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Resources on American Indians

There are many free resources on American Indian traditions, history, and culture on the website of World Wisdom. Some of these are listed below with links to the respective pages on that site. In general, the resources are appropriate for all ages, but the reading or comprehension levels needed for some the materials make them most likely to be of use to teens. They are categorized below according to media types.

Texts:


  • On the World Wisdom “American Indian Resources” page, go to the section titled “Online Library of Articles.” Many of these articles are the text portions of Edward S. Curtis’s famous book The North American Indian and very informative. (See more in the section below on Curtis’s photos.) The list of articles can be sorted by clicking on one of the column headings. Teen readers will probably enjoy the articles in the online library by the well-known Sioux doctor and writer Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa).

  • At the bottom of the “American Indian Resources” page mentioned above, there is a listing of a number of slideshows. These are primarily text, with a few photos, focused on topics such as “How can we understand Native American traditions?”, “How can we understand Native American traditions?” or “Who was Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa)?”.
  • The World Wisdom site also offers a comprehensive list of auto-biographical writings of American Indian women who were born in the first half of the twentieth century. Just click on the following link to see the “Bibliography of American Indian Women Auto-biographies”. The bibliography is a very useful resource for students doing research or people interested in hearing Native American women’s voices from the last century.

Photos:


  • There are many remarkable photos of First Peoples’ subjects

    on the World Wisdom website. We suggest you start with this page. Then select one of the categories: “Edward Curtis”, “Men”, “Tipi”, or “Women”. When you click on one of the images you will see a slideshow view, which you can use to browse through the photos of American Indians from the past.

  • On the same website, there is a separate page with a wonderful selection of photos. This is the Edward Curtis Resource Page. You can access the complete contents of Curtis’s monumental work The North American Indian. There are many other items on that page about Curtis and the subjects that he photographed and wrote about.
  • The World Wisdom site also offers a comprehensive list of auto-biographical writings of American Indian women who were born in the first half of the twentieth century. Just click on the following link to see the “Bibliography of American Indian Women Auto-biographies”. The bibliography is a very useful resource for students doing research or people interested in hearing Native American women’s voices from the last century.

Videos:


You can find a very good selection of video clips on the site. A number of contemporary Native elders and celebrities such as John Arlee, Arvol Looking Horse, Joe Medicine Crow, Tantoo Cardinal, Inés Talamantez, and others, let us videotape interviews with them. The clips cover a wide range of subjects that are of interest to students of American Indian history and life and to those who are drawn to their traditions and culture.

  • Go to the World Wisdom library of free American Indian Film Clips. You can use either the drop-down menu for “Subject” to select a topic or the drop-down for “Interviews with” to select a particular person speaking. There are summaries of all of the clips, and you can choose whether to view each clip in either a high- or low-resolution format.
  • We are working to bring some of the most important Native American video clips from that site to this page. Keep checking this page for updates!

Resources for Children:


Wisdom Tales creates coloring pages for younger children from many of its books. These can be used in a classroom for guided activities about American Indians, or just for fun! Coloring pages are always listed on our Activities page. Here are links to our book pages where you can find downloadable files of our American Indian coloring pages:

  • The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood: A Creek Indian Story is a book full of very colorful illustrations of animals, nature scenes, and sometimes dream-like respresentations of great cosmic events. We have a coloring page of the main character, Listener the otter, standing up, along with Spotted Frog, the one who warns Listener of the great flood to come.
  • The Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters web page also has two coloring pages, but these are a bit more complex. You can print out two pages of tipi cut-outs, color them in, paste them together, and set them up. Tip: wooden skewers should work well as tipi poles for the cut-outs.


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