My Name is Not Easy is a moving and carefully written account of five Inuit, Inupiaq, and Athapascan children who attend an Alaskan Roman Catholic boarding school during the times of massive changes in America during the 1960s. Luke knows his Iñupiaq name is full of sounds white people can’t say. So he leaves it behind when he and his brothers are sent to boarding school hundreds of miles away from their Arctic village. At Sacred Heart School, students—Eskimo, Indian, White—line up on different sides of the cafeteria like there’s some kind of war going on.
OUT OF PRINT The Encyclopedia of North American Indians was published in 1997 by Marshall Cavendish and remains useful for senior elementary and high school students. Editor D. L. Birchfield, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is a professor of Native Studies and oversaw the contribution of 56 scholars, including 40 Native American writers. The 875 entries are organized alphabetically and range from a few paragraphs to several pages in this 11 volume set. The entries cover the history and cultural traditions of Aboriginal Peoples from the Arctic to South America.
OUT OF PRINT The Blackfeet by Raymond Bial is part of the Lifeways series published by Benchmark Books. This title discusses the culture and history of the Blackfeet (Siksika) Nation. This Plains confederacy included three individual First Nations: the Blood or Kainai, Piegan (Peigan), and Blackfoot (Siksika). Their traditional homeland extended from Alberta to Montana. The book opens with a brief version of the Blackfeet creation story that features Napi. The remainder of the chapter describes the geography of their Plains homeland.
OUT OF PRINT The Tlingit by Raymond Bial is part of the Lifeways series published by Benchmark Books. This title discusses the culture and history of the Tlingit Nation. This Pacific Northwest cultural group lived along the coast of southeastern Alaska. The author begins the book with a brief version of the Tlingit creation story about Raven bringing light to the world. The text goes on to explain the standard anthropological theory about the origins of North American Indians. First contact for the Tlingit occurred in 1741 when Russians came to their territory.
OUT OF PRINT The Inuit by Raymond Bial is part of the Lifeways series published by Benchmark Books. This title discusses the culture and history of the Inuit (Eskimo) of Canadian Arctic, Russia, Alaska, and Greenland. These Arctic and Subarctic people were once known as Eskimo. The author points out that today, the people prefer to be called Inuit. The first chapter includes a version of the Inuit creation story as well as the standard anthropological theory about Inuit origins.
OUT OF PRINT The Wampanoag by Raymond Bial is part of the Lifeways series published by Benchmark Books. This title discusses the culture and history of the Wampanoag Nation. Original homelands along the Atlantic coast in what is now Rhode Island and Massachusetts provided rich natural resources for this Algonquian-speaking people.