A unique resource that offers fast access to more than 5,000 years of culture, history, and leaders. More than 240 Native American groups are presented through subject entries, biographies, primary source documents, historical maps, and photographs.
Part of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center Collection. Includes all topics dealing with the American Indian in Alaska, Canada, and the United States. Photographs are included in this collection.
Full-text of ethnic, minority and native press newspapers, magazines and journals. Provides a broad diversity of perspectives and viewpoints. Represents the diversity of the American population in ways that are not seen in the mainstream media.
Including biographies, autobiographies, oral histories, reference works, manuscripts, and photographs, the database presents the life stories of American Indians and Canadian First Peoples in their own word
Using the theoretical premises of cognitive archaeology and a careful examination of rock art worldwide, Pearson discusses current theories of why ancient peoples produced art-totemism, art-for-art's sake, structuralism, and hunting magic.
The Spiritual Universe of the Plains Apaches, offers numerous stories recounted by seven self-appointed tribal historians, the last surviving primary repositories of Apache history, born between 1876 and 1903. The Plains Apaches' mystical kinship with the land and the natural environment that the tribes perceived and nurtured is embodied in their four sacred medicine bundles-the no bikagseli, or "prayer on top of the earth."
Called the Mvskoke in their language, the Creek Indians of Oklahoma continue to practice traditional medicine. In Creek Indian Medicine Ways, David Lewis Jr., a full-blood Mvskoke and practicing medicine man, tells about the medicine tradition that has shaped his life.
A compilation of fifty-seven stories from Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole mythology, in such categories as creation and migration of tribes, the origin of tobacco, fire, and other gifts of the Great Spirit, and monsters and heroes.
An extensive collection of all known versions of Creek creation stories, myths, and migration legends compiled from the reports of early ethnographers, sociologists, and missionaries, obscure academic journals, travelers' accounts, and from Creek and Yuchi people living today.
Written from an American Indian point of view, the book contains over thirty creation stories from the oral traditions of a wide variety of Indian tribes.
The following bibliography lists reference material dealing with Native American religions, myths and origin stories. These resources include material found in the Labriola Center in the University Libraries at Arizona State University, websites, and other research facilities.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT RELIGIONS, MYTHS & ORIGIN STORIES
Religion is a basic attribute of humanity cherished by mankind in all ages, races and cultures. This subject guide attempts to provide an overview of research pertaining to Native American religious beliefs, practices and histories.
Overall, a large body of material exists about Native American worldview and sacred beliefs in spirits, the Native American Church, peyote religion, Plains Sun Dances, Navajo Chants, Pueblo ceremonialism, guardian spirits and vision quests, Inuit masks, Iroquois thanksgiving rites, shamanism, and medicine objects. Within this core of research contains the mythology and origin stories of many Native American peoples which incorporates many mythical figures, elemental and seasonal phenomenon, and landmarks and sacred sites.
Documentary on the historical roots of Native American religious persecution and issues such as access and protection of sacred rites, first amendment protection and the use of peyote in the Native American Church.
A documentary exploring the popularization and commercialization of Native American spiritual traditions.
Wycliffe Bible Translations Jiosh Wechij O’ohana: The New Testament in O’odham (Papgo-Pima) [sound recording], s.l., n.d. The Christian bible translated into the Papago-Pima language. Two-sided, 30 minutes each side. BS 345 .O65x 1975
The American Indian Oral History Collection [sound recordings], s.l., n.d. A collection of 30 cassettes offering a broad account of the experiences of being Indian. Tape 16, for example, discusses traditional Indian religions and the similarities among other religions of various tribes and the teaching of Christianity within the Native American Church. E77 .A45x 1977 v.1:1-15
Oral History Collections
The American Indian Oral History Collection contains microfilm transcripts of some 700 interviews with members of the Navajo Nation, and from members of the Pueblo Tribes, some of which deal with origin stories and religious activities. Ask for the subject guide for these in the Labriola Center.
The University of South Dakota Oral history collection contains a taped series of interviews conducted in the late 1960s and early 1970s with Plains Indians and those non-Indians working actively with them. Participants include Native Christian clergyman Vine Deloria and medicine man Johnson Holy rock.
The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.