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By Stephen J. Spignesi & Dorothy Lippert
This straightforward guide breaks down the ten-thousand-plus year history and explores their influence on European settlement of the continent. Packed with fascinating facts about functional and ceremonial clothing, homes and shelters, boatbuilding, hunting, agriculture, mythology, intertribal relations, and more, Native American History For Dummies provides a dazzling and informative introduction to North America's first inhabitants. Illus. 384 pp. paper. Regular Price: $19.99 



OS15717- NATIVE NEW YORKERS: The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York by Evan T. Pritchard.  An author of Micmac descent who is currently professor of Native American history at Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY), Pritchard has produced what is a scholarly monograph on the history and culture of the Algonquin peoples of New York, though much of the emphasis is on the Munsee peoples who inhabited present- day New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson River Valley. A guidebook or history for lay readers. 496pp, Hardcover.  $ 32.95 + s/h




By Patrick Minges 

Few people realize that Native Americans were enslaved right alongside the African Americans in this country. Fewer still realize that many Native Americans owned African Americans and Native Americans from other tribes. From the interviews with former slaves that were collected by the Federal Writers' Project during the 1930s, this volume offers 27 of the most absorbing firsthand testimonies about African American and Native American relationships in the 19th century. Was $24.95 NEW LOWER PRICE -- Only $16.95 + s/h 


WH-80901-8 BLACK INDIANS By William Katz

Explores the little-told story of black Indians, defined here as people with dual African and American Indian ancestry or African Americans who lived primarily with American Indians.  Using biographies and detailed research, Katz creates a chronology of this hidden heritage during the settlement of the American West.  Though they have never appeared in a school text, Hollywood movie or a TV show of the Old West, Black Indians were there as sure as Sitting Bull, Davy Crockett and Geronimo. Their story began at the time of Columbus, ranged from North American forests to South American jungles, and the jewel-like islands of the Caribbean. The first freedom paths taken by runaway slaves led to Native American villages. There black men and women found a red hand of friendship and an accepting adoption system and culture. The sturdy offspring of Black-Indian marriages shaped the early days of the fur trade, added a new dimension to frontier diplomacy, and made a daring contribution to the fight for American liberty. Early Florida history was determined by a powerful African-Seminole alliance that fought the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines to a standstill for forty years. Like other intrepid frontier people, these dark Americans braved every peril for a slice of the American Dream-freedom, a safe home, family happiness and a piece of one's own land. In the chronicles of the Americas their long, arduous quest for freedom is still a neglected chapter. Through careful research and rare antique prints and photographs this book reveals how black and red people learned to live and work together in the Americas to oppose white oppression. Here is an American story that reveals a little-known aspect of our past and shatters some myths. 198 pp. Illus. Hard Cover $ 17.95


Part of the Indians of North America series, this volume explores the role black Americans played in Native American History including the assimilation of the two peoples. 94pp, profusely illustrated, index, biblio. Reg Price $19.95 
9780791026533 Paper: $ 16.95 + s/h 

  CP849 - TIES THAT BIND: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom by Tiya Miles. This book tells the saga of a quintessentially American family. It is the story of Shoe Boots, a famed Cherokee war hero and successful farmer, and Doll, an African slave he acquired in the late 1790s. Over the next thirty years, Shoe Boots and Doll lived together not only as master and slave, and also as lifelong partners who, with their children and grandchildren, experienced key events in American history - including slavery, the Creek War, the founding of the Cherokee Nation and subsequent removal of Native Americans along the Trail of Tears, and the Civil War." Ties That Bind vividly portrays the members of the Shoeboots family. Doll emerges as an especially poignant character, whose life is known primarily through the records of things inflicted on her - her purchase, her marriage, the loss of her children - but also through her moving petition to the federal government for the pension owed to her as Shoe Boots's widow. In this sensitive rendition of the hard realities of black slavery within Native American nations, Tiya Miles explores the interplay of race, power, and intimacy in the nation's early days. Ties That Bind provides the fullest picture we have of the myriad complexities, ironies, and tensions among African Americans, Native Americans, and whites in the first half of the nineteenth century.  6" X 9", 306 pages, B & W photographs, Hard Bound.  $ 34.95 + s/h Out of Print  If you want this book, send us an email

OS080613- AMERICAN INDIANS IN U.S. HISTORY: The Civilization of the American Indian by Roger Nichols

Designed as a brief survey for students and general readers, American Indians in U.S. History addresses the histories of tribes throughout the entire United States. Offering insight into broad national historical patterns, it explores the wide variety of tribes and relates fascinating stories of individual and tribal determination, resilience, and long-term success. Charting Indian history in roughly chronological chapters. Nichols presents the central issues tribal leaders faced during each era and demonstrates that, despite their frequently changing status, American Indians have maintained their cultures, identities, and many of their traditional lifeways. Far from vanishing or disappearing into the melting pot, American Indians have struggled for sovereignty and are today a larger, stronger part of the U.S. population than they have been in several decades. Textbook. Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press. Soft Cover, 288pp.  $ 23.95 + s/h



WH - D68003 - TRAIL OF TEARS: Cherokee Legacy

Now available in DVD presented by Wes Studi and narrated by James Earl Jones. This DVD is 115 min long and chronicles this dark part of Cherokee history.  This two-hour documentary explores America's darkest period.  President Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma in 1838.  Thousands of Cherokees died during the Trail of Tears, nearly a quarter of the Nation. They suffered beyond imagination and when they finally arrived in Indian Territory, they arrived almost without any children and with very few elders, in a way they arrived with no past and no future.  115 Minutes.  $ 34.95 + s/h



By R. Conrad Stein 

The "Cornerstones of Freedom" detail important events in United States history. Children are given the sense of being witnesses to history-in-the-making and contemporaries of famous people who helped shape the United States into the world power it is today. Starting with the Spring 1992 titles, a brand-new format has been introduced using more photographs (many in full-color), historical engravings, and an easy-to-read typeface. Many popular previously published titles will be updated in this new format. $ 7.95 + s/h   Out of Print.  If you wish to order this book, please send your shipping address to:



CP117S -TRAIL OF TEARS by John Ehle

One of the most popular books, it gives a fascinating portrayal of the Cherokee Nation, filled with legend, lore and religion.  5" X 8", 424 pages, Soft Bound  New Lower Price!  Was $19.95 Now only $ 17.95 + s/h



The Ridge Family and the Decimation of a People.  2nd Edition

A sympathetic and researched account of the leaders that signed the Cherokee removal treaty in attempts to salvage the Cherokees and their lives by removing them to the West.  One of the saddest and greatest epics in the history of the United States.  "Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just" Thomas Jefferson.  Includes photographs, graphs, maps and illustrations. 9" X 6", 416 pages, soft cover, $ 29.95 + s/h



For thousands of years before Europeans even knew the Americas existed, the Cherokee dominated the southern Appalachian Mountains. Tragically, relatively little of this flourishing nation and its rich culture has survived. Its stories, however, live on today. In this priceless and engaging collection, native Cherokee and professional storyteller Lloyd Arneach recounts tales such as how the bear lost his long bushy tail and how the first strawberry came to be. Between these legends are historical accounts of the heartbreaking Trail of Tears and of Sequoyah, the man who created a written Cherokee language. Charmingly written and beautifully illustrated by renowned artist Elizabeth Ellison, this book provides an insightful look into the folklore and lives of the Cherokee past and present. 5X7, 128 pages, illustrated, black and white. $ 16.99 + s/h


By Thomas B. Underwood

A short history, from ancient times to modern day, of the eastern Cherokee tribe. Includes an account of the forced removal of the Cherokee to Oklahoma which became known as "The Trail of Tears".$ 7.95 + s/h

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By J. Ed Sharpe

A small book with a lot of information, you'll learn about the Cherokee culture: history, language, food, dwellings, clothing, arts and crafts, government, religion, legends, and games. An authentic guide to the Cherokee People.  Takes the reader on a journey from ancient times up to modern day. Excellent read for an overview of the facts about the Cherokee. Its simple, to the point and very interesting.$ 7.95 + s/h


CP827 - THE CHEROKEES - A Population History  NEW!

By Russell Thornton

This book is the first full length demographic study of an American Indian group from past to present. Thornton shows insights into the population changes due to disease, warfare, removal and relocation, and the destruction of traditional life ways. $20.95 + s/h



By Robert J. Conley

In what is presented as the first commissioned history of the second largest Indian tribe in the US written by a Cherokee Nation tribe member, Conley traces tribal migration and other legends; contact with waves of European invaders; distinct groups; the forced relocation to Oklahoma in 1838-39; and the modern rise of self- determination. He includes maps, images of chiefs, information on principal chiefs and treaties, further reading, and chapter glossaries. NEW LOWER PRICE!!  Was $ 24.95  Now Only $22.95 + s/h


CP113- WHERE LEGENDS LIVE: A Pictorial Guide to Cherokee Mythic Places By Douglas Rossman 

Paperback, 48pp March 1996 Cherokee Publications $ 7.95 + s/h



By Vickie Rozeman 

During the first half of the 19th century, as many as 100,000 Native Americans were relocated west of the Mississippi River from their homelands in the East. The best known of these forced emigrations was the Cherokee Removal of 1838. Named Nu-No-Du-Na-Tlo-Hi-Lu  --  literally "the Trail Where They Cried" -- by the Cherokees, it is remembered today as the Trail of Tears. In Voices from the Trial of Tears, editor Vicki Rozema re-creates this tragic period in American history by letting eyewitnesses speak for themselves. Using newspaper articles and editorials, journal excerpts, correspondence, and official documents, she presents a comprehensive overview of the Trail of Tears -- the events leading to the Indian Removal Act, the Cherokees' conflicting attitudes toward removal, life in the emigrant camps, the routes westward by land and water, the rampant deaths in camp and along the trail, the experiences of the United States military and of the missionaries and physicians attending the Cherokees, and the difficulties faced by the tribe in the West. "O what a year it has been!" wrote one witness accompanying a detachment westward in December 1838. "O what a sweeping wind has gone over, and carried its thousands into the grave." This book will lead readers to both rethink American history and celebrate the spirit of those who survived.  $ 13.95 + s/h



By Barbara Duncan 

Enriched by Cherokee voices, this guidebook offers a unique journey into the lands and culture of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. Every year millions of tourists visit these mountains, drawn by the region's great natural beauty and diverse cultural traditions. Many popular aspects of Cherokee culture are readily apparent. Beneath the surface, however, lies a deeper Cherokee heritage--rooted in sacred places, community ties, storytelling, folk arts, and centuries of history.   Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook is your introduction to this vibrant world. The book is organized around seven geographical hubs or communities within the original Cherokee homeland. Each chapter covers sites, side trips, scenic drives, and events. Cherokee stories, history, poems, and philosophy enrich the text and reveal the imagination of Cherokees past and present.   The Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina, is the main interpretive center for the Cherokee Heritage Trails. Among the many other featured sites are Kituhwa Mound, origin of the mother town of the Cherokee; Junaluska Memorial and Museum, with a preserved gravesite and medicine plant trail; and Unicoi Turnpike Trail, part of the Trail of Tears and one of sixteen national millennium trails in the United States.   The Cherokee Heritage Trails are a project of the Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative and its partners, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association, the North Carolina Folklife Institute, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Division of the National Park Service. $ 21.95 + s/h



WH - 98580-0 Memory and Vision by Emma I. Hansen

The story of the Native peoples of the Great Plains - including the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Lakota, Shoshone, Blackfeet, Kiowa, Pawnee, Arikara, Gros Ventre, Assiniboine, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Crow tribes - is integral to the history and heritage of the American West. These buffalo-hunting and horticultural people once dominated the vast open region of the Great Plains, west of the Mississippi River and east of the Rocky Mountains, that stretches from present-day Canada to Texas.The Native people of the Plains found this vast, harsh land rich in resources, with tall grass prairies abundant with herds of buffalo and other grazing animals and fertile river valleys that supported farming. Economic practices were intertwined with spiritual ceremonial activities and core beliefs about the people's relationships to the land, sky, and universe. The magnificent arts of Plains Indian people also had such spiritual underpinnings, which, together with their historical and cultural contexts, can provide greater insight into and appreciation of their tribal significances. Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 images of objects from traditional feather bonnets to war shirts, bear claw necklaces, pipe tomahawks, beadwork, and quillwork, as well as archival photographs of historical events and individuals and photographs of contemporary Native life, Memory and Vision is a comprehensive examination of the environments and historic forces that forged these cultures, and a celebration of their ongoing presence in our national society.  Emma I. Hansen, a member of the Pawnee Nation, is curator of the Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. 320 pp., 300 illus., 250 in color, 9 x 11 in.   $65.00 + S/H 


WH - 1642-6 The Ojibwa Dance Drum

Hiding in a lake under lily pads after fleeing U.S. soldiers, a Dakota woman was given a vision over the course of four days instructing her to build a large drum and teaching her the songs that would bring peace and end the killing of her people. From the Dakota, the "big drum" spread throughout the Algonquian-speaking tribes to the Ojibwe, becoming the centerpiece of their religious ceremonies.  This edition of The Ojibwe Dance Drum, originally created through the collaboration of Ojibwe drum maker and singer William Bineshii Baker Sr. and folklorist Thomas Vennum, has a new introduction by history professor Rick St. Germaine that discusses the research behind this book and updates readers on the recent history of the Ojibwe Drum Dance. 336 pp., 0-87351-642-7  illustrated.  $19.95 + S/H


WH - 307-3 Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America By Michael G. Johnson

This superb, fully illustrated reference offers the most up-to-date and essential facts on the identity, kinships, locations, populations and cultural characteristics of some 400 separately identifiable peoples native to the North American continent, both living and extinct, from the Canadian Arctic to the Rio Grande. The concise information is organized for easy use and covers all cultural/geographical regions: the Northeastern Woodlands, Southeastern Woodlands, Plains and Prairie, Plateau, Great Basin, California, Southwest, Northwest Coast, Subarctic and Arctic. Tribes are grouped by linguistic family. The spiritual beliefs and the role of Native Americans in history and modern culture are addressed in detail. More than 300 color and archival photographs, 21 regional maps and a dazzling portfolio of over 100 specially commissioned color illustrations give a dramatic visual introduction to the vast range of Native American culture. Population and settlement trends based on recent census figures paint detailed portraits of all officially recognized tribes. Appendices include the Powwow Trail and a list of museums holding Native American artifacts (including the new Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian).  This is one of the most comprehensive, up-to-date and useful references on the subject and an important record of Native American peoples.  Color throughout, 319 pages, index. Hardcover ISBN-13: 9781554073078 SKU: WH - 307-3 $49.95 + s/h


INDIANS IN THE AMERICAS: The Untold Story by William Marder

There have been many books written over the years promising to tell the true story of the Native American Indians. Many, however, have been filled with misinformation or derogatory views. (See Full Page Write-Up)  Finally, here is a book that the Native American can believe in. It is well researched and tells the true story of Native American accomplishments, challenges, and struggles.  The book represents many years of study and is a gold mine for the serious researcher. It includes extensive notes to the text in addition to over 500 photographs and illustrations---many that have never before been published. The author has attempted to provide the world with the most truthful and accurate portrayal of the Native American Indians. Every Native American family and serious researcher of this subject should have this groundbreaking book. Over 1000 photographs and illustrations, 780 richly documented, extensive notes to the text to aid the reader in further study.  A complete bibliography with periodicals. Foreword by Joe S. Sando, Pueblo Indian Author.  235 pages, soft bound. Published by The Book Tree. Price: $ 24.95 + s/h


WH- 3742-8 Peoples of the Plateau- The Indian Photographs of Lee Moorhouse, 1868-1915 by Steven L. Grafe Forword by Paula Richardson Fleming.  These remarkable photographs of the Plateau peoples from the turn of the 20th century, capture everyday living. Detailed photographs of clothing, people and places. The Columbia River Plateau, in the interior Pacific Northwest, was populated for centuries by the Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Cayuse Indians. By the late nineteenth century, after the U.S. government had confined these peoples to a single reservation, their lives began to change irrevocably. Major Lee Moorhouse, a businessman and former militia officer, served as an Indian agent during this period. Believing that the Indians he encountered were a "dying race," Moorhouse was driven to collect their artifacts and, for posterity, take their photographs." "Although he was not a professional photographer, Moorhouse produced more than 9,000 glass-plate negatives, one-third with Indians as his subjects. Some fifty of his images were published in 1906 in his popular Souvenir Album of Noted Indian Photographs, while others appeared as postcards, prints, or textual images. He reportedly sold 150,000 copies of his photograph The Cayuse Twins. While his works to some degree reflect a stereotypical view, they are an aid for tribal researchers and historians because they identify their subjects by name. In an era when others were seeing their Indian subjects as types, Moorhouse was aware that he was photographing people. In addition, his images record with some accuracy the everyday styles and dress of turn-of-the-century southern Plateau peoples." This book marks the first major examination of Moorhouse and his work. Featuring eighty plates, it not only showcases Moorhouse's extensive photographs but also tells the story of the man and of the world in which he lived and worked. 104 b&w photos, 224 pages, paper. 

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ANASAZI OF SW UTAH (Abridged) By Ray Urbaniak

This book delves into recent discoveries of previously unrecorded Solstice, Equinox, and Cross Quarter Markers both petroglyph and horizon markers in Southwest Utah.  Also included are the first ever general guideline for identifying Solstice and Equinox markers.  How often do you look at a calendar or in other ways confirm the date?  Well, the Anasazi's preoccupation with the Sun should come as no surprise! Celestial event recording stone & horizon markers, including petroglyphs & pictographs, have been recognized around the world for a long time.  However, in 1977 when Anna Sofaer discovered an Anasazi "sun dagger" solstice marker at Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, interest in Native American Solstice markers in the United States skyrocketed!   When I moved to SW Utah in 2001 I discovered an exciting Summer Solstice Marker which involves 3 different shafts of light.  This could be the most thrilling Solstice Marker yet discovered in the United States.  The Anasazi of SW Utah (known as the Virgin River Anasazi, and more recently as Ancestral Puebloans) have left an exciting trail of bread crumbs which I have been following for the last 5 years.   This portion of my research delves into my discoveries of previously unrecorded Solstice, Equinox & Cross Quarter Markers both Petroglyph Markers and Horizon Markers in SW Utah Also included the first ever general guideline for identifying Solstice & Equinox Markers.   Soft Cover, 80 pages, Numerous color photographs and illustrations. Published by Ray Urbaniak (2006) 0-9761737-1-9  Was $14.95 Now Only $12.95 + s/h


  CP 723 - BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE: An Indian History of the American West - BEST SELLER! by Dee Brown.  Battles, massacres, and broken treaties from 1860-1890 are documented in this record of the Indian struggle against the white man's greed. Traditional texts glory in our nation's western expansion, the great conquest of the virgin frontier. But how did the original Americans -- the Dakota, Nez Perce, Ute, Ponca, Cheyenne, Navaho, Apache, and others -- feel about the coming of the white man, the expropriation of their land, the destruction of their way of life? What really happened to Geronimo, Chief Joseph, Cochise, Red Cloud, Little Wolf, and Sitting Bull as their people were killed or driven onto reservations during decades of broken promises, oppression, and war?   Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a meticulously documented account of the systematic plunder of the American Indians during the second half of the nineteenth century, battle by battle, massacre by massacre, broken treaty by broken treaty. Here -- reconstructed in vivid and heartbreaking detail -- is their side of the story. We can see their faces and hear their voices as they tried desperately to live in peace and harmony with the white man.  With forty-nine photographs of the great chiefs, their wives and warriors; with words of the Indians themselves, culled from testimonies and transcripts and previously unpublished writings; with a straight-forward, eloquent, and epic style, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee presents a unique and disturbing history of the American West. Paperback, 512pp $ 28.95 + s/h  Out of Print.  If you wish to order this book, please send your shipping address to:






Sacagawea. a Shoshone Indian, was the only woman to particiapte in Lewis and Clark’s expedition to find the northwest Passage and water route that was supposed to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. She proved herself to be invaluable to the expedition, which was the Corps of Discovery. During her travels with the corps, she helped them find food, negotiated for goods, and even saved important supplies when one of the corps boats capsized 63 pages, color illustrations, paperback.  $ 12.95 + s/h  Out of Print  If you want this book, send an email



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