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Indigenous Literatures in Global Conversation

Required Readings

Banks, Cherry A. McGee, and James A. Banks. “Equity pedagogy: An essential component of multicultural education.” Theory Into Practice. 34:3, 152-158.

Bol, Marsha C. “Nature as a Model for American Indian Societies: An Overview.” In Stars Above, Earth Below: American Indians and Nature. Ed. Marsha C. Bol. Niwor, CO: Robert Rineheart, 1998. 231-254.

Breinig, Jeane, Ronald Spatz, and Patricia H. Partnow, editors. Alaska Native Writers, Storytellers, Orators: The Expanded Edition. Anchorage: University of Alaska Press and Alaska Quarterly Review, 1999. (Selections)

Brown, Margie.  "A Third Response:  Our Land, Our Decisions, Our Destiny."  In Alaska Native Cultures and Issues:  Responses to Frequently Asked Questions.  Editor Libby Roderick.  University of Alaska Press:  Fairbanks. 2010  

Cajete, Gregory. Look to the Mountain:An Ecology of Indigenous Education.   Kivaki Press:  Skyland, NC.  1994.

_____.  “Philosophy of Native Science.” In American Indian Thought. Ed. Anne Waters. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. 45-57.

Cajune, Julie. Montana Tribal Histories: Educators’ Resource Guide and Companion DVD.  Montana Office of Public Instruction, 2011.

Cogo, Robert and Nora.  "Eagle Brings Good Luck and Indian Community," from Haida Stories.  Bilingual Materials Development Center, Rural Education, University of Alaska.  Anchorage.  1982 

Dalton, J.  “Speech for the Removal of Grief.” In Haa Tuwunáagu Yís, for Healing Our Spirit: Tlingit Oratory. Eds. Nora and Richard Dauenhauer. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1990

Dauenhauer, Nora Marks and Richard Dauenhauer.  Haa Tuwunáagu Yís for Healing our Spirit: Tlinget Oratory.  University of Washington Press.  Seattle, WA.  1990

Evjen, Bjorg, and David R. M. Beck. “Growing Indigenous Influence on Research, Extended Perspectives, and a New Methodology: A Historical Approach.” In Mapping Indigenous  Presence: Northern Scandinavian and North American Perspectives. Eds. Kathryn W. Shanley and Bjorg Evjen. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2015. 27-56.

Gaski, Harald. “Folk Wisdom and Orally Transmitted Knowledge in Sami Proverbs.”  Atlantic Currents. Essays on Lore, Literature and Language. Essays in honour of Séamas Ó. Catháin. University College Dublin Press 2012. 213-219.

_____. "Indigenism and Cosmopolitanism. A pan-Sami view of the Indigenous perspective in Sami culture and research." AlterNative – An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. Vol. 9, Issue 2, 113-124.  2013.

_____. "Indigenous Peoples' Stories and Values." The Rama People: Struggling for Land and Culture." M. Gonzales, S. Jentoft, A. Koskinen, D. López (Eds.) Managua: URACCAN, 65-71.  2006.

_____, editor. In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun: Contemporary Sami Prose and Poetry.  Bjorkmanns Trykkeri AS, Alta, Norway, 1996. (Selections)

_____. "Looking Both Ways: Future and Tradition in Nils-Aslak Valkeapää's Poetry." In Mapping Indigenous Presence. North Scandinavian and North American Perspectives. K. Shanley & B. Evjen (Eds.) Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 250-278.  2015.

_____. "Nils-Aslak Valkeapää: Indigenous Voice and Multimedia Artist." AlterNative – an international journal for Indigenous peoples. Vol. 4, No. 2, 155–178.  2008.

_____. "The Secretive Text." Sámi Folkloristics. Juha Pentikäinen, et al (Eds.). Turku: Nordic Network of Folklore, 191-214.  2000.

_____. "Song, Poetry and Images in Writing: Sami literature." Nordlit 27, 33-54.  2011.

_____ and R. Thorstensson, co-editors. Time Is a Ship That Never Casts an Anchor.  Annotated collection of Sami proverbs. ČálliidLágádus, 2006. (Selections)

_____. "Voice in the Margin: A Suitable Place for a Minority Literature." Sami Culture in a New Era. The Norwegian Sami Experience. H.Gaski, Ed. Karasjok: Davvi Girji, 199-220.  1997.

_____. "When the thieves became masters in the land of the shamans." Nordlit 15 (Summer), 35–45.  2004.

_____. "Yoik – Sami Music in a Global World." Indigenous Peoples: Self-determination, Knowledge, Identity. Henry Minde et al (Eds.) Delft: Eburon,  347-360.  2008.

Gruenewald, David A. “The Best of Both Worlds: A Critical Pedagogy of Place.” Educational Researcher 2003; 32; 3.

Garrison, K. David. "A World of Many (Fewer) Voices" and "Worlds within Words." In When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World’s Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledges. Cambridge: Oxford University Press, 2008.  (Recommended)

Harrison, K. David. When Languages Die. New York: Oxford University Press.  2007

Iverson, Peter, and Wade Davies. “We Are Still Here”:  American Indians Since 1890.  Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell, 2015.

King, Thomas. “’You’ll Never Believe What Happened’ is a Great Way to Start” and “You’re Not the Indian I Had in Mind.” In The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative. Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2003. 1-60.

McCluskey, Murton. Your Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Pow Wows. Montana Office of Public Instruction, 2009.

Lomawaima, K. Tsianina, McCarty, Teresa.. To Remain an Indian. New York: Teachers College Press, 2006.

McNickle, D’Arcy. Wind From An Enemy Sky. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1988.

Meer, Nasar, and Tariq Modood. "How does Interculturalism Contrast with Mutliculturalism?"  Journal of Intercultural Studies. Vol. 33, no. 2 (April 2012), 175 -196. (Recommended)

Miner, Horace.  "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema."  American Anthropologist, 1956, 58(3), 503-507.

Momaday, N. Scott. Way to Rainy Mountain. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1978.

Moore, David L.  That Dream Shall Have a Name: Native Americans Rewriting America . Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 2013. 1-91; 365-377.

Napoleon, Harold (author), and Eric Madsen (editor).  Yuqaraq:: The Way of the Human Being. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1996.(made available by the Alaska Native Knowledge Network) 

Ngai, Phyllis. Crossing Mountains: Native American Language Education in Public Schools. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2012. (Selections)

Ngai, Phyllis, Unn-Doris Braeck, and Gry Paulgaard. “Indigenous Education in the Norwegian and U.S. Contexts.” In Mapping Indigenous Presence: Northern Scandinavian and North American Perspectives. Coedited by Kathryn W. Shanley and Bjorg Evjen. Tucson:  University of Arizona Press,   2015.

Ortiz, Simon J.  "National Indian Literature: Cultural Authenticity in Nationalism."  MELUS, Ethnic Vol. 8, No. 2, 7-12.  

Palmer, Jeffrey. Origins.  Vimeo.  Vimeo, October 29, 2013. Web. 02 April 2016.

Pflug, Melissa A. “Pimadaziwin: Contemporary Ritual in Odawa Community.” In Native American  Spirituality: A Critical Reader. Ed. Lee Irwin. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000. 121-144.

Purdy, John. “Chapter 3: the 1990s.” Writing Indian, Native Conversations. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009. 128-187.

Roderick, Libby  "Do Alaska Native People Get Free Medical Care?"  In Do Alaska Native People Get Free Medical Care and other frequently asked questions about Alaska Natives issues and cultures. Ed. Libby Roderick.  University of Alaska Anchorage. 2008

Roemer, Kenneth M. Approaches to Teaching Momaday’s The Way to Rainy Mountain. New York: Modern Language Association, 1988.

Saha, Robin, and Jennifer Hill-Hart. “Federal-Tribal Comanagement of the National Bison  Range: The Challenge of Advancing Indigenous Rights Through Collaborative Native Resource Management in Montana.” In Mapping Indigenous Presence: Northern Scandinavian and North American Perspectives. Eds. Kathryn W. Shanley and Bjorg Evjen. Tucson. University of Arizona Press, 2015. 143-188.

Shanley, Kathryn W. "Introduction: 'Mapping' Indigenous Presence: The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at Rhetorical Turns and Tipping Points." Mapping Indigenous Presence: North Scandinavian and North American Perspectives. Eds. Kathryn W. Shanley and Bjorg Evjen. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2015.  pp 5-26. NEED INTRO TITLE

Silko, Leslie Marmon.  Storyteller.  Seaver Books: New York, NY.  1981.

_____.  and Jonas D. Berzanskis. Lee Marmon Gallery. Ann Arbor, MI: Flying Raven Productions, 1998.

Silverman, Jeffry Lloyd. For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska. Lincoln, NE: Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc., 2009.<>

Stewart-Harawira, Makere. “Challenging Knowledge Capitalism, Indigenous Research in the 21st Century.” Socialist Studies / Études socialistes. Volume 9 (1), Spring 2013. 39-51.

Steiner, Michael C., Editor.  Regionalists on the left : radical voices from the American West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013.  pp. 229-251.

Tall Mountain, M. "Voice for the Voiceless." Anchorage Daily News, November 13, 1994.  Anchorage, Alaska

Visitors Powwow Guide.

Wallis, Velma. Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival. New York: HarperPerrenial, 1993.  

Wilson, Michael D.  Writing Home. NEEDS SUBTITLE. Lansing: Michigan State University.  2008.  pp 1-20 and 43-68.  


Alexie, Sherman. The Business of Fancy Dancing. Seattle: Fox Lorber, 2003.

American Public Television (APT).  For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska.  Blueberry Productions.  2009.

Big Crane, Roy, and Thompson Smith. Place of the Falling Waters. Pablo: SKC TV, 1982.

Boman, Kine D , director.  Herdswoman (Hjordeliv) 2009.

Breinig, Jeane.  Haida, co-producer. Gasa’áan Xaadas Gusuu Kasaan: Haida Elders Speak.  Haida Heritage Foundation, 2002.

Cajune, Julie. Heart of the Bitterroot: Voices of Salish & Pend d’Oreille Women. Arlee, MT:  Npustin Press, 2008.

Diamond, Neil, director. Reel Injuns.  Rezolution Pictures, National Film Board of Canada.  2009.

Gaup, Nils, director. Kautokeino Opproret (Kautokeino Rebellion).  2008. 

Lundby, Ellen-Astri, director.  Joikefeber (Yoik Fever).  Cinemamas, 2013.

Supplemental Readings and Reference Materials

Arlee, Johnny. Over a Century of Moving to the Drum: Salish Indian Celebrations on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Helena, MT: Montana Historical Society Press (Salish Kootenai College Press, 1998.

Barnhardt, Ray, and Angayuqaq Oscar Kawaglative Ney, editors. Alaska Native Education: Views from Within.  Fairbanks: Alaska Native Knowledge Network, 2010.

Bigart, Robert, and Dwight Billedeaux, Illustrator.  “I Will Be Meat for My Salish”: The Montana Writers Project and the Buffalo of the Flathead Indian Reservation. Helena, MT: Montana Historical Society.  Salish Kootenai Press, 2002.

Bigart, Robert, and Clarence Woodcock, editors. In the Name of the Salish & Kootenai  Nation: The 1855* Hell Gate Treaty and the Origin of the Flathead Indian Reservation. Helena, MT: Montana Historical Society Press (Salish Kootenai College Press), 1996.

Bol, Marsha C. “Four American Indian Origin Stories.” In Stars Above, Earth Below: American Indians and Nature. Ed. Marsha C. Bol. Niwor, CO: Robert Rineheart, 1998. 47-61.

Bruynell, Kevin. The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

Grande, Sandy. “Better Red Than Dead: Toward a Nations-people and a Peoples Nation.”  Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought.  New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 159-193.

Montana Office of Public Instruction

_____.  General Contact for Indian Education

_____.  Essential Understandings for Indian Education for All curricula

_____.  Montana Indians: Their History and Location

Ngai, Phyllis. Crossing Mountains: Native American Language Education in Public Schools.  Landham, MD: Altamira Press, 2012. (Selections)

Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee and Elders Cultural Advisory Council, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.

Sleep-Smith, Suan, and Juliana Barr, Jean O’Brien, Nancy Shoemaker, and Scott Manning Stevens. Why You Can’t Teach United States History Without American Indians. Chapell Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Susag, Dorothea M. Birthright: Born to Poetry—A Collection of Montana Indian Poetry.  Montana Office of Public Instruction, 2012.

_____. "Model Teaching Unit for Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal," Courage, and Survival, by Velma Wallis. Montana Office of Public Instruction, 2014.

Taylor, Drew Hayden. “Whacking the Indigenous Funny Bone.” Me Funny. Ed. Drew Hayden Taylor, Vancouver/Toronto/Berkeley: Douglas & McIntyre, 2005: 67-80. 

Wallis, Velma. Raising Ourselves: A Gwich’in Coming of Age Story from the Yukon River.  Kenmore, WA: Epicenter Press, 2002.


Gage, George and Beth, directors.  American Outrage.  Gage & Gage Productions.  2008.

Grossman, Roberta, director.  Homeland: 4 Portraits of Native Action.  2005.

Gussman, John and Jessica Plumb, directors.  Return of the River.  2014.

Heath, Joel and the Community of Sanikiluaq.  People of a Feather:  2010.

Locker, James, director.  The Spirit of Crazy Horse. Michel Dubois and Kevin McKiernan, producers.  1991. 

Lundby, Ellen, director. Suddenly SamiEllen Lundby Film.  Distributed by Galloping Films.  2009.

Montana PBS.  Playing for the World.  2010. 

Northcutt, Patsy and David Kennard, directors and co-producers.  Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth and Human Transformation.  Mary Evelyn Tucker, executive producer.  2011. and/or

Pittman, Bruce, director.  Where the Spirit Lives.  1991.

Rummel, Travis, director and producer.  Damnation.  Matt Stoecker, producer.  2014.