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Recommended Books About Native American Women


Acoose, Janice, or Misko-Kisikawihkwe (Red Sky Woman), Iskwewak-Kah' Ki Yaw Ni Wahkomkanak: Neither Indian Princesses Nor Easy Squaws, 1995, Woman's Press, Toronto, Ontario. A deconstruction of the stereotypical images of indigenous women in popular literature.

Albers, Patricia, & Beatrice Medicine, The Hidden Half: Studies of Plains Indian Women, 1983, University Press of America, Washington, DC. Papers presented at a 1977 symposium.

Allen, Paula Gunn, Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Woman's Sourcebook, 1991, and The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions, 1986, both from Beacon Press, Boston. Native American (Laguna Pueblo and Sioux) author.

Anderson, Marilyn, & Jonathan Garlock, Granddaughters of Corn: Portraits of Guatemalan Woman, 1988, Curbstone Press, Willimantic, CT. Describes the everyday reality faced by Mayan women in Guatemala today.

Angel, Adriana, & Fiona Macintosh, The Tiger's Milk: Women of Nicaragua, 1987, Henry Holt & Company, Seaver Books division, New York. The stories of Nicaraguan women of today, in their own words.

Axtell, James, editor, The Indian People of Eastern America: A Documentary History of the Sexes, 1981, Oxford University Press, New York.

Bataille, Gretchen M., American Indian Women: A Biographical Dictionary, 1993, and American Indian Women: A Guide to Research, 1991, both from Garland Publishing, New York.

Bataille, Gretchen M., & Kathleen Mullen Sands, American Indian Women: Telling Their Lives, 1984, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.

Bradford, C.J., & Laine Thom, Dancing Colors: Paths of Native American Women, 1992, Chronicle Books, San Francisco.

Brant, Beth, editor, A Gathering of Spirit: A Collection by North American Indian Women, 1984, 1988, Firebrand Books, Ithaca, NY. Poetry and stories by contemporary native woman writers.

Brave Bird, Mary, with Richard Erdoes, Ohitika Woman, 1993, Grove Press, New York. A contemporary Lakota woman's story of her life, part two. (See also Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog, below.)

Campbell, Maria, Halfbreed, 1973, 1982, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln. An autobiography by a Canadian Metis woman.

Crow Dog, Mary, Lakota Woman, 1991, HarperCollins, New York. A contemporary Lakota woman's life story, part one. (See also Ohitika Woman by Mary Brave Bird, above.)

Davidson, Florence Edenshaw, & Margaret B. Blackman, During My Time: A Haida Woman, 1982, revised edition 1992, University of Washington Press, Seattle.

Farley, Ronnie, Women of the Native Struggle: Portraits & Testimony of Native American Women, 1993, Orion Books, New York.

Green, Rayna, American Indian Women: A Contextual Bibliography, 1983, and That's What She Said: Contemporary Poetry & Fiction by Native American Women, 1984, both from Indiana University Press, Bloomington.

Green, Rayna, Women in American Indian Society, 1992, Chelsea House, New York. Aimed at junior /senior high school students.

Hale, Janet Campbell, Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter, 1993, Random House, New York. The author is Coeur d'Alene.

Hopkins, Sarah Winnemucca, Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs & Claims, first published 1883, reprinted 1994, Vintage West Series, University of Nevada Press, Reno. A Piute woman's story of her people.

Jones, David E., Sanapia: Comanche Medicine Woman, 1984, Waveland Press, Prospect Heights, IL.

Katz, Jane, editor, Messengers of the Wind: Native American Women Tell Their Life Stories, 1995, Ballentine Books, New York.

Klein, Laura F., & Lillian A. Ackerman, editors, Woman & Power in Native North America, 1995, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. A collection of articles examining gender status and power in ten culture areas.

Mankiller, Wilma, & Michael Wallis, Mankiller: A Chief & Her People, 1993, St. Martin's Press, New York. Cherokee elected leader Wilma Mankiller tells her own story and the story of her people.

McBride, Bunny, Molly Spotted Elk: A Penobscot in Paris, 1995, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. Biography of a Penobscot women, born in 1903, who found success in show business in the U.S. and Europe.

Medicine, Bea, The Native American Woman: A Perspective, 1978, ERIC/CRESS, Las Cruces, NM. Distributed by National Educational Laboratory Publishers, Austin, TX.

Lurie, Nancy Oestreich, editor, Mountain Wolf Woman, Sister of Crashing Thunder: The Autobiography of a Winnebago Indian, 1961, 1966, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.

Linderman, Frank Bird, Pretty-Shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows, 1960, 1974, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.

Niethammer, Carolyn, Daughters of the Earth: The Lives & Legends of American Indian Women, 1977, Collier Books, New York.

Peters, Virginia Bergman, Women of the Earth Lodges: Tribal Life on the Plains, 1995, Archon Books, North Haven, CT.

Pulford, Florence, Morning Star Quilts: A Presentation of the Work & Lives of Northern Plains Indian Women, 1989, Leone Publications, Los Altos, CA.

St. Pierre, Mark, & Tilda Long Soldier, Walking in the Sacred Manner: Healers, Dreamers, & Pipe Carriers--Medicine Women of the Plains Indians, 1995, Simon & Schuster, Touchstone division, New York. Tilda Long Soldier is Oglala Sioux.

Shoemaker, Nancy, editor, Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women, 1995, Routledge, New York.

Spittal, W.G., editor, Iroquois Women: An Anthology, 1990, Iroqrafts Iroquois Reprints, Oshweken, Ontario. Reprints of scholarly articles originally published between 1884 and 1989.

Terrell, John Upton, & Donna M. Terrell, Indian Women of the Western Morning: Their Life in Early America, 1974, 1976, Anchor Press, Garden City, New York.

Voget, Fred W., assisted by Mary K. Mee, They Call Me Agnes: A Crow Narrative Based on the Life of Agnes Yellowtail Deernose, 1995, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma.

Wall, Steve, Wisdom's Daughters: Conversations with Women Elders of Native America, 1993, HarperCollins Publishers, Harper Perennial division, New York.

Daughters of Abya Yala: Testimonies of Indian Women Organizing Throughout the Continent, 1992, Woman's Committee of the South and Meso-American Indian Information Center, P.O. Box 18703, Oakland, CA 94604.

Watchful Eyes: Native American Women Artists, 1994, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ. Exhibition catalog.

The Woman's Way, by the editors of Time-Life Books, 1995, Time-Life Books, Alexandria, VA. From the series The American Indian.

Prepared by the Resource Center,
National Museum of the American Indian,
in cooperation with Public Inquiry Services, Smithsonian Institution



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