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Code Talker

$8.99

The United States is at war, and sixteen-year-old Ned Begay wantes to join the cause—especially when he hears that Navajos are being specifically recruited by the Marine Corps. So he claims he's old enough to enlist, breezes his way through boot camp, and suddenly finds himself involved in a top-secret task, one that's exclusively performed by Navajos. He has become a code talker. Now Ned must brave some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and with his native Navajo language as code, send crucilal messages back and forth to aid in the conflict against Japan. His experiences in the Pacific—from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima and beyond—will leave him forever changed.

"Readers who choose the book for the attraction of Navajo code talking and the heat of battle will come away with more than they ever expected to find."—Booklist, starred review

Publication Date: 
2006-07-06
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Daughters of the Earth

$18.99

The Native American woman was the guardian of the hearth and, on occasion, ruler and warrior, managing the affairs of her people, sporting war paint as well as necklaces and earrings. Sometimes she was a visionary and a healer, sometimes mother and matriarch. She built houses and ground corn, wove blankets and painted pottery, played field hockey and rode racehorses. Frequently she enjoyed an open and joyous sexuality before marriage. The book surveys dozens of North American tribes to explore the chronology of the Native American woman's life from childhood through puberty, marriage, old age and death. The Native American woman emerges as a proud, sometimes stoic always human individual from whom those who came after can learn much. The stories of these early women are enhanced with the fables, songs and incantations that were part of their cultural and spiritual lives. 

Publication Date: 
1995-11-30
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Fourth World of the Hopis

$24.99

Here the noted folklorist brings together traditional accounts of epic events and adventures in the life of Hopi clans and villages, from legendary to historical times. The setting of these various adventures and events is not the Southwest as we know it today, but a vast and largely unpeopled wilderness in which clans and families wandered in search of a final living place, and in search of their collective identity. Notes, a pronunciation guide, and a glossary enhance the reader's appreciation of the text.

Publication Date: 
1987-10-01
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Indian Givers

$16.00

An utterly compelling story of how the cultural, social, and political practices of Native americans transformed the way life is lived around the world. Now available with a new introduction by beloved author Jack Weatherford.

"Remarkable...Weatherford is certainly right in his central thesis: that we have underrated and ignored the contributions of American Indians to the world's economy and culture".—Los Angeles Times

Publication Date: 
2010-08-03
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Native American Testimony

$20.00

In a series of powerful and moving documents, anthropologist Peter Nabokov presents a history of Native American and white relations as seen though Indian eyes and told through Indian voices: a record spanning more than five hundred years of interchange between the two peoples.  Drawing from a wide range of sources—traditional narratives, Indian autobiographies, government transcripts, firsthand interviews, and more—Nabokov has assembled a remarkably rich and vivid collection, represnting nothing less than an alternative history of North America.

Beginning with the INdian's first encounters with the earliest explorers, traders, missionaries, settlers, and soldiers and continuing to the present, Native American Testimony presents an authentic, challenging picture of an important, tragic, and frequently misunderstood aspect of American history.

Publication Date: 
1999-12-01
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Native North America

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$19.95

With abundant photographs, more than 160 in color, Native North America illustrates tribal life, sacred arenas, spiritual traditions, and artifacts of the indigenous people of North America, from the Inuit of the Canadian north to the Navajo of the American southwest.

Beginning with a brief history of Native Americans, Larry Zimmerman and Brian Molyneaux explore individual culture areas, region by region. They discuss Native American spiritual observances, including personal and communal rituals, initiation rites, and curing ceremonies. Through descriptions of the powwow, rites of passage, plant rituals, oral storytelling, dreams, the ghost dance, and the drum, the authors provide a sensitive introduction to Native American spiritual traditions and examine issues that face Native Americans today.

Publication Date: 
2000-10-15
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Navajo Weapon

$16.95

Based on first-person accounts and Marine Corps documents, and featuring the original code dictionary, Navajo Weapon tells how the code talkers created a unique code within a code, served their country in combat, and saved American lives.  It relates the events of nine key battles of the South Pacific, including Bougainville, Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Saipan, Guam, Peleliu, and Iwo Jima.

"A gripping account of Navajo Tribal men who...created the only unbreakable code in modern military history!" - Lee Cannon, Past President, 4th Marine Divison

Publication Date: 
2002-04-01
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Postcard Book Art on the Rocks

$3.95

For many visitors to the American Southwest, one of the most exciting moments occurs when one comes face to face with a panel or rock art; executed by a people we know little of, for reasons we do not fully comprehend. Are these figures and patterns messages to be read? Are they supplications to the gods, clan symbols or prehistoric graffiti?  While answers to these questions may ultimately be found, for many visitors/observers it is the mystery of the unknown that is perhaps most appealing.  This book includes 14 different postcards.

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Soul Would Have No Rainbow

$12.00

Sayings of time-honored truth and contemporary wisdom from the Native American tribes.

"Proverbs are time-honored truths which condense the collected wisdom and experience of a people and their culture.  If you want to know a people, the saying goes, know their poverbs" - Preface, Guy A. Zona

Publication Date: 
1994-04-25
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Spirit of the Earth

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$14.95

Often spoken at the end of a prayer, a well-known Sioux phrase affirms that "we are all related." Similarly, the Sioux medicine man, Brave Buffalo, came to realize when he was still a boy that "the maker of all was Wakan Tanka (the Great Spirit), and . . . in order to honor him I must honor his works in nature." The interconnectedness of all things, and the respect all things are due, are among the most prominent--and most welcome--themes in this collection of Indian voices on nature. Within the book are carefully authenticated quotations from men and women of nearly fifty North American tribes. The illustrations include historical photographs of American Indians, as well as a wide selection of contemporary photographs showing the diversity of the North American natural world. Together, these quotations and photographs beautifully present something of nature's timeless message.

Publication Date: 
2017-05-01
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Uprising

$14.95

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 changed the course of history. It was the only war that American Indians ever won against the Europeans.   The Pueblo people rose up to drive the Spanish military, colonists, and Franciscans all the way back to New Spain (today's Mexico).

In this new nonfiction account, Jake Page delves into the events leading up to the revolt, its aftermath, and the lesser-known second revolt. Experience the history, culture, and struggle for religious freedom from the perspective of the Pueblo people.

Publication Date: 
2014-01-15
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Warriors

$19.95

During World War II, as the Japanese were breaking American codes as quickly as they could be devised, a small group of Navajo Indian Marines provided their country with its only totally secure cryptogram.

Racruited from the vast reaches of the Navajo reservation in Arizona and New Mexico, from solitary and traditional lives, the young Navajo men who made up the code talkers were present at some of the Pacific Theatre's bloodiest battles.  They spoke to each other in the Navajo language, relaying vital information between the fron lines and headquarters.  their contribution was immeasurable, their bravery unquestionable.

Seventy-five of the surviving Navajo code talkers are included in this book, their faces testaments to long and valiant lives.

Publication Date: 
1990-09-01
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Wild Plants & Native People

$22.50

This book emphasizes prehistoric uses of plants in the Four Corners area, focusing on Mesa Verde National Park, Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Aztec Ruins, Hovenweep, and other major sites of the region once occupied by the Navajo, Ute, Paiute, Hopi, and Apache peoples. Dunmire and Tierney are able to eloquently illustrate the importance of the people-plant relationship that has existed throughout the ages among Native peoples and how ancient traditional uses of these plants inform contemporary uses today. Through vignettes of background information drawn from lore and cultural traditions and interviews with tribal elders, Wild Plants and Native Peoples of the Four Corners describes uses for edible, medicinal, and dye plants, as well as plants used for making baskets, tools, and shelters. Complementing these essays are profiles of fifty new trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and grasses common to traditional Native America.

Publication Date: 
1997-05-01
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Native America