Book/Media Reviews

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)

A Cheyenne Voice: The Complete John Stands In Timber Interviews

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By John Stands In Timber and Margot Liberty University of Oklahoma Press (2013) 495 pages Review by Richard E. Littlebear What a memorable experience it is to read A Cheyenne Voice. As youngsters, we heard Ma’taa’ohnee’estse (John Stands In Timber’s name in the Cheyenne language) speak at meetings. But with youthful dismissiveness, we did not (more)

Spaces Between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization

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By Scott Lauria Morgensen University of Minnesota Press (2011) 293 pages Review by Lori Lambert In his book, Spaces Between Us, Scott Lauria Morgensen indicates that in many Native cultures the role of “queer,” or two-spirit individuals, was given an honored place in the society. Such individuals were accepted by their people more so than (more)

Killer of Enemies

Apr 28th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

By Joseph Bruchac Tu Books (2013) 358 pages Review by Ryan Winn Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac is a masterful storyteller. His young adult, speculative fiction novel Killer of Enemies affirms this with an imaginative saga set in the not-so-distant future. In the novel, “a cloud” has settled over the world causing all electronics to “cease (more)

Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man, Missionary, Mystic

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By Michael F. Steltenkamp University of Oklahoma Press (2009) 270 pages Review by Herman A. Peterson This is the first book-length biography to cover the life history of the famous Lakota holy man. It is based on published primary source material, interviews with Black Elk’s family and friends, as well as Roman Catholic Church records (more)