spaceships, Star Mountain and Rez Memories...
Nez Perce Literature
Safeguarding Native American Oral Traditions
Spider Rock
Stories from the Blanket Weaver - The Two Brother Cousins
Stories from the Weaver
Stories of Creation and Origin


Black Cloud
Broken Rainbow - this movie has been released in June 2006 with new footage added.
The Grey Owl
In the Light of Reverence
House Made of Dawn (based on the Momaday novel, and difficult to find)
Lakota Woman
Skins (only available in DVD)
Seasons of the Navajo
Pow Wow Highway
Smoke Signals
The Business of Fancydancing

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created February 12, 2000, by louve14
last updated 5 december 2008