Cultural Resource Bibliography

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Collected Wisdom

The “Collected Wisdom” of sixty teachers of Native American students who were intreviewed by the authors during a three-year study of what works with Native students and what effects cultural differences have on their educational success.Explores: Language Issues, The History of Oppression, Student Motivation and other factors and concerns.(Education/Best Practices) 

Chippewa Customs

 An Ethnography of the people known as “Chippewa”, including detailed descriptions of tribal customs,history,“legends”,traditions, art, music, economy and leisure activities.The scope is somewhat limited by the cultural perspective of the writer,although she is a sympathetic observer.)Ojibwe History and Culture) 

Children Left Behind

An important book in the History of the abuses suffered by Indigenous children and their families at the hands of the United States gonernment and their machinery of colonization.Mr.Giago, a noted Lakota publisher and author,recounts his days as a child student at the Holy Rosary Mission boarding school outside of Pine Ridge, South Dakota.Provides important background information for those seeking to understand the reluctance of many Indian families to participate in the educational process offered by the colonists.Many see the roots of modern-day dysfunction in the brutality of these schoo

Cheyenne Memories

A Cheyenne elder/historian recounts the oral history of his people from Creation though colonization. Contains many interesting accounts of events on the plains during the 1800s.(Cheyenne History and Culture) 


 Ceremony conveys the universal experience of Native people returning from the violence of war. The impact on themselves, family and community is something that the majority of student readers can relate to. The hero of this story shows that healing through tradition and ceremony is a viable alternative to covering one’s wounds with drugs, alcohol and other self-destructive behaviors.(Indigenous Literature) 

Boarding School Seasons

A look at Indian boarding schools through the actual correspondence by students, parents and administrators of two such schools: Flandreau in South Dakota and Haskell in Kansas. These letters chronicle the huge impact that these schools had on individuals, families and communities by examining the effects of separation from their families, diseases, the difficulty of the work they were forced to perform and the way these students resisted the various aspects of their enforced encarceration. 

Black Elk Speaks

 The biography of Lakota elder and medicine man Black Elk as told through John Neihardt. Contains many first-hand accounts of events that were described differently in U.S. History textbooks.Written in an engaging prose style that is straight forward and honest.The forward is by Vine Deloria, Jr.(Lakota History and Culture/American History) 


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