Book/Media Reviews

The Shoshoneans: The People of the Basin-Plateau (expanded edition)

May 2nd, 2015 | By | No Comments »
By Gregory E. Smoak

By Edward Dorn, Photographs by Leroy Lucas Edited by Matthew Hofer, Foreword by Simon J. Ortiz University of New Mexico Press (2013) 166 pages Review by Gregory E. Smoak Originally published in 1966, The Shoshoneans is the late poet Ed Dorn’s account of his journey through the Indian country of the northern Great Basin in (more)

New Architecture on Indigenous Lands

May 2nd, 2015 | By | No Comments »
By Jon Carver

By Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka University of Minnesota Press (2013) 260 pages Review by Jon Carver Authors Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka open their book New Architecture on Indigenous Lands with an extended quotation from the Lakota holy man Black Elk: “Everything the power of the world does is done in a (more)

That Dream Shall Have a Name: Native Americans Rewriting America

May 2nd, 2015 | By | No Comments »
By Leola Tsinnajinnie

By David L. Moore University of Nebraska Press (2013) 465 pages Review by Leola Tsinnajinnie David L. Moore crafts an extensive, intricate analysis of the literature of five Native American writers: William Apess (Pequot), Sarah Winnemucca (Paiute), D’Arcy McNickle (Salish-Kootenai), Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo), and Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene). Moore acknowledges these writers for (more)

Success Academy: How Native American Students Prepare for College (and How Colleges Can Prepare for Them)

May 2nd, 2015 | By | No Comments »
By Carmelita Lamb

By MaryJo Benton Lee Peter Lang (2013) 187 pages Review by Carmelita Lamb In her new book, MaryJo Benton Lee leads us through a richly detailed journey of her relationship with Flandreau Indian School (FIS) and South Dakota State University (SDSU), spanning 12 years and hundreds of American Indian high-school students. Through the Success Academy (more)

Communities of Practice: An Alaskan Native Model for Language Teaching and Learning

Feb 19th, 2015 | By | No Comments »

Edited by Patrick E. Marlow and Sabine Siekmann University of Arizona Press (2013) 179 pages Review by Jurgita Antoine This book discusses the Second Language Acquisition Teacher Education project at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant, the program was designed to provide training to language teachers from Alaskan (more)

Native Brazil: Beyond the Convert and the Cannibal, 1500–1900

Feb 19th, 2015 | By | No Comments »

Edited by Hal Langfur University of New Mexico Press (2014) 285 pages Review by Colin Snider The edited volume Native Brazil is a welcome and long-overdue contribution on Brazilian Indigenous peoples. It is a work that finally begins to bring scholarship on Indigenous Brazil closer to the much more developed scholarship on Indigenous peoples in (more)

The Mixtecs of Oaxaca: Ancient Times to the Present

Feb 19th, 2015 | By | No Comments »

By Ronald Spores and Andrew K. Balkansky University of Oklahoma Press (2013) 311 pages Review by Kathleen M. McIntyre With 16 distinct ethnic groupings, the southern state of Oaxaca is home to one-quarter of Mexico’s total Indigenous population. In this engaging book, archaeologists Ronald Spores and Andrew K. Balkansky focus on the history of the (more)

Standing on Sacred Ground: Eight Cultures – One Fight

Feb 19th, 2015 | By | No Comments »

Directed by Christopher McLeod, narrated by Graham Greene Bullfrog Films (2013) 228 minutes Review by David Yarlott Jr. This film series illustrates the struggles of Indigenous communities standing up against large and powerful organizations to protect and preserve sacred lands. With Graham Greene narrating, director Christopher McLeod captures voices of Indigenous leaders speaking in defense (more)

The Dakota Prisoner of War Letters: Dakota Kaskapi Okicize Wowapi

Nov 9th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

By Clifford Canku and Michael Simon Minnesota Historical Society Press (2013) 226 pages Review by Corinne L. Monjeau-Marz While searching through folders and boxes of research materials, many historians have seen and held letters written by Dakota people 150 years ago during the Dakota War. Archived and preserved, these letters have been regarded as both (more)

Claiming Tribal Identity: The Five Tribes and the Politics of Federal Acknowledgment

Nov 9th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

By Mark Edwin Miller University of Oklahoma Press (2013) 475 pages Review by Charles Cambridge Historically, treaties, Congress, executive orders, or federal court decisions legalized American Indian tribes’ relationship with the United States. In 1978, the federal acknowledgment process (25 C.F.R. Part 83) within the Department of Interior was created to handle the hundreds of (more)