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This indexed book is illustrated with numerous sketches and photographs and is made complete with a bibliography of sources for further study. New York : Scholastic, Grades An excellent novel of the cultural adjustments Joni must make when she finds herself living on a modern "Woodlands" i. Iroquois reservation with her family in upstate New York one summer. Also manages to touch on a number of issues important to contemporary Iroquois, without being preachy.

Girion does a fine job. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac. Golden : CO : Fulcrum, All ages Superbly written and illustrated presentation of Native American philosophies about the environment. Joseph Bruchac has compiled a number of collections of myths and legends of the Abenaki and Iroquois peoples, all of them excellent.

He is also a well-known storyteller; a librarian can feel secure about purchasing anything he has written or is associated with. Minneapolis : T. Grades Rosenfelt collaborated with Ed McGaa, Oglala Sioux, and as a result we have a straightforward and sensitive text which strives for honesty.

Unfortunately, illustrations are very mediocre pen and ink drawings; the text would have been much better served by photographs. Although the title implies an end to the Lakota Nation, Rosenfelt points out that the culture is very much alive. The section on religion is especially well-done.

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Highly recommended. New York : Franklin Watts, Watts has been putting out several fine nonfiction titles in series on American Indians, including a series on different tribes for younger readers. These surveys of cultural traits are representative, providing a balanced look at these areas of Native American knowldege. Grades Ortiz, a Pueblo poet, has written the best treatment available for young children in this succinct recounting of the interactions between the Native and non- native peoples of North America from Columbus to the present day.

Illustrations are vibrant and bold, and the text is honest and clear. An important acquisition for the upcoming Columbus Quincentennary! Grades Ten-year old April of Cochiti Pueblo takes the reader on a photographic visit through the pueblo, introducing him to her family, traditional methods of bread-baking, pottery-making and drum-making.

She participates in a Buffalo Dance and tells the reader her favorite creation story. An excellent title to introduce children to the world of the contemporary reservation child. New York : Dutton, New York : Alfred A. Knopf, Erdoes traces the history of the Pueblo Indians from prehistoric times to the mid's and provides information abouth their unique lifestyle and how they have struggled to maintain it.

His straightforward retelling of how the west was "won" serves to dispell the myth of the winning of the wild west as a glamorous event. Careful and detailed coverage is given to the invasion of missionaries who traveled to Pueblo land to stamp out the ancient native religion.

Readers are informed of the boarding schools that young Pueblo children were required to attend where they were forbidden to speak "Indian". The strengths of the Pueblo communal and governmental structures are examined in great detail. Throughout the book Erdoes weaves an explanation of the the signifigance of art in Pueblo culture.

An extraordinary work.

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New York : Delacorte Press, Grades A well-done novel of a Navajo teen as told by his adoptive non-Indian brother. Henry Yazzie has been sent to live with his father's white friend's family so that he can attend good schools. An excellent student and athlete, the arrival of a second Native boy to the school has Henry questioning his identity as a Navajo. Deals with issues many Indian kids face as novelties in their schools.

New York : Philomel, Grades 5- 8. A superb first book about a Blackfoot girl in the days just before heavy interaction with settlers by a Canadian author who has recently died. Dawn Rider , , was a disappointing second work. Chicago : Children's Press, An entry in the New True series on American Indian tribes. Like the other titles in this series, these are superb introductions to the histories and cultures of the different peoples they treat.

Of particular value is the care taken in each book to positively show each tribe and its people and culture as survivors in the late 20th century. These books are well illustrated with photographs whenever available, avoiding the often culturally loaded images present in reproductions of paintings and drawings. New York ; Dell Yearling, Grades Of the many books for children on Squanto and the Pilgrims, we finally get a historically accurate biography of the Wampanoag survivor of the village of Patuxet who was so critical in the survival of this early group of colonials.

A very well-balanced, realistic and entertaining biography. New York : Facts on File, Grades 6-adult. This is a reference work that is more properly a who's who of Indian-white history - i. Also, the listings stop with , relegating Indians to the remote past once again. Nevertheless, useful for what it does include, and cross references are very good. Grades Low-key story of Annette, whose white mother moves the two of them from Annette's deceased father's Nootka village to attend a private school in Vancouver where she's received a scholarship.

Annette's transition to the city and the school is handled with sensitivity and understanding. The last third of the novel deals with Annette's return to her village over the Christmas break, where she realistically confronts her confusion over being both Nootka and white, and makes decisions about where she belongs.

Sacramento : Sierra Oaks. This version comes out over- simplified often to the point of confusion. Grades Although consistant with the material in Black Elk Speaks , this retelling of Black Elk's vision is so oversimplified that it sounds ridiculous and muddled. The illustrations, mostly period artwork, are poorly chosen and often have nothing to do with the text. New York : Dell Yearling, Grades 4- 7 A stranded-in-the-wilderness tale about white teen Rafe and Indian teen Tawena.

Indian characters are grunting savages, even though Mayne has attempted to present a "sympathetic" treatment of the Indians and their concept of nature. Time period, place and Indians involved are unknown, and the storyline is rather murky. Mayne and the author of Indian in the Cupboard are from England. In general, books featuring Native peoples written by British authors tend to be full of quaint stereotypes and misperceptions.

New York : M. McElderry Books, Grades An exciting and well-told story of a white female teen Lonny and a mixed-blood male teen Tom who accidentally unearth an old Iroquois false face mask. However, the portrayal of the Iroquois and nonsense presented about the mask are way off base and very insulting.

The author is obviously familiar with the locale of the story, and places on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario are accurately described. However, this is a clear example of the phrase "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing". Katz conjures up a ridiculously evil power that is supposed to inhabit the false face mask and alter the personalities of characters who attempt to possess the mask.

This personalities of characters who attempt to possess the mask.

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This goes beyond the wild fantasies of a creative author. False face masks are an integral part of traditional Iroquois religion practised today on the very reserve that Katz describes so well. Her description of the mask as an absolute evil amounts to religious intolerance and goes far in fostering the conception of native, non-Christian religions as savage pagan rituals. A very harmful book. Chicago : Rand McNally, Native American Heritage Month evolved from the efforts of various individuals at the turn of the 20th century who tried to get a day of recognition for Native Americans.

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In , President George H. You can learn more about Native American Heritage Month here. For many years, Native people were silenced and their stories were set aside, hidden, or drowned out. Quiet Hero by S. Eventually they were sent to the tiny Japanese island of Iwo Jima, where a chance event and an extraordinary photograph catapulted Ira to national awareness and transformed his life forever. There, they are forced to speak English and to unlearn their Native American ways. How will it feel to revisit the reservation? Once EdNah finds herself getting used to her new life, she is sent to a strict government-run Indian boarding school.

Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac — In a future where technology has failed, Lozen has been gifted with a unique set of abilities magic and survival skills that she uses to hunt monsters for the people who kidnapped her family.

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This happened in both the United States and Canada. Curly, as Crazy Horse was known as a young boy due to his curly hair, is portrayed in this picture book by Bruchac as a leader even as a young man. He became both a great leader for the Lakota people also known as Sioux and one of the most famous Native Americans in history. There are federally recognized tribal nations in the United States, each with its own diversity of language, ceremonies, and naming. To respect the deeper meaning of the naming, classroom activities where kids pick their own Indian names are not recommended as it is not culturally sensitive.

This is a delightful picture book sure to engage kids. The vibrant illustrations by Caldecott illustrator Yuyi Morales perfectly match the story. He was to finish the story before the guests came that evening. When Moss refused to help with the preparations, he told his parents that he would run away before he ate with them. Moss left the village while he followed another Native American girl named Trouble. He followed her into the woods, even though she asked him not to.

When Moss first told her that he was going on his away time, she did not believe him. Even though he was lying, she was persuaded when he adventured into the forest by himself. He found an animal in the forest that helped him dig deep into his heart and pull out the real Moss. When he found that he was lost, he became discouraged and walked in one direction. He came upon Trouble who showed him the way back.

Moss is unhappy that the guests were coming and thought he might not return to the village. I recommend this book to children from ages who enjoy exciting stories. When I told her I was having trouble finding stories about the experience of Native Americans versus nonfiction about their customs , she told me about Joseph Bruchac who is a talented and prolific writer of over 70 books both chapter and picture that reflect his Abenaki Native American culture.

This is a great story about a contemporary boy struggling to straddle two cultures, American and Mohawk. A sweet picture book depicting the Ojibway Indians of the Great Lakes and their traditions including warding off bad dreams using dreamcatchers created from nettle-stalk twine stained dark red with the bark of wild plum.

The original code they used as well as Navajo words are in the back pages as well. Night of the Full Moon by Gloria Whelan. In , the Potawatomi people were rounded up and forced from their land. While visiting her Potawatomi friend Fawn and mistaken for one of the tribe, young Libby Mitchell is forced to go too. This is the sequel to Next Spring an Oriole. He weaves the backstory to the Indian Boarding Schools including the underlying racist history behind it seamlessly into a page-turner of Jim Thorpe, Pop Warner and the rise of football in which the Carlisle Indian School was its most unlikely team to succeed.

But succeed it did, going on to a season in which they would best the Ivy Leagues, then the most competitive in this new sport. In some ways, this is the rise and fall of super athlete Jim Thorpe. Had he be born in different times, the outcome would be very different. In more modern times, he would be sitting on a multi-million dollar contract in football. For non-football fans like myself, this is a page-turner fascinating read.