New Books Network

Farina King, “The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century” (UP of Kansas, 2018)
When the young Diné boy Hopi-Hopi ran away from the Santa Fe Indian Boarding School in the early years of the twentieth century, he carried with him no paper map to guide his way home. Rather, he used knowledge of the region, of the stars, and of the Southwest’s ecology... Read More
William Kelso, “Jamestown, The Truth Revealed” (U Virginia Press, 2017)
In Jamestown, the Truth Revealed (University of Virginia Press, 2017; paperback, 2018), William Kelso, Emeritus Head Archaeologist of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project, takes us literally to the soil where the 1607 Jamestown colony began, unearthing footprints of a series of structures, beginning with the James Fort, to reveal fascinating evidence of the... Read More
Joe Jackson, “Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary” (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2016)
Black Elk witnessed some of the most monumental moments in the history of the Lakota and the Northern Great Plains: Red Cloud’s War, the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the murder of Crazy Horse, Wounded Knee. In his compelling new biography, Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary (Farrar, Strauss,... Read More
Pamela E. Klassen, “The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indigenous Land” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
At the dawn of the radio age in the 1920s, Frederick Du Vernet—Anglican archbishop and self-declared scientist—announced a psychic channel by which minds could telepathically communicate across distance. Pamela E. Klassen retalls Du Vernet’s imaginative experiment in her newest book, The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indigenous Land (University... Read More
K. Fullagar and M. A. McDonnell, “Facing Empire: Indigenous Experiences in a Revolutionary Age” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
Kate Fullagar‘s and Michael A. McDonnell‘s edited volume Facing Empire: Indigenous Experiences in a Revolutionary Age (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018) reimagines the Age of Revolution from the perspective of indigenous peoples. Rather than treating indigenous peoples as distant and passive players in the political struggles of the time, this book argues... Read More
Joshua Reid, “The Sea is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs” (Yale UP, 2015)
In 1999, the Makahs went out on the Pacific for their first whale hunt in over seventy years. The event drew protests from animal rights activists and local (mostly white) Washingtonians. But to the Makahs, the event was a cause for celebration. Why did the whale hunt hold such divergent... Read More
Brenden W. Rensink, “Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands” (Texas A&M UP, 2018)
In his new book Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands (Texas A&M University Press, 2018), Brenden W. Rensink asks the question “How do national borders affect and react to Native identity?” To answer this question he compares indigenous peoples who traversed North American borders in... Read More