Biography & Autobiography - Native Americans

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Autobiography of Red Cloud: War Leade...

R. Eli Paul

Red Cloud was the only Native American leader ever to win a war against the United States Army. Here, for the first time in print, is Red Cloud's 'as-told-to' autobiography in which he shares the story of his early years.

Published: Jan 1997

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Par...

S. C. Gwynne

In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche...

Published: May 2011

Grandmother's Grandchild: My Crow Ind...

Alma H. Snell

“I became what the Crows call káalisbaapite—a ‘grandmother’s grandchild.’ That means that I was always with my Grandma, and I learned from her. I learned how to do things in the old ways.”—Al...

Published: Sep 2001

My Indian Boyhood, New Edition

Luther Standing Bear

Although the traditional Sioux nation was in its last days when Luther Standing Bear was born in the 1860s, he was raised in the ancestral manner to be a successful hunter and warrior and a respectful and productive member of Sioux so...

Published: Nov 2006

Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish Woman...

Yvette D. Melanson

 In this haunting memoir, Yvette Melanson tells of being raised to believe that she was white and Jewish. At age forty-three, she learned that she was a 'Lost Bird,' a Navajo child taken against her family's wishes, and that her grie...

Published: Jan 2000

"I Am a Man": Chief Standing Bear's J...

Joe Starita

In 1877, Chief Standing Bear's Ponca Indian tribe was forcibly removed from their Nebraska homeland and marched to what was then known as Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), in what became the tribe's own Trail of Tears. "I Am a Man...

Published: Jan 2010

Crow Dog: Four Generations of Sioux M...

Leonard Crow Dog

From the co-author of Lakota Woman, which has sold more than 150,000 paperback copies, comes a compelling account detailing the unique experiences and spiritual knowledge accumulated by four generations of powerful medicine men.

Published: Feb 1996

With My Own Eyes: A Lakota Woman Tell...

Susan Bordeaux Bettelyoun

With My Own Eyes tells the history of the nineteenth-century Lakotas. Susan Bordeaux Bettelyoun (1857–1945), the daughter of a French-American fur trader and a Brule Lakota woman, was raised near Fort Laramie and experienced firstha...

Published: Aug 1999

At the End of Ridge Road

Joseph Bruchac

A noted teller of the traditional tales of the Adirondacks and of Native peoples everywhere, Joseph Bruchac has performed throughout the world. That gift for narrative informs this revealing autobiography. Tracing his progression from...

Published: Mar 2005

More Encounters with Star People: Urb...

Ardy Sixkiller Clarke

AUTHENTIC STORIES OF ALIEN CONTACT WITH URBAN AMERICAN INDIANS Following on her bestselling book, "Encounters with Star People," which told the stories of those living "on the reservation," Ardy Sixkiller Clarke's ...

Published: Jul 2016

Lakota Woman

Mary Crow Dog

Mary Brave Bird grew up fatherless in a one-room cabin, without running water or electricity, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Rebelling against the aimless drinking, punishing missionary school, narrow strictures fo...

Published: Jun 2011

The True Story of Pocahontas: The Ot...

Linwood Custalow

The True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History incorporates the sacred oral history of the Mattaponi that has been passed down to Lin 'Little Bear' since his childhood, by his father, the late Mattaponi Chief Webster 'Little ...

Published: Jan 2007

Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains

Charles Alexander Eastman

Raised as a young Sioux in the 1860s and 1870s, Eastman knew some of the Indian leaders he portrays here in vivid, biographical sketches. Included are Red Cloud, Rain-in-the-Face, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Little Crow, Chief Joseph a...

Published: Nov 2011

Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions

Richard Erdoes

Lame DeerStoryteller, rebel, medicine man, Lame Deer was born almost a century ago on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A full-blooded Sioux, he was many things in the white man's world -- rodeo clown, painter, prisioner. But, ...

Published: Oct 1994

Crazy Brave: A Memoir

Joy Harjo

"Compressed . . . lyrical . . . unflinching . . . raw. . . . Harjo is a magician and a master of the English language."—Jonah Raskin, San Francisco ChronicleIn this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry...

Published: Jul 2013

Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoi...

Ernestine Hayes

In the spring, the bear returns to the forest, the glacier returns to its source, and the salmon returns to the fresh water where it was spawned. Drawing on the special relationship that the Native people of southeastern Alaska have a...

Published: Sep 2006

Dreaming Bears: A Gwich'in Indian Sto...

J. Michael Holloway

Dreaming Bears is the true story of the rare friendship that develops between a young medical student with deep roots in the South and an elderly Indian couple in the wilds of northeast Alaska. In 1961, Mike Holloway, his brother Ted,...

Published: May 2014

Life Among The Piutes: Their Wrongs A...

Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins

Excerpt: 'FIRST MEETING OF PIUTES AND WHITES.I WAS born somewhere near 1844, but am not sure of the precise time. I was a very small child when the first white people came into our country. They came like a lion, yes, like a roaring l...

Published: Sep 1994

A Soldier's Silent Prayer: The Surviv...

Sherry Wickliffe Kast

Phillip W. Coon's life is an incredible journey – one that took him from a small Indian community near Mason, Oklahoma in the 1920s to the world stage as the United States declared war against Germany and Japan in December 1941. Phi...

Published: Jun 2015

They Called Me Uncivilized: The Memoi...

Walter Littlemoon

Walter Littlemoon's memoir, They Called Me Uncivilized, is a call to awareness from within the heart of Wounded Knee. In telling his story, Littlemoon describes the impact federal Indian policies have had on his life and on the histor...

Published: Aug 2009

Heart Berries: A Memoir

Terese Marie Mailhot

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for March/April 2018 A New York Times Editor's Choice A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection "A sledgehammer. . . . Her e...

Published: Feb 2019

Red Cloud: Oglala Legend (South Dakot...

John D. McDermott

No Indian of modern times can compare with him in ability, courage and statecraft. Denver Times, 16 April 1902 A celebrated warrior who led his people to victory on the battlefield, Red Cloud was also a skilled diplomat who transit...

Published: Jun 2015

Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age

Darrel McLeod

As a small boy in remote Alberta, Darrel J. McLeod is immersed in his Cree family's history, passed down in the stories of his mother, Bertha. There he is surrounded by her tales of joy and horror―of the strong men in their family, ...

Published: Jun 2019

Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Surviv...

Jennifer Niven

Now in paperback, the gripping and inspiring tale of a woman's survival alone in the Arctic.In 1921, four men and one woman ventured deep into the Arctic. Two years later, only one returned.When 23-year-old Inuit Ada Blackjack signed ...

Published: Nov 2004

Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Da...

Leonard F. Peltier

Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark.In 1977, Leonard Peltier received a life sentence for the murder of two FBI agents. He has affirmed his i...

Published: Jun 2000

While the Locust Slept (Native Voices...

Peter Razor

In stark, haunting prose, first-time author Peter Razor recalls his early years as a ward of the State of Minnesota. Told in flashbacks and relying on research from his own case files, Razor manages to piece together the shattered fra...

Published: Sep 2002

Crazy Horse, Third Edition: The Stran...

Mari Sandoz

Crazy Horse, the legendary military leader of the Oglala Sioux whose personal power and social nonconformity contributed to his reputation as being "strange," fought in many famous battles, including the Little Bighorn, and ...

Published: Mar 2008

My Body Is a Book of Rules

Elissa Washuta

As Elissa Washuta makes the transition from college kid to independent adult, she finds herself overwhelmed by the calamities piling up in her brain. When her mood-stabilizing medications aren't threatening her life, they're shoving h...

Published: Aug 2014

Spirit Car: A Journey to a Dakota Pas...

Diane Wilson

A child of a typical 1950s suburb unearths her mother's hidden heritage, launching a rich and magical exploration of her own identity and her family's powerful Native American past.

Published: Aug 2009
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