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American Indian Studies: Books & eBooks

Starting point for research in American Indian Studies

Selected eBooks

A Drum in One Hand, a Sockeye in the Other: Stories of Indigenous Food Sovereignty from the Northwest Coast
The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs
Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights
Sound Relations: Native Ways of Doing Music History in Alaska
Deep Waters: The Textual Continuum in American Indian Literature
Reclaiming the Reservation: Histories of Indian Sovereignty Suppressed and Renewed
Colonial Entanglement: Constituting a Twenty-First-Century Osage Nation
Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of Native American Criminality
Indigenous Memory, Urban Reality: Stories of American Indian Relocation and Reclamation
From the Boarding Schools: Apache Indian Students Speak
Carbon Sovereignty: Coal, Development, and Energy Transition in the Navajo Nation
As We See It: Conversations with Native American Photographers
As Sacred to Us: Simon Pokagon’s Birch Bark Stories in Their Contexts
American Indians at the Margins: Racist Stereotypes and Their Impacts on Native Peoples
A New Deal for Navajo Weaving: Reform and Revival of Diné Textiles
Shirts Powdered Red: Haudenosaunee Gender, Trade, and Exchange across Three Centuries
Michael Chiago: O'odham Lifeways Through Art
My Heart Is Bound Up with Them: How Carlos Montezuma Became the Voice of a Generation
Rabbit Decolonizes the Forest: Stories from the Euchee Reservation

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eBook Collections

 Additional collections of eBooks can be found on eBook Collections guide. The following collections are useful for Indigenous Studies topics.

Finding Books Beyond the UW

If you can't find the books you need at the UW or through our Summit partner libraries (Summit material can be found in UW Libraries Search), use the following catalogs. Books not available at the UW can be requested through Interlibrary Loan

Browsing Books on American Indians

The UW Libraries arranges books by Library of Congress call numbers. Though most of the books on American Indian history & studies are located in the call number areas listed below, you will also find books in other subject areas (e.g., there will be books on American Indians in the call numbers for women's studies, sociology, political science, etc.). The major section for Native American Studies is located on the 3rd floor of Suzzallo Library under these call numbers.

E77 American Indians - general
E78 American Indians - by region
E98 American Indians - by subject
E99 American Indians - by tribe

For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online.