Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month in the Library!

November 5, 2021

We celebrate a lot of holidays in the library, because we want to make it easy to connect our books and resources with people’s interests. And of course, we are celebrating National Native American Heritage Month with a display of some of our books! Come on over, check out some books, and we can help you to find more resources for you to explore and enjoy. And, of course, we have ebooks and articles available through our catalog. You can read them any time! Are you looking for more? Talk with the librarian: Mary Jordan, or email me any time: mary.wilkins-jordan@sctcc.edu.

We have a few electronic sources you can access anywhere through our catalog:

  • NAIS (Native American and Indigenous Studies Association) journal: “This journal provides a dynamic intellectual space for the communication and dissemination of excellent scholarship related to Indigenous Studies.”
  • Mascot Nation The Controversy over Native American Representations in Sports, by Billings, Andrew C.; Black, Jason Edward. “The issue of Native American mascots in sports raises passions but also a raft of often-unasked questions. Which voices get a hearing in an argument? What meanings do we ascribe to mascots? Who do these Indians and warriors really represent? Andrew C. Billings and Jason Edward Black go beyond the media bluster to reassess the mascot controversy.”
  • Travels with Frances Densmore : her life, work, and legacy in Native American studies, by Jensen, Joan M., editor.; Patterson, Michelle Wick, editor. “Over the first half of the twentieth century, scientist and scholar Frances Densmore (1867-1957) visited thirty-five Native American tribes, recorded more than twenty-five hundred songs, amassed hundreds of artifacts and Native-crafted objects, and transcribed information about Native cultures. Her visits to indigenous groups included meetings with the Ojibwes, Lakotas, Dakotas, Northern Utes, Ho-chunks, Seminoles, and Makahs. A "New Woman" and a self-trained anthropologist, she not only influenced government attitudes toward indigenous cultures but also helped mold the field of anthropology.”
  • Reading the voice : Native American oral poetry on the page, by Zolbrod, Paul G. "Those who come to Native American "literature" in print must do so conscious of the dynamic sounds of speech and song by "reading the voice," instead of merely looking at a silent sheet of paper full of alphabetical symbols. By doing otherwise we stand to miss much that is essential to the verbal art of indigenous peoples whom print cultures approach from an alien perspective."
  • Before Yellowstone : Native American archaeology in the national park, by MacDonald, Douglas “In Before Yellowstone, Douglas MacDonald tells the story of these early people as revealed by archaeological research into nearly 2,000 sites—many of which he helped survey and excavate. He describes and explains the significance of archaeological areas such as the easy-to-visit Obsidian Cliff, where hunters obtained volcanic rock to make tools and for trade, and Yellowstone Lake, a traditional place for gathering edible plants. MacDonald helps readers understand the archaeological methods used and the limits of archaeological knowledge. From Clovis points associated with mammoth hunting to stone circles marking the sites of tipi lodges, Before Yellowstone brings to life a fascinating story of human engagement with this stunning landscape.”
  • Reproductive justice : the politics of health care for Native American women, by Gurr, Barbara Anne “The book examines the reproductive healthcare experiences on Pine Ridge Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota-where Gurr herself lived for more than a year. Gurr paints an insightful portrait of the Indian Health Service (IHS)-the federal agency tasked with providing culturally appropriate, adequate healthcare to Native Americans-shedding much-needed light on Native American women's efforts to obtain prenatal care, access to contraception, abortion services, and access to care after sexual assault.”
  • Native American whalemen and the world : indigenous encounters and the contingency of race, by Shoemaker, Nancy “In the 19th century, nearly all Native American men living along the southern New England coast made their living travelling the world's oceans on whaleships. Many were career whalemen, spending 20 years or more at sea. Exploring the shifting racial ideologies that shaped their lives, Nancy Shoemaker shows how the category of 'Indian' was as fluid as the whalemen were mobile.”

And of course we have a lot of good paper books in the library! Here are a few of the books we have to share:

  • The Sioux Chef's indigenous kitchen, by Sherman, Sean; Dooley, Bet “In his breakout book, The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen, he shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant and healthful, at once elegant and easy.”
  • We are water protectors, by Lindstrom, Carole, author.; Goade, Michaela, illustrator. “Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all ... When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption.”
  • Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI, by Grann, David “Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.”
  • Apple: skin to the core : a memoir in words and pictures, by Gansworth, Eric "The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside." Eric Gansworth is telling his story in Apple (Skin to the Core). The story of his family, of Onondaga among Tuscaroras, of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds. Eric shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that truly lives up to the word heartbreaking."
  • This tender land : a novel, by Krueger, William Kent “1932, Minnesota. The Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O'Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent's wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds.”
  • Living nations, living words : an anthology of first peoples poetry, by Harjo, Joy, editor, et al. “A powerful, moving anthology that celebrates the breadth of Native poets writing today. Joy Harjo, the first Native poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate, has championed the voices of Native peoples past and present. Her signature laureate project gathers the work of contemporary Native poets into a national, fully digital map of story, sound, and space, celebrating their vital and unequivocal contributions to American poetry.”
  • The only good Indians : a novel, by Jones, Stephen Graham “Four American Indian men from the Blackfeet Nation, who were childhood friends, find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives, against an entity that wants to exact revenge upon them for what they did during an elk hunt ten years earlier by killing them, their families, and friends.”
  • You don't have to say you love me : a memoir, by Alexie, Sherman “Grappling with the haunting ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The results is a stunning memoir - raw, angry, funny, profane, tender - of a childhood few can imagine, much less survive.”
  • There there, by Orange, Tommy “Here is a story of several people, each of whom has private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honour his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and unspeakable loss.”
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