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Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate List

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.

1. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) (2015)

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate List 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…
Author(s): Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

2. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning American History for Young People) (2019)

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate ListGoing 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…
Author(s): Jean Mendoza, Debbie Reese, et al.

3. Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health (New Directions in Native American Studies Series) (2019)

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate ListCenturies 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…
Author(s): Mihesuah

4. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (2012)

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate ListTo 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…
Author(s): Linda Tuhiwai Smith

5. Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education (2018)

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate ListIndigenous 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…
Author(s): Eve Tuck, K. Wayne Yang, et al.

6. Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology (2019)

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate ListFrom 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…
Author(s): Jo-Ann Archibald, Jenny Bol Jun Lee-Morgan, et al.

7. For Indigenous Eyes Only: A Decolonization Handbook (Native America Sereie) (2005)

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate ListRecognizing 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,…
Author(s): Waziyatawin , Michael Yellow Bird, et al.

8. The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism (First Peoples: New Directions Indigenous) (2011)

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate ListIn 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…
Author(s): Jodi A. Byrd

9. For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook (2012)

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate ListFor 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…
Author(s): Waziyatawin, Michael Yellow Bird

10. Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples (2018)

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate ListElements 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:…
Author(s): Younging PhD, Gregory

11. Why Indigenous Literatures Matter (Indigenous Studies) (2018)

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate ListPart 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…
Author(s): Daniel Heath Justice

12. Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts (2010)

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate ListWhat 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,…
Author(s): Margaret Kovach

13. Indigenous Research Methodologies (2011)

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate ListResponding 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….
Author(s): Bagele Chilisa

Best Indigenous Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some indigenous books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

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
ID: 2418868

Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education: Mapping the Long View

Author(s): Linda Tuhiwai Smith; Eve Tuck; K. Wayne Yang (eds.)
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2278695

Non-humans in Amerindian South America: Ethnographies of Indigenous Cosmologies, Rituals and Songs

Author(s): Juan Javier Rivera Andía (Editor)
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2303653

Indigenous Rhetoric and Survival in the Nineteenth Century: A Yurok Woman Speaks Out

Author(s): Elizabeth Schleber Lowry
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2019, Size: 989 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309464

Indigenous Organization Studies: Exploring Management, Business and Community

Author(s): Tyron Rakeiora Love
Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309765

Indigenous Life Projects and Extractivism: Ethnographies from South America

Author(s): Cecilie Vindal Ødegaard, Juan Javier Rivera Andía
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311036

Asian Indigenous Psychologies in the Global Context

Author(s): Kuang-Hui Yeh
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311509

Indigenous Pacific Approaches to Climate Change: Aotearoa/New Zealand

Author(s): Lyn Carter
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311552

African Indigenous Financial Institutions: The Case of Congo and Liberia

Author(s): Julia Smith-Omomo
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311924

Crafting an Indigenous Nation: Kiowa Expressive Culture in the Progressive Era

Author(s): Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, Year: 2019, Size: 16 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2332071

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.

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