Finding Our Way Home: The Great Lakes Woodland People - Bibliography

Baydo, Jerry R., ed., Readings in American History. Wheaton, Ill., 1992.

  • Includes many eighteenth and nineteenth century speeches by Woodland Indians not accessible elsewhere, but like all translations, be aware of "Christian teachings coming from Native's tongues" (Review by Buffalo Heart Woman, Indiana).

_____ . A History of the American Indian. Wheaton, Ill., 1992.

  • A straightforward, though sympathetic, account up to 1934, organized according to events from the white man's point of view.

Black Hawk. Life of Black Hawk. Reprint of 1916 edition. New York, 1994.

  • This first-hand account was originally published in 1834. The notes by scholars reflect the prevailing attitude toward American Indians. Overall, this is a rare opportunity to hear directly from an American Indian why he waged war against the United States.

Dye, Kitty. Maconaquah's Story: The Saga of Frances Slocum. Port Clinton, Ohio, 1996.

  • Readable, well-researched retelling.

Fatout, Paul. Indiana Canals. West Lafayette, 1972.

  • Rivers were the interstates. Canals connected them, in many cases following the routes of the Woodland Indians of the Great Lakes region.

Fixico, Donald L., ed. Rethinking American Indian History. Albuquerque, 1997.

  • Essays reflect an expanded view of scholarship on how to teach and learn about the complexity of American Indian life.

Francis, Lee. Native Time: A Historical Time Line of Native America. New York, 1996.

  • Timeline from an American Indian perspective.

Godfroy, Chief Clarence. Miami Indian Stories. Winona Lake, Ind., 1961.

  • Stories relating the traditions and customs of the Indiana Miamis passed on by the great-great grandson of Frances Slocum.

Henderson, A. Gwynn. Kentuckians before Boone. Lexington, Ky., 1992.

  • A fictionalized account of an American Indian family in central Kentucky in 1585, based on archaeological and fifteenth and sixteenth century accounts from Euroamerican traders.

Hirschfelder, Arlene, ed. Native Heritage. New York, 1995.

  • Personal accounts by American Indians, 1790-present, under topics such as family, language, traditions, discrimination.

Hìtakonanu'laxk (Tree Beard). The Grandfathers Speak: Native American Folk Tales of the Lenapé People. Brooklyn, N.Y. 1994.

  • Includes tales handed down by Elders, printed in early books or recorded by missionaries.

Hoxie, Frederick E. Encyclopedia of North American Indians. Boston & New York, 1996.

  • Includes comprehensive data on Great Lakes tribes, key personalities, and topics.

_____, Frederick E., and Peter Iverson. eds. Indians in American History: An Introduction. Wheeling, Ill., 1998.

  • Essays from various American Indian perspectives. See especially Chapter 7 to understand differences in perceptions between Indians and non-Indians. For example, Tecumseh has become a mythic hero, yet "The Prophet" had more influence for Indians.

Indians and a Changing Frontier: The Art of George Winter. Indianapolis, 1993.

  • Catalog of the George Winter collection at the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, Lafayette, Ind. Essays by Christian F. Feest and R. David Edmunds.

Iverson, Peter, "We Are Still Here": American Indians in the Twentieth Century. Wheeling, Ill., 1998.

  • Analysis of complex issues from the American Indian point of view in readable form.

Jahoda, Gloria. The Trail of Tears: The Story of the American Indian Removal, 1813-1855. New York, 1975.

  • Incorporates Indian point of view.

Johnson, Howard. A Home in the Woods: Pioneer Life in Indiana. Bloomington, Ind., 1991.

  • Oliver Johnson's family moved to Marion County just as the Delawares were removed in 1821.

Kohn, Rita, and W. Lynwood Montell, eds. Always a People: Oral Histories of Contemporary Woodland Indians. Bloomington, Ind., 1997.

  • Forty-one first person oral histories representing seventeen different tribes. Introduction by R. David Edmunds.

McPherson, Alan. Indian Names in Indiana. [Monticello,] Ind., 1993.

  • Alphabetical listing with subject index and maps.

Marks, LaMoine. Kim-qu-tah. Lagro, Ind., 1994.

  • Family oral tradition of the white captive Hannah Thorpe, written by her Miami great-grandson. Pamphlet, n.d.

Minnetrista Cultural Center & Ball State University. Native American Cultures in Indiana. Muncie, 1992.

____. 1991-1992 Proceedings Woodland National Conference. Muncie, 1992.

Rafert, Stewart. The Miami Indians of Indiana: A Persistent People, 1654-1994. Indianapolis, 1996.

  • Carefully researched from Miami point of view.

Remini, Robert V. Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars. New York, 2001.

  • Reviewer Andrew R. L. Cayton takes exception to the author's analysis that Jackson is the "savior of American Indians" through his program of forced removals.

Shorto, Russell. Tecumseh and the Dream of an American Indian Nation. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1989.

  • Alvin Josephy's Biography Series of American Indians. While the chronology is accurate, the language is stereotypical in describing American Indians.

Ritzenthaler, Robert E., and Pat Ritzenthaler. The Woodland Indians of the Western Great Lakes. Milwaukee, 1983.

  • Generally good background data, but be aware of stereotypical language and information, such as referring to ceremonial dress as "costumes" and the use of "squaw."

Simons, Richard S. The Rivers of Indiana. Bloomington, Ind., 1985.

  • Woodland Indian history is best understood through the rivers along which they lived and traded.

Smith, David Lee. Folklore of the Winnebago Tribe. Norman, Okla., 1997.

  • Creation and trickster stories, myths and legends retold in the voices of the Elders who passed them on to the author, a Winnebago.

Thom, Dark Rain. Kohkumthena's grandchildren: the Shawnee. Indianapolis, 1994.

  • Fictionalized account based in part on research by anthropologist Erminie Wheeler Voegelin.

Sugden, John. Tecumseh: A Life. New York, 1998.

  • Comprehensive biography.

Thompson, Charles N. Sons of the Wilderness: John and William Conner. Noblesville, Ind., 1988.

  • History from the white man's point of view. William married Mekinges, daughter of Delaware Chief Anderson.

Twigh Twee Singers. From the River. Pennsauken, N.J., 2001.

  • Audio Tape and CD of eleven songs in the Indiana Miami Indian Tribe tradition.

Valley, Dorris, and Mary M. Lembecke, eds. The Peorias: A History of the Peoria Indian Tribe of Oklahoma. Miami, Okla., 1991.

  • A researched documentation of Peoria Indian sites and life, as part of the Illinois Nation, in the Old Northwest Territory to removal westward into Oklahoma.

Weeks, Philip. Farewell, My Nation: The American Indian and the United States, 1820-1890. Arlington Heights, Ill., 1990.

  • Some honest answers, some conclusions for healing deep wounds about why the U.S. turned to a policy of separation, removing American Indians under brutal conditions.

Wilson, George R. Early Indiana Trails and Surveys. Reprint. Indianapolis, 1986.

  • The American Indian footprint is found everywhere. Good maps, including one of Treaties with American Indians (p. 54).

Other resources

Indian Arts & Crafts Association & Council for Indigenous Arts and Culture & The Book Publishing Co., Summertown, Tenn. Call 1-800-695-2241.

  • Titles include Native American Crafts and Music Directories.

Indiana Historical Bureau.

  • Relevant issues of The Indiana Historian are available for purchase or on-line. Background data and selected resources.

Indiana Historical Society.

  • Original documents in the William Henry Smith Memorial Library and articles in Traces and The Hoosier Genealogist.

Indiana Magazine of History.

Indiana State Library.

  • Original documents in Indiana Division.

Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of the American Indian.

  • Quarterly publication, museum, and research library on the web or call 800-242-6624.

Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission, Indiana River Heritage Corridor Commission.

  • Monthly meetings and publications cover history and current events. Call 317-232-4070.

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