Book/Media Reviews

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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

Indians and the Political Economy of Colonial Central America, 1670–1810

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By Robert W. Patch University of Oklahoma Press (2013) 284 pages Review by Justin R. Bucciferro In this book, Robert W. Patch provides a detailed look into the administrative economic organization of the Kingdom of Guatemala over the course of the 18th century. At the time, this region encompassed modern Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and (more)

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

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By Robin Wall Kimmerer Milkweed Editions (2013) 390 pages Review by Elise Krohn Once in a great while, a book emerges that pushes our knowledge forward and gives us new tools for growth. In a time when humanity is collectively estranged from the land, when we seem to have forgotten the intelligence of the species (more)

Aymara Indian Perspectives on Development in the Andes

May 1st, 2014 | By | No Comments »

By Amy Eisenberg University of Alabama Press (2013) 263 pages Review by Amanda Mignonne Smith As neoliberal politics in Latin America herald development as a panacea for impoverished communities and national economic woes, some Indigenous groups have objected to such top-down policies. Amy Eisenberg focuses on three examples of development projects implemented on or near (more)

American Indian Baskets: Building and Caring for a Collection

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By William A. Turnbaugh and Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh Schiffer Publishing (2013) 272 pages Review by Diane Dittemore The Turnbaughs have produced another book that will serve as an excellent reference for collectors of Native American basketry. Whereas their first publication, Indian Baskets (1986), was a general survey of North American basketry using the collections of (more)