Focus on Native Americans No. 03-04
Date: Winter 2004
Subject: Native American titles in process
In fiscal year 2003, NLS added twenty-nine titles to its Native
American collection. These books, most of which are still in
process, cover works by Native American authors, folklore,
history, mythology, and fiction. All books will be available in the
format noted and will be announced in __Braille Book Review or
Talking Book Topics.__ The titles in braille will also be available
in electronic format via Web-Braille. A book number is given if it
has been assigned. Annotations are provided for four books in
each category (juvenile and adult).
Bruchac, Joseph. Navajo Long Walk: The Tragic Story of a Proud
People's Forced March from Their Homeland. RC. For grades 5-
Discusses the expulsion of the Navajos from their homeland by
Kit Carson and the U.S. Army in 1864 and their forced march
across 470 miles of New Mexico. 2002.
Max, Jill. Spider Spins a Story: Fourteen Legends from Native
America. RC. For grades 3-6 and up. Folk tales featuring the
spider character from Kiowa, Zuni, Cherokee, Hopi, and Navajo
Shaw, Janet. Meet Kaya: An American girl. BR 14359 and RC
55342. For grades 2-4. Kaya and her family join other members of
the Nez Perce, a Northwest Coast tribe, in fishing for salmon.
Includes historical notes on the Nez Perce Indians. Part of the
American Girls series. 2002.
Spradlin, Michael P. The Legend of Blue Jacket. BR 14782. For
grades 3-6. A biographical sketch of the Revolutionary War
warrior, Blue Jacket. 2002.
Other juvenile books
Batten, Jack. The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone: The Story
of Tom Longboat. RC.
Hill, Kirkpatrik. Minuk: Ashes in the Pathway. RC.
Shaw, Janet. Changes for Kaya: A Story of Courage. BR 14757
and RC 56108.
Shaw, Janet. Kaya and Lone Dog: A Friendship Story. BR 14755
and RC 56110.
Shaw, Janet. Kaya's Escape: A Survival Story. BR 14607 and
Shaw, Janet. Kaya's Hero: A Story of Giving. BR 14754 and RC
Shaw, Janet. Kaya Shows the Way: A Sister Story. BR 14156 and
Basso, Keith H. Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language
among the Western Apache. RC. An anthropologist explores the
meaning of place names and geography in Apache culture.
Western States Book Award. 1996.
Erdrich, H. E., and Laura Tohe. Sister Nations: Native American
Women Writers on Community. RC. An anthology of poems,
short stories, and essays written by contemporary Native American
women about their communities/nations. 2002.
Hillerman, Tony. The Wailing Wind. BR 14187 and RC 54322.
Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police gets assistance
from rookie police officer Bernadette Manuelito and retired boss
Joe Leaphorn to solve the murder of a white man shot in the
desert. Part of the Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee mystery series.
Some strong language. Bestseller. 2002.
Iverson, Peter. Diné: A History of the Navajos. RC. A cultural
history of the Navajos, with emphasis on the last 150 years.
Discusses their adaptability as a means of survival. Spur award
for nonfiction. 2002.
Other adult books
Alexie, Sherman. Ten Little Indians: Stories. RC.
Capps, Benjamin. Woman Chief. RC.
Chiaventone, Frederick J. Moon of Bitter Cold. RC.
Earling, Debra M. Perma Red. RC 56419.
Edwards, Cassie. Racing Moon. RC 56493.
Hoklotubbe, Sara S. Deception on All Accounts. RC.
Larsen, Deborah. The White. RC 54821.
Robson, Lucia St. Clair. Ghost Warrior. RC.