Thursday, January 24, 2013

Native American Non-Fiction for Youth

There are few text books devoted entirely to the subject of American Indians that are geared toward young people. The resource books listed here are non-fiction and geared to providing accurate American Indian information for students grades K -12. Each book title links to a book product on Amazon, in case you would like to read more about the book, and/or make a purchase.

Daily Life in a Plains Indian Village 1868
Daily Life in a Plains Indian Village-Book
The School Library Journal says: Gr 4-7 - This oversized volume offers many details on the Plains Indians in the 1860s, presented in an attractive and inviting format. Each double-page spread covers one aspect of daily life, such as setting up a tipi or preparing for battle. The author presents short paragraphs of fascinating information accompanied by visuals that explain even more than the text. Full-color and black-and-white illustrations include maps, historical photographs, and paintings, but the majority are photo reenactments featuring Native Americans wearing and using authentic items and demonstrating the ways of their ancestors. A useful glossary, a time line, and a list of museums and historical sites to visit conclude the volume. In spite of a layout that is occasionally confusing, this would make an interesting addition to any collection.-Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Children's Literature says: Many beautiful, color photos of real people, places and things help make this large-format nonfiction book an inviting way to learn about Plains Indian culture. After briefly establishing who the Plains Indians were and where they have lived, the lively text introduces us to the extended family of a Northern Cheyenne warrior, Real Bird, located in Montana in 1868. Focusing on this fictitious family of Real Bird, his parents, two wives and four children, twenty brief chapters show and tell us about various aspects of family life, including setting up a tipi, women's crafts, medicine and leisure time. An index, timeline, glossary, maps and list of places to visit are included. 1999, Clarion. Ages 7 up. Reviewer: Gisela Jernigan.

Five Indian Tribes of the Upper Missouri: Sioux, Arickaras, Assiniboines, Crees, Crows (Civilization of the American Indian Series)
Five Indian Tribes of the  Upper Missour: Sioux, Arickaras, Assiniboines, Crees, Crows
A firsthand account by a fur trader who married an Assiniboine woman and lived among various tribes from 1833 to 1858. This book is appropriate for high school students and many adults will glean much information from this "primary" source.