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NAVAJO COYOTE TALES: The Curly To Aheedliinii Version (American Tribal Religions, Vol. 8)
by Father Berard Haile, O.F.M. Edited, with Introductory Essay, by Karl Luckert. B&W decorations and charts. Condition: NEW 1985 University of Nebraska trade paperback, second printing. Light shelf wear to bottom cover edge. Interior perfect. Content: Coyote is easily the most popular character in the stories of Indian tribes from Canada to Mexico. This volume contains seventeen coyote tales collected and translated by Father Berard Haile, O.F.M., more than half a century ago. The original Navajo transcriptions are included, along with notes. The tales show Coyote as a warrior, a shaman, a trickster; a lecher, a thief; a sacrificial victim, and always as the indomitable force of life. He is the paradoxical hero and scamp whose adventures inspire laughter or awe, depending upon what shape he takes in a given story. In his introduction, Luckert considers Coyote mythology in a theoretical and historical framework. Questions welcome [1 copy available]
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Navajo Coyote Tales, Haile

by Joseph Bruchac, Managing Editor, and Janet Witalec, Editor. B&W photos of Authors. Condition: UNREAD 1998 Visible Ink huge soft cover, first printing. Light edge wear (shelf wear). Interior perfect. Content: More than a traditional anthology, this book presents excerpts or complete selections from Native writers along with extensive details on their lives and times. This collection features the work of contemporary Native writers both new and well-known, including Lame Deer; Joseph Bruchac; Louise Erdrich; Thomas King; N. Scott Momaday; Simon Ortiz; Leslie Marmon Silko; Sherman Alexie; Paula Gunn Allen; Mary Brave Bird; Vine Deloria, Jr.; John Joseph Matthews; Gerald Vizenor; Anna Lee Walters; James Welsh, et al. Questions welcome [1 copy available]
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Native North American Literary Companion, Bruchac

NEON POW-WOW: New Native American Voices of the Southwest
edited by Anna Lee Walters. Condition: NEW 1993 Northland soft cover, first edition, no printing given. Content: Stories: Blues-ing On The Brown Vibe by Esther G. Belin; Bringing Hannah Home by Esther G. Belin; Spirit In Me by Esther G. Belin; Ka Po'o Owenge by Rosemary Diaz; T'aa Dine Nishli by Della Frank; Alice's Rabbit Hole by Georgeann Gregory; Noontime Of My Life by Georgeann Gregory; Lakota Warrior by Arthur J. Harvey; Bueono-bye by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke; Rail by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke; The Coffee Maker by Melissa A. Pope; Storm by Brent Toadlena; Shimasani (grandmother) by Gertrude Walters; Yei Tsoh by Gertrude Waltersl Into The Hand Of The Great Healer by Floyd Yazzie. Excellent read. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Neon Pow-Wow, Native American Literature

THE PAWNEE MYTHOLOGY (Sources of American Indian Oral Literature series)
by George Dorsey. Beautiful cover art by Paul Pletka - "Star Lookers." Condition: NEW 1997 Univ. of Nebraska Bison Trade Paperback, first printing. Content: The Pawnee Mythology, originally published in 1906, preserves 148 tales of the Pawnee Indians, who farmed and hunted and lived in earth-covered lodges along the Platte River in Nebraska. The stories, collected from surviving members of four bands—Skidi, Pitahauirat, Kitkehahki, and Chaui— were generally told during intermissions of sacred ceremonies. Many were accompanied by music. George A. Dorsey (1868 - 1931) recorded these Pawnee myths early in the twentieth century after the tribe’s traumatic removal from their ancestral homeland to Oklahoma. He included stories of instruction concerning supernatural beings, the importance of revering such gifts as the buffalo and corn, and the results of violating nature. Hero tales, forming another group, usually centered on a poor boy who overcame all odds to benefit the tribe. Other tales invited good fortune, recognized wonderful beings like the witch women and spider women, and explained the origin of medicine powers. Coyote tales were meant to amuse while teaching ethics. [1 copy left]
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Pawnee Mythology

PEOPLE OF THE MASKS (Historical Fiction)
by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear. B&W maps and decorations. Condition: NEW 1998 Forge hardcover & DJ (in mylar jackets), first edition, first printing. Content: Set in northeastern North America in approximately A.D. 1000, this arresting 10th novel in the First North American series by the Gears (People of the Mist, etc.) focuses on the Earth Thunderer Clan, peaceful hunters and gatherers who move their small villages on a regular basis in search of subsistence. In ancient Iroquois culture, the miraculous deeds of dwarfs were the stuff of legend, so the birth of one has made Paint Rock the most feared village in the Turtle Nation. Nicknamed Rumbler by his mother, the boy, now nine but only as tall as a four-year-old, is pampered and coddled and consulted before any major clan decision is made. A precious member of the clan, Rumbler's premonition of his abduction worries the others, especially since Jumping Badger, the cruel war leader of Walksalong Clan, is known to believe Walksalong would be invincible if it had Rumbler. When Jumping Badger and his war party attack, they slaughter all in their path and take Rumbler captive. But instead of feeling empowered, the Walksalong villagers are frightened by the Power Child, and condemn him to death. Gangly, fearless 12-year-old Little Wren befriends him, and the bulk of the book is made up of their escape and flight from an enraged, insane Jumping Badger and his warriors. Though the prologue is left strangely unresolved, the book is fast-paced, fluid, rich with smoothly integrated background detail and softened by a touch of romanticism that deflects the violence and brutality. It's sure to please fans of this seamless run of works on the indigenous people of the New World. [1 copy available]
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People of the Masks, Gear

by Alice Marriott & Carol K. Rachlin. Condition: NEW 1985 Meridian Trade Paperback editoin, 5th printing. Tiny edgewear. Content: Comanche, Pawnee, Kiowa, Osage, Wichita, Cheyenne, Nez Perce, Crow, Arapaho, Apache, Shoshoni, Assinibone - together they repesent the major tribes of the Plains Indians, a hunter-warrior society of nomads who prospered and expanded their territory from the 1700s through the great buffalo slaughtr of the late 1800s. Collected here in print for the firt time, their legends and folk tales - from cration myths to the personal story of a Vietnam veteran - are as fascinting and importnat as those of any native culture ever recorded. Great selection, but if ou are interested in Comanche folklore, don't bother - there's only 1 Comanche story here. [1 copy available]
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Plains Indian Myth

by Alice Marriott and Carol K. Rachlin. Condition: UNREAD 1977 Mentor paperback, first thus, first printing. Interior clean & tight with light tanning to page edges and white cover edges. Tiny edgewear. Pale diagonal crease top back cover corner. Content: This collection is divided into 4 major parts: the great myths (stories of Creation); "little stories" (teach manners, behavior and ethics); invasion and horseback days (18th and early 19th century); and "today's stories" (personal folklore and the tale of a long-lost sacred hymn given back to a Vietnam vet in a dresm). [1 copy available]
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Plains Indian Mythology

by Robert Boissiere. Suzanne de Veuve (cover art) & Angela Werneke (interior illustrations). Condition: UNREAD 1990 Bear & Company (Santa Fe) Trade Paperback first printing. Tiny peeling top spine. Great B&W drawings illustrate. Content: Boissiere explores the myth of a supernatural archetype who returns to help humanity and restore harmony to Earth in times of crisis. Focusing on the Hopi Indians of Arizona, who believe that Pahana's return is imminent, he also traces the idea of the return in Mayan, Sumerian, Egyptian, and Christian religion and teachings. [1 copy available]
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Return of Pahana

SCARLET FEATHER (Historical Fiction)
by Joan Grant. Condition: Very Good, gently pre-read 1990 Ariel Trade Paperback, first printing. Very pale spine crease with no loss of interior tightness. Nice copy. Content: I'm not sure what to make of this historical novel, so I'll give you the facts and let you decide. Joan Grant authored a set of 7 remarkable novels, in which she recaptures the drama and setting of one of her own previous lives. Called "far memory" novels, these 7 books offer tremendous insight into the nature of reincarnation, spiritual development, and psychic talents. This book: Piyanah is a girl born into an American Indian tribe that has lost its true heritage and become the prey of prejudice and superstition. She grows up with her cousin Raki as outsiders to the tribe, because her mother refuses to accept the restrictions of tradition. But, in truth, she is the daughter of the chief, and once her mother dies, Piyamah and Raki are named to succeed her father and lead the tribe to a new future. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Scarlet Feather

SHADOWCATCHERS: A Journey In Search of the Teachings of Native American Healers
by Steve Wall. B&W photos of Elders througout. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1994 HarperCollins large hardcover (2.0 lb.) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Problem: Edge wear (shelf wear) to DJ edges. Remainder mark at spine. Interior clean and very tight. Content: Wall here presents Native American mythology and tradition in a narrative framework that honors his own search as well as the wisdom he encounters. But this book is edgier, more adventurous than the others. Wall brings his own fears and doubts, angers and pain into the search with him, and those human limitations call forth stirring responses from the elders he encounters. He does a masterly job of describing the seemingly ordinary occurrences that teach profound lessons--as when he set off on a breakdown-plagued journey to a teacher, only to find that the frustrating journey itself was the lesson. An odd and fascinating, quirky and profound book. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Religion & Folk wisdom in Native America

THE SHARING CIRCLE: Stories about First Nations Culture
by Theresa Meuse-Dallien. Perfect color illustrations by Arthur Stevens. Condition: NEW 2003 Nimbus soft cover, no printing given. Content: Matthew loves to play games with his friends and share his toys with them. But most of all he loves to share the special treasures that remind him of his First Nations culture. Perhaps his favourite treasure is the medicine pouch that his grandfather made especially for him. This is where he keeps many of his other treasures. Sharing Circle includes seven children's stories about First Nations culture and spirituality practices. All seven stories, The Eagle Feather, The Dream Catcher, The Sacred Herbs, The Talking Circle, The Medicine Wheel, The Drum, and The Medicine Pouch explore First Nations cultural practices and teach children about Mi'kmaq beliefs and heritage. Researched and written by Mi'kmaw children's author Theresa Meuse and beautifully illustrated by Mi'kmaw illustrator Arthur Stevens, this book will engage and inform children of all ages. Excellent. (1 copy available)
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Sharing Circle, First Nations Stories, Native American

by Hyemeyohsts Storm (Seven Arrows). Beautiful color plates designed by Storm and painted by Tom Kirby. Condition: Gently pre-read, IF at all, 1983 Ballantine large soft cover, 5th printing. Light edge wear with a very pale crease bottom front cover. Interior clean but with light tanning to page edges. Content: In this long-awaited second novel by the best-selling author of Seven Arrows, Little Wolf, a follower of the Old Way, is the sole survivor of a village massacre. As he travels, his adventures mirror an inner search along the hidden pathways of the mind and heart. Estchimah is a female shaman. Her path to self-discovery leads through dazzling worlds of natural beauty, dream landscapes, and the borderlands where these spheres overlap. This is a Vision Quest, a search for meaning, harmony, and balance that returns the reader to "the time of the Medicine Ways," "the place of imagination," and the very heart of human nature, in a compelling, unforgettable, and magical reading experience. [1 copy available]
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Song of Heyoehkah

SPIDER WOMAN STORIES (Legends of the Hopi Indians)
by G. M. Mullett. Condition: NEW 2005 Univ. of Arizona Press Trade Paperback, 9th printing. Tiny edge wear to 1 page corner tip - rest of the book perfect. NOT a dogear. Content: The adventures of Spider Woman and her two grandsons and other characters are much more than exciting stories. They indicate the importance of traditions, social life, and customs among the Hopi. These abridged and expurgated accounts can be read by childre and adults alike, not only for their cultural value, but also as fine literature. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Spider Woman Stories, Hopi Indians

SPIRIT MOVES: The Story of Six Generations of Native Women
by Loree Boyd. Beautiful cover art by Silversong. Condition: NEW 1996 New World Library large Trade Paperback, first printing. Tiny shelfwear. Content: In this autobiographical memoir, Boyd, a Cree/Blackfoot Metis American, comes to terms with her childhood by portraying six generations of her family. Her evocative stories about the lives of her great-grandmother, Margaret; her grandmother, Anne; and her mother, Silversong, are poetic and thought-provoking. Boyd tells about prejudice against Native Americans, physical abuse, and the cultural destruction of her people. While researching this work, she discovered that both her grandmother and mother had sworn vows of silence to protect her. Her stories about the endurance of these women give readers a strong model of a family determined to survive. Questions welcome. [3 copies available]
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Spirit Moves Indian Women

THE SPIRIT WOMAN (Historical Mystery)
by Margaret Coel. Condition: NEW 2001 Berkley Crime paperback, first printing. Tiny shelf wear. Content: Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden receives a visit from old friend Laura Simmons, a historian who's convinced that the memoirs of 19th-century Shoshone heroine Sacajawea are stashed somewhere on the reservation. Years before, another female historian disappeared while searching for those memoirs, and within days of her arrival Laura is missing, too. Possibly Laura's disappearance has something to do with the arrival of her abusive boyfriend, but as Vicky and Father John O'Malley investigate, they become convinced that someone on the reservation has come between Laura and the memoirs - if they exist. Coel stretches to form links between the "fragile" past and the shifting present, as Vicky realizes that she, Laura and various secondary characters are all daughters of Sacajawea - battered women struggling to survive their battering men. It's an arresting theme as the male characters are almost uniformly controlling, alcoholic, philandering failures who insist in falsettos that their victims understand their "rage." Coel blends frontier & Native American history, complex emotions, and western vistas. Intriguing Arapaho and Shoshone history. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Spirit Woman, Sacajawea, Margaret Coel

THE SUN CAME DOWN: The History of teh World as My Blackfeet Elders Told It
by Percy Bullchild. B&W drawings by the Author. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1990 Harper & Row Trade Paperback, second printing. Light shelf wear to edges of cover with pale diagonal crease bottom front cover corner. Interior clean & tight. Content: At the age of sixty-seven, Percy Bullchild (1915–1986), a Blackfeet Indian from Browning, Montana, with little formal education in English, set out to put the oral traditions and history of his people into a permanent written record. He regarded this undertaking—to “write the Indian version of our own true ways in our history and legends,” as he puts it—as both a corrective and an instructive tool. Bullchild culled this remarkable collection of historical legends from his memory of the oral history as it was passed down to him by his elders and by seeking out the oral traditions of other tribes. These stories, like all legends, Bullchild reminds us, “may sound a little foolish, but they are very true. And they have much influence over all of the people of this world, even now as we all live.” Reviewer: "[This book] shares a major body of North American religious myths as handed down by such Blackfeet tribal elders as Yellow Kidney, Shoots First and Bullchild's own grandmother, Catches Last. With the same vividness that has kept these stories alive for centuries, Bullchild retells the legendary history of Creator Sun, who made the earth by spitting on a ball of dust; of Napi, a Coyote figure who is both humananity's bane and helper; and Ku-toeyis, the hero the Sun sent to undo Napi's mischief. In the final chapter, "Honoring Creator Sun," Bullchild recounts the origina and cultural importance of Plains Indian ceremonies, including the Sun Dance. These legends, some familiar, most unknown, capture the raw force of the original oral traditions. With robust energy, flashes of raucous humor, and lyricism, these legends expose a culture rich in spirituality and humor. This is a rare sampling of the spirituality, mythology, and psychology of the Native American." Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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The Sun Comes Down, Blackfeet Folklore

by David London. Condition: NEW 1998 Bison Books Trade Paperback, first printing. Content: Taking an actual historical event--the 1971 occupation of Mount Rushmore by 20 members of the American Indian Movement (AIM)--and moving it to the present day, David London has created a bleak and mystical first novel. The AIM members were protesting the U.S. Government's violations of the 1868 Laramie Treaty, which granted the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Sioux, but their brave, foolhardy protest was quickly suppressed by the federal government. Narrator Joey Moves Camp has doubts about the old ways, although he speaks Lakota and pierced his flesh and did the sun dance before leaving for his tour in Vietnam. When Joey's mother dies, Joey watches his half-brother, Clement Blue Chest, begin a spiritual transformation from bitter, self-pitying drunk to tribal holy man. Joey clarifies his own beliefs as well, as he helps Clem lead their neighbors to reclaim the "sacred" Black Hills by force, including an occupation of Mt. Rushmore, and to reveal their history of betrayal and injustice to the American people. London writes with authority and vividness of various Lakota Sioux ceremonies and rituals. He's not shy about taking sides, but if his portrayals of the novel's villains - FBI agents, meddling missionaries and racist cattlemen - tend toward caricature, his look at the assortment of characters, factions and philosophies on the local reservation is convincingly nuanced. Despite occasional preachiness, this is an intelligent, sure-handed debut, told with passion and skill. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Sun Dancer, David London

TALES FROM THE GREAT TURTLE: Fantasy in the Native American Tradition
edited by Piers Anthony & Richard Gillam. Condition: NEW 1995 TOR paperback, first printing. Light edge wear to cover fore edge. Pale tanning to page edges. Light impressions back cover. Content: This thoughtfully produced anthology presents fantasy stories on American Indian themes by both Indian and non-Indian authors, five of whom make their debuts here. Anthony contributes the first piece, "Tortoise Shell," based "on what may be the oldest story in the world." Anna Kirwan-Vogel's "Where There Are Hummingbirds" is a poignant tale of a pre-Columbian mother's love for her son. Cherokee storyteller Owl Goingback plumbs his tribe's oral tradition in "Animal Sounds," as does Steve Rasnic Tem ("Lost Cherokee"), who blends trickster tales from a variety of traditions with the story of combat against archetypal evil. Perhaps the collection's strongest entry, Merle Apassingok's "Nuniva," deftly melds Innuit storytelling with space-age science fiction. Stories are grouped into four sections that parallel a river's course, from "Headwaters" to "Destinations"-an apt metaphor that traces the trajectory of the Native experience. With a fluidity like that of the river itself, the volume ultimately takes on a force all its own. Fantasy fans will readily warm to this entertaining work, as will the growing audience for books about the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The authors: Piers Anthony, Lawrence Schimel, Owl Goingback, Billie Sue Mosiman, R. K. Partain, Ed Gorman, Mike Resnick, Jack Dann, Debra White Plume, George Guthridge, Merle Apassingok, James Audlin, Kristine Rusch, Gerald Hausman, Pamela Sargent, Anna Kirwan-Vogel, Robin Dinnes, Alan Riggs, Jane Yolen, Brad Linaweaver, Steve Rasnic Tem, William Sanders, Caroline Rhodes, Jay Littlehawk, Meredith Raymond, Esther Friesner, Gabriel Horn, Rick Wilber, Alan Rogers, & Nicholas DiChario. Wonderful! [1 copy available]
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Tales From the Great Turtle, American Indian Fantasy

by N. O. Walker (Hen-Toh). B&W drawings illustrate. Patti Henson cover art. Condition: NEW 1995 Banner Books Trade Paperback, first printing. Content: After more than 75 years, this collection of Wyandot animal tales is available once more. The 12 stories retold here by Hen-Toh came from his own experience when his family was removed to the extreme northeastern Inaidn Territory in 1874 and while he served as a teacher there. They are his attempt to preserve his Wyandot heritage at a time when it was in rapid decline. Full of wit and dialect, the tales of Hen-Toh not only preserve elements of Native American culture but give insight into the art of storytelling. [1 copy available]
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Tales of the Bark Lodges, Wyandot Indians

by Alan W. Eckert.Illustrations by Stage Setup Drawing. Condition: Very Good +. 1974 Little, Brown & Co. Trade Paperback. UNREAD, however there is a pale spine crease but not all the way down the spine, diagonal crease upper back cover. Interior very clean & tight. Content: Tecumseh! is a play in two acts of the life of the famous Shawnee warrior, Tecumseh and depicts his nearly successful efforts to draw all the tribes into a union to oppose and oust encroaching whites, his betrayal by his brother, which thwarted the plan and finally his death in the Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812. Interesting! [1 copy available]
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Tecumseh (A Play)

THUNDERWOMAN: A Mythic Novel of the Pueblos
by Nancy Wood. B&W illustrations by Richard Erdoes. Condition: NEW 1999 Dutton hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. Content: At the dawn of time, Kobili and his wife, Thunderwoman, created the universe together, but then quarreled and were separated. Now with Coronado's army approaching, the ageless shaman awaits his beloved's rebirth. Will she join him in their final task? Or will Macaw's predictions of legions of armored men, riding like the wind on the backs of horses--men like don Juan de O-ate, with a mission to convert and destroy--come true before Thunderwoman has harnessed her own powers? hunderwoman, cocreator of the universe according to the Pueblos, returns to earth in human form at the time of the conquistadors. Reborn as Sayah, daughter of a chieftain, she is raised by her former husband, now Kobili the wise man. The invasion by conquistadors and the Catholic religion threaten to shatter her world, and she must work within human limitations to save her people. For almost 400 years, Sayah's human and animal compatriots travel the land to bring news, stories, and the strength of legends to their loved ones. Finally, Sayah cannot excise the interlopers from the land, but she can give her people the courage and will to continue. Wood, known for her poetry and short story collections, has undertaken a challenging mix of history and mythology. This work is populated with interesting and amusing, albeit unlikable, white characters. Thunderwoman's return in human form, including her development into a female warrior who retains her feminine compassion, is a fascinating if offbeat premise. Some inconsistencies in Thunderwoman's abilities are distracting to readers, who may be confused by her varying powers through time. Dark illustrations, imitative but not truly Native designs, are inserted skillfully throughout the text. At times confusing, this is still an engrossing read for mature readers with a special interest in Native cultures and Southwestern history. HIgh school and up. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Thunderwoman: Novel of the Pueblos

TOUCHWOOD: A Collection of Ojibway Prose
edited by Gerald Vizenor. Cover art by David Bradley. B&W interior illustrations from the Ojibway Sacred Scrolls. Condition: UNREAD 1994 New Rivers Press Trade Paperback, no printing given. Short crease bottom front cover edge & tiny edge wear. Interior perfect. Content: Vizenor presents works by Ojibway (also known as Chippewa) writers past and present. William Warren's dull 19th century "History of the Ojibway Nation" is followed by George Copway's writings of the same period, also influenced by a Christian outlook, but Copway's contribution is much livelier and conveys a sense of traditional Ojibway tales and culture. John Rogers's account of returning to his mother's wigwam after six years in a mission school, though warm and loving, exposes a callous federal government policy that often resulted in severed ties in Indian families. An excerpt from Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine comes as a shock after the sedate prose of a century ago. In her story about a young man's attempt to bring his senile grandfather back to his senses, we have a glimpse of contemporary Ojibway conditions. Vizenor's own two stories juxtapose Ojibway life in the 19th century with today. Jim Northrup's 14 tales are mostly about Luke Warmwater's escapades at a mission school, at an Indian conference, on a drunk and in jail. B. Wallace's "Maybe," which describes a bogus department founded by Indian university students, highlights the chasm between white academia and Ojibway "tricksterism." [1 copy available]
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Touchwood, Ojibway literature

TUNKASHILA: From the Birth of Turtle Island to the Blood of Wounded Knee (A Mythological Saga of Native America)
by Gerald Hausman. Two-tone illustrations. Decorated end pages. Condition: UNREAD 1994 St. Martin's Press hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), no printing given. Tiny edge wear to top DJ edge. Content: Nearly 70 tales from such diverse tribes as Creek, Navajo, Roanoke, Hopi, Lakota and Seminole are loosely strung together into a single epic in this effort by this popularizer of Indian culture. While not Native American himself, Hausman traces his interest to the '30s when his mother, then an anthropology student, collected some of the tales used here. Taken individually, some of the stories are well told. Particularly effective is "The Story of the Second Animal Council," in which beasts decide how to combat human encroachment, and "The Story of the White Deer Named Virginia Dare," an account from the Indian perspective of the first white child born in North America. [2 copies available]
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Tunkashila, Hausman

TURTLE ISLAND ALPHABET; A Lexicon of Native American Symbols and Culture
by Gerald Hausman. Foreword by N. Scott Momaday. B&W and sepia-tone photos illustrate throughout. Condition: Gently pre-read, IF at all, 1993 St. Martin's Press soft cover, first printing. Tiny edge wear, but no major problems. Content: In this elegant volume, Hausman examines major themes of Native American culture as observed in poetry, experience and collective memory. Hausman has produced a list of some 50 common Native American terms, artifacts, objects, and concepts in an illustrated dictionary format. This book is not intended to be a dictionary like John Stoutenberg Jr.'s classic Dictionary of the American Indian, but rather a sensitive examination of these words as seen through the cultural eye of Native Americans. The "story" of each word is presented in art, poetry, and text giving the reader an explanation of how this word has been historically and mythically passed down through centuries of Native American storytelling. Objects and artifacts are described practically with a history of their use and development. All terms are given a mythological explanation indicating the word's significance to society. This fascinating browser for general readers is a unique mix of art, explanation, and philosophy. [Wonderful book!] [1 copy available]
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Turtle Island Alphabet

THE VILLAGE OF THE BLUE STONE (Story of the Anasazi)
by Stephen Trimble. Illustrations by Jennifer Owings Dewey and Deborah Reade. Condition: UNREAD 1990 Macmillan hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), third printing. Tiny edgewear to DJ top edge. Interior perfect. Beautiful wrap-around cover art and the B&W interior drawings remind one of dig drawings. Content: Drawing from customs observed in modern Indian pueblos as well as from information discovered in archaeological finds, Trimble creates a fictionalized account of life in an imaginary Anasazi Indian village of B.C.E. 1100. The book begins with a short report of a 1892 discovery in Mesa Verde, Colorado, of the ruins of an Anasazi stone village under the rim of a cliff. The main section of the book, illustrated with softly shaded black-and-white pencil drawings, deals with the lives of the 25 tribal members who might have lived in such a village. Readers observe weaving, storytelling, pottery making, harvesting, hunting, and religious ceremonies. In the afterword, a fictitious team of modern archaeologists examine the remains of the village. This is a great little book, BUT, I don't think it is for ages 9 - 12 (as recommended by the publisher) as I believe it requires some knowledge of the subject matter to be thoroughly appreciated. Questions welcome [1 copy available]
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Village of Blue Stone

VOICES OF THE WINDS: Native American Legends
by Margot Edmonds and Ella E. Clark. B&W illustrations by Molly Braun. Condition: Very Good +, gently pre-read 1989 Facts On File (NY) hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket). Content: 130 Native American legends and lore presented by region: Northwest, Southwest, the Southeast, etc. Comprehensive. [1 copy available]
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Voices of Winds

THE WATERS BETWEEN: A Novel of the Dawn Land
by Joseph Bruchac. Gary Hamel cover art. Condition: NEW 1998 Univ. Press of New England Trade Paperback, first printing. Short, pale diagonal crease bottom front cover corner. Content: The title of this third installment in the Dawn Land trilogy (after Dawn Land and Long River) refers to Lake Champlain, and those waters are decidedly troubled as Native American storyteller Bruchac again follows the adventures of Young Hunter, an Abenaki brave, and his family at the end of the last ice age. The lake has been cut off from the ocean but is still salty enough to harbor seals, sharks, whales and other sea life. A crisis comes when Young Hunter and his faithful dog, Agwedjiman, discover something else, a Loch Ness-like monster living there. Cut off from a key source of food by the serpent's presence, the Only People (the Abenaki) are threatened. Young Hunter must defeat the monster in order to save them. Complicating his task is Watches Darkness, a twisted sorcerer who has turned against his own people and now uses his powers to destroy them. Bruchac leavens his premodern story with retellings of myths from the Abenaki oral tradition. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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The Waters Between, Bruchac

by N. Scott Momaday. Illustrated in B&W drawings by Al Momaday (The Author's father). Condition: NEW 2007 UNM Press Trade Paperback, 17th printing. Tiny edge wear. Content: Reviewer: "This book is a fscinating account of the Kiowa spirit's core through the poet Momaday's three voices: the collective tribal story-telling voice, the historic voice (based on historical documentation), and the poet's own experiential voice (Momaday retraced the migratory route of his ancestors from Montana to Oklahoma). These three voices work on the reader's imagination to produce a fourth voice on the stage of the reader's mind. The book depicts an epic journey of the Kiowa people through space (Montana southward) and time (mythological to modern). The ancient Kiowa's psyche fuses with primal nature be it with dog persons, antelope beings, or the mythological (but very real) creature called Taime.Once in Oklahoma the Kiowa mastered the horse and became among the best of hunters on the Great Plains. Brave in spirit, sharing in heart, they became a proud people. But European civilization closed in and all but crushed them by killing off the buffalo, killing herds of horses and turning hunters into farmers. Yet the Kiowa people held their vital contact with the land in today's hectic world: "Once in his life a man ought to concentrate his mind upon the remembered earth, I believe," writes Momaday. "He ought to give himself up to a particular landscape in his experience, to look at it from as many angles as he can, to wonder about it, to dwell upon it. He ought to imagine that he touches it with his hands at every season and listens to the sounds that are made upon it." Momaday helps the reader do just that--gain an appreciation for the multi-dimensional land of North America " The book was originally published 30 years ago and it is still important. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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The Way to Rainy Mountain, Momaday

WIGWAM EVENINGS: Sioux Folk Tales Retold
by Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) and Elaine Goodale Eastman (think Adam Beach & Anna Paquin). Cover art by Paul Goble. A few B&W drawings. Condition: NEW 1990 Bison Trade Paperback, first printing. Tiny edge wear. Content: Charles Eastman, in collaboration with his wife, Elaine Goodale Eastman, has assembled in this collection a composite, condensed sampling of his tribe’s values, and presents them in a language that is at once direct and engaging. To say these allegories are ‘wise’ begs the question; they are the distilled conclusions of generations upon generations of Plains society and point to the essence of what it is to be a decent, thoughtful, respectable human being—a Sioux Tao told in prose a child of any culture, of any time, can comprehend. Eastman (Ohiyesa) (1858-1939) was a mixed-blood Sioux who became one of the best-known Indians of his time. He earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth and a medical degree from Boston University. From his first appointment as a physician at Pine Ridge Agency; where he witnessed the events that culminated in the Wounded Knee massacre, he sought to bring understanding between Native and non-Native Americans. He wrote eleven books, some, such as Sister to the Sioux, in collaboration with Elaine Goodale Eastman. Recommended for junion high school to adults. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Sioux Folk Tales

by William R. Palmer. B&W Illustrations by Eugene Palmer and Ursula Koerig. Condition: Very Good 1978 Zion Natural History Assn. (Zion National Park) Trade Paperback, no edition given. Interior clean & tight with warm & appropriate illustrations; however, there is a diagonal crease bottom front cover tip and upper back cover corner. Nice copy. Content: These are the ancient legends of the Pahute (Piaute or Paiute) Indians of Utah - creation tales to trickster stories. Great selection. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Why North Star Stands Still

by Frank Hamilton Cushing. Foreword by John Wesley Powell. Introduction by Mary Austin. B&W photo section. Condition: UNREAD 1988 University of Arizona Trade Paperback, second printing. Tiny edgewear but has a shelfwear diagonal crease bottom front cover. Name inside front cover. B&W photo section. Content: Originally published in 1901 after Cushing's death in 1900. This book contains the most complete folklore and religious stories of the Zuni ever published. A true American West classic. [2 copies available]
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Zuni Folk Tales

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art by Deviney. Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get at a big store. 3.0 wide x 4.00 high. Content: Prancing Indian Pony decked out in feathers with his portrait above. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is Enviro D) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us.
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