Stritch Common Read: There, There

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Native American Art and Culture

Axtmann, A. M. (2014). Indians and wannabes: Native American powwow dancing in the northeast and beyond. University Press of Florida. E-book.

This compelling interdisciplinary work introduces us to the complexities of powwow history, describes how space and time are performed along the powwow trail, identifies the specific dance styles employed, and considers the issue of race in relation to Native American dancers and the phenomenon of "playing Indian" by non-Natives.


Brafford, C. J. (1992). Dancing colors: Paths of Native American women. Chronicle Books.

Photos of clothing and objects, together with four legends "illustrating the variety of women's roles in Native American life."


Furlan, L.M. (2017). Indigenous cities: urban Indian fiction and the histories of relocation. University of Nebraska Press. E-book

Furlan takes a critical look at Indigenous fiction from the last three decades to present a new way of looking at urban experiences that explains mobility and relocation as a form of resistance. In these stories Indian bodies are not bound by state-imposed borders or confined to Indian Country as it is traditionally conceived. Furlan demonstrates that cities have always been Indian land and Indigenous peoples have always been cosmopolitan and urban.


Heth, C., & National Museum of the American Indian. (1993). Native American dance: Ceremonies and social traditions. Smithsonian Institution, with Starwood Pub.

The scope of Native American dance -- from the Fancy dancers of the powwow circuit and the traditional keepers of sacred Indian ceremonies to the contemporary flourishes of modern Indian choreographers -- is explored in this collection of essays by leading Native and non-Native scholars and practitioners of dance in the Indian community.


Krupat, A. (2012). "That the people might live": Loss and renewal in Native American elegy. Cornell University Press. E-book.

Surveys several centuries of oral and written Native American elegiac expression, which offered mourners consolation to overcome their grief and renew their commitment to communal life.


Krystal, M. (2012). Indigenous dance and dancing Indian: Contested representation in the global era. University Press of Colorado. E-book.

Focusing on the enactment of identity in dance, Indigenous Dance and Dancing Indian is a cross-cultural, cross-ethnic, and cross-national comparison of indigenous dance practices.


Niatum, D. (1988). Harper's anthology of 20th century Native American poetry. Harper & Row.

The rich, varied work of 36 contemporary Native American poets of stature is sampled in this anthology.


Vitart, A., & Horse Capture, G.P. (1993). Robes of splendor: Native American painted buffalo hides. New Press.

Robes of Splendor brings together essays from four leading experts in the field of Native American art and over one hundred photographs from the American Indian collection of the Muse de l'Homme in a comprehensive overview of this American treasure.


Weaver, J. (1997). That the people might live: Native American literatures and Native American community. Oxford University Press.

Explores a wide range of Native American literature from 1768 to the present, taking the Native American sense of community as both a starting point and a lens.


Wilmer, S. E., & American Indian Workshop (Eds.). (2011). Native American performance and representation. University of Arizona Press. E-book.

Native American Performance and Representation provides a wider and more comprehensive study of Native performance, not only its past but also its present and future. Contributors use multiple perspectives to look at the varying nature of Native performance strategies.


Contemporary Issues

Cadena, M. de la, & Starn, O. (Eds.). (2020). Indigenous experience today. Routledge. E-book.

This book draws together essays by prominent scholars in anthropology and other fields examining the varied face of indigenous politics around the world, including the United States. The book challenges accepted notions of indigeneity as it examines the transnational dynamics of contemporary native culture and politics around the world.


Cipolla, C. (2013). Becoming Brothertown Native American ethnogenesis and endurance in the modern world. University of Arizona Press. E-book.

Cipolla follows the Brothertown Indians and their predecessors across New England, New York, and Wisconsin, disregarding the rigid cultural essences often associated with colonial histories in search of a deeper understanding of colonial culture and Native American identity politics from the eighteenth century to the present.


Cobb, D. M. (Ed.). (2015). Say we are nations: documents of politics and protest in indigenous America since 1887. University of North Carolina Press. E-book.

In this wide-ranging and carefully curated anthology, Cobb presents the words of Indigenous people who have shaped Native American rights movements from the late nineteenth century through the present day. Presenting essays, letters, interviews, speeches, government documents, and other testimony, Cobb shows how tribal leaders, intellectuals, and activists deployed a variety of protest methods over more than a century to demand Indigenous sovereignty.


Fixico, D. L. (2012). The Invasion of Indian Country in the Twentieth Century American Capitalism and Tribal Natural Resources (2nd ed.). University Press of Colorado. E-book.

An updated edition spans through the first decade of the twenty-first century and contains a new chapter challenging Americans--Indian and non-Indian--to begin healing the earth. This analysis of the struggle to protect not only natural resources but also a way of life serves as an indispensable tool for students or anyone interested in Native American history and current government policy with regard to Indian lands or the environment.


Fixico, D. L. (2013). Indian resilience and rebuilding: Indigenous nations in the modern American West. The University of Arizona Press.

This illuminating and comprehensive analysis of Native nation's resilience in the twentieth century demonstrates how Native Americans reinvented themselves, rebuilt their nations, and ultimately became major forces in the United States.


Jensen, T. (2020). Carry: A memoir of survival on stolen land. Ballantine Books.

As a Métis woman, Jensen chronicles her experience of the violence enacted on the bodies of indigenous women, on indigenous land, and the ways it is hidden, ignored, forgotten. She maps her personal experience onto the historical, exploring how history is lived in the body and redefining the language we use to speak about violence in America.


King, C. R. (2010). The Native American mascot controversy: A handbook. Scarecrow Press.

This volume offers an overview of the controversies surrounding the use of Native American mascots for sports teams over the past 40 years, revealing the significance of the continued use of such symbols, artifacts, and identities and the efforts to combat them. A collection of primary documents and an extensive list of resources for further study are also included.


Reid, D. R. (2020). Native American racism in the age of Donald Trump: Historical and contemporary perspectives. Palgrave Pivot.

This volume places the resurgent anti-Native Americanism into an appropriate contemporary context by demonstrating how historical forces have created the foundation upon which many of these controversies are built.


Ross, J.I.(Ed.). (2014). American Indians at risk (Vol. 1-2). Greenwood.

This book gives readers a broad overview of what life in Indian country is like, addressing specific contemporary social issues such as alcoholism, unemployment, and suicide. The author goes beyond detailed descriptions of the problems of American Indians to also present solutions, some of which have been effective in addressing these challenges.


Native American History

Conn S. (2004). History's shadow: Native Americans and historical consciousness in the nineteenth century. University of Chicago Press.

In this book, the author traces the struggle of Americans trying to understand the people who originally occupied the continent claimed as their own. He considers how the question of the Indian compelled Americans to abandon older explanatory frameworks for sovereignty, like the Bible and classical literature, and instead develop new ones. The questions posed by the presence of the Indian in the United States forced Americans to confront the meaning of history itself, both that of Native Americans and their own: how it should be studied, what drove its processes, and where it might ultimately lead.


Dennis, Y. W., Flynn, S. R., & Hirschfelder, A. B. (2016). Native American almanac: More than 50,000 years of the cultures and histories of indigenous peoples. Visible Ink Press.

More than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples traces the rich heritage of indigenous people. It is a fascinating mix of biography, pre-contact and post-contact history, current events, Tribal Nations' histories, enlightening insights on environmental and land issues, arts, treaties, languages, education, movements, and more.


Evans, S. (2002). American Indians in American history, 1870-2001: A companion reader. Praeger.

Designed to accompany post-Reconstruction survey courses, it will help to integrate aspects of American Indian history. Arranged according to time periods used in most textbooks, the book's seventeen essays--many written by leading scholars, several written by American Indian scholars--discuss important policy considerations as well as environmental, religious, cultural, and gender issues.


Meadows, W. C. (2021). The first code talkers: Native American communicators in World War I. University of Oklahoma Press.

An ethnohistory of known Native American Code Talkers of World War I, which explores the origins of code talking, misconceptions and popular myths, recognition of military service, and the impact on code talkers during the war. The book covers all known Native American code talkers of World War I--members of the Choctaw, Oklahoma Cherokee, Comanche, Osage, and Sioux nations, as well as the Eastern Band of Cherokee and Ho-Chunk, whose veterans have yet to receive congressional recognition.


Miller, S. A. and Riding In, J. (2011). Native historians write back: Decolonizing American Indian history. Texas Tech University Press.

A first-of-its-kind anthology of historical articles by Indigenous scholars, framed in assumptions and concepts derived from the authors' respective Indigenous worldviews. Writings stand in sharp contrast to works by historians who may belong to tribes but work within the Euroamerican worldview"


Owings, A. (2011). Indian voices: Listening to Native Americans. Rutgers University Press.

A contemporary oral history documenting what Native Americans from 16 different tribal nations say about themselves and the world around them.


Tommy Orange on the Web

Orange, T. (2019, Oct. 29). Escape velocity: The astonishing life of 17-year-old Jeffrey Martinez. Esquire.

Orange, T. (n.d.). Freyr. Zoetrope: All-Story.

Orange, T. (2020, Jan.13). New Jesus. LitHub. (Reprinted from C. Boyle & D. Eggers (Eds.). (2019). McSweeney's Issue 58 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern): 2040 A.D.- Climate fiction edition. McSweeney's Publishing.)

Orange, T. (n.d.). Session drummer. ZYZZYVA. (Reprinted from “Session drummer,” Fall 2019, ZYZZYVA No. 116.)

Orange, T. (2018, March 19). The state. New Yorker.

Orange, T. (2017, Nov. 23). Op-Ed: Thanksgiving is a tradition. It’s also a lie. Los Angeles Times.

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Web Resources

History and Culture. (n.d.). Partnership with Native Americans.

Links to resources regarding key events in Native American history over the course of one-hundred and fifty years of interaction with white settlers.

Lurie, J. (n.d.). American Indian Movement (AIM). MNopedia, Minnesota Historical Society.

Describes the history of AIM, an international activist group, founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to address issues impacting urbanized Natives. Contains audio/video segments and other links to other related articles and resources.

National Congress of American Indians.

NCAI is the oldest and largest Native American advocacy group representing the interests of tribal governments and communities. Site contains research, statements, speeches, testimony, news articles and other information in several significant policy areas including community and culture, education, health, economic development, natural resources and tribal governance.

National Museum of the American Indian.

Contains detailed online exhibitions on a number of historical and contemporary issues, including Native Americans in the military, Native American photography, dance, Indian imagery in America and many more.

Native knowledge 360 education initiative,

Provides new perspectives on Native American histories, cultures and diversity. Supplements historical events and traditional narratives with Native perspectives and more comprehensive information. Lessons include Thanksgiving, Code Talkers, 17th Century fur trading, Clothing, Food and other cultural aspects.

Native voices: Native peoples’ concepts of health and illness. (n.d.) National Library of Medicine.

Site contains online exhibits, interviews, timelines, and other resources to examine how Native concepts of health and illness intersect with concepts of community, spirit, and the land.


Tribal Lands Map. Wisconsin First Nations.

Tribal Lands Map, Native Lands Digital.