Native American

American Ind Myths & Legends


From all across the continent come beautifully illustrated tales of creation and love, of heroes and war, of animals, tricksters, and the end of the world in a rich and lively panorama of the Native American mythic heritage.
With over one hundred stories selected by Alfonso Ortiz, an eminent anthropologist, and Richard Erdoes, an artist and master storyteller, this Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library edition is the most comprehensive and authentic volume of American Indian myths available anywhere.

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American Ind Paintings Coloring Book


The twenty-one drawings in this coloring book are based on paintings created by Native American artists from the Apache, Hopi, Navajo, and Pueblo tribes (the Acoma, Hopi, Jemez, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Zia, and Zuni Pueblos). These artists were students at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico. As you can see, their artwork was both traditional and modern in style. They painted American Indian ceremonies and dances and scenes from their daily lives. Animals and nature are important parts of Native American life, as are activities such as gardening and getting together to produce beautiful pottery and other useful crafts.

The artists’ original color paintings are shown as small pictures printed on the inside front and back covers. You can copy their colors or create your own color schemes. The last two pages of the book are blank so you can make pictures of your own. Maybe you would like to draw and color some interesting scenes from your life. What are your connections with nature and animals? Are there special times when you work and celebrate with family and friends? Have fun coloring and exploring!


  1. Harrison Begay (Navajo), Untitled, c. 1990. Gouache on paper
  2. Gilbert Martinez (San Ildefonso), Pueblo Indian Wedding, 1953. Gouache on paper
  3. Eliot Suetopka (Hopi), A Red Deer, 1951. Gouache on board. Gift of Henry Dendahl
  4. Wilson Dewey (San Carlos Apache), Picking Cactus Fruit, 1936. Tempera on illustration board. Gift of Dorothy Dunn
  5. Lolita Torivio (Acoma), Acoma Woman Picking Chili, 1936. Tempera on board. Gift of Dorothy Dunn
  6. Velino Shije Herrera (Zia), Painting Pottery, c. 1928-1930. Gouache on watercolor paper. Gift of Dr. Mary Alice Schively
  7. Alfonso Roybal (San Ildefonso), Firing Pottery, 1953. Gouache on paper. Purchase from Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery
  8. Narciso Abeyta (Navajo), Grazing Horses, 1940. Gouache on paper. Gift of Dorothy Dunn
  9. Stanley Mitchell (Navajo), Navajo Dance, 1936. Tempera on paper. Gift of Dorothy Dunn
  10. Manuel Trujillo (San Juan), Deer Dance, 1938. Watercolor on illustration board. Gift of Dorothy Dunn
  11. Narciso Abeyta (Navajo), Boys Riding Among the Yucca, c. 1933-1934. Gouache on paper. Gift of Dorothy Dunn
  12. Diego Salas (Zia), Forest, 1951. Gouache on paper. Gift of Henry Dendahl
  13. Gerald Nailor (Navajo), Wild Horses, 1937. Gouache on board. Gift of Dorothy Dunn
  14. Leandro Gutierrez (Santa Clara), Comanche Dance, 1936. Tempera on board. Margretta Dietrich Collection
  15. Sybil Yazzie (Navajo), Navajo Wedding, 1936. Tempera on board
  16. Eileen Lesarlley (Zuni), Zuni Girls with Ollas, 1935. Gouache on paper. Gift of Dorothy Dunn
  17. Jose Rey Toledo (Jemez), Navajo Woman Rider, c. 1942. Gouache on illustration board. Gift of Florence M. Schroeder
  18. Narciso Abeyta (Navajo), Untitled, c. 1932-1937. Tempera on paper. Gift of Dorothy Dunn
  19. Sidney Montoya Jr. (San Juan), Shooting the Breeze, 1954. Gouache on paper. Gift of Dr. Mary Alice Schively
  20. Geronima Cruz Montoya (San Juan), Pueblo Crafts (detail), 1937. Tempera on board. Margretta Dietrich Collection
  21. Geronima Cruz Montoya (San Juan), Pueblo Crafts (detail), 1937. Tempera on board. Margretta Dietrich Collection

Soft cover book with staple binding. 48 pages with 21 images to color. Size: 8 x 11 in. Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed.

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Book of the Hopi


In this unique collection, some thirty Hopi elders reveal for the first time in written form the Hopi world-view.

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Book of the Navajo


Paperback deals with Navajo history and a description of Navajo life. 496 pages.

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Code Talker: Novel of Navajo Marines WWII


"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
Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and with their code, they saved countless American lives. Yet their story remained classified for more than twenty years.
But now Joseph Bruchac brings their stories to life for young adults through the riveting fictional tale of Ned Begay, a sixteen-year-old Navajo boy who becomes a code talker. His grueling journey is eye-opening and inspiring. This deeply affecting novel honors all of those young men, like Ned, who dared to serve, and it honors the culture and language of the Navajo Indians.
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
"Nonsensational and accurate, Bruchac's tale is quietly inspiring..."--
School Library Journal

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Corn is Maize


Popcorn, corn on the cob, cornbread, tacos, tamales, and tortillas. All of these and many other good things come from one amazing plant. Aliki tells the story of corn: How Native American farmers thousands of years ago found and nourished a wild grass plant and made it an important part of thier lives. They learned the best ways to grow and store and use its fat yellow kernels. And then they shared this knowledge with the new settlers of America.

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Daughters of the Earth


She was both guardian of the hearth and, on occasion, ruler and warrior, leading men into battle, managing the affairs of her people, sporting war paint as well as necklaces and earrings.

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; if her marriage didn't work out she could divorce her husband by the mere act of returning to her parents. She mourned her dead by tearing her clothes and covering herself with ashes, and when she herself died was often shrouded in her wedding dress.

She was our native sister, the American Indian woman, and it is of her life and lore that Carolyn Niethammer writes in this rich tapestry of America's past and present.

Here, as it unfolded, is the chronology of the native American woman's life. Here are the birth rites of Caddo women from the Mississippi-Arkansas border, who bore their children alone by the banks of rivers and then immersed themselves and their babies in river water; here are Apache puberty ceremonies that are still carried on today, when the cost for the celebrations can run anywhere from one to six thousand dollars. Here are songs from the Night Dances of the Sioux, where girls clustered on one side of the lodge and boys congregated on the other; here is the Shawnee legend of the Corn Person and of Our Grandmother, the two female deities who ruled the earth. Far from the submissive, downtrodden "squaw" of popular myth, the native American woman emerges as a proud, sometimes stoic, always human individual from whom those who came after can learn much.

At a time when many contemporary American women are seeking alternatives to a life-style and role they have outgrown, "Daughters of the Earth" offers us an absorbing-- and illuminating-- legacy of dignity and purpose.

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Fourth World of the Hopis


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.

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For many centuries the Hopi people have preserved their traditional and very private way of life. But in 1974 Hopi elders, together with the Tribal Council, invited photographer Susanne Page and her husband, author Jake Page, to chronicle the world of the Hopi-which is usually closed to outsiders, and particularly to photographers. Since that unprecedented invitation, the pages have visited the Hopi land and people dozens of times and produced this beautifully illustrated and written book in 1982. Hailed as a masterpiece when first published, Hopi remains one 25 years later. It plays a powerful, respectful tribute to the spiritual life, the past and the present, the land, and the culture of the Hopi people.

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Indian Design Color Book


Seventy-one authentic examples of Indian design from Indian masks, beadwork, pottery, metal, stone, and wood selected and redrawn by Paul Kennedy. Sandpainting of gods, battle scenes, geometric designs, birds, flowers, animal figures, more, by Eskimo, Northwest Coast, Pueblo, Navajo, Plains, Chippewa, and other tribes. All material identified.

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Indian Givers

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"As entertaining as it is thoughtful....Few contemporary writers have Weatherford's talent for making the deep sweep of history seem vital and immediate."
After 500 years, the world's huge debt to the wisdom of the Indians of the Americas has finally been explored in all its vivid drama by anthropologist Jack Weatherford. He traces the crucial contributions made by the Indians to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture, and ecology, and in this astonishing, ground-breaking book takes a giant step toward recovering a true American history.

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Indians of the Amer SW


Book by Walker, Steven L.

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Kokopelli Magic Mirth & Mischief


The Magic, Mirth, and Mischief of an Ancient Symbol
Dennis Slifer
foreword by R. Carlos Nakai
Kokopelli, ancient humpbacked flute player, is the Southwest's most popular icon. Presented here are more than 300 flute player images, including a great many that have never been published. Along with new information about the meaning and origin of Kokopelli, some of it challenges our current understanding of this unmistakable character.
Explore the range of the flute player and see how it extends south into Mexico, north into Canada, west into Nevada, and east into the plains of Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Included are examples of flute players in the rock art of other cultures around the world, providing cultural comparisons of this archetypal motif.
A discussion of flute lore underscores the special role of the instrument among many indigenous peoples and its near-universal association with courtship, love, and seduction.

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Life in a Pueblo


Uses photographs and text to explore the daily lives of the people who lived in the communal adobe dwellings. This book teaches children to learn how pueblos were built, the roles played by men, women, and children, and the different spiritual beliefs of pueblo people.

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Living the Sky Cosmos of Amer Ind


Imagine the North American Indians as astronomers carefully watching the heavens, charting the sun through the seasons, or counting the sunrises between successive lumar phases. Then imagine them establishing observational sites and codified systems to pass their knowledge down through the centuries and continually refine it. A few years ago such images would have been abruptly dismissed. Today we are wiser.

Living the Sky describes the exciting archaeoastronomical discoveries in the United States in recent decades. Using history, science, and direct observation, Ray A. Williamson transports the reader into the sky world of the Indians. We visit the Bighorn Medicine Wheel, sit with a Zuni sun priest on the winter solstice, join explorers at the rites of the Hopis and the Navajos, and trek to Chaco Canyon to make direct on-site observations of celestial events.

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Native Amer Testimony


From the author of How the World Moves--the classic collection of more than 500 years of Native American History
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. Beginning with the Indians' first encounters with European explorers, traders, missionaries, settlers, and soldiers to the challenges confronting Native American culture today, Native American Testimony spans 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, representing nothing less than an alternate history of North America.

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Navajo Weapon


Read the True Story that inspired Windtalkers, a major summer 2002 release that honors the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, directed by John Woo (Mission Impossible II) and starring Nicholas Cage and Adam Beach. Based on first-person accounts and Marine Corps documents, this newly revised edition of Navajo Weapon: The Navajo Code Talkers describes how the U.S. Marine Corps recruited young Navajo warriors to create a secret code, using their native language that many of them had once been forbidden to speak.The Navajo Code Talkers played decisive roles in the Pacific Theater and helped turned the tide in the bloody battles for Bougainville, Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Saipan, Guam, Peleliu, and Iwo Jima. Their unbreakable code helped save countless American lives and earned the Navajo Code Talkers the undying respect of their comrades in arms.

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Postcard Bk Art on the Rocks


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? Rock art is generally defined as being one of two types: petroglyphs, designs pecked into a rock surface using a harder stone; and pictographs, literally, rock painting. Pictographs were executed with paints derived either from mineral or vegetal sources. These paints were either daubed on using the fingers, painted on using brushes made of yucca fibers or blown through a hollow reed over some mold, handprints are very common in this style. Significant research has resulted in the identification of numerous regional styles, common design motifs and even relative ages for certain panels. Yet, for all we know of this subject, the most compelling questions remain unanswered: Why was this work created, who was meant to see it, and for what purpose? 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.

Sharing the Skies Navajo Astronomy


Sharing the Skies provides a look at traditional Navajo astronomy, including their constellations and the unique way in which Navajo people view the cosmos and their place within it. In addition, this book offers a comparison of the Navajo astronomy with the Greek (Western) perceptions. Beautifully illustrated with original paintings from a Navajo artist and scientifically enhanced with NASA photography.

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Soul Would Have No Rainbow


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

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Southwest Ind Color Book

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For thousands of years Native Americans have lived and worked in the hot, arid, and often inhospitable lands of the American Southwest. Now artist Peter F. Copeland re-creates the lives and cultures of those Indians in 40 detailed, carefully researched illustrations.
Included are ready-to-color depictions of Southwest Indians of the past and present -- from the 1840s to 1980s. Among the realistically portrayed figures are Apache chiefs of the late 1800s and an Apache woman making a traditional cradleboard; Navajo weavers, braves, and a medicine man in ceremonial dress; a Pueblo man playing a wooden flute; a Pima basket maker; a modern Hopi farmer and pottery makers; an Acoma woman baking bread; a twentieth-century Mescalero Apache cowboy; tribal drum makers of the Taos pueblo; and many others.
Informative, descriptive captions accompany the illustrations, making this not only an enjoyable collection of pictures to color but also an educational and stimulating introduction to Indian culture.

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Southwestern Ind Designs


This outstanding collection of 250 images by artist Madeleine Orban-Szontagh accurately depicts the bold designs of Indian arts and crafts of the American Southwest. Clearly drawn in detail, easily reproducible, all copyright-free, they will provide artists and craftspeople with a rich and inexpensive resource of authentic motifs for use in many different types of projects.
The designs have been taken from Hopi ceremonial dress, Zuni shields, and Anasazi pottery; Navajo jewelry, rugs, and sand paintings; designs of birds from ancient Pueblo pottery; and many other sources. This fascinating collection is one that designers and craftspeople will find essential for their design libraries.

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Spirit of the Earth Ind Voices on Nature

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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.

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Trickster Native Amer Tales Graphic Novel


2010 Maverick Award winner, 2011 Aesop Prize Winner Children s folklore section, and a 2011 Eisner Award Nominee.All cultures have tales of the trickster a crafty creature or being who uses cunning to get food, steal precious possessions, or simply cause mischief. He disrupts the order of things, often humiliating others and sometimes himself. In Native American traditions, the trickster takes many forms, from coyote or rabbit to raccoon or raven. The first graphic anthology of Native American trickster tales, Trickster brings together Native American folklore and the world of comics.In Trickster, 24 Native storytellers were paired with 24 comic artists, telling cultural tales from across America. Ranging from serious and dramatic to funny and sometimes downright fiendish, these tales bring tricksters back into popular culture."

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The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 changed the course of history. It was the only war that American Indians ever won against the Europeans. In this new nonfiction account, Jake Page delves into the events leading up to the revolt, its aftermath, and the less well-known second revolt. In this new nonfiction account, Jake Page delves into the event leading up to the revolt, its aftermath, and the less well-known second revolt. Includes insights from Hopi oral history, and more fully explores the role of the Hopis in the revolt.

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 changed the course of history. It was the only war that American Indians ever won against the Europeans. In this new nonfiction account, Jake Page delves into the events leading up to the revolt, its aftermath, and the less well-known second revolt. In this new nonfiction account, Jake Page delves into the event leading up to the revolt, its aftermath, and the less well-known second revolt. Includes insights from Hopi oral history, and more fully explores the role of the Hopis in the revolt.

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