Native American and Shamanism
Reading Resources

Most of these books refer at least in part to Shamanism, or to Native American religious practices. Some books are included more for their cultural referents than the specifically-spiritual aspects, since there's a fair bit of intertwining, even if a few of these books don't dwell on those aspects. Most of the political history books are unrated.

Ratings of the below are reasonably subjective.

* - Pretty good
** - More than pretty good
*** - Highly recommended!!!

This is by no means a final list of what is available -- I have purposefully omitted some books, while other books which may be good just have not come into my possession. Yet.

-- Jehana Silverwing


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*Allen, Paula Gunn. 1991. Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Woman's Sourcebook. Beacon Press, Boston. ISBN 0-292-73067-5.

***Allen, Paula Gunn. 1986. The Sacred Hoop. Beacon Press, Boston. (American Indian philosophy.)

*Courlander, Harold. 1987. The Fourth World of the Hopis: The Epic Story as Preserved in Their Legends and Traditions. University of New Mexico, Alberquerque, New Mexico. ISBN 0-8263-1011-7.

**Deloria, Vine. 1973. God Is Red. Dell Publishing Company, New York. (Indian religion & its relevance to the Indians of today.)

**DeMallie, Raymond J. and Douglas R. Parks, eds. 1987. Sioux Indian Religion: Tradition and Innovation. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman Oklahoma. ISBN 0-8061-2166-1.

Drury, Nevill. 1982. The Shaman and the Magician: Journeys Between the Worlds. Routledge & Kegan Paul, London.

*Drury, Nevill. 1984. Vision Quest. Prism Press, Dorcester.

Eaton, Evelyn. 1982. The Shaman and the Medicine Wheel. The Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, Illinois.

**Eliade, Mircea. 1964. Shamanism. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

*Foster, Steven, with Meredith Little. 1980. The Book of the Vision Quest: Personal Transformation in the Wilderness. Bear Tribe Publishing, Spokane.

**Gill, Sam D. and Irene F. Sullivan. 1992. Dictionary of Native American Mythology. Oxford University Press, New York. (Recognizing the limitations of the dictionary format, this is well done.) ISBN 0-19-508602-3.

*Grinnell, George Bird. 1926. By Cheyenne Campfires. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska. ISBN 0-8032-5746-5.

*Harner, Micheal. 1980. The Way of the Shaman: A Guide to Power and Healing. Harper & Row, San Fransisco. (Methods; cultural discussions. He attempts to discern a "core shamanism", something held in common to all shamanistic approaches, minus the culture. Yes, this can be done, and might even be interesting from a brief academic respect, but I'm more impressed with the results when the shamanistic activities are performed within the context of their specific cultures. The cultural context of shamanism gives it its "soul". Besides, there is quite enough cultural homogenation going on in the world today, why encourage it?)

William A. Haviland and Marjory W. Power. 1992. The Original Vermonters: Native Inhabitants, Past and Present. University of Vermont. (It looks good, but I just acquired it so I haven't read it yet. Mostly concerns the history of the Abenaki Indians.) ISBN 0-87451-667-6.

Highwater, Jamake. 1986. Native Land: Sagas of the Indian Americans. Little, Brown, and Co., Boston. ISBN 0-316-36087-2.

**Highwater, Jamake. 1981. The Primal Mind: Vision and Reality in Indian America. New American Library, New York.

**Kalweit, Holger. 1988. Dreamtime and Inner Space: The World of the Shaman. Shambhala, Boston.

*Kavasch, Barrie. 1979. Native Harvests: Recipes and Botanicals of the American Indian. Random House, New York. 0-394-72811-4.

**Lame Deer, John, and Richard Erdoes. 1972. Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions. Pocket Books, New York. (Excellent autobiography of a Lakota medicine man.)

Larsen, Stephen. 1976. The Shaman's Doorway: Opening Imagination to Power and Myth. Station Hill Press, Barrytown, New York. (Around the world, and through time.) ISBN 0-88268-072-2.

**Lavender, David. 1992. Let Me Be Free: A Nez Perce Tragedy. Anchor Books (Doubleday), New York. (The Nez Perce modern history, Chief Joseph. Our government at work.) ISBN 0-385-46867-9.

Lowie, Robert H. 1954. Indians of the Plains. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska. (Overview.) ISBN 0-8032-7907-8.

*Lyford, C.A. Iroquois Crafts. Iroqrafts Ltd., Oshweken, Canada. ISBN 0- 919645-03-8 ISSN 0714-7848.

***Malotki, Ekkehart and Michael Lomatuway'ma, eds. 1984. Hopi Coyote Tales. (Vol. 9 of American Tribal Religions). University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska. (Translations of source material, including the original sources in the Hopi language.)ISBN 0-8032-8123-4.

*Manitonquat (Medicine Story). 1991. Return to Creation. Bear Tribe Publishing, Spokane, WA. ISBN 0-943404-20-7.

Marriott, Alice and Carol K. Rachlin, ed. 1968. American Indian Mythology. The New American Library, New York.

Matthiessen, Peter. 1992. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse: The Story of Leonard Peltier and the FBI's War on the American Indian Movement. Penguin Books, New York. ISBN 0-14-014456-0.

**Mavor, James W. and Byron E. Dix. 1989. Manitou: The Sacred Landscape of New England's Native Civilzation. Inner Traditions, Rochester, VT. ISBN 0-89281-078-5. (A study of New England Native American stoneworks, traditions, and interactions / influences upon early European settlers.)

Murphey, Edith van Allen. 1990. Indian Uses of Native Plants. Meyerbooks, Glenwood, Illinois. ISBN 0-916638-15-4.

***Neihardt, John G. 1932. Black Elk Speaks. Washington Square Press, New York. (A Lakota medicine man.).

*Nicholson, Shirley, ed. 1987. Shamanism. The Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, Illinois.

Picotte, Agnes. 1987. An Introduction to Basic Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota. Dakota Indian Foundation, Chamberlain, South Dakota. (Language guide.)

***Penn, W.S.. The Telling of the World: Native American Stories and Art. Stewart, Tabori and Chang. (A gorgeous coffee-table book, with quality art and tales from Native North American tribes, arranged by general category of story.) ISBN 1-55670-488-7.

**Roscoe, Will. 1991. The Zuni Man-Woman. University of New Mexico Press, Alberquerque, New Mexico. (Focuses on the life of the berdache, We'wha, while discussing the role of alternate gender in Zuni life.) ISBN 0-8263- 1370-1.

*Rushford, Scott and Steadman Upham. 1992. A Hopi Social History. University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas. (A bit dry.) ISBN 0-292-76517-7.

*Rutherford, Ward. 1986. Shamanism: The Foundations of Magic. The Aquarian Press, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England.

Sun Bear. 1983. The Path of Power. Bear Tribe Publishing, Spokane, Washington. (Sun Bear's personal journey towards forming the Bear Tribe & why.)

Sun Bear and Wabun. 1980. The Medicine Wheel: Earth Astrology. Bear Tribe Publishing, Spokane, Washington.

*Suzuki, David and Peter Knudtson. 1992. Wisdom of the Elders: Sacred Native Stories of Nature. Bantam Books, New York. (Around the world.) ISBN 0-553-37263-7.

**Tedlock, Dennis and Barbara. 1975. Teachings from the American Earth: Indian Religion and Philosophy. Liveright, New York.

***Tooker, Elizabeth, ed. 1979. Native North American Spirituality of the Eastern Woodlands: Sacred Myths, Dreams, Visions, Speeches, Healing Formulas, Rituals and Ceremonials. Paulist Press, New York.

**Underhill, Ruth M. 1965. Red Man's Religion. : Beliefs and Practices of the Indians North of Mexico. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. ISBN 0- 226-84167-7.

Waldman, Carl. 1985. Atlas of the North American Indian. Facts on File Publications, New York.

**Walker, James R. 1980, 1991. Lakota Belief and Ritual. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska. ISBN 0-8032-9731-9.

***Waters, Frank. 1963, 1977. The Book of the Hopi. Penguin Books, New York. ISBN 0-14-004527-9.

**Waters, Frank. 1952. Masked Gods: Navaho and Pueblo Ceremonialism. Swallow Press (University of Ohio), Athens, Ohio. ISBN 0-8040-0641-5.

*Wetherford, Jack. 1991. Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America. Fawcett Columbine, New York. ISBN 0-449-90713-9.

Weyler, Rex. 1992. Blood of the Land: The Government and Corporate War Against First Nations. New Society Publishers, Philadelphia. ISBN 1-55092- 183-5.

**Wolf, Fred Alan. 1991. The Eagle's Quest: A Physicist Finds Scientific Truth at the Heart of the Shamanic World. Simon and Schuster, New York. ISBN 0-671-79291-1.

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