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November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.


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American Indians in Children's Literature! Debbie Reese
I am tribally enrolled at Nambe Pueblo in northern New Mexico. I'm from the Upper Village (Yates family). A former school teacher, I currently teach in UIUC's American Indian Studies program.


For children, baby to pre-kindergarten
Douglas Wood, Lisa Desimini (illus.), Northwoods Cradle Song: From a Menominee Lullaby

For children, K-4 grade
Joseph Bruchac, Thomas Locker (illus.), Between Earth & Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places
Maria Williams, Felix Vigil (illus.), How Raven Stole the Sun (Tales of the People)
Joseph Bruchac, Thomas Locker (illus.), Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back

For children, 3-8 grade

Sally M. Hunter, Joe Allen (illus.), Four Seasons of Corn
Gordon Regguinti, Dale Kakkak (illus.), The Sacred Harvest
Sandra King, Catherine Whipple (photographer), Shannon
Susan Braine (Photographer), Drumbeat . . . Heartbeat: A Celebration of the Powwow (We Are Still Here: Native Americans Today)
Joseph Bruchac, Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War II
Robert Lipsyte, Jim Thorpe: 20th Century Jock (Superstar Lineup)
Maria Campbell, Douglas Tait (illus.), Shannon Twofeathers (illus.), People of the Buffalo: How the Plains Indians Lived
Edward F. Rivinus, Bob Masheris (illus.), Jim Thorpe: Sauk and Fox Native American Indian Stories (Raintree-Rivilo American Indian Stories)

For young adults
Gloria Whelan, Leslie Bowman (illus), Night Of The Full Moon
Irwin, Hadley. We are Mesquakie, We Are One

For adults
Tara Browner, Heartbeat of the People: Music and Dance of the Northern Pow-wow
Julia C. White, The Pow Wow Trail: Understanding and Enjoying the Native American Pow Wow
William Thomas Hagan, The Sac and Fox Indians (Civilization of the American Indian Series)
R. David Edmunds, Joseph L. Peyser, The Fox Wars
Hawk, Donald Dean Jackson, Donald Jackson (Editor), Black Hawk
Black Hawk, Milo Milton Quaife (Editor), Life of Black Hawk Black Hawk, Life of MA-KA-TAI-ME-SHE-KIA-KIAK or Black Hawk (American Biography Series)
Crawford B. Thayer, Hunting a Shadow: The Search for Black Hawk
Nels Bruseth, Indian Stories and Legends Of the Stillacuamish, Sauks and Allied Tribes
William Jones, Ethnography of the Fox Indians (Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletins Series)
Fred McTaggart, Wolf That I Am
Ray A. Young Bear, Meskwaki author of
Black Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narratives
The Invisible Musician
The Rock Island Hiking Club
Winter of the Salamander
Nancy Lobb, 16 Extraordinary Native Americans
Barry Moreno, We Came to American: The Native Americans
Douglas Spotted Eagle, Voices of Native America
Bryan Burton, Moving Within the Circle: Contemporary Native American Music and Dance
Don Contreras and Diane Morris Bernstein, We Dance Because We Can: People of the Powwow
John Bierhorst, A Cry from the Earth: Music of the North American Indians
Rick Hill, Skywalkers

The Monument of Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder
Sherman Alexie, "Smoke Signals"
"Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee,", the story of the American Indian Movement, based on Mary Crow Dog's autobiography.
"Windtalkers," Navajo code-talkers of World War II, actors are native, the linguistics of it are sound.
"Spirit of Crazy Horse," Documentary about AIM and the struggle for Native American rights
Robert Redford, "Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story"
"Dances with Wolves"
"Soldier Blue," (Violent, NOT for children) Recreation of the Sand Creek Massacre

Smithsonian Folkways
Keith Secola "Circle" (CD)
Robbie Robertson "Music for Native Americans - O.S.T." (CD)
Buffy Saint Marie, "Up Where We Belong" (CD)
Buffy Saint Marie, "The Best of Buffy Saint Marie, vol. 2" (CD)
Black Lodge Singers, "Tribute to the Elders" (CD)
Black Lodge Singers, "Kids Pow-Wow Songs" (CD)
"Pow Wow Songs: Music of the Plains Indians" (CD)
"Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow 1999" (2001 GRAMMY WINNER) (CD)
Tsonakwa, "Echoes of the Night" (Abenaki storyteller) (CD)

Web Sites
Sac and Fox Culture, History, and Links
The University of Iowa - Museum of Natural History
Native American Books and Literature
Peacemaker Heroes - Chief Arvol Looking Horse
Iowa Roots: Everett Kapayou
Community: Chief Wilma Mankiller