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Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs and Condition of the North American Indians

by George Catlin

Letters and Notes on the Customs and Manners of the North American Indians is a two-volume travel narrative by George Catlin, an American painter, author, and traveler.

The book, published in 1842 in London,...

The Fighting Cheyennes

by George Bird Grinnell

"This book deals with the wars of the Cheyennes. A fighting and a fearless people. 

When their struggles with the white men began, some of their older and wiser men strove earnestly to preserve peace, but their...

From Bear Rock Mountain

by Antoine Bear Rock Mountain

In this poetic, poignant memoir, Dene artist and social activist Antoine Mountain paints an unforgettable picture of his journey from residential school to art school—and his path to healing.

In 1949, Antoine...

Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid

by Cecil Paul

A remarkable and profound collection of reflections by one of North America’s most important Indigenous leaders.

My name is Wa’xaid, given to me by my people. ‘Wa’ is ‘the river’, ‘Xaid’ is ‘good’...

The Story of Geronimo

by Jim Kjelgaard

Born in Arizona about 1829, Geronimo became the youngest Mimbre Apache warrior. He battles the U.S. Army, is captured and taken to San Carlos Reservation in Arizona in 1880. He escapes and starts a reign of...

Bush Runner: The Life and Times of Pierre-Esprit Radisson

by Mark Bourrie

Will appeal to history buffs and fans of quality biography. Race and culture historical issues play a role in the book and make for a very interesting angle, as does the founding of the Hudson's Bay Company,...

Buffy Sainte-Marie

by Andrea Warner & Joni Mitchell

"Buffy Sainte-Marie is an icon and inspiration. This book is necessary—an authorized insight into the making of a legend." —Terese Marie Mailhot, author of Heart Berries

A powerful, intimate look at the...

Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg

by Gidigaa Migizi

In this deeply engaging oral history, Gidigaa Migizi (Doug Williams), Anishinaabe elder, teacher and mentor to Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, recounts the history of the Michi Saagiig Nisnaabeg, tracing through...

Growing Up and Looking Out

by Katherine Augustine

Katherine Augustine is an extraordinary person. This book tells Katherine’s story in her own words. It is drawn entirely from a selection of her writings in various publications, complete copies of which are...

Rising Wolf the White Blackfoot

by James Willard Schultz

"One of the greatest pleasures of my long life on the plains was my intimate friendship with Hugh Monroe, or Rising Wolf, whose tale of his first experiences upon the Saskatchewan-Missouri River plains is set...

Sinopah the Indian Boy

by James Willard Schultz & E. Boyd Smith

"This is the Story of Sinopah, a Blackfoot Indian boy; he who afterward became the great chief Pitamakan, or, as we say, the Running Eagle. I knew Pitamakan well; also, his white friend and partner in many adventures,...

The War-Trail Fort

by James Willard Schultz & George Varian

"Adventures of Thomas Fox and Pitamakan" AUTHOR described the life and adventures of his two close friends Thomas Fox and the great chief Pitamakan (Running Eagle). In this book Schultz colors their joint adventures...

True Life Stories: The Greatest Native American Memoirs & Biographies

by Geronimo, John Stevens Cabot Abbott, Black Hawk & Charles M. Scanlan et al.

This collection presents the incredible life stories of the legendary Native Americans such as: Geronimo, Charles Eastman, Black Hawk, King Philip, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse. Contents: Charles Eastman: Indian...

Street-Gang and Tribal-Warrior Autobiographies

by H. David Brumble

‘Street-Gang and Tribal-Warrior Autobiographies’ is a study of the autobiographies of tribal-warrior cultures in North America, the Amazon, the Orinoco Basin, the highlands of Luzon, the island of Alor—of...

The Life of Black Hawk

by Black Hawk

A controversial figure in his day, Black Hawk was the leader of the Sauk American Indian tribe in the early 1800s. The son of the tribeÂs medicine man, Black HawkÂs exploits as a warrior aided his rise to...

Bird Woman (Sacajawea) the Guide of Lewis and Clark (Illustrated)

by James Willard Schultz

Bird Woman is James Schultz’s biography of Sacajawea culled from the first-hand accounts of various elderly Native Americans who personally knew her. Schultz weaves together the key events in Sacajawea’s...

Life Among the Piutes

by Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins

Life Among the Paiutes is considered the "first known autobiography written by a Native American woman." This is both an autobiographic memoir and history of the Paiute people during their first forty years...

My Life Among the Indians (Illustrated)

by George Catlin

George Catlin was a fascinating figure of the nineteenth century, an artist-explorer who ventured deep into the wilds of the newly discovered Americas to paint the rapidly vanishing indigenous populations, their...

Seven Fallen Feathers

by Tanya Talaga

Winner, 2018 RBC Taylor Prize

Winner, 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Winner, First Nation Communities Read Indigenous Literature Award

Finalist, 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize...

Claiming Anishinaabe

by Lynn Gehl

Denied her Indigenous status, Lynn Gehl has been fighting her entire life to reclaim mino-pimadiziwin--the good life. Exploring Anishinaabeg philosophy and Anishinaabeg conceptions of truth, Gehl shows how she...