Native American Tribes Books – Indian Tribe Books

Vintage Books on Native American Tribes

VINTAGE BOOKS – Indian Nations of North America Books

In the Wake of the War Canoe

a stirring record of forty years’ successful labour, peril and adventure amongst the savage Indian tribes of the Pacific coast, and the piratical headhunting Haidas of the Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C.

Collison, W.H.
Musson 1916?

The author had been a missionary for 40 years among the Indian tribes of the North-West of British Columbia when he wrote this account of his experiences.


Desert Drums; the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, 1540-1928

Crane, Leo
Little, Brown 1928

Crane was the agent for the government on four Indian reservations. This is a history of the Pueblo Indian of New Mexico from 1540 to 1928, and also contains many reminiscences from his own experiences.


Indians of the Enchanted Desert

Crane, Leo
Little, Brown 1929

“An entertaining account of the problems of an Indian agent who lived more than a decade among the Navajo and Hopi Indians of Arizona. The Indian lore and Indian characters are full of life. The book is colored by bitter criticism of the methods of the Indian bureau.” -A.L.A. Catalog. Indian tribe Hopi.


Indians of the Northwest Coast

Goddard, Pliny Earle
American Museum of Natural History 1945

The author died in 1928. He wrote this book after a visit to these tribes, along the Pacific coast from the Columbia River in Washington to southern Alaska, in 1922. Published by the American Museum of Natural History in 1945, the book contains numerous drawn illustrations and photos.


Indians of the Southwest

Goddard, Pliny Earle
American Museum of Natural History 1921

Published by the American Museum of Natural History.

Contents: The ancient peoples – The pueblo dwellers – The village dwellers – The camp dwellers.


The Hopi Indians

Hough, Walter
Torch 1915

The author was a curator in the Ethnology division at the U.S. National Museum, one of the Smithsonian museums.

Contents: The country, towns, and peoples – Social life – Food and rearing – The workers – Amusements – Birth, marriage and death – Religious life – Myths – Traditions and history – Brief biographies – The ancient people.


Our Debt to the Red Man: The French-Indians in the Development of the United States

Houghton, Louise Seymour
Stratford 1918

The author’s theme was that the ‘mixed-blood’ Indians descended from the numerous frontier marriages between French men and Indian women had an important role in the history of those areas of North America penetrated by the French fur trade.


Indians of the Painted Desert Region; Hopis, Navahoes, Wallapais, Havasupais

James, George W.
Little, Brown 1903

George Wharton James (1858-1923) was a British-born American popular lecturer, photographer, and journalist. He wrote more than 40 books and many articles and pamphlets on California and the American Southwest. -Wikipedia

Contents: The painted desert region – Desert recollections – First glimpses of the Hopi – The Hopi villages and their history – A few Hopi customs – The religious life of the Hopi – The Hopi snake dance – The Navaho and his history – The Navaho at home – The Navaho as a blanket weaver – The Wallapais – The advent of the Wallapais – The people of the blue water and their home – The Havasupais and their legends – The social and domestic life of the Havasupais – The Havasupais’ religious dances and beliefs


Handbook of the Indians of California

Kroeber, A.L.
Govt Printing Office 1925

Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 78. This 1,000-page book covers numerous tribes.


The Navajos

Lipps, Oscar H.
Torch 1909

From the “Little Histories of North American Indians” series.

Contents: Their discovery – Their country – The people – Their manners and customs – Wars and treaties – Their religion and morals – Navajo mythology – Ceremonies – Their arts and crafts – Civilization.


Old Indian Trails

McClintock, Walter
Houghton Mifflin 1923

“An unusual record of Indian lore by an adopted son of Chief Mad Wolf. It is an interesting record of fifteen years’ close association with the old Blackfoot chiefs, medicine men, and common people, and recounts much of value concerning their customs, religious beliefs, and legends. Siksika Indians.” -A.L.A. Catalog 1926


The Indians of Canada: Their Manners and Customs

McLean, John
Kelley 1892

The author spent nine years in the late 19th century among the Blood Indians of the Canadian Northwest, studying their language and culture. He was asked by the Smithsonian Institution, the British Association and other learned societies to write about them, and this book was the main result.


My Life as an Indian: The Story of a Red Woman and a White Man in the Lodges of the Blackfeet

Schultz, J.W.
Boubleday, Page 1907

“At the age of twenty [the author] goes west to Montana Territory in search of wild life and adventure, and finds both with the Piegan Blackfeet; he marries into the tribe and lives with them for many years; goes with them on the hunt, and on the warpath; joins in their religious ceremonies; and as a squawman lives the Indian life.” -author
“Reads like a romance . . . not the least interesting part being the traditions and old stories, retold with simplicity and real charm.” -Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: History (H.W. Wilson) 1929


The Indians of Greater New York

Skinner, Alanson
Torch 1915

A volume in the “Little Histories of North American Indians” series. The author was Assistant Curator of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York.


Economics of the Iroquois

Stites, Sara Henry
New Era 1904

PhD Dissertation.

Contents: Introduction: Sketch of the economic systems of the North American Indians – Part I: Economic antecedents of Iroquois culture – The environment of the Iroquois – The productive activities of the Iroquois – The organization of producers – The wealth of the Iroquois – The distribution of wealth – Exchange – Part II: Sociological consequences: The family – State and government – Religion – Morals – General culture.


Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians; an Indian interpretation

Wilson, Gilbert L.
University of Minnesota 1917

An anthropological work, published as a Study in the Social Sciences at the University of Minnesota. This study of the economic life of the American Indian is based largely on data obtained from an old woman expert agriculturist of the Hidatsa tribe, born about 1839. It is not an account merely of Indian agriculture. It is an Indian woman’s interpretation of economics; the thoughts she gave to her fields; the philosophy of her labors. The material was collected by the author during the summers of 1912-1915, at Fort Berthold reservation. Indian tribes Minnesota.


The Aborigines of Minnesota

a report based on the collections of Jacob V. Brower, and on the field surveys and notes of Alfred J. Hill and Theodore H. Lewis

Winchell, N. H.
Pioneer 1911

Parts 1-VI cover the Dakota; Parts VII-VIII cover the Ojibwa. Published by the Minnesota Historical Society. Indian tribes Minnesota.

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