How It Is: The Native American Philosophy of V. F. Cordova is a collection of the most important writings of the late Viola Cordova. Considered one of the first Native Americans to receive a Ph.D. in philosophy, her untimely death in 2002 compelled several scholars to collect and edit this book of her papers. Trained in the study of Western philosophy, Cordova's work focused on defining a Native American philosophy. She began with key questions such as the origins of the world, the relation of matter and spirit, the nature of time, and the roles of culture and language in understanding all of these. Her works in this edited volume are organized around these principles. The main sections are Bridges, Windows, What is the World, What is it to be Human, and What is the role of a Human in the World. Linda Hogan provides the Foreword and editors include Kathleen Dean Moore, Kurt Peters, Ted Jojola, and Amber Lacy. This is a highly readable collection of essays, poems, and stories from an important thinker in Native American philosophy.