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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)

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