Native American Bibliography

If you are interested in learning about Native Americans, these are some of the items in Memorial Library’s collection that you might enjoy.  You can check their availability and request them online at

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Behind the Frontier:  Indians in Eighteenth Century Eastern Massachusetts by Daniel Mandell tells the story of the Indians between the time of King Philip’s War and the Battle of Bunker Hill.  970.44 M271

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann highlights much new (and old) evidence that the Native American populations in the Americas were larger in number, had arrived earlier, were more sophisticated culturally, and controlled and shaped the natural landscape to a far greater extent than had been previously thought.  973.1 M281

Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans by Alison Owings documents what Native Americans say about themselves, their daily lives, and the world around them, and will make readers rethink the past--and present--of the United States. 970.1 O97

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples' history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative. 2015 Recipient of the American Book Award. 970.1 D899

A Kid's Guide to Native American History: More Than 50 Activities by Yvonne Wakim Dennis and Arlene Hirschfelder   Hands-on activities, games, and crafts introduce children to the diversity of Native American cultures and teach them about the people, experiences, and events that have helped shape America. Nine geographical areas cover communities such as the Mohawk in the Northeast, Ojibway in the Midwest, Shoshone in the Great Basin, Apache in the Southwest, Yup'ik in Alaska, and Native Hawaiians. J970.1 D411

The Line of Forts: Historical Archaeology on the Colonial Frontier of Massachusetts by Michael D. Coe describes a well-documented line of forts along the northwest boundary of Massachusetts and gives us a unique snapshot of the material culture of the time. His rich drama covers the final standoff between New England's English settlers and Native Americans.  974.4 C672

A Native American Thought of It: Amazing Inventions and Innovations by Rocky Landon invites the reader to explore the creativity of these people in this information-packed book. Did you know Native Americans developed syringe needles, a secret ingredient in soda pop, and other clever inventions and innovations which are still in use today?  J970.1 L259

Peoples of a Spacious Land:  Families and Cultures in Colonial New England by Gloria Main describes how the native peoples of southern New England and the English settlers and their descendants went about solving common human problems.  974.02 M222

Picture Rocks:  American Indian Rock Art in the Northeast Woodlands by Edward Lenik includes 200 illustrations and maps.  970.6 L566

The Pond Dwellers:  The People of the Freshwaters of Massachusetts 1620-1676 by Kelly Savage retells early American history from the perspective of 17th century Central Massachusetts Native peoples. 970.44 S264

The Wampanoag by Pamela Dell provides comprehensive information on the background, lifestyle, beliefs, and present-day lives of the Wampanoag people.  J970.3 W243



updated 10/2017