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Books on California and Native American Indians

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California Indians - Liz Sonneborn
ISBN: 9781432949570
Publication Date: 2011-08-01
Who were the first people in North America? -- Who are California Indians? -- What did early California Indians eat? -- What were early California Indian houses and clothing like? -- What was everyday life like for early California Indians? -- What objects did early California Indians make? -- What were the religious beliefs of the early California Indians? -- When did California Indians first have contact with non-Indians? -- How did life change after meeting non-Indians? -- How do California Indians live today?

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Chumash - Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh
ISBN: 1577659333
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
An introduction to the history, social structure, customs, and present life of the Chumash Indians.

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California Indians - Carole Marsh
ISBN: 9780635022547
Publication Date: 2004-04-01

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Extraordinary American Indians - Susan Avery
ISBN: 0516005839
Publication Date: 1992-10-01
Anthology of Indian Tribes, Artist, and biographies on Native American Indians

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Modoc - Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh
ISBN: 9781591976561
Publication Date: 2007-01-01

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Mohave - Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh
ISBN: 1577659368
Publication Date: 2004-01-01

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The Native American - Alvin Jesephy
ISBN: 1878685422
Publication Date: 1993-11-01

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Native Nations of California - Therese Naber
ISBN: 9781634070294
Publication Date: 2015-08-01

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Maidu - Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh
ISBN: 1577656024
Publication Date: 2002-01-01
Presents a brief introduction to the Maidu Indians, including information on their homes, society, food, clothing, family life, and life today.

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Miwok - Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh
ISBN: 1577656016
Publication Date: 2002-01-01
An introduction to the history, social life and customs, and present life of the Miwok Indians of California.

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Ohlone - Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh
ISBN: 1577656032
Publication Date: 2002-01-01
Presents the history, culture, daily life and religion of central California's Ohlone people, who were nearly destroyed when Europeans entered their land, and who are fighting today for recognition by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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The Ohlone of California - Jack S. Williams
ISBN: 0823964302
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
Describes the culture, government, arts, and religion of the Ohlone people of the central California coastal region, through over one thousand years of their history.

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Pomo - Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh
ISBN: 1577656008
Publication Date: 2002-01-01
An introduction to the history and past and present social life and customs of the Pomo Indians, a tribe of northern California

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Yokut - Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh
ISBN: 1577659422
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
An introduction to the history, social life and customs, and present life of the Yokut Indians, a tribe in California.

A Gathering of Voices - Linda Yamane (Editor); Linda Agren (Contribution by); Victoria Bobo (Contribution by); Lydia Bojorquez (Contribution by); Robert Cartier (Contribution by); Edward Castillo (Contribution by); Donna Gillette (Contribution by); Trudy Haversat (Contribution b
ISBN: 9780940283114
Publication Date: 2002-05-01
Third Grade Unit request Garcia

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A Braid of Lives - Neil Philip (Editor)
ISBN: 039564528X
Publication Date: 2000-08-21
Weaves the testimony of many Native Americans into a single narrative of childhood and growing up

After Columbus - Herman J. Viola
ISBN: 0895990288
Publication Date: 1993-03-01
Facts and implications of Indian and white interaction in America.

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Cahuilla - Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh
ISBN: 9781591976516
Publication Date: 2007-01-01

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California Indians - Carole Marsh
ISBN: 9780635022547
Publication Date: 2004-04-01

Native American Women
ISBN: 0824052676
Publication Date: 1993-02-01
Native American biographical dictionary

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The Double Life of Pocahontas - Jean Fritz; Ed Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399210164
Publication Date: 1983-10-28

The Smithsonian Book of North American Indians - Philip Kopper; Alexis Doster (Editor)
ISBN: 0895990180
Publication Date: 1988-09-17

From Abenaki to Zuni - Evelyn Wolfson; William Sauts Bock (Photographer)
ISBN: 0802767907
Publication Date: 1988-05-01
From Abenaki to Zuni a dictionary of Native American Indians

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Giving Thanks - Jake Swamp; Erwin Printup (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781880000540
Publication Date: 2002-05-01
A Native American thanksgiving address, offered to Mother Earth in gratitude for her bounty and for the variety of her creatures.

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Pocahontas - Ingri D'Aulaire (Illustrator); Edgar Parin D'Aulaire (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385074544
Publication Date: 1985-03-05
A simple biography of the proud Indian princess who saved the life of John Smith, married an Englishman, and went to England where she met the Queen


California Indians

Who are the First People of California? 

How were the ways of life of California Indian tribes affected by the climate and the physical features of where they lived?


Unit Information

 Use these research databases, to assist you with learning about :

  • Physical and human geography of California
  • Use maps and photographs to locate information about people, places, and environments
  • You will be able to describe  American Indian nations in our local region long ago and recently


California Indians

California Indian Pre-contact Tribal Territories

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Fictional Books and Native American Folktales

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Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell
ISBN: 9780547328614
Publication Date: 2010-02-08
Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.

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My Heart Is on the Ground - Ann Rinaldi
ISBN: 0590149229
Publication Date: 1999-04-01
In the diary account of her life at a government-run Pennsylvania boarding school in 1880, a twelve-year-old Sioux Indian girl reveals a great need to find a way to help her people.

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The Birchbark House - Louise Erdrich (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786822416
Publication Date: 1999-07-21
Omakayas, a seven-year-old Ojibwe girl lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847 and learns about her past.

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Next Spring an Oriole - Gloria Whelan; Pamela Johnson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780394891255
Publication Date: 1987-09-12
In 1837 ten-year-old Libby and her parents journey by covered wagon to the Michigan frontier, where they make themselves a new home near friendly Indians and other pioneers.

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Talking Leaves - Joseph Bruchac
ISBN: 9780803735088
Publication Date: 2016-08-23
""The story of Sequoyah and the creation of the Cherokee syllabary, as told by his thirteen year old son""-- Provided by publisher.

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Night of the Full Moon - Gloria Whelan; Leslie Bowman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0679944648
Publication Date: 1993-10-12
In 1840, Libby, living with her family on the Michigan frontier, finds herself inadvertently caught up in the forced evacuation of a group of Potawatomi Indians from their tribal lands

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The Trail of Tears - Joseph Bruchac; Diana Magnuson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0780798139
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
Recounts how the Cherokees, after fighting to keep their land in the nineteenth century, were forced to leave and travel 1200 miles to a new settlement in Oklahoma

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Between Earth and Sky - Joseph Bruchac; Thomas Locker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152000429
Publication Date: 1996-04-01
Through the guidance of his uncle and the retelling of various Native American legends, a young boy learns that everything living and inanimate has its place, should be considered sacred, and given respect

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How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet - Gerald Hausman (Compiled by, Retold by); Michael Hague (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060229063
Publication Date: 1995-05-01
How Coyote got yellow eyes -- How Bat learned to fly -- How Lizard got flat -- How Hawk stopped the flood with his tail feather -- How Horse got fast -- How Possum lost his tail --

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The Boy Who Lived with the Bears - Joseph Bruchac
ISBN: 006021287X
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
Presents a collection of traditional Iroquois tales in which animals learn about the importance of caring and responsibility and the dangers of selfishness and pride

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Where the Buffaloes Begin - Olaf Baker; Stephen Gammell (Illustrator); Olaff Baker
ISBN: 0140505601
Publication Date: 1985-11-06
After hearing the legend retold by the tribeƕs oldest member, Little Wolf hopes to someday witness the beginning of the buffaloes at the sacred lake

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Gluskabe and the Four Wishes - Joseph Bruchac; Christine Shrader (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0525651640
Publication Date: 1995-02-02
Four Abenaki men set out on a difficult journey to ask the great hero Gluskabe to grant each his fondest wish

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The Earth under Sky Bear's Feet - Joseph Bruchac; Thomas Locker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 039922713X
Publication Date: 1995-10-17
A retelling of twelve tales from various North American Indian cultures describing how Sky Bear, the Big Dipper, sees the earth from the sky

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The Great Ball Game - Joseph Bruchac; Susan L. Roth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0803715390
Publication Date: 1994-09-01
Bat, who has both wings and teeth, plays an important part in a game between the Birds and the Animals to decide which group is better.

The Story of the Milky Way - Joseph Bruchac; Gayle Ross; Virginia A. Stroud (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0803717385
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
When cornmeal is stolen from an elderly couple, the others in a Cherokee village find a way to drive off the thief, creating the Milky Way in the process

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Weetamoo - Patricia Clark Smith; Patricia Clark-Smith
ISBN: 0439129109
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
The 1653-1654 diary of a fourteen-year-old Pocasset Indian girl, destined to become a leader of her tribe, describes how her life changes with the seasons, after a ritual fast she undertakes, and with her tribe's interaction with the English "Coat-men" of the nearby Plymouth Colony.

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Annie and the Old One - Miska Miles; Peter Parnall (Illustrator); Patricia Miles Martin
ISBN: 9780316571203
Publication Date: 1985-05-30
:A Navajo girl unravels a day's weaving on a rug whose completion, she believes, will mean the death of her grandmother.

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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses - Paul Goble (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780027365702
Publication Date: 1982-12-01
Though she is fond of her people, a Native-American girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.

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Jingle Dancer - Cynthia Leitich Smith; Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator); Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780688162412
Publication Date: 2000-04-05
Jenna, a member of the Muscogee, or Creek, Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform the jingle dance at the powwow. Includes a note about the jingle dance tradition and its regalia.

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Death of the Iron Horse - Paul Goble (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689716867
Publication Date: 1993-03-31
In an act of bravery and defiance against the White men encroaching on their territory in 1867, a group of young Cheyennes derail and raid a freight train.

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Crossing Bok Chitto - Tim Tingle; Jeanne Rorex Bridges (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0938317776
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
In the 1800s, a Choctaw girl becomes friends with a slave boy from a plantation across the great river, and when she learns that his family is in trouble, she helps them cross to freedom

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Thunder Boy Jr. - Sherman Alexie; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316013727
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
"Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name""-- Provided by publisher.

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Raven - Gerald McDermott
ISBN: 0152656618
Publication Date: 1993-04-30
Raven wants to give people the gift of light. But can he find out where Sky Chief keeps it?


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