Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Indigenous books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows…
2. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning American History for Young People) (2019)
Going beyond the story of America as a country “discovered” by a few brave men in the “New World,” Indigenous human rights advocate Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reveals the roles that settler colonialism and policies of American Indian genocide played in forming our national identity.The original academic text is fully adapted by renowned curriculum experts Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, for middle-grade and young adult readers to include discussion topics, archival images, original maps, recommendations for further reading, and other materials to encourage students, teachers, and general readers to…
3. Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health (New Directions in Native American Studies Series) (2019)
Centuries of colonization and other factors have disrupted indigenous communities’ ability to control their own food systems. This volume explores the meaning and importance of food sovereignty for Native peoples in the United States, and asks whether and how it might be achieved and sustained. Unprecedented in its focus and scope, this collection addresses nearly every aspect of indigenous food sovereignty, from revitalizing ancestral gardens and traditional ways of hunting, gathering, and seed saving to the difficult realities of racism, treaty…
To the colonized, the term 'research' is conflated with European colonialism; the ways in which academic research has been implicated in the throes of imperialism remains a painful memory. This essential volume explores intersections of imperialism and research – specifically, the ways in which imperialism is embedded in disciplines of knowledge and tradition as 'regimes of truth.' Concepts such as 'discovery' and 'claiming' are discussed and an argument presented that the decolonization of research methods will help…
Indigenous and decolonizing perspectives on education have long persisted alongside colonial models of education, yet too often have been subsumed within the fields of multiculturalism, critical race theory, and progressive education. Timely and compelling, Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education features research, theory, and dynamic foundational readings for educators and educational researchers who are looking for possibilities beyond the limits of liberal democratic schooling. Featuring original chapters by authors at the forefront of theorizing, practice, research, and activism, this volume helps define and…
From Oceania to North America, indigenous peoples have created storytelling traditions of incredible depth and diversity. The term “indigenous storywork” has come to encompass the sheer breadth of ways in which indigenous storytelling serves as a historical record, as a form of teaching and learning, and as an expression of indigenous culture and identity. But such traditions have too often been relegated to the realm of myth and legend, recorded as fragmented distortions, or erased altogether.Decolonizing Research brings together indigenous…
Recognizing an urgent need for Indigenous liberation strategies, Indigenous intellectuals met to create a book with hands-on suggestions and activities to enable Indigenous communities to decolonize themselves. The authors begin with the belief that Indigenous Peoples have the power, strength, and intelligence to develop culturally specific decolonization strategies for their own communities and thereby systematically pursue their own liberation. These scholars and writers demystify the language of colonization and decolonization to help Indigenous communities identify useful concepts,…
8. The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism (First Peoples: New Directions Indigenous) (2011)
In 1761 and again in 1768, European scientists raced around the world to observe the transit of Venus, a rare astronomical event in which the planet Venus passes in front of the sun. In The Transit of Empire, Jodi A. Byrd explores how indigeneity functions as transit, a trajectory of movement that serves as precedent within U.S. imperial history. Byrd argues that contemporary U.S. empire expands itself through a transferable “Indianness” that facilitates acquisitions of lands, territories, and resources.Examining an array of literary texts, historical moments, and pending legislations—from the Cherokee Nation…
9. For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook (2012)
For Indigenous Minds Only features Indigenous scholars, writers, and activists who have collaborated for the creation of a sequel to For Indigenous Eyes Only (SAR Press, 2005). The title reflects an understanding that decolonizing actions must begin in the mind, and that creative, consistent decolonized thinking shapes and empowers the brain, which in turn provides a major prime for positive change. Included in this book are discussions of global collapse, what to consider in returning to a land-based existence, demilitarization for imperial purposes and…
Elements of Indigenous Style offers Indigenous writers and editors—and everyone creating works about Indigenous Peoples—the first published guide to common questions and issues of style and process. Everyone working in words or other media needs to read this important new reference, and to keep it nearby while they’re working. This guide features:…
Part survey of the field of Indigenous literary studies, part cultural history, and part literary polemic, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter asserts the vital significance of literary expression to the political, creative, and intellectual efforts of Indigenous peoples today. In considering the connections between literature and lived experience, this book contemplates four key questions at the heart of Indigenous kinship traditions: How do we learn to be human? How do we become good relatives? How do we become good ancestors? How do we learn to live together? Blending personal narrative and broader…
What are Indigenous research methodologies, and how do they unfold? Indigenous methodologies flow from tribal knowledge, and while they are allied with several western qualitative approaches, they remain distinct. These are the focal considerations of Margaret Kovach’s study,which offers guidance to those conducting research in the academy using Indigenous methodologies.Kovach includes topics such as Indigenous epistemologies, decolonizing theory, story as method, situating self and culture, Indigenous methods, protocol, meaning-making, and ethics. In exploring these elements,…
13. Indigenous Research Methodologies (2011)
Responding to increased emphasis in the classroom and the field on exposing students to diverse epistemologies, methods, and methodologies, Bagele Chilisa has written the first textbook that situates research in a larger, historical, cultural, and global context. With case studies from around the world, the book demonstrates the specific methodologies that are commensurate with the transformative paradigm of research and the historical and cultural traditions of third-world and indigenous peoples….
Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate List
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As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock
Author(s): Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Publisher: Beacon Press, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
Dialogical Multiplication: Principles for an Indigenous Psychology
Author(s): Danilo Silva Guimarães
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
Herbal Medicine in India: Indigenous Knowledge, Practice, Innovation and its Value
Author(s): Saikat Sen, Raja Chakraborty
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2020, Size: 16 Mb, Download: pdf
Questioning Indigenous-Settler Relations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Author(s): Sarah Maddison, Sana Nakata
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
Historical Archaeology and Indigenous Collaboration: Discovering Histories That Have Futures
Author(s): D. Rae Gould, Holly Herbster, Heather Law Pezzarossi, Stephen A. Mrozowski
Publisher: University Press of Florida, Year: 2020, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
Linking Indigenous Communities with Regional Development in Canada
Publisher: OECD Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
Linking indigenous communities with regional development in canada.
Author(s): ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT.
Publisher: ORGANIZATION FOR ECONOMIC, Year: 2020, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
Liberating Sápmi: Indigenous Resistance in Europe's Far North
Author(s): Gabriel Kuhn;
Publisher: Independent Publishers Group, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
Who Killed Berta Cáceres? Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender's Battle for the Planet
Author(s): Nina Lakhani
Publisher: Verso Books, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.