Resources by Native American Indian Authors
Mourning Dove,     
Coyote stories
Legends of the Washington State's Okanagan Indians

Baylor, Byrd     
The way to make perfect mountains : Native American legends of sacred mountains
Presents a collection of legends about North American Indians.

Clark, Ella Elizabeth     
Indian legends of the Pacific Northwest
This collection of more than one hundred tribal tales, culled from the oral tradition of the Indians of Washington and Oregon, presents the Indians' own stories, told for generations around their fires, of the mountains, lakes, and rivers, and of the creation of the world and the heavens above.

Judson, Katharine Berry     
Myths and legends of the Pacific Northwest
These collected myths and tales of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest are their stories concerning the creation of the universe, the theft of fire and daylight, the death and rebirth of salmon, and especially, the formation of such geographical features as the Dalles, the Columbia River, the Yukon River, and Mounts Shasta, Hood, Rainier, Baker, and Adams.

Judson, Katharine Berry     
Myths and legends of the Pacific Northwest : especially of Washington and Oregon
A collection of myths and tales of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest—the Klamath, Nez Perce, Tillamook, Modoc, Shastan, Chinook, Flathead, Clatsop, and other tribes.

Alexie, Sherman     
Flight : a novel
A story of a troubled foster teenager -- a boy who is not a "legal" Indian because he was never claimed by his father -- who learns the true meaning of terror. About to commit a devastating act, the young man finds himself shot back through time on a shocking sojourn through moments of violence in American history.

Alexie, Sherman     
Indian killer
Indian Killer is arguably Sherman Alexie's most controversial book to date--a gritty, racially charged literary thriller that, over a decade after its first publication, remains an electrifying tale of alienation and justice. A serial murderer called the Indian Killer is terrorizing Seattle, hunting, scalping, and slaughtering white men.

Alexie, Sherman     
Smoke signals
Victor is the stoic, handsome son of an alcoholic father who has abandoned his family. Thomas is a gregarious, goofy young man who lost both his parents in a fire at a very young age. Through storytelling, Thomas makes every effort to connect with the people around him: Victor, in contrast, uses his quiet countenance to gain strength and confidence.

Alexie, Sherman     
The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

McNickle, D'Arcy     
The surrounded
Educated at a federal Indian boarding school, Archilde is torn not only between white and Indian cultures but also between love for his Spanish father and his Indian mother, who in her old age is rejecting white culture and religion to return to the ways of her people.

Momaday, N Scott     
House made of dawn
This 1969 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the story of a young American Indian struggling to reconcile the traditional ways of his people with the demands of the 20th century.

Silko, Leslie     
Tayo, a young Native American, has been a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, and the horrors of captivity have almost eroded his will to survive. His return to the Laguna Pueblo reservation only increases his feeling of estrangement and alienation.

Welch, James     
Fools crow
Suspenseful and moving, written with an authenticity and integrity that give it sweeping power, Welch's third novel (The Death of Jim Loney is a masterful evocation of a Native American culture and its passing.

Welch, James     
The Indian lawyer
His shiny Saab and his finely tailored suits make Sylvester Yellow Calf's childhood unimaginable. Abandoned by his parents, he was raised in poverty on the Blackfoot reservation in Montana. Now a prominent lawyer, Sylvester moves between two worlds, feeling slightly out of place in each.

Welch, James     
Winter in the blood
A thirty-two-year old Indian living on a reservation in Montana balks at the emptiness and lonely confines of his life

Short Stories Collection
Hozho : walking in beauty : Native American stories of inspiration, humor, and life
A collection of stories that captures the Native American spirit, humor, and reality. Hozho, the Navajo word meaning walking in beauty, it explores such themes as invisibility, transcendence, the oral tradition, and the role of humor and irony in Indian culture.

Alexie, Sherman     
Combines fifteen of the author's classic short stories with fifteen new stories in an anthology that features tales involving donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, and marriage.

Alexie, Sherman     
Ten little Indians : stories
With Ten Little Indians, Alexi offers nine poignant and emotionally resonant new stories about Native Americans who, like all Americans, find themselves at personal and cultural crossroads, faced with heartrending, tragic, sometimes wondrous moments of being that test their loyalties, their capacities, and their notions of who they are and who they love.

Alexie, Sherman     
The business of fancydancing : stories and poems
Short Stories & Poetry. Published in 1992, well before Sherman Alexie became well-known as the screenwriter for the film Smoke Signals, the business of fancycadancing has now been turned into a film with none other than Alexie himself in his directorial debut.

Alexie, Sherman     
The Lone Ranger and Tonto fistfight in heaven (20th anniversary ed.)
Offers a fictional portrait of the characters, language, traditions, and daily life of those living on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Alexie, Sherman     
The toughest Indian in the world
In this collection of stories, we meet the kind of American Indians we rarely see in literature -- the kind who pay their bills, hold down jobs, fall in and out of love.

Alexie, Sherman     
War dances
Fresh off his National Book Award win, Alexie delivers a heartbreaking, hilarious collection of stories that explores the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world at large.

Poetry, Paintings or Photographs
Harper's anthology of 20th century Native American poetry
Representing the work of thirty-one poets since the turn of the century, this is the definitive anthology of Native American poetry.

Alexie, Sherman     
In this first full collection in nine years, Alexie's poems and prose show his celebrated passion and wit while also exploring new directions.

Alexie, Sherman     
First Indian on the moon
This collection of poems opens with the section "Influences": "where I have been/ most of my lives/ is where I'm going/--Lucille Clifton".

Alexie, Sherman     
One-stick song
Sherman Alexie's poems, fiction, and essays have won him an international following since his first book, THE BUSINESS OF FANCYDANCING, was published to great acclaim in 1992.

Alexie, Sherman     
The summer of black widows
Presenting poetry that has continued to grow in power, complexity, and vision. Chris Faatz from The Nation calls Alexie "a young writer who is taking the literary world by storm...a superb chronicler of the Native American experience...he is a master of language, writing beautifully, unsparingly and straight to the heart."

Alexie, Sherman     
What I've stolen, what I've earned
"One of the major lyric voices of our time" (NY Times Book Review), winner of the National Book Award, Alexie publishes his first new collection of poetry and short prose in six years.

Endrezze, Anita     
At the helm of twilight

Momaday, N Scott     
In the bear's house
In his first collection of poems and paintings in over a decade, the celebrated pioneer of modern Native American literature examines the one animal that has both inspired and haunted him.

Niatum, Duane     
After the death of an elder Klallam, and other poems, by Duane McGinnis [i.e. Duane Niatum].|cIllustrated by Mary Morez.

Niatum, Duane     
Songs for the harvester of dreams : poems

Ortiz, Simon J     
From Sand Creek : rising in this heart which is our America
Poems portray the persecution of American Indians and analyze the author's sense of identity as an Indian.

Woody, Elizabeth     
Luminaries of the humble
This collection of poems by one of the Pacific Northwest's finest poets focuses on the land and people of that region...offering the images of the Northwest's natural environment, with its rivers and diverse landscapes, while also conveying the author's deep personal insights, experiences, and understanding of the relationship between people and their land.

Native peoples of the Olympic Peninsula : who we are
Written by members of the Olympic Peninsula Intertribal Cultural Advisory Committee, this book focuses on the tribal history, cultural and political issues, and tribal heritage programs of each of the nine tribes of the Olympic Peninsula: the Elwha Klallam, Jamestown S'Klallam, Port Gamble S'Klallam, Skokomish, Squaxin Island, Quinault, Hoh, Quileute, and Makah.

Wiyayxt Wiyaakaaawn , As days go by : our history, our land, and our people--the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla
Through this collaborative process, tribal members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have taken on their own historical retellings, drawing on the scholarship of non-Indians as a useful tool and external resource.

Bohan, Heidi     
The people of Cascadia : Pacific Northwest Native American history
The people of Cascadia looks at the life of the inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest, from British Columbia to Oregon and to Idaho in the East, when the first Europeans came to the area. It gives an outlook on the daily lives of the different cultures that gravitated around the Cascade mountains.

Carpenter, Cecelia Svinth     
Fort Nisqually : a documented history of Indian and British interaction
A documented history of Indian and British interaction

Carpenter, Cecelia Svinth     
Leschi, last chief of the Nisquallies
Born in 1808 near what is today Eatonville, Washington, to a Nisqually father and a Yakama mother, Leschi became the chief of the Nisqually Native American tribe, and played important roles in the momentous Medicine Creek Council of 1854 and the Puget Sound Indian War. He was hanged for murder in 1858, but exonerated in 2004.

Carpenter, Cecelia Svinth     
Nisqually Indian Tribe
The Nisqually are the original stewards of prairie lands, mountains, and rivers in Thurston and Pierce Counties. This volume visually explores the traditional time, when Nisqually political and economic control of the South Sound was supreme.

Carpenter, Cecelia Svinth     
Tears of internment : the Indian history of Fox Island and the Puget Sound Indian War
The Indian history of Fox Island and the Puget Sound Indian War

Carpenter, Cecelia Svinth     
The Nisqually--my people : the traditional and transitional history of the Nisqually Indian people
The Traditional and Transitional History of the Nisqually Indian People

Carpenter, Cecelia Svinth     
They walked before : the Indians of Washington State
The book about the American Indians of Washington State

Carpenter, Cecelia Svinth     
Where the waters begin : the traditional Nisqually Indian history of Mount Rainier
The traditional Nisqually Indian History of Mount Rainier

Deloria, Vine     
Indians of the Pacific Northwest : from the coming of the white man to the present day
A history of the tribes of the Pacific Northwest from the coming of the white man to the present day.

Liptak, Karen     
Indians of the Pacific Northwest
Examines the history, culture, changing fortunes, and current situation of the various groups of Indians living in the Pacific Northwest.

Ruby, Robert H     
A guide to the Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest
The Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest inhabit a vast region extending from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, and from California to British Columbia. For more than two decades, A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest has served as a standard reference on these diverse peoples.

Contemporary Issues
Genocide of the mind : new Native American writing
In the compelling collection of essays that brings the Native American experience into the twenty-first century, Genocide of the Mind explores the experience of urban Indians—individuals who live in two worlds struggling to preserve traditional Native values within the context of an ever-changing modern society.

Salmon nation : people, fish, and our common home
This book of thoughtful essay traces the relationship between people and salmon from the days of abundance that sustained Northwest Coast native cultures to the troubled world of salmon today and suggest a future of rivers restored and fishing livelihoods revived — a future still within our reach.

Dupres, Christine Joy     
Being Cowlitz : how one tribe renewed and sustained its identity
In Being Cowlitz: How One Tribe Renewed and Sustained Its Identity? What began as the author's search for her own history opened a window into the practices and narratives that sustained her tribe's identity even as its people were scattered over several states.

Erikson, Patricia Pierce     
Voices of a thousand people : the Makah Cultural and Research Center
This is the story of one Native community's efforts to found their own museum and empower themselves to represent their ancient traditional lifeways, their historic experiences with colonialism, and their contemporary efforts to preserve their heritage for generations to come.

Mourning Dove,     
Mourning Dove : a Salishan autobiography
Mourning Dove was the pen name of Christine Quintasket, a member of the Colville Federated Tribes of eastern Washington State.

Allen, Paula Gunn     
As long as the rivers flow : the stories of nine Native Americans
Through the centuries and across tribal boundaries, countless Native Americans have made history, despite prejudices against them. The nine men and women in this collection are just a few of them.Jim Thorpe, a Sac and Fox, won the 1912 Olympic decathalon and is considered by many experts to be the greatest athlete the United States has ever known.

Allen, Paula Gunn     
Pocahontas : medicine woman, spy, entrepreneur, diplomat
In striking contrast to conventional accounts, Pocahontas is a bold and daring biography that attempts to tell the extraordinary story of the beloved Indian maiden from the Native American perspective.

Clark, Ella Elizabeth     
Sacagawea of the Lewis and Clark expedition
This carefully researched historical account separates the verifiable facts about Sacagawea from the extensive legend. It provides a readable, credible account of Sacagawea coping with the incredible hazards of the journey, caring fo her child, dealing with her half-breed husband, and aiding the expedition with her survival knowledge, pluck, and constancy.

Hale, Janet Campbell     
Bloodlines : odyssey of a native daughter
A collection of essays--on writing, American Indian reservation life, being a woman, and family--by a distinguished writer and member of the Coeur d'Alene tribe. In haunting prose, Hale interweaves her own experiences with striking portraits of relatives into a rich tapestry of history, storytelling, and remembrance. The Jailing of Cecelia Capture.

Heffernan, Trova     
Where the salmon run : the life and legacy of Billy Frank Jr.
Where the Salmon Run tells the life story of Billy Frank Jr., from his father's influential tales, through the difficult and contentious days of the Fish Wars, to today.

Reyes, Lawney L     
Bernie Whitebear : an urban Indian's quest for justice
Sin Aikst Indian Bernie Whitebear was an urban activist in the Pacific Northwest during the last decades of the twentieth century, a man dedicated to improving the lives of Indians and other ethnic groups by working for change and justice. He unified Northwest tribes to fight for the return of their land and was the first to accomplish this in the United States.

Jonaitis, Aldona     
Art of the Northwest coast
"Art of the Northwest Coast" is a comprehensive survey of the Native arts of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Puget Sound to Alaska and from prehistoric times to the present.

Macnair, Peter L     
The legacy : tradition and innovation in Northwest Coast indian art
This classic book is an enduring tribute to the continuing tradition of First Nations art on The Legacypresents the work of 40 artists who have helped strengthen their artistic and cultural traditions.

Shearar, Cheryl     
Understanding Northwest coast art : a guide to crests, beings, and symbols
"Understanding Northwest Coast Art" is a handy, dictionary-style reference guide to identifying and understanding the symbols, crests, and beings depicted in Northwest Coast Native American works of art such as totem poles, masks, and prints.

Wardwell, Allen     
Tangible visions : Northwest Coast Indian shamanism and its art
Northwest Coast Indian art is famous for its spectacular totem poles, house posts, feast dishes, boxes, and painted house fronts. Less well known but equally important is the art made for use by shamans, particularly those of the Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Haida tribes.

Wyatt, Gary     
Seekers and travellers : contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest Coast
Featuring new works from 36 of the most acclaimed artists on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border--among them Susan Point, Robert Davidson, Isabel Rorick, Jay Simeon, Preston Singletary, and Dempsey Bob-- "Seekers and Travellers" covers a range of media, from glasswork to weaving, wood carving to metal jewelry.

  Olympia Library Staff - September 2016