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Resources for Teaching About Native Americans


Bigelow, Bill, & Bob Peterson, Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years, 1998, Rethinking Schools, 1001 East Keefe Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53212. Critiques traditional views of the Columbus myth and provides information on the Taino people; discusses Thanksgiving; provides information on contemporary struggles.

Caduto, Michael J. & Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki), four books: Keepers of the Earth, Keepers of the Animals, Keepers of Life, and Keepers of the Night, Fulcrum Publishing, 4690 Table Mountain Drive, Suite 100, Golden, CO 80403. Each book is a collection of Native American stories with related hands-on activities for children ages 5 - 12.

Harvey, Karen D, with Lisa D. Harjo (Choctaw) & Lynda Welborn, How to Teach about American Indians: A Guide for the School Library Media Specialist, 1995, Greenwood Press, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881. Includes information on Indian history, culture, and literature, recommenddations for appropriate materials, selection guidelines, and model lessons

Harvey, Karen D., & Lisa D. Harjo (Choctaw), Indian Country: A History of Native People in America, Fulcrum Publishing, 4690 Table Mountain Drive, Suite 100, Golden, CO 80403. A survey of Native North American history for students age 12 and up, with lesson plans. Features excerpts from the writings of a number of contemporary Native American authors, including Ada Deer and N. Scott Momaday.

Hirschfelder, Arlene, & Yvonnne Beamer (Cherokee and Arab), Native Americans Today: Resources & Activities for Educators, Grades 4-8, 2000, Libraries Unlimited, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881. Through reproducible activities, biographies of real people, and accurate background information, this book helps teachers show students how Native Americans live today.

Hirschfelder, Arlene, & Martha Kreipe de Montaño (Prairie Band Potawatomi), The Native American Almanac: A Portrait of Native America Today, 1998, John Wiley & Sons, 432 Elizabeth Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873. Includes information on Indian-white relations, Native Americans today, treaties, tribal governments, languages, education, religion, games and sports, and Indians in film and video. Also lists the addresses of all U.S. tribal governments.

Kuipers, Barbara J., American Indian Reference Books for Children & Young Adults, Libraries Unlimited, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881. Provides detailed analyses of two hundred books on a variety of topics. Also discusses the incorporation of American Indian material into the curriculum.

Loewen, James W., Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, 1996, Touchstone, A Division of Simon & Schuster, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. A critique of high school history textbooks. Along with other topics, includes information about what textbooks get wrong or omit about Native Americans. For more information, see the author's Website:

Mendoza, Patrick M., Ann Strange Owl-Raben (Cheyenne), & Nico Strange Owl (Cheyenne), Four Great Rivers to Cross: Cheyenne History, Culture, & Traditions, 1998, Libraries Unlimited, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881. Traditional Cheyenne stories, accompanied by discussion questions and extension activities. For use with grades 3 through 8.

Mihesuah, Devon A. (Choctaw), American Indian Stereotypes & Realities, 1996, Clarity Press, Inc., 3277 Roswell Road NE, Suite 469, Atlanta, GA 30305. This useful resource dispels many misconceptions and negative stereotypes; also includes a list of do's and don'ts for teaching about Indian history and culture.

Seal, Doris (Santee/Cree), and Beverly Slapin, editors, A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children, 2005. Oyate, 2702 Mathews Street, Berkeley, CA 94702. Deals with the issue of cultural appropriation in books for children, and evaluates hundreds of books for children and teenagers published from the early 1900s through 2004. For more information, see the Oyate website:

Slapin, Beverly, and Doris Seale (Santee/Cree), editors, Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience in Books for Children, 1998, Oyate, 2702 Mathews Street, Berkeley, CA 94702. A compilation of work by Native parents, educators, poets, and writers, this book is for anyone interested in presenting non-biased material about indigenous peoples to children.

The Wabanakis of Maine & the Maritimes: A Resource Book About Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, Micmac, & Abenaki Indians, revised edition, 2002, Community Relations Division, Maine Indian Program Committee. Available from AFSC (American Friends Service Committee), Literature Resources Unit, 1501, Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Includes an historical overview, lesson plans, readings, fact sheets, illustrations, bibliography, and a resource list.


Cradleboard Teaching Project, 1191 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, HI 96746. Developed by teacher/song-writer Buffy Sainte Marie (Cree) to connect Native and non Native students to one another, and to provide curricula to help teach children an important lesson: "That Indians exist." This site provides extensive information on the Cradleboard project, as well as numerous links to other Native resources, including tribal sites and Native organizations.

The Greenfield Review Literary Center, North American Native Authors Catalog, P.O. Box 308, Green-field Center, NY 12833. The catalog includes over 1000 books by Native American authors for adults and children, from more than 100 different publishers; also some audio tapes. No website.

Native Data.Com, 9027 North Cobre Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85028. An information-packed wall map showing U.S. Reservations today and American Indian Facts of Life, with demographic information and basic facts; both by George L. Russell (Saginaw Chippewa).

Canyon Records, 3131 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85017. A large selection of Native American music and stories.

Indian House, P.O. Box 472, Taos, NM 87571-0472. A large selection of Native American music, including both contemporary music and older recordings.


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