Book/Media Reviews

The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists

May 3rd, 2015 | By | No Comments »
By Ryan Winn

By Arlene Hirschfelder and Paulette F. Molin Scarecrow (2012) 568 pages Reviewed by Ryan Winn Although Native American contributions are ubiquitous throughout all facets of American society, their individual achievements are too often either absent from academic discourse or treated as anomalies. The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists by Arlene Hirschfelder and Paulette F. (more)

American Indians and the Civil War

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By Marjane Ambler

Edited by Robert K. Sutton and John A Latschar National Park Service (2013) 216 pages Review by Marjane Ambler A counselor in Nebraska once told me about a student who wanted to write about American Indians, but the assignment was for a Civil War class. “Of course not,” the teacher told the student. “American Indians (more)

Native American Veterans: Storytelling for Healing

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By Jurgita Antoine

Administration for Native Americans (2012) 34 minutes Review by Jurgita Antoine In the old days, when Lakota men came of age, they went on zuya—a warpath, which was commonly understood as an educational journey to maturity and adulthood. Although times have changed and methods of warfare have become more sophisticated, the tradition continues today. As (more)

In the Bear’s House

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By Eleanor Kuhl

By N. Scott Momaday St. Martin’s Press (2010) 112 pages Review by Eleanor Kuhl Imagine my surprise to pick up this delightfully illustrated book and discover that the first 48 pages are a conversation between Yahweh (the Creator) and Bear (the creation). In this book, Bear is always spoken of in the singular and the (more)

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)

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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)