North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction is one of Oxford University Press' titles in the Very Short Introduction Series that offers concise and original introductions to broad topics. Historians Thedua Perdue and Michael Green present a valuable and up-to-date understanding for anyone wanting a 144-page book about this field of study. The authors begin with a description of the major cultural regions of North America. All first-year university students in Anthropology will find this familiar territory.
The Other Side of Eden: Hunters, Farmers and the Shaping of the World by anthropologist and documentary filmmaker Hugh Brody effectively argues for the lifestyles of hunter and gathering peoples worldwide. His part memoir and part exposition celebrates the worlds of the Innu, Inuit, Nisga'a, and Dunne-za societies.
Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions is a coffee-table book filled with mouth-watering recipes from Indigenous Peoples of the Americas recreated for modern health conscious kitchens. Includes nine sections such as soups, appetizers, sauces, meats and wild game, game birds, breads and savory cakes, sweets and desserts, beverages, and foods from river, lakes, and oceans. Each chapter contains an introductory essay by Indigenous food writers. Published by the Museum of the American Indian and Ten Speed Press. Recommended.
Mary Anne Barkhouse: The Reins of Chaos is a small exhibition catalogue by Mary Anne Barkhouse of her 2008 exhibition that explored the story of the four horses of the apocalypse. This Kwakwaka'wakw artist uses rocking horses and the coin-operated children's rides once popular in the 1960s to challenge the viewer's understanding of Indigenous Peoples critique contemporary culture. The unique aspect of the installation is that gallery attendees were able to insert coins into the mechanical horses for a ride and the fees were donated to a local donkey sanctuary.
The Lil'wat World of Charlie Mack contains the oral history and traditional stories and legends collected by Randy Bouchard and Dorothy Kennedy during their ethnographic study with Lil'wat Elder Charlie Seymour, also known as Charlie Mack (1899-1990). The collection includes background information about the Mount Currie Reserve as well as archival photographs and maps. Unfortunately there is no index available.
Weasel Tail: Stories Told by Joe Crowshoe Sr. (Aapohsoyyiis), a Peigan Blackfoot Elder is written by the late Joseph Crowshoe Sr and edited by Michael Ross. The collection is based on a series of audio interviews recorded between 1991 and 1998; one year prior to Crowshoe's passing. He is the renowned Peigan Elder recognized as the knowledge keeper for Blackfoot cultural history and traditions. In addition this collection includes conversation between Joe Crowshoe and his wife, Josephine Crowshoe about their childhood spent in residential schools.
Circumstances Alter Photographs: Captain James Peters' Reports from the War of 1885 is a collection of 82 archival photographs including the Battle of Fish Creek through to the Battle of Batoche. Taken by a captain of the Royal Canadian Artillery's "A" Battery, part of the North West Field Force, this collection captures one man's viewpoint of the First Nations and Metis during the time of the Resistance. The book also includes the dispatches written by Peters that include letters and news articles from the period. Photographs of Beardy, Poundmaker, and Moosomin are included.
Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates from Charlesbridge Publishing was shortlisted books for the 2011 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. This information book written by Jill Rubalcaba (a mathematician) and Peter Robertshaw (an archaeologist) explains the discovery and significance of four archaeological finds: Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman. The book is directed at middle school and high school students.