Multimedia Resources

Audio cassettes

Dailey, Sheila. Land of Sky Blue Waters: Stories and Legends of the Great Lakes. Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Ms. Dailey tells eight stories on this cassette tape, four of them Native American.

Dunn, Anne M. and Maefred Arey. Grandmother Stories. Cass Lake, MN: 1992.

"As told by storyteller Anne Dunn and her mother, Maefred Arey, these stories are traditional tales of the Anishinabe with flute and drum by Anne's daughter, Annette."

Ojibway Music from Minnesota: A Century of Song for Voice and Drum. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society.

Cassette tape with fifteen songs.


Chief Buffalo, the Peace Maker. Duluth, MN: Upper Midwest Video, 1995. 24.30 minutes

Summary: The efforts of this leader of the Chippewas of Western Lake Superior to get the best deal possible from the U.S. government form the principal focus of this video. The Chief met two American Presidents. He was able to prevent what could have been a bloodbath. A G-G-G granddaughter of Buffalo is on this video to help tell his story.

The Dugout Builders (on the Great Lakes). Duluth, MN: Upper Midwest Video, 1994. 17 minutes.

Summary: Excavation of a dugout building site enabled archaeologists to piece together evidence of how primitive canoes were made. The tools also indicated that nets to snare ducks and to catch fish were made here. The video shows a dugout that was made by the researchers and tried in the nearby lake. . . the first one seen there in 2500 years.

Historic Michigan Indians. Duluth, MN: Upper Midwest Videos, 1990. 16 minutes.

Summary: Major Indian tribes living in what is now Michigan at the time of the arrival of the Europeans are individually highlighted. The location of their traditional tribal lands is designated on maps. The types of dwellings in which they lived, the dress peculiar to each tribe, food sources, and their general life styles are defined.

Michigan's First People. Duluth, MN: Upper Midwest Videos, 1991. 19 minutes

Summary: Artifacts found in ancient living sites are the "props" used by an expert on pre-historic people of Michigan. He explains their probable daily activities and the type of shelter they built, tools used to make clothing, their diet and food preparation, and weapons of bone and wood. Their bead work, reed mats, and other artifacts are shown and explained.

Ojibwa of Michigan. Duluth, MN: Upper Midwest Videos, 1992. 23: 30 Minutes

Summary: The life style of the Ojibwa (Chippewas) from the 1600's to the early 1900's is the main focus. Museum curators, using mostly original artifacts, explain such things as cradle boards, tools of bone and stone, bead work, food types, and how each is procured. Contributions made by the Ojibwa to our lasting benefit are noted. Maps who areas occupied.

Travels of Cass.‚Äč Duluth, MN: Upper Midwest Videos, 1993. 14:30 minutes

Summary: The journey of Cass from Michigan to what is now Wisconsin is detailed with some emphasis on his assistants who would later become famous in their own right. The truly humanitarian contacts Cass had with Indians is related. His largely unspoken hopes of finding the source of the Mississippi are mentioned.

Stories, Folklore, Legends, and Fiction


Baker, Olaf. Where the Buffaloes Begin. NY: Federick Warne, 1981. Unpaged. Illustrated by Stephen Gammell.

This is a Great Plains Indian story. After hearing the legend retold by the tribe's oldest member, Little Wolf hopes to someday witness the beginning of the buffaloes at the sacred lake.

Baker, R. Ray. The Red Brother and Other Indian Stories. Ann Arbor, MI: George Wahr, 1925. 155 pages.

A fictional account of Chief Wawatan and Northern Michigan.

Balch, Glenn. Indian Saddle-Up. NY: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1953. 210 pages. Illustrated by Robert Frankenberg.

"Here is the story of the most dramatic moment in the history of the American Indian, when an Indian mounted a horse for the first time and brought to his tribe and his people a whole new way of living."

Blos, Joan W. Brothers of the Heart: A Story of the Old Northwest, 1837-1838. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1985. 162 pages.

Fourteen-year-old Shem spends six months in the Michigan wilderness alone with a dying Indian woman, who helps him, not only to survive, but to mature to the point where he can return to his family and the difficulties of life as a cripple in a frontier village.

Bruchac, Joseph. Eagle Song. NY: Dial Books, 1997. 80 pages. Illustrated by Dan Adreasen.

Bruchac is Abmaki/Mohawk. "After moving from a Mohawk reservation to Brooklyn, New York, fourth grader Danny BigTree encounters stereotypes about his Native American heritage."

Bruchac, Joseph. The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story. NY: Dial Books, 1993. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by Anna Vojtech.

A quarrel between the first man and the first woman is reconciled when the sun causes strawberries to grow out of the earth.

Bruchac, Joseph. Flying with the Eagle, Racing with the Great Bear: Stories from Native North America. Troll, 1993. 128 pages. Illustrator Muru Jacob.

Sixteen traditional tales associated with rites of passage from a variety of tribal nations.

Bruchac, Joseph. Fox Song. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1997. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by Paul Morin.

"After the passing of her Indian great-grandmother, Jamie remembers the many special things the old woman shared with here about the natural world."

Bruchac, Joseph and Gayle Ross. The Girl who Married the Moon: Tales from Native North America. Bridgewater Books, 1994. 127 pages. Illustrated by S.S. Burris.

Sixteen Native American stories that celebrate the passage from girlhood to womanhood. Ross and Burris are Cherokee.

Bruchac, Joseph. Native American Animal Stories From Keepers of the Animals. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 1992. 133 pages. Illustrated by John Kahiones Fadden and David Kanietakeron Fadden.

Twenty four stories which demonstrate the power of animals in Native American tradition. The illustrators are Mohawk.

Bruchac, Joseph. Native American Stories From Keepers of the Earth. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 1991. 139 pages. Illustrated by John Kahionhes Fadden.

A collection of Native American tales and myths focusing on the relationship between man and nature.

Bruchac, Joseph. Native Plant Stories From Keepers of Life. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 1995. 125 pages. Illustrated by John Kahionhes Fadden and David Kanietaheron Faddon.

These stories promote responsible stewardship toward all living things. With original illustrations by Mohawk artists these stories draw upon legends from 18 Native American tribes.

Bruchac, Joseph and Jonathan London. Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back: A Native American Year of Moons. NY: Philomel Books, 1992. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by Thomas Locker.

Celebrates the seasons of the year through poems from the legends of such Native American tribes as the Cherokee, Cree, and Sioux.


Caldwell, E. K. Bear: American Indian Legends. NY: Scholastic, 1996. 32 pages. Illustrated by Diana Magnuson.

Includes both factual information and Indian legends about North American bears. Caldwell is Tsalagi and Shawnee and European.

Chamberlin, Mrs. Alden. Whitewing: An Indian Story. Published by the author, 1911. 180 pages.

Fiction set in Michigan. Whitewing, an Indian woman, exerts a widespread Christian influence and marries a missionary in this story of early Michigan.

Clark, Ann Nolan. In My Mother's House. NY: Puffin Books, 1992. [1941]. 56 pages. Illustrated by Velino Herrera.

A young Tewa Indian describes the home, customs, work, and strong communal spirit of his people.

Coady, John P. The Legends and Story of the Michigan Indian. Cedar Springs, MI: Cedar Springs Historical Society, 1993. 114 pages.

Native American legends collected in the Mid-Michigan area by an educator.

Coatsworth, Emerson and David Coatsworth. The Adventures of Nanabush: Ojibway Indian Stories. NY: Atheneum, 1979. 85 pages. Illustrated by Francis Kagige.

"These stories, which have delighted generations of Ojibway and are told here by elders of the Rama Ojibway Band in Canada, will delight a wide new audience of young readers and storytellers."

Coleman, Sister Bernard, et. al. Ojibwa Myths and Legends. Minneapolis, MN: Ross and Haines, 1962. 135 pages. Drawings by Ruth Manley.

The stories in Ojibwa myths and legends express aboriginal social and religious beliefs and an aboriginal economy."

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. 370 pages. This edition illustrated by N.C. Wyeth.

Fiction set in the New York area.

Cory, David. Chippewa Trail. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1939. 143 pages.

A Sioux boy goes on a peace mission to the Chippewa of the Great Lakes region.

Cory, David. Little Indian. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1934. 128 pages

Adventures of a young Native American boy.

Cory, David. Lone Star. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1936. 128 pages.

A young Native American boy and his adventures.

Coryell, Hubert V. Indian Brother. NY: Harcourt, Brace, 1935. 348 pages.

"I dedicate this book to our pioneer ancestors who settled this land of New England and held it against the Indians by their stoutness of heart and their stubborn determination to make the wilderness their own. But I dedicate it equally to the Indians from whom our ancestors wrenched the land. They fought for their hunting grounds fiercely and cruelly, but they knew no other way."

Crook, Connie Brummel. Maple Moon. Toronto: Stoddard Kids, 1999. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by Scott Cameron.

A young Missisagua boy discovers maple sap and his tribe discovers maple syrup.

Cross, Genevieve. Tommy and the Indians. NY: Cross Publications, 1950. 35 pages. Illustrated by Steven Vegh.

Near Fort Joseph, a small white boy is befriended by Chief Weesaw.

Curry, Jane Louise. Turtle Island: Tales from the Algonquin Nations. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1999. 145 pages. Illustrated by James Watt.

A collection of 27 tales from different tribes that are part of the Algonquin peoples who lived from the Middle Atlantic states and up through eastern Canada.

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De Paola, Tomie. The Legend of the Bluebonnet: An Old Tale of Texas. NY: Putnam & Grosset, 1996. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by the author.

A retelling of the Comanche Indian legend of how a little girl's sacrifice brought the flower called bluebonnet to Texas.

De Paola, Tomie. The Legend of the Indian Paint Brush. NY: Putnam & Grosset Group, 1988. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by the author.

"Little Gopher follows his destiny, as revealed in a dream-vision, of becoming an artist for his people and eventually is able to bring the colors of the sunset to the earth."

Dolch, Edward W. and Marquerite P. Dolch. Wigwam Stories in Basic Vocabulary. Champaign, IL: Garrard Publishing, 1956. 165 pages. Illustrated by Robert S. Kerr.

"This collection of Forest Indian tales contains stories from tribes which extended from New York across the country to Wisconsin. This book is called wigwam stories because the lodges of these tribes were generally called wigwams. The stories are typical of the great mass of folklore of the forests and give an idea of the thinking of these forest peoples."

Dominic, Gloria. Song of the Hermit Thrush: An Iroquois Legend. [n.p.] Troll, 1996. 47 pages. Illustrated by Charles Reasoner.

The animals and birds of the forest hold a contest to choose which will sing a song to greet the day.

Donaldson, Ellen Miller. Little Papoose Listens. Springfield, MA: McLoughlin Bros., 1934. 112 pages. Illustrated by Heldegard Lupprian.

"Touched with the magic wand of Indian fancy and written in poetic style in keeping with their character, these legends of the Navajos have endless charm."

Ellis, Edward S. The Daughter of the Chieftain: The Story of an Indian Girl. NY: McLoughlin, [1908]. 120 pages.

Delaware Indian fiction set in Pennsylvania with a Christian flavor.


Fernald, Helen Clark. The Shadow of the Crooked Tree. NY: David McKay, 1965. 244 pages.

"The theme is Louisa's coming to love the backwoods country, coming to understand the people, particularly the Indians, and being won over to stay on." Fiction set in Michigan.

Fox, Francis Margaret. The Magic Canoe: A Frontier Story of the American Revolution. Chicago: Albert Whitman Co., 1939. 271 pages. Illustrated by Matilda Breuer.

Set in Revolutionary War times, this is the story of two children Indian captives in the Great Lakes area.

Fox, Mary Virginia. Ambush at Fort Dearborn. NY: St. Martin's Press, 1962. 123 pages. Illustrated by Lorence Bjorklund.

Tamrak, a Potawatomi boy, and Tom become friends when both are captured by the Senecas.

Fuller, Iola. Loon Feather. NY: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1940.

Fiction set at Mackinac. Oneta, daughter of Tecumseh and stepdaughter of a French trader, must choose between her two worlds.

Fuller, Iola. The Shining Trail. NY: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1943. 442 pages.

"The incidents in this novel leading up to and following through the Black Hawk War are based on historical fact."


George, Jean. Julie of the Wolves. NY: Harper & Row, 1972. 170 pages. Illustrated by John Schoenherr.

A young Eskimo girl survives alone with the help of a wolf pack.

Goble, Paul. Buffalo Woman. NY: Macmillan, 1986. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by the author.

The story of Buffalo Woman comes from the tribes who followed the buffalo herds on the Great Plains.

Goble, Paul. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Scarsdale, NY: Bradbury Press, 1978. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by the author.

"Although she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free."

Goble, Paul. Iktomi and the Boulder: A Plains Indian Story. NY: Orchard Books, 1988. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by the author.

Itkomi, a Plains Indian trickster, attempts to defeat a boulder with the assistance of some bats, in this story which explains why the Great Plains are covered with small stones.

Golden, Barbara Diamond. The Girl Who Lived with the Bears. San Diego: Gulliver Books, 1997. Unpaged picture book. Illustrator: Andrew Plewes.

Pacific Northwest Indian tale of the relationship between humans and animals.

Greene, Jacqueline Dunbar. Manabozho's Gifts: Three Chippewa Tales. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. 42 pages. Illustrated by Jennifer Hewitson.

Three Chippewa legends featuring the mythical hero Manabozho, who introduces fire and wild rice to his people and saves the rose from extinction.

Grey Owl. Sajo and the Beaver People. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. 187 pages. With sketches by the author.

The author writes, "It is my hope that, besides providing an hour or two of entertainment, this simple story of two Indian children and their well-loved animal friends may awaken in some eager, inquiring young minds a clearer and more intimate understanding of the joys and the sorrows, the work, the pastimes and the daily lives of the humble little people of the forest."

Gridley, Marion E. Indian Legends of American Scenes. Chicago: M.A. Donohue, 1939. 127 pages.

"The legends of the Indian are the true folklore of America. Those that pertain to the scenic spots of the country are certainly essentially American. The stories reflect with clearness their thoughts and lives, and in the beauty and dignity of these traditions the spiritual side of the Indian nation is richly portrayed."

Gringhuis, Dirk. Lore of the Great Turtle: Indian Legends of Mackinac Retold. Mackinac Island, MI: Mackinac Island State Park Commission, 1970. 89 pages. Illustrated by the author.

Nineteen stories of Mackinac.


Hagner, Dorothy Childs. Navajo Winter Nights: Folk Tales and Myths of the Navajo People. NY: E.M. Hale, 1938. 180 pages. Illustrated by Nils Hagner.

Based on authentic Navajo stories but edited by the author.

Hale, Anna W. Mystery on Mackinac Island. Tucson, AZ: Harbinger House, 1989. 183 pages. Illustrated by Lois McLane.

Thirteen year old Hunter Martineau, an Ottawa Indian, and his tourist friends, Rusty and Fancy, investigate the mystery of stolen bicycles on Mackinac Island.

Heming, Arthur. Spirit Lake. NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1907. 335 pages. With illustrations by the author.

Fiction featuring the Ojibway/Saulteaux of Canada.

Holling, Holling Clancy. Claws of the Thunderbird: A Tale of Three Lost Indians. Joliet: P.F. Volland, 1928. 128 pages. Illustrated by the author.

A story of the Chippewa around the Great Lakes.

Holling, Holling Clancy. Paddle-to-the-Sea. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941. Unpaged. Illustrated by the author.

An Indian boy made a toy canoe which he sent on a journey which took it from his cabin near Lake Nipigon through the Great Lakes to the Ocean.


Jenks, Albert. The Childhood of Ji-Shib, the Ojibwa and Sixty-four Pen Sketches. Madison, WI: American Thresherman, 1900. 130 pages.

Fictional account of a young Ojibwa boy's childhood.

Johnston, Basil. Mermaids and Medicine Women: Native Myths and Legends. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1998. 79 pages. Illustrated by Maxine Noel.

"Authentic voices of the elders preserved" by Johnston who is of Cape Croker First Nation and Noel who is of the Birdtail Sioux.

Johnston, Basil and Jonas George. The Star Man and Other Tales. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1997. 62 pages. Illustrated by Ken Syrette.

Nine Ojibway stories told and illustrated by Ojiway authors and artist.

Johnston, Basil. Tales of the Anishinaubaek. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1993. 79 pages. Illustrated by Maxine Noel.

Nine stories of the Ojibwa retold by an Ojibwa author and illustrated by a Sioux artist.

Johnston, Basil. Tales the Elders Told: Ojibway Legends. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1981. 64 pages. Illustrated by Shirley Cheechoo.

Nine Ojibway stories told by an Ojibway author.

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Kerle, Arthur G. Whispering Trees: A Tale of Michigamaw. St. Cloud: MN: North Star Press, 1971. 208 pages.

Johnny Shawno, an Ojibway man, is caught in cultural changes but he wants none of them.

Lange, Dietrich. The Gold Rock of the Chippewa. Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1925. 272 pages.

Set in 1775 around Lake Superior among the Chippewa.

Lange, Dietrich. The Silver Island of the Chippewa. Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1913. 246 pages. Illustrated by Stanley L. Wood.

"A tale playing on the lakes, streams, and islands, and in the forests of the Chippewas, who in the days gone by, fought many a battle with their hereditary enemies, the Sioux, but did not join the Sioux in their desperate struggles against the whites."

Larned, W. T. American Indian Fairy Tales. NY: Wise-Parslow, 1935. 96 pages. Illustrated by John Rae.

"With one exception, all the tales in this book are adapted from the legends collected by Henry R. Schoolcraft in 'Algic Researches'."

Larry, Charles. Peboan and Seegwun. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1993. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by the author.

An encounter between Peboan, Old Man Winter, and Seegwun, the Spirit of Spring, marks the transition from one season to another.

Leekley, Thomas B. The World of Manabozho: Tales of Chippewa Indians. NY: Vanguard Press, 1965. 128 pages. Illustrated by Yeffe Kimball.

"I set out to make them interesting to American boys and girls generally. In so doing I had to rearrange and edit them, because, told the way the Indians tell them, they seem more like story material than finished stories."

Legendary Lore of the Northern Lake Country compiled by the Tenth Grade Composition Class of the Elk Rapids High School, Elk Rapids, Michigan. 1925-1926. 76 pages

A compilation of stories from various sources including interviews, newspapers, and books.

Lelooska, Chief. Spirit of the Cedar People: More Stories and Paintings of Chief Lelooska. NY: DK Publishing, 1998. Edited by Christine Normandin. 38 pages.

Five tales of the Northwest Coast Indians of a time long ago when spirits and animals dwelled in a shadowy world full of magic.

London, Jonathan and Lanny Pinola. Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale about how Fire Came to the People. San Francisco: Chronicle Book, 1993. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by Sylvia Long.

With the help of other animals, Wise Old Coyote manages to acquire fire from the wicked Yellow Jacket sisters.

Locker, Thomas. The Land of Gray Wolf. NY: Penguin Books, 1991. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by the author.

"The forests and fields of long-ago America provided food and shelter for the native tribes who nurtured them. But then white settlers arrived and claimed the land, cutting the dense forests for timber and depleting the fertile soil by over farming. Here is a compelling portrayal of one small tribe's efforts to save their land and themselves from destruction."


Magoon, Marian W. Ojibway Drums. NY: Longmans, Green & Co., 1955. 146 pages. Illustrated by Larry Toschik.

Two Ojibway boy's adventures on Birch Island in Georgian Bay.

Malory, Lois. Swift Thunder of the Prairie: An American Adventure. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1942.

"This is a story of buffalo and buffalo hunters and of the white man and his railroad."

Manitawauba. Cheboygan, MI: Cheboygan Daily Tribune, 1970. 18 pages.

Fiction written by 7th graders about Manitawauba, a real Native American of the Cheboygan area.

Mathews, Cornelius. The Indian Fairy Book: From the Original Legends. NY: Leavitt & Allen, 1868. 338 pages. Illustrated by John McLenan.

These stories are taken from Schoolcraft's work and reinterpreted.

Martin, Rafe. The Rough-Face Girl. NY: G.P. Putnam's, 1992. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by David Shannon.

"In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, the Rough-faced girl and her two beautiful but heartless sisters compete for the affections of the Invisible Being."

Mayo, Gretchen Will. North American Indian Stories: More Earthmaker's Tales. NY: Walker, 1990. 48 pages. Illustrated by the author.

A collection of Indian legends from several tribes about earthquakes, snow, fog, and other natural phenomena.

Mayo, Gretchen Will. North American Indian Stories: More Star Tales. NY: Walker, 1990. 42 pages. Illustrated by the author.

A collection of Indian legends about the stars, moon, and night time sky.

Mayo, Gretchen Will. Star Tales: North American Indian Stories. NY: Walker, 1990. 50 pages. Illustrated by the author.

A collection of Indian legends about the stars, moon, and night time sky.

McDermott, Gerald. Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale. NY: Viking Press, 1974. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by the author.

An adaption of the Pueblo Indian myth which explains how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of men.

McDermott, Gerald. Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest. San Diego: Harcourt, Brace, 1993. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by the author.

Raven, A Pacific Coast trickster, sets out to find the sun.

McGuire, Frances. Indian Drums Beat Again. NY: E.P. Dutton, 1953. 123 pages. Illustrated by John Polgreen.

A young Indian boy and a white boy become friends on Mackinac Island.

Menunqua. Medicine Bear. [n.p.]: Thunder Bay Press, 1996. 72 pages.

"Medicine Bear brings the ancient world of the Native American to life. Following the seasonal migrations and rites of passage of the Odawa and Cheyenne tribes, it reveals the traditional and spiritual stories that make up the substance of a people through the adventures of Medicine Bear and his brave friend, Young Eagle, as they grow to adulthood."

Mitchell, A. Templeton. The Indians and the Oki: A Story of Old France in the New World. Chicago: Row, Peterson, 1925. 282 pages.

An Indian boy and a French boy share adventures on the Great Lakes frontier.

Moon, Grace. Chi-Wee'; The Adventures of a Little Indian Girl. Garden City, NY: Doubeday, Doran, 1928. 239 pages. Illustrated by Carl Moon.

An Indian girl from the Pueblo, her home and her work are portrayed in this book.

Morriseau, Norval. Legends of My People, the Great Ojibway. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1965. 130 pages. Illustrated by the author.

Morriseau is Ojibwa. "The author tells of the beliefs, tales and legends up to present day of the great Ojibway nation of Lake Nipigon and the Thunder Bay District."

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Newell, Cicero. Indian Stories. Boston: Silver, Burdett, 1912. 187 pages.

These are Dakota Indian stories. "I give the stories as they were told to me by old men who knew and loved the old-time ways, and who wanted to give me the real facts because they saw that I respected their customs and believed in them. In these stories I share with the boys and girls of to-day my recollections."

Neitzel, Shirley. From the Land of the White Birch. Spring Lake, MI: River Road Publications, 1997. 30 pages. Illustrated by Daniel Powers.

Three Ojibwa legends illustrated by an Ojibwa artist.

Norman, Howard. Trickster and the Fainting Birds. San Diego: Gulliver Books, 1999. 82 pages. Illustrated by Tom Pohrt.

A collection of seven Cree and Chippewa trickster tales.

Oldenburg, E. William. Potawatomi Indian Summer. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1975. 134 pages. Illustrated by Betty Beeby.

Six children find themselves transported back several centuries to a time in which the forests around their house were inhabited by Potawatomi Indians.

Osofsky, Audrey. Dream Catcher. NY: Orchard Books, 1992. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by Ed Young.

"In the land of the Ojibwa a baby sleeps, protected from bad dreams, as the life of the tribe goes on around him."

Otto, Simon. Ah-soo-cah-nah-nah. Talking Leaves Publishing, 1977. 61 pages.

Otto, an Ottawa/Ojibwa from Michigan "is striving to pass on what he knows and had heard to the younger ones of the tribe, so that they can carry on the traditions."

Otto, Simon. Walk in Peace: Legends and Stories of Michigan Indians. Grand Rapids, MI: Michigan Indian Press, 1990. 50 pages. Illustrated by Kayle Crampton.

Otto is Ojibway/Odawa. "These legends and stories have come from my own memories."

Oughton, Jerrie. Music From a Place Called Half Moon. NY: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1997. 160 pages.

"The summer Edie Jo meets Cherokee Fish is the summer her whole world changes. Her town is astir with anti-Native American tension, and it seems that her father is the only person in all of North Carolina who believes in integration. Thirteen year old Edie Jo isn't even sure how she feels, and the entrance of the mysterious Cherokee Fish confuses her even more."

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Panagopoulos, Janie Lynn. Little Ship Under Full Sail: An Adventure in History. Spring Lake, MI: River Road Publications, 1997. 146 pages.

"When her grandchildren arrive at her home, Grandmother Kinzie tells them the story of their great-grandmother's capture by the Seneca Indians in 1779."

Parker, Arthur C. [Gawaso Wanneh] Red Streak of the Iroquois. Chicago: Children's Press, 1950. 191 pages. Illustrated by I. Heilbren.

Parker is Seneca. "The story of an Indian boy in the time of Hiawatha."

Parrish, Peggy. Good Hunting, Blue Sky: An I Can Read Book. [n.p.]: Harper Trophy, 1991. 64 pages. Illustrated by James Watts.

"Blue Sky is on his first hunt. He sees turkey and a deer and even a giant bear. Blue Sky is a clever hunter. But can he catch the meat before the meat catches him?"

Phillips, W. S. Indian Tales for Little Folks. NY: Platt & Nourse, 1914. 80 pages. Illustrated by the author.

Stories from Indians west of the Missouri River. "Every story in this book is a genuine Indian story, told in English as nearly as possible as the Indian would tell it."

Rasmussen, Knud. The Eagle's Gift: Alaska Eskimo Tales. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Duran, 1932. 235 pages. Illustrated by Ernst Hansen.

"The tales were taken down in Eskimo at the story teller's dictation, and I have always, in their transition to a modern speech, honestly striven to spoil nothing of the fine, poetic tone, and the artless vigor which is so characteristic of the primitive spirit and which forms the very pith of the tales."

Reed, Earl H. The Silver Arrow, and Other Indian Romances of the Dune Country. Chicago: Reilly & Lee, 1926. Illustrated by the author.

"The author has tried to interpret part of the spirit and romance of the Indian life in dune country along the shores of Lake Michigan and the region immediately surrounding it."

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San Souci, Robert. Sootface: An Ojibwa Cinderella Story. NY: Doubleday, 1994. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by Daniel San Souci.

Although she is mocked by her two older sisters, an Indian maiden wins a mighty invisible warrior for her husband with her kind and honest heart.

Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe. The Fire Plume: Legends of the American Indians. Collected by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. Edited by John Bierhorst. NY: Dial, 1969. Illustrated by Alan E. Cohen.

These stories were collected by Schoolcraft during his travels through the Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes region.

Schwarz, Herbert T. Windigo, and other Tales of the Ojibways. Toronto: Mcclelland & Stewart, 1969. 40 pages. Illustrated by Norval Morrisseau.

Morisseau is Ojibway. Eight legends of the Ojibway, illustrated in the traditional style of the tribe with two-colour drawings.

Smith, Laura Rountree. Fifty Indian Legends: Stories of Curious Ways of Indian Days. Chicago: Albert Whitman Co., 1924. 128 pages. Illustrated by Mae H. Scannell.

As told by Peter Pale-Face.

Sproul, Gloria. Mishe-Mokwa and the Legend of Sleeping Bear. Greenwich, CN: Mishe-Mokwa Publications, 1979. Illustrated by Nancy Behnken.

Story based on an old Indian folk tale.

Steptoe, John. The Story of Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend. NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1984. Unpaged picture book.

"The gifts of Magic Frog and his own hopeful and unselfish spirit bring Jumping Frog to the Far-off Land where no mouse goes hungry. Great Plains Indians legend.

Taylor, C. J. Little Water and the Gift of the Animals: A Seneca Legend. Montreal: Tundra Books, 1992. Unpaged picture book.

"Legend of Little Water illustrates the high regard held by Native Americans for the natural world around them. Not only did they rely on certain animals for food, clothing and shelter but for their medicines as well."

Taylor, C. J. The Messenger of Spring. Toronto: Tundra Books, 1997. Unpaged picture book.

An Ojibwa folktale which tells of the coming of spring.

Taylor, Frances Lilian. Two Indian Children of Long Ago. Chicago: Beckeey-Cardy Company, 1920. 159 pages. Illustrated by L. Kate Deal.

"The author has endeavored to describe child life in the Wild Rice region west of the Great Lakes, and to retell some of the most interesting stories enjoyed by Indian children."

Toye, William. The Loon's Necklace. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1977. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by Elizabeth Cleaver.

According to Tsimshian legend, when an old man's sight was restored by Loon, he gave the bird his precious shell necklace as a reward.

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Van Loan, Nancy. Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. Unpaged picture book. Woodcuts by Betsy Bowen.

Shingebiss the duck bravely challenges the Winter Maker and manages to find enough food to survive a long, harsh winter.

Villeneuve, Jocelyne. Nanna Bijou: The Sleeping Giant. Waterloo, ON: Penunbra Press, 1990. 46 pages.

"Children and grown-ups alike never tire of listening to the story of Nanna Bijou, the giant who sleeps in Lake Superior at the mouth of Thunder Bay."

Waboose, Jan Bourdeau. Firedancers. Toronto: Stoddard Kids, 1999. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by C. J. Taylor.

Waboose is Ojibwa and Taylor is a Mohawk. "An Ojibway child is unclear about the mysterious purpose of her grandmother's night visit to Smooth Rock Island. As she watches and finally joins in the old woman's ceremonial dance, a powerful link with her ancestors is made."

Waboose, Jan Bourdeau. Morning on the Lake. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1997. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by Karen Reczuch.

Waboose is Ojibwa. Three linked stories of an Ojibway grandfather and grandson exploring their world.

Waboose, Jan Bourdeau. Skysisters. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2000. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by Brian Deines.

Waboose is Ojibwa. "After an walk and patient waiting two sisters are rewarded by the arrival of the Sky-Spirits - the Northern Lights - dancing and shimmering in the sky."

Wade, Mary Hazelton. Our Little Indian Cousin. Boston: L.C. Page, 1901. 83 pages. Illustrated by L. J. Bridgman.

Part of "Our Little Cousin" series. "There were then no roads, no cities, no stores or factories in all this vast continent, and yet our red cousins were freer and happier than they can ever hope to be again."

Wah-be-gwo-nese. Ojibwa Indian Legends. Marquette, MI: Northern Michigan University Press, 1972. 20 pages. Illustrated by Charles Poterbowski.

An Ojibwa author retells two Schoolcraft stories for children.

Walker, Louise Jean. Legends of Green Sky Hill. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1959. 204 pages. Illustrated by Grace Hoyt.

A collection of Chippewa legends for the enjoyment of both juveniles and adults.

Wargin, Kathy-jo. The Legend of Mackinac Island. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 1999. Illustrator: Gijsbert van-Frankenhuyzen. Unpaged picture book.

Retells the story of the great turtle Mackinauk that enlists the aid of other animals to help create Mackinac Island.

Wargin, Kathy-jo. The Legend of Sleeping Bear. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 1998. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by Gijsbert Van Frankenhuyzen.

A mother bear and her two cubs must escape a forest fire in Wisconsin. As they struggle to make the journey across Lake Michigan, the loyalty they show one another is heartwarming and powerful.

Webster, Elizabeth. Red Wing's White Brother: A Real Story of a Michigan Boy and his Life with the Chippewas. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1956. 64 pages.

In 1814 a young boy spends the winter as an Indian captive.

Whelan, Gloria. The Indian School. NY: Harper Collins, 1996. 89 pages. Illustrated by Gabriela Dellosso.

"In 1839, newly orphaned eleven-year-old Lucy goes to live with her missionary aunt and uncle who run a school for Indian children in Northern Michigan."

Whelan, Gloria. Next Spring an Oriole. NY: Random House, 1987. 60 pages. Illustrated by Pamela Johnson.

"In 1837 ten-year-old Libby and her parents journey by covered wagon to the Michigan frontier, where they make themselves a new home near friendly Indians and other pioneers."

Whelan, Gloria. Night of the Full Moon. NY: Random House, 1993. 63 pages. Illustrated by Leslie Bowman.

In 1840 Libby is inadvertently caught up in the forced evacuation of a group of Potawatomi Indians from their tribal lands.

Whelan, Gloria. The Shadow of the Wolf. NY: Random House, 1997. 79 pages. Illustrated by Tony Meers.

"In 1841 thirteen-year-old Libby and her family begin a new life on the shores of Lake Michigan, where her father works as a surveyor for the Ottawa Indians and Libby is reunited with her Indian friend Fawn."

Wood, Douglas. The Windigo's Return: A North Woods Story. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1996. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by Greg Couch.

Retelling of an Ojibwe legend.

Wright, Robert H. Legends of the Chippewas. Munising, MI: Wright Printing Co., 1927. Unpaged.

"Believing that the legendary lore of the once great Chippewa Nation should be preserved, the writer made up this small collection of mythical stories relating to the exploits of the Indian demi-Gods, about the region of the Pictured Rocks and the south shore of Lake Superior."

Yellow Robe, Rosebud. Tonweya and the Eagles and Other Lakota Indian Tales. NY: Dial Books, 1979. 118 pages. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.

"A collection of animal tales first told by the Plains Indians, interwoven with factual information about the Lakota people." Told by a Lakota author.

Young, Egerton R. Algonquin Indian Tales. NY: Fleming H. Revell, 1903. 258 pages.

Collected by Young over 30 years and retold by him.

Textbooks, Nonfiction, Biography











Ancona, George. Powwow. San Diego: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1993. Unpaged. Photos by the author.

A photo essay on the pan-Indian celebration called a powwow, this particular one being held on the Crow Reservation in Montana.

Beals, Frank Lee. Chief Black Hawk. Chicago: Wheeler Publishing Co., 1943. 251 pages. Illustrated by Jack Merryweather.

"One of the most famous of all Indians was Black Hawk, war chief of the Sauk nation."

Benton-Banai, Edward. The Mishomis Book: The Voice of the Ojibway. St. Paul, MN: Red School House, 1988.

Benton-Banai is an Ojibwa. "This book is recognized among Indian authorities and historians as the first written form of the sacred teachings of the Midewiwin religion and its relationship to Ojibway folklore."

Bonvillain, Nancy. The Huron. NY: Chelsea House Publishers, 1989. 111 pages.

Examines the history, culture, and changing fortunes of the Huron Indians who made their home between Lake Huron and Lake Ontario.

Braine, Susan. Drumbeat...Heartbeat: A Celebration of Powwow. Minneapolis: Lerner, 1995. 48 pages. Photos by the author.

Braine is a member of the Assisiboine Tribe of Montana. The text and photographs in this book emphasize the Northern Plains style of dancing.

Brindze, Ruth. The Story of the Totem Pole. NY: Vanguard Books, 1951. 64 pages. Illustrated by Yeffe Kimball.

Story of the pole's origin, its uses, and even how to read its strange and colorful decorations.

Bronson, Ruth Muskrat. Indians are People, Too. NY: Friendship Press, 1944. 184 pages.

Written for young people to give them insight into Native Americans by a Cherokee woman who worked for the BIA.


Caduto, Michael J. and Joseph Bruchac. Keepers of Life: Discovering Plants through Native American Stories and Earth Activities for Children. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 1994. 265 pages.

Bruchac is an Abenaki Indian. New curriculum of hands-on activities based on Native American stories.

Caduto, Michael J. and Joseph Bruchac. Keepers of the Animals: Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 1991. 266 pages.

Environmental lessons interwoven with the cultural heritage of Native Americans for 5 to 12 year olds.

Caduto, Michael J. and Joseph Bruchac. Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 1988. 209 pages.

This book features a collection of North American Indian stories and related hands-on activities designed to inspire 5 to 12 year olds.

Caduto, Michael J. and Joseph Bruchac. Keepers of the Night: Native American Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 1994. 146 pages.

"Children are naturally curious about the night and its nocturnal inhabitants. Capitalizing on this curiosity this book provides an integrated approach to teaching using the mystery and fascination of an unknown world, combined with Native American stories, to stimulate young people."

Chaput, Donald. Michigan Indians; A Way of Life Changes. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale Educational Publishers, 1970. 71 pages.

Shows how Europeans changed the Indian way of life. Profusely illustrated.

Cleland, Charles E. A Brief History of Michigan Indians. Lansing, MI: Michigan History Division, 1975. 38 pages.

Hopes to promote a deeper respect and interest in the heritage of Native Americans.

Clifton, James. The Potawatomi. NY: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987. 98 pages.

Examines the history, changing fortunes, and current situation of the Potawatomi Indians. Includes a picture essay on their crafts.

Cooper, Michael L. Indian School: Teaching the White Man's Way. NY: Clarion Books, 1999. 103 pages.

Examines the purpose and daily routine of the Indian schools and tells the personal story of several young students.

D'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar P. D'Aulaire. Pocahontas. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1946. Unpaged picture book.

"In the year 1607 the first Englishmen came sailing across the ocean to settle the part of the new world they called Virginia after their virgin queen Elizabeth. They might all have perished if it had not been for the help they got from the Indian princess Pocahontas. This is her story."

Deur, Lynne. Nishnawbe: A Story of Indians in Michigan. Spring Lake, MI: River Road Publications, 1981.

Textbook for younger children.

Dowd, James Patrick. Thunders Speak: Biographies of Nine Special Original People. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1999. 178 pages.

Nine Native American biographies, several from the Great Lakes area.

Drake, Francis S. Indian History for Young Folks. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1927. 454 pages.

A period view of white civilization defeating the savage


Echo-Hawk, Roger C. and Walter R. Echo-Hawk. Battlefields and Burial Grounds: The Indian Struggle to Protect Ancestral Graves in the United States. Minneapolis: Lerner, 1994. 80 pages.

"Describes the efforts of Native Americans to rebury ancestral human remains and grave offerings held by museums and historical societies, with particular emphasis on the Pawnees and their struggle to reclaim their dead."

Ellis, Edward S. The Life of Pontiac the Conspirator, Chief of the Ottawas. Together with a Full Account of the Siege of Detroit. NY: Beadle & Co., 1861. 102 pages. [Beadle's Dime Biographical Library]

"Not quite a hundred years since, Detroit was held in a state of siege by the Indians for a period of fifteen months. Connected with the remarkable event were thrilling conflicts between the hostile parties, disastrous defeats and successful victories, all of which are given here." Based on Francis Parkman's book.

Ellis, Edward S. Thrilling Adventures among the American Indians. Chicago: John C. Winston, 1905. 240 pages.

"Full of exciting and thrilling adventures...all of them true and interesting."

Erickson, Sue. Chippewa Treaties: Understanding and Impact. Odanah, WI: Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, 1994. 20 pages. 2nd ed.

A resource for younger readers. It is hoped the publication will introduce the reader to Anishinaabe history and culture as well as the modern day exercise of treaty rights and resource management.

Fazzini, Lillian Davids. Indians of America. Racine, WI: Whitman, 1935. 96 pages.

Small format pictures on every page with a paragraph or two of text. Brief information on many tribal groups including Chippeways and Ojibwas said to be two separate groups.

Fleischer, Jane. Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawas. [n.p.]: Troll Associates, 1979. 48 pages.

A simplified biography of Pontiac for young readers.


Georgiady, Nicholas et al. Michigan's First Settlers: The Indians. Milwaukee, WI: Franklin Publishers, 1967. 31 pages.

Written for school children covering the prehistoric period to the present.

Gordon, H. R. Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawas: A Tale of the Siege of Detroit. NY: E.P. Dutton, 1897. 300 pages.

A biography of the Ottawa chief who led the Indians in attacking Fort Detroit in the 1760s.

Greene, Carol. Pocahantas: Daughter of a Chief. Danbury, CN: Children's Press, 1988.

"A brief biography of the American Indian princess who as a young girl befriended John Smith, saving him from death at the hands of her father, and later was very helpful to the colonists at Jamestown". She was of the Powhatan group.

Greenman, Emerson. The Indians of Michigan. Lansing, MI: Michigan Historical Commission, 1961. 46 pages.

Indians of Michigan from the period preceding the historic era down to modern times.

Gringhuis, Dirk. Moccasin Tracks: A Saga of the Michigan Indian. Lansing, MI: Publications of the Museum, Michigan State University, Educational Bulletin no. 1, 1974. 32 pages.

Divides early Michigan history into eight periods and documents the Indians in each period from 11,000 B.C. to 1830 A.D.

Hassell, Sandford W. Know the Navajo. Published and distributed by the author, 1949. 42 pages. Illustrated by Paul Pringle.

A compilation of the author's observations.


Hilts, Len. Quanah Parker. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987.

Life of Parker, a Comanche, who led his people in battle for homeland and on the reservation.

Hinsdale, W.B. The First People of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI: George Wahr, 1930. 178 pages.

Textbook. "The First People of Michigan, were, of course, the Indians. An attempt is made in the chapters of this volume, to set forth some of their characteristics and social traits."

Holbrook, Florence. Hiawatha Alphabet. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1910. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by H. D. Pohl.

An alphabet book based on the story of Hiawatha.

Holling, Holling Clancy. The Book of Indians. NY: Platt & Munk, 1935. 125 pages. Illustrated by H.C. and Lucille Holling.

"The tribes of Indians are so many that if we tried to tell about them as tribes everyone would be hopelessly lost. Instead, we take the Indians as a whole and divide them into different types of Indians living in different kinds of country."

Hollman, Clide. Pontiac, King of the Great Lakes. NY: Hastings House Publishers, 1968. 151 pages.

"Pontiac's fight for the rights of his people as one of the most significant events in the early history of our country. Clide Hollmann provides a fascinating and scrupulously accurate account of Pontiac's war and portrays the great chief as a leader and a man.

Hunt, W. Ben. The Golden Book of Indian Crafts and Lore. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1954.

War bonnets and dozens of other costumes, beadwork decoration, pouches, drums and tom-toms, peace pipes, and totem poles - this book shows you with many patterns and diagrams how to make these and many more Indian objects. Its directions for doing ritual dances and the background information about other lore enable you to get the feel of Indian life."

Indian and Eskimo Children. Washington, DC: Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1966. 49 pages.

"There is much we all can learn from the Indians and Eskimos. They are proud people, with fine traditions and arts and beliefs. We hope this picture book helps children everywhere to know each other better."


Kellogg, Harold and Delaine Kellogg. Indians of the Southwest, with photographs taken by the author. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1936. Unpaged.

This book tells about several kinds of Indians who have lived or still live in the Southwestern part of the United States.

Knapp, Mary Tekakwitha B. Pow Wow at Old Arbe Croche. Grand Rapids, MI: Blueberry Trail, 1987. 28 pages.

"Come back to the late 1940's to the historic Holy Cross Powwow at Cross Village, Michigan as seen through the eyes of a child."

Krensky, Stephen. Children of the Earth and Sky. NY: Scholastic, 1991. 32 pages.

"Native American children started helping their families at early ages. This book includes five stories about the experiences of the Hopi, Comanche, Mohican, Navajo, and Mandan children."

Krensky, Stephen. Children of the Wind and Water: Five Stories about Native American Children. NY: Scholastic, 1994.Illustrator: James Watling. 32 pages.

This book includes five stories about the experiences of the Muskogee, Dakota, Huron, Tlingit, and Nootka children.

Kvasnicka, Robert M. Hole-in-the-Day. [n.p.] Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1993. 32 pages. Illustrated by Rick Whipple.

A biography of Hole-in-the-Day, Chief of the Mississippi bands of the Chippewa in Minnesota, who was known for his intelligence, bravery, and oratory skills.

Liptak, Karen. North American Indian Ceremonies. NY: Franklin Watts, 1992. 63 pages.

Describes a variety of Indian tribal ceremonies and rituals, including those for war and peace, hunting and gathering, and healing.


Memoir of John Arch, A Cherokee Young Man. Compiled from Communications of Missionaries in the Cherokee Nation. 2nd ed. Boston: Massachusetts Sabbath School Union, 1832. 33 pages.

"The subject of this memoir was converted from heathenism through the preaching of American missionaries, and died in the faith and hope of the Gospel. The reader will find in his history a proof of the excellent influence which missionaries may be expected to exert, wherever they are sent among the benighted millions of pagans."

Miller, Jay. Native Americans: A New True Book. Danbury, CN: Children's Press, 1993. 45 pages.

Describes the culture, leadership, and structure of various tribes of Native Americans. Miller is a Delaware Indian.

Mitchell, John and Tom Woodruff. Indians of the Great Lakes: An Illustrated History for Children. Suttons Bay, MI: Suttons Bay Publications, 1994. 47 pages.

"As the twenty-first century approaches, Indians of the Great Lakes are regaining the power to determine their own future. As they work to create an Indian vision of tomorrow, they seek to balance their success in the modern world with the traditions of their ancient cultures."

Moody, Ralph. Geronimo, Wolf of the Warpath. NY: Random House, 1958. 186 pages. Illustrated by Nicholas Eggenhofer.

"Geronimo is a landmark in American history. He will long be remembered as the last Indian leader who tried, through warfare, to turn back the tide of white civilization.

Morcomb, Margaret E. Red Feather, A Book of Indian Life and Tales. Chicago: Lyons & Carnahan, 1838. 128 pages.

"In this reader the author has undertaken to portray the life of a forest Indian boy of the New England and Middle Colonies, and she has taken great pains to make it true to Indian life. The dress, food, houses, games, and costumes are those of the Eastern wood Indians whom our forefathers knew at the beginning of the 17th century."

Ojibway Indians Coloring Book with Drawings by Chet Koziak. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society, 1979. Unpaged coloring book.

Drawings show how the Ojibway lived around the mid 1800's.

Osinski, Alice. The Chippewa: A New True Book. Chicago: Children's Press, 1987. 45 pages.

Presents a brief history of the Chippewa Indians describing their customs and traditions and how they are maintained in the modern world.

Otto, Simon. Grandmother Moon Speaks. Lansing,MI: Thunder Bay Press, 1995. 98 pages. Illustrated by James McCann.

Otto is Chippewa/Odawa and McCann is Odawa. The book combines essays about the author's personal experiences, Indian history, wise discussions about the important elements of life as a Native American in modern America, and beautiful tales of Indian legends about the very beginnings of time.


Payne, E. George and Howard R. Driggs. Red Feather's Home Coming; A Book of Indian Life for Fourth and Fifth Grades. Chicago: Lyons and Carnahan, 1927. 186 pages.

"The authors have attempted to give a true picture of the Indian in his home life, his community doings, his work, his play, as well as his adventures coming from these activities."

Pevar, Stephen L. The Rights of Indians and Their Tribes. ACLU Handbook for Young Americans. NY: Puffin Books, 1997. 225 pages.

A history of federal Indian policy precedes discussion of topics related to the legal rights of American Indians, including treaties; tribal self government, hunting, fishing, and gathering rights; and criminal jurisdiction in Indian country.

Polack, W. G. Shegonaba: A Tale of Mission Work Among the Chippewas. [n.p.]: Book and Art Publishing Co., 1900. 94 pages.

Missionary work among the Chippewa in the Central Michigan area.

Powell, Suzanne. The Potawatomi. NY: Franklin Watts, 1997. 63 pages.

Describes the history and customs of the Potawatomi people.

Rankin, Ernest H. The Indians of Gitchi Gumee. Marquette County Historical Society, 1966. 23 pages.

"This brief treatise on Indians has been prepared to meet the needs of children from the ages of eight to eighty-eight. It makes no pretence of being exhaustive of the subject for the story of the Indians, their culture and customs, is far too broad and extensive to be covered in a very few pages."


Seattle, Chief. Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle. NY: Dial, 1991. Unpaged picture book. Illustrated by Susan Jeffers.

A Suquamish Indian Chief describes his people's respect and love of the earth, and concern for its destruction.

Seelye, Elizabeth Eggleston. Tecumseh and the Shawnee Prophet. Chicago: M.A. Donohue, 1906. [1878]. 332 pages.

"In this work we have related for the general reader one of the most romantic passages in American history. We have especially sought to interest young people in the history of the country through the curiosity that everybody feels about aboriginal life and exciting adventure."

Seymour, Flora Warren. The Indians Today. Chicago: Benj. H. Sanborn & Co., 1926. 235 pages.

"This book is an effort to awaken the interest of our boys and girls in the Indian of the twentieth century."

Siegel, Beatrice. Indians of the Northeast Woodlands. NY: Walker, 1992. 96 pages.

Describes the way of life of the Woodland Indians of the Northeast before the arrival of the white man. Also discusses what happened to these Indians and where they are today."

Shemie, Bonnie. Houses of Bark: Tipi, Wigwam and Long House: Native Dwellings. Montreal: Tundra Books, 1990. 24 pages. Illustrated by the author.

Native tribes built many sizes and styles of bark dwellings. How all of these were constructed is made clear with detailed drawings.

Shemie, Bonnie. Mounds of Earth and Shell. Native Sites: The Southeast. Montreal: Tundra Books, 1993.24 pages. Illustrated by the author.

"The mounds are proof that advanced cultures existed in ancient America that deserve our attention and respect.." Clear drawings of these mounds.

A Story About Peter Greensky and his Church. Written by Toni Berry, Wendy Doyal, Leah Howard, Robert Morgidge, Marsha Neumann, and Paul Schomberger. Artwork by Vivi Woodcock. Boyne City, MI: Boyne Valley Printing Co., 1984. 15 pages.

Written by five Boyne City middle school students and their instructor. Based on legend and documents.

Tanner, Helen. The Ojibwa. NY: Chelsea House Publishers, 1992. 119 pages.

Examines the culture, history, and changing fortunes of the Ojibwa Indians.


Voight, Virginia F. Pontiac, Mighty Ottawa Chief. Champaign, IL: Garrard, 1977. 80 pages. Illustrated by William Hutchinson.

"A biography of the Ottawa patriot and war chief who united the Great Lakes tribes against the British, laying siege to Detroit in 1763 in a culmination of what has come to be known as Pontiac's conspiracy."

Walker, Louise Jean. Woodland Wigwams. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale School Supply, n.d. 121 pages. Illustrated by Elna L. MacMullen.

"The author has tried to present in an easy, readable style, some background information about the Indians of Michigan that will interest the young reader."

Wilbur, C. Keith. The Woodland Indians. Old Saybrook, CN: Globe Pequot Press, 1995. 102 pages.

Focusing mainly on the period from 1000 B.C. to 1500 A.D. tells of leadership, religion, warfare, celebrations and agriculture. Created for readers in Grades 5 through 10.

Wilson, E. N. The White Indian Boy: The Story of Uncle Nick among the Shoshones. NY: World Book Company, 1919.

"As a story of the days when the Indian tribes still roamed the plains, this book will have for boys and girls all the interest of a tale of adventure."

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