Books You Should Read and Movies You Should See!

This is actually the "short list". Go ahead and start on these and we'll give you some more good ones later. I especially hope those of you coming on spring and summer teams will read and watch as much as you can!

Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Well written, somewhat autobiographical novel of a native man from the northwest.

Alexie, Sherman. Flight.
Some rough spots and language but very informative, interesting, and well written. Very redemptive ending!

Frazier, Ian. On the Rez. (Picador, 2001).
An inside look at modern day reservation life.

Nerburn, Kent. Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder.

BlackElk and John G. Neihardt. Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of aHoly Man of the Oglala Sioux (Lincoln, NE: University of NebraskaPress, 2000).

Brown, Dee Alexander. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West. (New York, NY: Henry Holt, 2001).

Cooper,James Fenimore. Last of the Mohicans. Ehle, John. Trail of Tears: TheRise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation (New York, NY: Anchor, 1997).

H., Arthur with George McPeek. Grieving Indian (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: Indian Life Ministries, 1998).

Hirschfelder, Arlene. Native American, A History in Pictures (London: Dorling Kindersley, 2000).

Kootenay,Adolphus. Out of Bondage: Finding the Path out of Indian Religion andInto the Kingdom of God (Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2004).

Lanier,Sarah A. Foreign to Familiar, A Guide to Understanding Hot and ColdClimate Cultures (Hagerstown, MD: McDougal Publishing, 2000).

Mooney,James and George Ellison. James Mooney's History, Myths, and SacredFormulas of the Cherokee (Fairview, NC: Bright Mountain Books, 1992).

Reader's Digest, eds. Through Indian Eyes, the Untold Story of Native American Peoples (Fairfield, IA: Readers Digest, 1996).

Smith, Craig Stephen. White Man's Gospel (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: Indian Life Ministries, 1998).

Starita, Joe. The Dull Knives of Pine Ridge: A Lakota Odyssey (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2002).

Tanis, Alta. God's Warrior: The Life Story of Ray Prince (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: Indian Life Ministries, 1996).

Snow Walker
Setin the 50s in the Northwest Territory. Contrasts the idea of living inand with nature to relying on technology. Great story, a little roughat the begining.

The Edge of America
Story about a native girls' basketball team with a new, black coach. Kind of rough but realistic.

The Education of Little Tree
Excellent family movie.

Smoke Signals
Moviemade by Native Americans about Native Americans. Will give you insightinto how the history of Native America affects the modern Indian'sstruggles. Not suitable for younger children.

Last of the Mohicans
Thereare many similarities between the traditional Cherokee culture and theMohicans. This film was made near Cherokee and many of the cast memberswere Cherokee.

Into the West
(Six hours, Produced by StephenSpielberg)Excellent for families--some violence, but made to be used inschools. Drama/documentary; historically accurate.

500 Nations"
500Nations is an eight-part documentary that explores the history of theindigenous peoples of North and Central America, from pre-Colombiantimes through the period of European contact and colonization, to theend of the 19th century and the subjugation of the Plains Indians ofNorth America. 500 Nations utilizes historical texts, eyewitnessaccounts, pictorial sources and computer graphic reconstructions toexplore the magnificent civilizations which flourished prior to contactwith Western civilization, and to tell the dramatic and tragic story ofthe Native American nations' desperate attempts to retain their way oflife against overwhelming odds."