Oral Literature

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Voices of the Rainbow : Contemporary Poetry by Native Americans

Kenneth Rosen’s haunting volume of poetry proves that the powerful and moving voice of Native Americans must be heard. More than two hundred poems embrace anguish, pride, and hope, representing twenty-four tribal affiliations, including, Sioux, Pawnee, Choctaw, Seminole, Laguna Pueblo, Cherokee, Anishinabe, Mohawk, Seneca, and Seminole. An Indian leader once asked a U.S. president: “What visions, under the white man’s way, are offered that will cause today’s children to want tomorrow to come?” In a sense, each poem in this volume is an attempt to confront and answer that very question.


A book of stories from the Mazateca peoples of Central America, as told through the eyes of a young girl.

Inni Natig's Gift of Sugar

The story of the man tree, known in Ojibwe as Inni Natig and in English as the Maple, and it's place in Ojibwe and other Indigenous Nations' culture , particulary with regard to the making of maple sugar, an essentail component of the Indigenous diet in North America.

Spider Woman's Granddaughters

A powerful collection of traditional tales,biographical writings, and contemporary short stories including writings by:Anna Lee Walters,LeAnne Howe,Leslie Marmon Silko,Linda Hogan,Louise Erdrich,Mary TallMountain,Misha Gallagher,Paula Gunn Allen and Vicki L. Sears.
(Indigenous Oral Literature)

Walking With Grandfather

Lakota storyteller Joseph Marshall II shares family stories and anecdotes which contain many insights and much wisdom.A good resource for examples of Indigenous teaching and insights into Indigenous worldview. Audio CD included.(Lakota Culture/Education) 

To Become A Human Being

The wisdom of Leon Shenandoah, a spiritual leader of the Six Nations (Iroquois), given in the form of poetry with pictures.Perhaps this is the best way to produce Indigenous oral literature in the somewhat limited form of writing.(American Indian Studies) 

Mishomis Book, The

“A brief glimpse into the magnitude and depth of the spiritual history and heritage of the Ojibwe people.” Well illustrated, containing some of the sacred teachings of the Ojibwe.( An excellent resource for Ojibwe History and Culture.)



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