Empowerment of North American Indian Girls: Ritual Expressions at Puberty is a study by developmental psychologist Carol A. Markstrom of the ceremonial practices of specific Native American communities surrounding the coming-of-age of young women. She examines the anthropological, historical, and Indigenous literature on the subject and combines this data with ceremonies she attended specifically the Apache Sunrise Dance or Na'ii'ees at San Carlos. She also writes about the puberty ceremonies for of Navajo, Lakota, and Ojibwe girls.
Tribal Theory in Native American Literature: Dakota and Haudenosaunee Writing and Indigenous Worldviews offers an Indigenous approach to literary criticism as Seneca scholar examines Dakota and Mohawk authors' works. Penelope Myrtle Kelsey is a professor of English literature at Western Illinois University and she brings her academic background as well as an Indigenous sensibility to the study of specific Dakota authors such as Marie McLaughlin, Charles Eastman, Zitkala-èa (Gertrude Bonnin), Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Ella Deloria, and Philip Red Eagle.
Restoring the Chain of Friendship: British Policy and the Indians of the Great Lakes, 1783-1815 is a recent title by historian Timothy Willig of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. His approach to the period is to examine the British policy to First Nations in the Great Lakes region following the American Revolution to the War of 1812. The focus of the thesis is the British policy toward First Nations at its Great Lakes agencies at Fort St. Joseph, Fort Amherstburg, and Fort George. The first chapter examines the Covenant Chain of Friendship over time.
Salish Myths and Legends: Our People's Stories is a selection of 48 traditional and historical oral accounts and stories collected from the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest and Plateau regions of the west coast. These accounts represent speakers from 23 of the 24 Salishan languages.
Make a Beautiful Way: The Wisdom of Native American Women is a collection of essays edited by Barbara Mann that first appeared as Daughters of Mother Earth: The Wisdom of Native American Women and published by Praeger in 2006. This edition from the University of Nebraska Press contains a foreword by activist Winona LaDuke. The essays are written by Lee Maracle, Paula Gunn Allen, Kay Givens McGowan, and Barbara Mann.
Our Life Among the Iroquois Indians, originally published in 1892, is reissued by the University of Nebraska Press with some minor changes. This edition contains a new introduction by Joy Bilharz and a Foreword by Jack Ericson. Harriett Caswell was a 19th century missionary to the Seneca and Cayuga of New York state. She writes about her recollections and those of the resident missionaries Asher and Laura Wright. In addition she comments on reservation life from a mission perspective.
Native Women's History in Eastern North America before 1900: A Guide to Research and Writing is a collection of 16 essays about First Nations and Metis women in eastern North American history. How can we learn more about Native women's lives in North America in earlier centuries? This question is answered by this landmark anthology, an essential guide to the significance, experiences, and histories of Native women.
Lana's Lakota Moons is the most recent children's novel by Lakota writer Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. Set in contemporary times, the story revolves around the Lakota calendar as two sisters (cousins) deal with their different personal interests as they share their grandparents' Lakota cultural traditions. The narrator, Lori, finds her cousin-sister to be mischievous and often lazy. Lori is the bookworm and the two are always finding ways to challenge their grandparents' patience.
Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story is a traditional legend created by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as a way to create culturally appropriate fire prevention material. This traditional legend is retold by Johnny Arlee about fire as a gift of the Creator brought by the animals for human beings. Evocative illustrations by Sam Sandoval convey the message of the gift of fire. Culturally relevant information about the Salish language, traditional story protocol, and the role of fire in Salish cultural history are included.
Nez Perce Country by historian Alvin M. Josephy Jr. (1915û2005) details the cultural history of the people known as Nimiipuu (Nez Perce). This readable account describes their cultural traditions and well as their tragic post-contact history. The book contains an index, map, and historical images of many important Nez Perce people including Chief Joseph. This posthumous publication of Josephy's work includes an important introduction by Jeremy FiveCrows. Recommended for anyone interested in American Indian history.