Multcolib School Corps Picks Pacific Northwest Native Americans Grades 4-7

Beaver Steals Fire
Beaver Steals Fire A Salish Coyote Story Book - 2005 j 398.24 B386 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:Beaver Steals Fire is an ancient and powerful tale springing from the hearts and experiences of the Salish people of Montana. Steeped in the rich and culturally vital storytelling tradition of the tribe, this tale teaches both respect for fire and awareness of its significance, themes particularly relevant today.

Northwest Coast Indians
Northwest Coast Indians By Ansary, Mir Tamim Book - 2000 j 970.1 A617n 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:Introduces the history, dwellings, artwork, religious beliefs, clothing, food, and other elements of life of the Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest.

The Shoshone
The Shoshone By Bial, Raymond Book - 2001 j 970.1 B576sh 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:Lifeways examines the existences carved out by each tribe. Daily life, religious beliefs and sacred rituals are all explored, as well as a tribe's social systems, rules of warfare and their sense of themselves within the natural universe.

The Nez Perce
The Nez Perce By Bonvillain, Nancy Book - 2011 j 979.50049741 B723n 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Read about the dynamic Nez Perce of North America, how they shaped life in the Northwest, and how their legacy continues in the twenty-first century.

Children of the Midnight Sun
Children of the Midnight Sun Young Native Voices of Alaska By Brown, Tricia Book - 1998 j 970.004 B881c 1998 Available in some locations

Annotation:Photographs and text present the experiences and way of life of Tlingit, Athabascan, Yupik, and other Native American children in the villages, cities, and bush areas of Alaska.

Buffalo Song
Buffalo Song By Bruchac, Joseph Book - 2008 j 305.897 B887b 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:The story of the first efforts to save the vanishing bison (buffalo) herds from extinction in the United States in the 1870s and 1880s. Based on the true story of Samuel Walking Coyote, a Salish (Kalispel) Indian who rescued and raised orphaned buffalo calves

Indian Portraits of the Pacific Northwest
Indian Portraits of the Pacific Northwest Thirty of the Principal Tribes By Cochran, George M. Book - 1991 j 970.1 C663i 1991 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation: Nootka -- Makah -- Clallam -- Quillayute -- Quinault -- Chinook -- Clatsop -- Yakonan -- Umpqua -- Rogue River -- Modoc -- Klamath -- Calapooya -- Molalla -- Wasco -- Wy-am -- Klickitat -- Nisqually -- Puyallup -- Okanogan -- Spokane -- Yakima -- Walla Walla -- Cayuse -- Paiute -- Blackfeet -- Nez Perce -- Flathead -- Bannock -- Kootenau

The Inuit of Canada
The Inuit of Canada By Corriveau, Danielle Book - 2002 j 970.1 C825i 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:From their history and cultural practices to their religions and the landscapes they call home, discover the intricacies of each featured native culture.

A Kid's Guide to Native American History
A Kid's Guide to Native American History More Than 50 Activities By Dennis, Yvonne Wakim Book - 2010 j 970.00497 D4118k 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Hands-on activities, games, and crafts introduce children to the diversity of Native American cultures and teach them about the people, experiences, and events that have helped shape America, past and present.

Coyote in Love
Coyote in Love By Dwyer, Mindy Book - 1997 jE DWYER Available in some locations

Annotation:A retelling of a Native American legend about Coyote's love for a beautiful blue star, which resulted in the creation of Crater Lake, Oregon.

Chief Joseph, 1840-1904
Chief Joseph, 1840-1904 By Englar, Mary Book - 2004 j B-Jo776e 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:A biography of the peace chief who ended the Nez Percé War by surrendering to United States soldiers in 1877, believing that he would be permitted lead his people back to their ancestral lands in Idaho. Includes a recipe for berry fritters and directions for "the stick game."

Chief Joseph
Chief Joseph The Voice for Peace By Hopping, Lorraine Jean Book - 2009 j B-Jo776ho 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Chief Joseph was a peace chief, a great leader who truly believed his nation, the Nez Perce, could live in harmony with white people. Tragically, it was not to be. This fascinating biography separates fact from myth, and tells the compelling story of a man who tried to fight injustice with words, not weapons.

Potlatch A Tsimshian Celebration By Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane Book - 1997 j 970.1 H871po All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Describes the traditions of the Tsimshian Indians living in Metlakatla, Alaska, and, in particular, those connected with a potlatch they hold to celebrate their heritage.

Totem Pole
Totem Pole By Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane Book - 1990 j 970.1 H871t Available in some locations

Annotation:A Tsimshian Indian proudly describes how his father carved a totem pole for the Klallam tribe and the subsequent ceremonial celebration.

Native Americans of the Northwest Coast
Native Americans of the Northwest Coast By Jones, Veda Boyd Book - 2001 j 970.1 J79n 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:Discusses the history, daily lives, culture, religion, and conflicts of the Indians that lived in the Pacific Northwest.

The Frog Princess
The Frog Princess A Tlingit Legend From Alaska By Kimmel, Eric A. Book - 2006 j 398.2 K49f 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:After rejecting all of her human suitors, the beautiful daughter of a Tlingit tribal leader declares that she would rather marry a frog from the lake.

First People
First People By King, David C. Book - 2008 j 970.00497 K52f 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:With the help of modern and historic images, innovative page layouts, and compelling first-person accounts, an eye-opening look at the richness and variety of North American natives presents each tribe as an individual, evolving culture, with its own history, artwork, and traditions.

On the Trail of Sacagawea
On the Trail of Sacagawea By Lourie, Peter Book - 2001 j 917.8 L892o 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1804, Lewis and Clark and a small band of adventurers calling themselves the Corps of Discovery set off on a great journey into the unknown. Along the way they met a young Shoshone woman who would make an invaluable contribution to the expedition.

Raven A Trickster Tale From the Pacific Northwest By McDermott, Gerald Book - 1993 j 398.2 M134r Available in some locations

Annotation:Raven, a Pacific Coast Indian trickster, sets out to find the sun.

The Button Blanket
The Button Blanket An Activity Book, Ages 6-10 By McNutt, Nan Book - 1997 j 970.1 M169but 1997 Available in some locations

Annotation:The story of a Kwakiutl girl making her first ceremonial button blanket introduces activities that provide information about the crafts and ways of life of Indians living along the Northwest Coast of the United States and Canada.

Native Peoples of the Americas
Native Peoples of the Americas Book - 2010 j 970.00497 N2775 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Covers early civilizations, languages, religions, arts, and cultures of the indigenous peoples of the United States, Canada, and Middle and South America.

The Nez Perce
The Nez Perce By Nelson, Sharlene P. Book - 2003 j 970.1 N431n 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation: This book explores the history, traditions, and beliefs of this people as well as a glimpse into the life of the Nez Perce today.

Yetsa's Sweater
Yetsa's Sweater By Olsen, Sylvia Book - 2006 jE OLSEN 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:"What are you knitting into this sweater, Grandma?" Yetsa asks. Grandma smiles. "Flowers. Fish and waves. Woolly clouds, and blackberries."

The Northwest Indians
The Northwest Indians Daily Life in the 1700s By Peterson, Judy Monroe Book - 2006 j 970.1 M753n 2006 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:A brief introduction to Native American tribes of the Northwest, including their social structure, homes, food, clothing, and traditions

The Great Circle
The Great Circle A History of the First Nations By Philip, Neil Book - 2006 j 973.0497 P549g 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:Folklorist Neil Philip examines the shared experience of many of the First Nations, from their separate existences before whites arrived, to their years of struggle and heartbreak, to the present-day resurgence of their cultures.

Indians of the Northwest
Indians of the Northwest Traditions, History, Legends, and Life By Press, Petra Book - 2000 j 970.1 P935i 2000 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Describes the daily lives, culture, beliefs, social structure, and environment of some of the Native American peoples who lived on the Northwest coast of North America before the coming of Europeans.

The Chinook People
The Chinook People By Ross, Pamela Book - 1999 j 970.1 R825c 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:Provides an overview of the past and present lives of the Chinook people, covering their daily activities, customs, family life, religion, government, history, and interaction with the United States government.

First Salmon
First Salmon By Salonen, Roxane B. Book - 2005 jE Parenting SALONEN Available in some locations

Annotation:During the ceremony of First Salmon, an event celebrated by the Northwest Pacific tribes to honor and welcome back the salmon each year, Charlie remembers his beloved uncle and starts the process of accepting his death.

The Salmon Twins
The Salmon Twins By Simpson, Caroll Book - 2012 jE SIMPSON 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:When new twins are born in a village in the Pacific Northwest, everyone celebrates. The birth of twins is a rare and special occasion; they are children of the salmon. But as the twins grow, they become selfish and greedy, which is not the way of their people. When Thunderbird sees the twins fighting and arguing, he is not happy, and he transforms them into a Two-Headed Sea Serpent.

Nations of the Northwest Coast
Nations of the Northwest Coast By Smithyman, Kathryn Book - 2004 j 979.500497 S6649n 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:Explores how the waters, mountains, and forests of the Pacific Northwest have provided food and shelter for groups such as the Tlingit, the Haida, and the Kwakiutl for thousands of years.

Northwest Coast Indians
Northwest Coast Indians By Sonneborn, Liz Book - 2012 j 979.500497 S6991n 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Describes the first people to live in the Northwest Coast region of North America, discussing their culture, customs, ways of life, interactions with other settlers, and their lives today.

A Totem Tale
A Totem Tale By Vanasse, Deb Book - 2006 jE VANASSE All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:On a full-moon night in Alaska, a traditional native totem pole magically comes to life. The Grizzly, Beaver, Frog, and Raven all stretch and scratch and voice their relief at being free at last. But then the first dawn light appears on the horizon, and the totems have to reassemble themselves in the proper order before morning. Deb Vanasse s enchanting text and Erik Brooks s lively illustrations make this a memorable modern folktale.

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