United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
Note: the Bureau of Indian Affairs web site is offline due to a lawsuit, but this placeholder provides a variety of useful links about current Native American and government relations and Native American geneaology.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
"The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere past, present, and future through partnernership with Ntive people and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture, traditional values, and transitions in contemporary native life."
Native American Rights Fund
"Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide."
"Resource center from the University of California on Chicano and Latino issues, including online library, virtual museum, research center, community calendar, and employment information."
Hispanic Reading Room
"The Hispanic Reading Room serves as the primary access point for research relating to those parts of the world encompassing the geographical areas of the Caribbean, Latin America, and Iberia; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the U.S., and peoples of Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, and Oceania."
Smithsonian Latino Center
"We celebrate Latino culture, spirit, and achievement in America. By facilitating the development of exhibitions, research, collections, and educational programs at the Smithsonian and its affiliated organizations, the Center turns a powerful spotlight on Latino heritage and culture in our country."
American Latino TV
Any one who rode ARTA buses before the Great Recession could probably recognize this web site which features clips about Latin American art, entertainment, business, and sports personalities. Alas Transit TV died during the Great Recession.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer
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This display celebrates Hispanic/Latino and Native American Heritage Months. It features both books and web sites that cover: art, politics, history, and literature by and about Native Americans and Hispanics/Latinos.Lost Their Accents. New York: Plume, 1992.
In the Time of Butterflies.
New York: Plume, 1995.
PS3551 L845 I5 1995.
From the author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents comes this tale of courage and sisterhood set in the Dominican Republic during the rise of the Trujillo dictatorship. A skillful blend of fact and fiction, In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government.
Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA.
New York: Viking, 2007.
Popular GT2490 A45 2007.
The quinceanera, the fifteenth birthday celebration for a Latina girl, is quickly becoming an American event. This legendary party is a sight to behold: lavish ball gowns, extravagant catered meals, DJs, limousines, and multi-tiered cakes. The must-haves for a "quince" are becoming as numerous and costly as a prom or wedding. And yet, this elaborate ritual also hearkens back to traditions from native countries and communities, offering young Latinas a chance to connect with their heritage.
Augenbaum, Harold and Ilan Stavans.
Growing up Latino: Memoirs and Stories.
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
PS647 H58 G76 1993.
Features the writing of Sandra Cisneros, Oscar Hijuelos, Rudolfo Anaya, Julia Alvarez, and others.
Augenbraum, Harold and Margarite Fernandez Olmos Editors.
The Latino Reader: An American Literary Tradition from 1542 to the Present.
Boston, MA: Houghten Mifflin, 1997.
PS508 H57 L4 1997.
The compilers, scholars who have studied and written about the Latino population in the United States, have put together an anthology of literary works dealing with the panorama of Latino writings in the United States. The selections range widely, from Cabeza de Vaca's 1542 description of the South to recent excerpts from Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Mexican American authors. The collection is primarily literary though it does include some historical, autobiographical, and essay excerpts.
Nation of Women: An Early Feminist Speaks Out.
Houston, TX: Arte Public Press, 2004.
HQ1214 C26 2004.
Luisa Capetillo is best known in popular culture as the first woman to wear men's trousers. The splash of recognition following her arrest and acquittal for her choice of clothing in 1915, today overshadows her significant contributions to the women's movement and the anarchist labor movements, both in her native Puerto Rico and in the migrant labor belt that stretched along the Eastern United States, from Tampa to New York.
Carlson, Lori Mari and Oscar Hijuelos.
Burnt Sugar: Contemporary Cuban Poetry.
New York: Free Press, 2006.
PQ7383 E5 B87 2006.
Here are the sights, sounds, and rhythms of Cuba, revealed in the evocative works of some of the finest Cuban and Cuban American poets of the twentieth century. In Burnt Sugar, bestselling translator Lori Marie Carlson and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Oscar Hijuelos have created an intimate collection of some of their favorite modern poems, all of which are informed by cubanía— the essence of what it means to be Cuban.
The House on Mango Street.
New York: Knopf, 1994.
PS3553 I 78 H6 1994.
For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.
School Kids/Street Kids: Identity Development in Latino Students.
New York: Teachers College Press, 2002.
LC2670 .F56 2002
Examines the statistics on the low percentage of Latinos graduating high school, using the "role identity theory" to explain the stigmas surrounding the labels of "school-kid" versus "street-kid."
Garcia, Eugene E.
Hispanic Education in the United States.
Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield, 2001.
LC2669 G37 2001
Among the many recent books on educational reform, Eugene E. Garcia's Hispanic Education in the United States stands out as a landmark work. Garcia vibrantly portrays what works in creating better educational opportunities and effective school reform. He also offers a telling reflection on the bicultural experience of minority groups in the U.S. Culture is an asset in any individual's educational attainment.
Gaspar de Alba, Alicia.
Chicano Art Inside/Outside the Master’s House: Cultural Politics and the CARA Exhibition.
Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1998.
N6538 M4 G37 1998.
This book presents the first interdisciplinary cultural study of the CARA exhibit. Alicia Gaspar de Alba looks at the exhibit as a cultural text in which the Chicano/a community affirmed itself not as a "subculture" within the U.S. but as an "alter-Native" culture in opposition to the exclusionary and homogenizing practices of mainstream institutions. She also shows how the exhibit reflected the cultural and sexual politics of the Chicano Movement and how it serves as a model of Chicano/a popular culture more generally.
Black Cuban, Black American: A Memoir.
Houston, TX: Arte Publico Press, 2000.
E184 C97 G73 2000.
This work presents a seldom-made contrast, that of the differing experiences of a black man in Cuba and in the United States. Grillo, a community organizer and political activist, often tells us of the milder divisions between blacks and whites on his home island and of the much tougher, more inextricable racial barriers for blacks in "el Norte." Not only do whites abuse blacks in Tampa but U.S. blacks also set up hurdles for immigrant blacks such as Grillo and his family. As he is assimilated into U.S. black culture, Grillo documents his understanding and enjoyment of the agencies that American blacks developed to survive, grow, and eventually flourish.
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
New York: Harper Parennial, 1992.
PS3558.I376 M36 1992.
Inspired by their heroes Xavier Cugat and Desi Arnaz, brothers Cesar and Nestor Castillo come to New York City from Cuba in 1949 with designs on becoming mambo stars. Eventually they do--performing with Arnaz on "I Love Lucy" in 1955 and recording 78s with their own band, the Mambo Kings.
McNees, Pat Editor.
Contemporary Latin American Short Stories.
New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1996.
PQ7087 E5 C65 1996.
People speak of a "boom" in Latin American writing, and this is justly irritating to the writers. It is not that their writing has suddenly become worthy of international attention. It is that we, the readers, are finally paying attention to it. This collection of stories is a response to that interest.
Source: Mcnees, Pat. "Introduction 1974."
Smith, Heather A. and Owen J. Furseth Editors.
Latinos in the New South: Transformations of Place.
Burlingotn, VT: Ashgate, 2006.
F220 S75 L37 2006.
Authors include professors of geography, sociology, and anthropology and several scientists from the USDA Forest Service. The essays speak clearly to primary political and social issues relating to legal and illegal immigrants today. Myths are debunked and a clear statement of the essential contributions of contemporary immigrants is documented. Ironically, the US, a nation proud of its immigrant origins, continues to cycle through nativist ideologies, seeking to eliminate newcomers who are seen as threats by some citizens and elected officials.
Source: CHOICE, 1 April 2007. Book Index with Reviews. Georgia Perimeter College Library, Clarkston, GA. 8 November 2007 <http://www.ebscohost.com>.
Soto, Gary. Editor.
Pieces of the Heart: New Chicano Fiction.
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 1993.
PS508 M4 P53 1993
Soto ( Home Course in Religion ) has culled a varied group of short stories that are united nonetheless by their examination of family relationships and cultural identity.
The Hispanic Condition: The Power of a People.
New York: Rayo, 2001.
E184 S75 S75 2001
Examines the five major Hispanic groups in the United States, describing their cultural characteristics and their eventual role in mainstream America.
Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language.
New York: Rayo, 2003.
PE3102.M4 S63 2003
With this vivid socio-linguistic study and dictionary, Stavans brings Spanglish out of el barrio and into the academy, where he has been "livin' la jerga loca" since he first taught a much-hyped course called "The Sounds of Spanglish" in the late '90s. Professor of Latin American and Latino culture at Amherst College, Stavans has made it his project to codify, analyze and celebrate the slang he defines as the "encounter between cultures that is also a record of abundant past transactions."
Suarez-Orozco, Marcelo M. and Mariela M. Paez.
Latinos: Remaking America.
Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2002.
E184 S75 L37 2002.
Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States and will comprise a quarter of the country's population by mid-century. The process of Latinization, the result of globalization and the biggest migration flow in the history of the Americas, is indeed reshaping the character of the U.S. This landmark book brings together some of the leading scholars now studying the social, cultural, racial, economic, and political changes wrought by the experiences, travails, and fortunes of the Latino population.
Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish Speaking United States.
New York: Riverhead Books, 2005.
E84 S75 T63 2005
The nation's growing Hispanic population constitutes a "Latin Republic of the United States," contends this engrossing survey of Latino America.
I Gave You All I Had: A Novel.
New York: Arcade Pub., 1999.
PQ7390 V342 T313 1999.
A young Cuban woman, Cuquita, tries to survive the increasingly repressive wasteland of Castro’s Cuba as she waits for the political climate to change, so the love of her life--her daughter’s father--can return to her.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1970.
PS3572 A85 C45.
A bestseller when it was published in 1970 at the height of the Mexican-American civil rights movement, Chicano unfolds the fates and fortunes of the Sandoval family, who flee the chaos and poverty of the Mexican Revolution and begin life anew in the United States.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
New York: Little, Brown, 2007.
PS3551 L35774 A27 2007.
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Flight: A Novel.
New York: Black Cat, 2007.
PS3551 L35774 F67 2007.
On the verge of committing an act of violence, a troubled, orphaned Indian teenager finds himself hurtled through time and into various bodies, before returning to himself, forever altered by his experiences.
Ten Little Indians: Stories.
New York: Grove Press, 2003.
PS3551 L35774 T46 2002.
A collection of short fiction reflecting the experience of Native Americans caught in the midst of personal and cultural turmoil includes such works as "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above," "What You Pawn I will Redeem," and "Do You Know Where I Am?"
Bordewich, Fergus M.
Killing the White Man’s Indian: The Reinvention of Native Amercians at the End of the 20th Century.
New York: Doubleday, 1996.
E99 T77 B67 1996.
In the face of a new lightly romanticized view of Native Americans, Killing the White Man's Indian bravely confronts the current myths and often contradictory realities of tribal life today. Following two centuries of broken treaties and virtual government extermination of the "savage redmen," Americans today have recast Native Americans into another, equally stereotyped role, that of eternal victims, politically powerless and weakened by poverty and alcoholism, yet whose spiritual ties with the natural world form our last, best hope of salvaging our natural environment and ennobling our souls.
Brooks, James F. Editor.
Confounding the Color Line: The Indian-Black Experience in North America.
Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2002.
E98 R28 C66 2002.
Confounding the Color Line is an essential, interdisciplinary introduction to the myriad relationships forged for centuries between Indians and Blacks in North America. Since the days of slavery, the lives and destinies of Indians and Blacks have been entwined-thrown together through circumstance, institutional design, or personal choice.
Of Earth and Elders: Visions and Voices from Native America.
Missoula, MT: Bear Print, 1998.
E77 C43 1998.
Chapman is a highly acclaimed author and photographer whose first book, The Trail of Many Spirits (Mountain, 1997), was well received in both the United Kingdom and the United States. His new work, which combines literature and photography in a single written "mirror" for humanity, is one of those rare books that leads readers almost effortlessly to examine themselves and their own outlook on life.
Tracks: A Novel.
New York: Holt, 1988.
PS3555 R42 T73 1988.
The author captures the fears, myths, and doom of a living people and she does so with an ease that leaves the reader breathless.
Source: The New Yorker as cited on the book jacket.
Fair, Susan W.
Alaskan Native Art: Tradition, Innovation, Continuity.
Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Press, 2006.
E99 E7 F246 2006.
Ranging from the islands of the Bering Sea to Alaska's interior forests, Alaska Native Art celebrates the rich art of Alaska's Native peoples, both setting their work in the context of historical traditions and demonstrating the vibrant role it continues to play in contemporary Alaskan culture.
Grounds, Richard A., George E. Tinker, and David E. Wilkins.
Native Voices: American Indian Identity and Resistance.
Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2003.
E98 E85 N38 2003
Native peoples of North America still face an uncertain future due to their unstable political, legal, and economic positions. Views of their predicament, however, continue to be dominated by non-Indian writers. In response, a dozen Native American writers here reclaim their rightful role as influential "voices" in the debates about Native communities at the dawn of a new millennium.
Inuit Art: An Introduction.
Vancouver, BC: Douglas & McIntrye, 2002.
E98 E85 N38 2003.
Although the Inuit have lived in the Arctic since prehistoric times, Inuit art as we know it only came about in the late 1940s. This contemporary art form is appreciated around the world for its power and exquisite beauty, an art that embodies the Inuit’s harsh Arctic environment, unique way of life, and traditional beliefs.
Hurst, Thomas David.
Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, and the Battle for Native American Identity.
New York: Basic Books, 2000.
E77.9 T54 2000
Since its discovery in 1996, the issues surrounding Kennewick Man have grown ever more complicated and controversial. Out of this fracas comes Skull Wars, David Hurst Thomas's masterful contribution to the debate. The book is sure to stir passions even as it seeks to offer a better way for archeologists, anthropologists, and Native Americans to work together in the future.
Keyser, James D.
Art of the Warriors: Rock Art of the American Plains.
Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 2004.
E78 G73 K4813 2004.
North America, Plains rock art is second only to that of the Southwest in richness, complexity, and diversity of content. Ranging from finely drawn polychrome shield-bearing warrior pictographs to crudely pecked abstract petroglyphs, the art includes the most sophisticated portraiture ever done by native rock artists. Panels include hunting scenes, family groups, supernatural beings, and battle scenes that can be read well enough today to identify who killed whom more than 150 years after the event.
Green Grass, Running Water.
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
PR9199.3.K4422 G7 1993.
King's auspicious debut novel, Medicine River ( LJ 8/90), garnered critical acclaim and popular success (including being transformed into a TV movie). This encore, a genially wild tale with a serious heart, confirms the author's prowess. It involves the creation of a creation story, the mission of four ancient Indians, and the comparatively realistic doings of 40-year-old-adolescent Lionel Red Dog, unfazable cleaning woman Babo, and various memorable Blackfoot and others in scenic Alberta.
Krupat, Arnold and Brian Swann Editors.
Here First: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers.
New York: Modern Library, 2000.
E89.5 E84 2000.
Growing up Native American is unlike any other experience, although questions of identity and the struggle to find a place in the dominant culture resonate meaningfully to readers from all backgrounds.
Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols.
New York: Plume, 1997.
E98 F6 L25 1997.
Explores the symbolic meanings of animals in Native American legends
Moore, MariJo Editor.
Genocide of the Mind: New Natiave American Writing.
New York: Thunder Mouth Press, 2003.
E98 E85 G46 2003.
After five centuries of Eurocentrism, many people have little idea that Native American tribes still exist, or which traditions belong to what tribes. However over the past decade there has been a rising movement to accurately describe Native cultures and histories. In particular, people have begun to explore the experience of urban Indians—individuals who live in two worlds struggling to preserve traditional Native values within the context of an ever-changing modern society.
American Indian Ethnic Renewal: Red Power and the Resurgence of Identity and Culture.
York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
E98 E55 N34 1997.
Does activism matter? This book answers with a clear "yes." American Indian Ethnic Renewal traces the growth of the American Indian population over the past forty years, when the number of Native Americans grew from fewer than one-half million in 1950 to nearly 2 million in 1990.
Nichols, Roger L.
American Indians in US History.
Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003.
E77 N553 2003.
Nichols gracefully summarizes the last 2,000 years of American Indian life in fewer than 300 pages by concentrating on Indian-European encounters. He begins, however, with ancient migration to the Americas, current knowledge of which is based on material and human remains, though some of those are objects of controversy over whether they are the remains of present-day Indians' ancestors.
Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2002.
PS3566 O83578 R66 2002.
A collection of short stories features such subjects as a Sioux spirit travelling the night sky in search of good dreams, a Sioux elder’s hope to return to her prairie home, and a Harvard student’s reevaluation of the learning process.
Swann, Brian and Arnold Krupat.
I Tell You Now: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers.
Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.
E89 I24 2005.
A rich diversity of attitude, experience, and literary style can be seen in I Tell You Now. For these Native American writers, being caught between two cultures has sharpened the struggle for self-identity and a sense of self-worth.’
Townsend, Richard F. Editor.
Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004.
E56 H475 2004.
Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South explores the themes of a major branch of early civilization in the Americas that is virtually unknown to the public—that of the midwestern and southern United States. The exhibition assembles some 300 masterpieces of stone, ceramic, wood, shell, and copper created between 2000 B.C. and A.D. 1600 and presents them in the context of large-scale plans and reconstruction drawings of major archaeological sites.
Velie, Alan R. Editor.
The Lightening Within: An Anthology of Contemporary American Indian Fiction.
Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1991.
PS508 I5 L54 1991.
Nine outstanding stories by Native American authors including Louise Erdrich, N. Scott Momaday, Michael Dorris and Leslie Silko.
Weatherford, J. McIver.
Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World.
New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1990.
E59 I53 W43 1990.
Charts the wide-ranging and lasting impact of Native American culture on American and European society
Wikinson, Charles F.
Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations.
New York: Norton, 2005.
E98 T77 W546 2005.
"The story of the extraordinary gains by Indian tribes over the second half of the twentieth century"-- Provided by publisher.
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