Indian Education

Utah State Board of Education

American Indian History Lessons General Books & Videos

Books, Videos and Journals to be used as resource materials for American Indian History Lessons in Social Studies Core Curriculum (Books are labeled S for student use and T for teacher use as resource.)

Books & Journals | Resources Books | Videos & DVDs

Books & Journals

500 Nations: An Illustrated History of North American Indians. Josephy, Alvin M. New York: Knopf, 1995.  T/S

America in 1492: The World of the Indian Peoples Before the Arrival of Columbus. Josephy, Alvin M., ed.  New York: Knopf, 1992.  (ISBN: 0679743375)  T/S

American Encounters: Natives and Newcomers from European Contact to Indian Removal, 1500-1850.  Mancall, Peter, and James H. Merrell, eds.  New York: Routledge, 1999 T/S

American Indian Citizenship in Balance.  A two-week curriculum unit, grades 9-12.  T/S

American Indian Contributions to the World:15,000 years of Inventions and Innovations. Keoke, Emory Dean, and Marie Porterfield.  Facts on File, 2002.  (ISBN: 0-8160-5367-7)  T/S

American Indians: Answers to Today’s Questions. Utter, Jack.  (ISBN: 0-8061-3309-0) Second edition, revised and enlarged. Excellent resource for secondary teachers and students.

America’s Fascinating Indian Heritage.  Maxwell, James A. ed.  Pleasantville, NY: Reader’s Digest Association, 1995.  (ISBN: 0895773724) T/S

Book of the Hopi. Waters, Frank.  New York: Viking Press, 1963.  (ISBN: 0140045279) T

Close-Up Foundation, 44 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, Virginia 22314  Phone: (703) 706-3661

The Earth Shall Weep: The History of Native Americans.  Wilson, James.  New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1998.  (ISBN: 080213680X) T/S

Encounters in the New World: A History in Documents.  Lepore, Jill.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.  (ISBN: 0-19-515491-6)  Excellent research source.  T/S

Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes.  Waldman, Carl.  New York: Facts on File, 1999.  (ISBN 081503964X)  T/S

Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America.  Richter, Daniel.  Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2001.  (ISBN: 0674006380)  Pre-colonial times and after.  Good reviews for older students.  

Geronimo: His Own Story: The Autobiography of a Great Patriot Warrior. As told to S.M. Barrett.  (ISBN: 0-452001155-8) T/S

“Indian: Scenes from a Renaissance.”  Bruchac, Joseph.  National Geographic, September 2004. American Indian languages, tribes, maps, migration routes.  Excellent resource for teachers and students.

Indian Wars. Utley, Robert M. et. al.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1987.  (ISBN: 0618154647)  T/S

Kokopelli: Fluteplayer Images in Rock Art. Dennis, Slifer, and James Duffield.  Santa Fe, New Mexico: Ancient City Press, 1994.  (ISBN: 0-941270-80-7)  A resource for teachers, not for students.

The Life and Death of Anna Mae Aquash.  Brand, Johanna.  Toronto: Lorimer, 1978.  (ISBN: 1-55028-422-3) T/S

Native American Testimony: An Anthology of Indian and White Relations.  Nabokov, Peter.  New York: Crowell, 1999 revised.  (ISBN: 0-670-83704-0)  Page 343 has the picture of chairman of Hidatsas George Gillette crying as he was pressured to sign away land the government needed to build a dam (7th grade lesson).  T/S

Native American Oral Traditions: Collaboration & Interpretation. Evers, Larry, and Barre Toelken, eds.  2001.  (ISBN: 0-87421-416-5) T/S

Native Universe: Voices of Indian America.  McMaster, Gerald, and Clifford E. Trafzer, eds.  Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2004.  (ISBN: 0792259947)  T/S

Navajo Land, Navajo Culture: The Utah Experience in the Twentieth Century.  McPherson, Robert.  Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001.  (ISBN: 0-8061-3357-0)  T/S

Newe Hupia: Shoshone Poetry Songs. Crum, Beverly, Early Crum, and Jon P. Dayley.  Logan: Utah State University Press, 2001.  (ISBN: 0-87421-413-0)  CD with songs from book included. T/S

One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West Before Lewis and Clark. Calloway, Colin G.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003.

A Political History of the Navajo Tribe.  Young, Robert W.;  Tsaile, Navajo Nation, Arizona: Navajo Community College Press, 1978.  Excellent resources and photos. T/S

Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact. Deloria, Vine.  New York: Scribner, 1995.  (ISBN: 1-555591-388-1)  T

The Rights of Indians and Tribes: The Basic ACLU Guide to Indian and Tribal Rights.  Pevar, Stephen L.  Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992.

Sagwitch: Shoshone Chieftain, Mormon Elder, 1822-1887.  Christensen, Scott R.  Logan: Utah State University Press, 2000. (ISBN: 0-87421-271-5)  T/S

Searching for Chipeta: The Story of a Ute and Her People. Krudwig, Vicky Leigh.  Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 2004. (ISBN: 1555914667)  T/S

The State of Native America: Genocide, Colonization, and Resistance. Jaimes, M. Annette, ed.  South End Press, 1992.  See especially pages 311-344, “American Indian Women: At the Center of Indigenous Resistance in North America”  T

The Storytelling Stone. Feldman, Susan.  New York: Bantam, 1999. (ISBN: 03853340028)   T/S

The Tried and the True: Native American Women Confronting Colonization. Demos, John.  Oxford University Press, 1998.  (ISBN: 0-19-512399-9)  T/S

To Be an Indian: An Oral History.  Cash, Joseph H. and Herbert T. Hoover, eds.  (ISBN: 0-87351-306-1)  T/S

Trail of Tears. Jahoda, Gloria.  New York: Wings Books, 1995.  (ISBN: 0-517-14677-0)  Excellent reviews. T/S

Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation. Ehle, John.  New York: Doubleday, 1988.  (ISBN: 0-385-23954-8)  T/S

Washakie: Chief of the Shoshones.  Hebard, Grace Raymond.  (ISBN: 0-8032-7278-2)  An advocate of peace – if not, then war. T/S

The Washakie Letters of Willie Ottogary, Northwestern Shoshone Journalist and Leader, 1906 – 1929.  Kreitzer, Matthew E, ed.  Logan: Utah State University Press, 2000.  (ISBN: 0-87421-402-5) T/S

Wilma Mankiller: A Chief and Her People.  Mankiller, Wilma, with Michael Wallace.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993.  T/S

Resource Books

American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children. Hirschfelder, Arlene B. Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1982. (ISBN: 0394740181)

The Ancient Child. Momaday, N. Scott. New York: Doubleday, 1989. (ISBN: 0060973455)

And It Is Still That Way: Legends Told by Arizona Indian Children. Baylor, Byrd.  New York: Scribner, 1976.  (ISBN: 0938317369)

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (ISBN: 0689845049) and Gift of the Sacred Dog (ISBN: 0020432801) Goble, Paul. 

A History of Utah’s American Indians.  Cuch, Forrest S., ed.  Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Division of Indian Affairs, 2000. Also available online.

Native American Animal Stories. Bruchac, Joseph.  Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 1992.  (ISBN: 1555912277)

Navajo Code Talkers. Aaseng, Nathan.  New York: Walker, 1992 (ISBN: 8027-7627-2)

Navajo Curriculum Materials from San Juan School District Media Center:
Books and audiotapes are available of Navajo stories in English and Navajo.

The Rocks Begin to Speak.  Martineau, LaVan.  Las Vegas, Nevada: KC Publications, 1973.  (ISBN: 0916122301)

The Southern Paiutes: Legends, Lore, Language and Lineage. Martineau, LaVan.  Las Vegas, Nevada: KC Publications, 1992. (ISBN: 0-88714-070-X)

The Storytelling Stone.  Feldman, Susan.  New York: Bantam, 1999. (ISBN: 03853340028)  

A Teacher’s Guide for the Maps & Charts of the Conquest of Indian America. Riley, Delores, and Will Numkena.  Utah State Board of Education, 1988.  Also see American Indian Contributions to the World (in revision).  

Through Indian Eyes: The Untold Story of Native American Peoples. Pleasantville, New York: Reader’s Digest Association, 1995.  (ISBN: 089577819X


Videos & DVDs

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Mail: Teacher’s Video Company P.O. Box 4455 Scottsdale, AZ 85261

  1. I Will Fight No More Forever (Chief Joseph)
  2. America’s Great Indian Leaders and America’s Great Indian Nations
  3. Native American Indians
  4. Native Americans VHS NATI-ELK

Commercial Videos (Walt Disney – must have public performance rights to show in schools)

  1. King of the Grizzlies
  2. Run, Appaloosa, Run

100% Educational Videos  
P.O. Box 4440, EL Dorado Hills, California  95762-0018

  1. Native Americans: The First Peoples VHS/DVD
  2. Native Americans: People of the Northwest Coast VHS
  3. Native Americans: People of the Desert VHS
  4. Native Americans: People of the Plains VHS
  5. Native Americans: People of the Forest VHS
  6. Kit: National Geographic: Native Americans (ISBN 0-7922-09194-8)

500 Nations – Four DVDs produced by Kevin Costner, with voices and acting by American Indians.