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Through carefully-detailed research and forensic evidence, Custer Survivor reveals that the five companies were not killed to the last man. One trooper did escape, through inadvertent action, from the deadly encirclement of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. He was the Second Sergeant of C Company. Custer Survivor is the story of the man, how he escaped, his ensuing ordeal and the subsequent years of his successful life. This is the book that corrects the record and makes complete the history of Custer’s Last Stand. 220pp, index, biblio, b&w photos, soft cover.   $19.95 + s/h


WH-D8043-6    OUR SPIRITS DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH: Indian Boarding School   New!

Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School is a Native American perspective on Indian Boarding Schools. This DVD produced by Rich-Heape Films, Inc. uncovers the dark history of U.S. Government policy which took Indian children from their homes, forced them into boarding schools and enacted a policy of educating them in the ways of Western Society. This DVD gives a voice to the countless Indian children forced through a system designed to strip them of their Native American culture, heritage and traditions. Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School has already captured an impressive array of awards, including:

  • Best Feature Documentary International Cherokee Film Festival

  • 2008 Accolade Competition Award of Excellence

  • 2008 Best Documentary Columbus International Film Festival 

Official Entry:

  • American Indian Film Festival

  • Santa Fe Film Festival

  • Talking Stick Film Festival

  • Native American Music Awards

  • Red Nation Film Festival

  • Denver Indigenous Film Festival

UPC# 652648680436   $29.95 + s/h



Chief Seattle, in his youth a great war chief, became an advocate for peace and friendship with the white settlers of Puget Sound, Washington. He is renowned today for an eloquent speech given in 1854 during treaty negotiations with the U.S. government in which he expressed a hope for peaceful coexistence and advocated respect for the environment.


"The World of Chief Seattle" puts Chief Seattle’s life into the context of his time and gives a brief history of the region and its people, with particular emphasis on Chief Seattle’s tribe, the Suquamish. It includes the two best known versions of Chief Seattle’s speech and stories from the Suquamish themselves. Inserted as side bars through out the book are excerpts from interviews given by tribal elders talking about their lives on the reservation when they were children, their culture, and historical events.


As part of the research for this book Warren traveled to Suquamish land three times. While there he visited historical sites including the site where Chief Seattle lived for many years and where he died. He spent two days interviewing the tribal historian Marilyn Jones and allowed access to much of their tribal archives. "The World of Chief Seattle" was written in cooperation with Chief Seattle's tribe and they receive a portion of the royalties. Includes Chief Seattle's complete speech, with many rare 19th and early 20th century photographs of village life. Fifty photos, illustrations, maps


"Quietly optimistic in describing the Suquamish's former prosperity and how the tribe lives today."—Publisher's Weekly

"Highly recommended for Native American studies reference and reading list collections." —Wisconsin Bookwatch

"Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. —Kliatt


"This book is very informative and research that went into the book shows that the author truly cared to show in the best possible light the lifestyle of Suquamish's most famous Chief. Chief Seattle has been quoted and misquoted so much over the years, that this book is a breath of fresh air. A great way to learn about Suquamish and a glimpse into history. I feel that this book is something that all ages will enjoy reading."—Marilyn Jones, Tribal Historian Suquamish Tribe. 128 pages; 9.5" X 7.5"; Soft cover;  2001  Price: $13.95


HOW CAN ONE SELL THE AIR? Chief Seattle's Vision By Eli Gifford, Michael Cook, Warren Jefferson Chief Seattle's impassioned plea to respect the "Sacred Web of Life" has become an inspiration to many. Our research led us to the version the Suquamish elders from Seattle's tribe include in their oral tradition, published here with two popular 20th century adaptations. Also included is historical information on the Suquamish tribe today and many rare photographs of 19th century village life. "A valuable reference for Native American history and for those interested in the ecological efforts to preserve harmony with the earth." —Kliatt magazine.  Over 85,000 copies sold!  96 pages;  Width: 8" X 6" ; Soft cover; 2005 Price: $11.95   NEW!


WAMPUM BELTS OF THE IROQUOIS By Tehanetorens (Ray Fadden)

For generations wampum, the beaded belts and strings created from drilled shells and porcupine quills, have been used for personal decorations as well as official purposes and religious ceremonies. Wampum was introduced to the Iroquois at the time of the founding of the League of the Five Nations by Hiawatha, who taught the Five Nations that wampum should bring peace and bind peace and take the place of blood. Wampum came to be regarded as sacred. No Iroquois individual or nation would think of breaking a word or treaty if the treaty was made over a sacred wampum belt.  Guided by teacher Tehanetorens, students of the Indian Way School at Akwesasne Mohawk Nation in New York present their authentic, bead-for-bead replicas of sacred Iroquois wampum belts and strings, along with descriptions of the meanings of each piece anyhow they fit into the history of the Iroquois People. Page Count: 96; Width: 6 inches;  Height: 9 inches;  Format: Soft cover; Publication Year: 1999  Price: $11.95  NEW!


INDIAN TRIBES OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES By Adolf Hungry Wolf, Beverly Hungry Wolf  Here is a wealth of cultural information and historical facts about tribes living in the Northern Rocky Mountains-the Blackfoot, Sarcee, Stony, Kootenay, and Flathead/Salish tribes. Includes many old photographs and reprints of original treaties.  Page Count: 144;  Width: 5.5 inches; Height: 8.5 inches;  Format: Soft cover; Publication Year: 1993   Price: $11.95  NEW!


SISTERS IN SPIRIT - Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists By Sally Roesch Wagner This compelling history of women's struggle for freedom and equality in this country is recounted with documentation of the Iroquois influence on this broad social movement. Iroquois women had always possessed rights beyond the wildest imagination of their European sisters: control of their own bodies, custody of children they bore, the power to initiate divorce, choice in the type of work they did, a place in the spiritual sector of their communities, and the enjoyment of a home life free of violence.  The revolutionary changes unleashed by the Iroquois-feminist relationship continue to shape our lives today. This book is used in Women's Studies courses at colleges and universities around the country. 128 Pages; 6" X 9"; Soft cover; 2001 $11.95  NEW!


WH-3940-1  JOURNEY WEST:  Alabamas and Coushattas by Sheri Marie Shuck-Hall  NEW!

A history of two affiliated peoples through five centuries of strife and survival - When Europeans battled for control over North America in the eighteenth century, American Indians were caught in the cross fire. Two such peoples, the Alabamas and Coushattas, made the difficult decision to migrate from their ancestral lands and thereby preserve their world on their own terms. In this book, Sheri Marie Shuck-Hall traces the gradual movement of the Alabamas and Coushattas from their origins in the Southeast to their nineteenth-century settlement in East Texas, exploring their motivations for migrating west and revealing how their shared experience affected their identity.  The first book to examine these peoples over such an extensive period, Journey to the West tells how they built and maintained their sovereignty despite five hundred years of trauma and change. Blending oral tradition, archaeological data, and archival sources, Shuck-Hall shows how they joined forces in the seventeenth century after their first contact with Europeans, then used trade and diplomatic relations to ally themselves with these newcomers and with larger Indian groups—including the Creeks, Caddos, and Western Cherokees—to ensure their continuing independence.  In relating how the Alabamas and Coushattas determined their own future through careful reflection and forceful action, this book provides much-needed information on these overlooked peoples and places southeastern Indians within the larger narratives of southern and American history. It shows how diaspora and migration shaped their worldview and identity, reflecting similar stories of survival in other times and places. Univ of Oklahoma Press, 2008  304 pages. 2 b&w illus., 5 maps. Hardcover $34.95 + s/h 


WH-2728-6 THE IOWAY INDIANS - Civilization of the American Indian Series by Martha Royce Blain

 Beginning with archaeological sites in northeast Iowa, Martha Royce Blaine traces Ioway history from ancient to modern times. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, French, Spanish, and English traders vied for the tribe’s favor and for permission to cross their lands. The Ioways fought in the French and Indian War in New York, the War of 1812, and the Civil War, but ultimately their influence waned as they slowly lost control of their sovereignty and territory. By the end of the nineteenth century, the Ioway were separated in reservations in Nebraska, Kansas, and Indian Territory. A new preface by the author carries the story to modern times and discusses the present status of and issues concerning the Oklahoma and the Kansas and Nebraska Ioways. 384 pages, 26 b7w illus., 11 maps. Soft Cover.

University of Oklahoma Press (April 1995) 10 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches  $26.95 + s/h  NEW!


WH-2069-0 THE POTAWATOMIS: Keepers of the Fire (Civilization of the American Indian Series)

by R. David Edmunds

 The Potawatomi Indians were the dominant tribe in the region of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and southern Michigan during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Active participants in the fur trade, and close friends with many French fur traders and government leaders, the Potawatomis remained loyal to New France throughout the colonial period, resisting the lure of the inexpensive British trade goods that enticed some of their neighbors into alliances with the British. During the colonial wars Potawatomi warriors journeyed far to the south and east to fight alongside their French allies against Braddock in Pennsylvania and other British forces in New York.  As French fortunes in the Old Northwest declined, the Potawatomis reluctantly shifted their allegiance to the British Crown, fighting against the Americans during the Revolution, during Tecumseh’s uprising, and during the War of 1812.  The advancing tide of white settlement in the Potawatomi lands after the wars brought many problems for the tribe. Resisting attempts to convert them into farmers, they took on the life-style of their old friends, the French traders. Raids into western territories by more warlike members of the tribe brought strong military reaction from the United States government and from white settlers in the new territories. Finally, after great pressure by government officials, the Potawatomis were forced to cede their homelands to the United States in exchange for government annuities. Although many of the treaties were fraudulent, government agents forced the tribe to move west of the Mississippi, often with much turmoil and suffering.  This volume, the first scholarly history of the Potawatomis and their influence in the Old Northwest, is an important contribution to American Indian history. Many of the tribe’s leaders, long forgotten, such as Main Poc, Siggenauk, Onanghisse, Five Medals, and Billy Caldwell, played key roles in the development of Indian-white relations in the Great Lakes region. The Potawatomi experience also sheds light on the development of later United States policy toward Indians of many other tribes. University of Oklahoma Press (July 1987) 384 pp  Soft cover.  9 x 5.9 x 1 inches  $24.95 + s/h 


WH-4004-9 NATIVE PEOPLES OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND (Civilization of the American Indian Series) by Kathleen J. Bagdon

Despite the popular assumption that Native American cultures in New England declined after Europeans arrived, evidence suggests that Indian communities continued to thrive alongside English colonists. In this sequel to her Native People of Southern New England, 1500–1650, Kathleen J. Bragdon continues the Indian story through the end of the colonial era and documents the impact of colonization.  Kathleen J. Bragdon is Professor of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the author of Native People of Southern New England, 1500-1650, winner of the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize of the American Society for Ethnohistory.

As she traces changes in Native social, cultural, and economic life, Bragdon explores what it meant to be Indian in colonial southern New England. Contrary to common belief, Bragdon argues, Indianness meant continuing Native lives and lifestyles, however distinct from those of the newcomers. She recreates Indian cosmology, moral values, community organization, and material culture to demonstrate that networks based on kinship, marriage, traditional residence patterns, and work all fostered a culture resistant to assimilation.  Bragdon draws on the writings and reported speech of Indians to counter what colonists claimed to be signs of assimilation. She shows that when Indians adopted English cultural forms—such as Christianity and writing—they did so on their own terms, using these alternative tools for expressing their own ideas about power and the spirit world.   Despite warfare, disease epidemics, and colonists’ attempts at cultural suppression, distinctive Indian cultures persisted. Bragdon’s scholarship gives us new insight into both the history of the tribes of southern New England and the nature of cultural contact. University of OK Press, 2009 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches 312pp, 15 b&w illus., 4 maps. Hardcover $32.95 + s/h


WH-4827-2  FORT PECK INDIAN RESERVATION: (Images of America) by Kenneth D Shields  

For generations, the Native American people have been a society of great mystery. The Assiniboine and Sioux Indians of the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana are no exception. Although centuries old, their culture is only now being rediscovered and explored. The idea to reveal some of their fascinating story stemmed from the desire, devotion, and dedication of a few individuals to embrace the opportunity to explore this wondrous race of people. In 1851 at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, the tribes of Montana and Dakota territories signed a treaty with the U.S. Government, which led to the beginnings of many congressional hearings concerning Native American reservations. In 1886 at Fort Peck Agency, the Sioux and Assiniboine exerted their sovereign powers and agreed with the government to create the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. After much negotiation over the two million acres of land, U.S. Congress ratified the agreement in 1888. This colorful heritage and legacy of Fort Peck is is commemorated by the 200 images in this photographic collection. Featured are scenes of tribal leaders, schoolchildren, families, and celebrations from the late 1880s to the 1920s. All of the images were provided by Native American families living on the Fort Peck Reservation, the Fort Peck Tribal Archives, and the Montana Historical Society. 128 pp., 200 images. Soft cover. Arcadia Publishing, 1998. $19.99 + s/h  


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