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Black Elk Speaks - Bibliography



George A. Dorsey and Alfred L. Kroeber, comp., Traditions of the Arapaho

A significant, wide-ranging collection of stories of Arapahos in Wyoming and Oklahoma, as told to and recorded by two renowned anthropologists at the turn of the twentieth century.

Loretta Fowler, Arapahoe Politics, 1851-1978: Symbols in Crises of Authority

A noted study of the political culture of the Arapahos from the middle of the nineteenth century into the modern era.

Jeffrey Anderson, The Four Hills of Life: Northern Arapaho Life Movement

A look at modern Arapaho belief and ritual on the Wind River Reservation.


Douglas Parks, Traditional Narratives of the Arikara Indians: vol. 1, Stories of Alfred Morsette; vol. 2, Stories of Other Narrators; vol. 3, English Translations, Stories of Alfred Morsette; vol. 4, English Translations, Stories of Other Narrators

The definitive collection of Arikara legends, myths, and stories, presented in the original language and with English translations.

Douglas Parks, compiler, Myths and Traditions of the Arikara Indians

A one-volume overview of Arikara legends, myths, and stories.

Battle of the Little Bighorn

Mari Sandoz, The Battle of the Little Bighorn

The well-known writer offers a compelling portrait of the fight.

Colonel W. A. Graham, The Story of the Little Big Horn

A well-researched, classic investigation of the battle.

John S. Gray, Custer's Last Campaign: Mitch Boyer and the Little Bighorn Reconstructed

A detailed, authoritative study of the battle

Bruce Liddic and Paul Harbaugh, eds., Custer and Company: Walter Camp's Notes on the Custer Fight

A collection of notes and interviews about the Little Bighorn fight gathered by a respected authority on the battle.

Richard Hardorff, Hokahey! A Good Day to Die! The Indian Casualties of the Custer Fight

The most complete look at the Lakota and Cheyenne warriors who died at the Little Bighorn.

Richard Hardorff, Lakota Recollections of the Custer Fight

Richard Hardorff, Cheyenne Memories of the Custer Fight

Essential collections of eyewitness accounts of Lakotas and Cheyennes who fought Custer at the Little Bighorn.

Robert Utley, Custer and the Great Controversy: The Origin and Development of a Legend

Brian Dippie, Custer's Last Stand: The Anatomy of an American Myth

Studies of how Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn entered the American public consciousness and have become mythologized and larger than life.


George Bird Grinnell, Blackfoot Lodge Tales: The Story of a Prairie People

A collection of Blackfeet stories and an introduction to their traditional life, as presented by a noted researcher in the late nineteenth century.

Walter McClintock, The Old North Trail: Life, Legends and Religion of the Blackfeet Indians

A detailed look at traditional Blackfeet life, as told by a member of the U.S. Forest Service who lived with them in the late nineteenth century.

Paul Rosier, Rebirth of the Blackfeet Nation, 1912–1950

The story of the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana in the first half of the twentieth century and how the community reinvented itself in order to thrive in the modern world.

Clark Wissler and D. C. Duvall, Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians

A classic collection of traditional Blackfeet myths and legends, written down at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Black Hills goldrush

Donald Jackson, Custer's Gold: The United States Cavalry Expedition of 1874

An engaging, meticulously researched story of Custer's Black Hills expedition.

Black Hills seizure

Edward Lazarus, Black Hills, White Justice

The story of the seizure of the Black Hills by the U.S. government and the Sioux Nation's unrelenting effort to fight back and overturn the action is vividly chronicled by Edward Lazarus.


These books tell the story of the buffalo and of the decimation of the great herds that roamed the plains.

E. Douglas Branch, The Hunting of the Buffalo

A classic, poignant account of the gradual extermination of the buffalo.

Tom McHugh, The Time of the Buffalo

A fascinating, detailed look at the buffalo, past and present: their habits and life cycle, their use by Plains Indians, their destruction by Europeans and Americans, and a revival of interest in saving the buffalo in the modern era.

Mari Sandoz, The Buffalo Hunters

The well-known writer's account of the tumultuous western plains in the late nineteenth century and the slaughter of the buffalo.


Dull Knife Flight

Mari Sandoz, Cheyenne Autumn

The well-known telling of the flight of the Cheyennes from Oklahoma to Montana, led by Dull Knife and Little Wolf.

Alan Boye, Holding Stone Hands: On the Trail of the Cheyenne Exodus

A beautifully written account of a modern retracing of the Cheyennes' escape route from Oklahoma to Montana.

Culture and History

Joseph Jablow, The Cheyenne in Plains Indian Trade Relations, 1795-1840

An astute look at the ways in which trade was important to the Cheyennes in the decades before white encroachment on their homeland.

George Bird Grinnell, The Cheyenne Indians: vol. 1, History and Society; vol. 2, War, Ceremonies, and Religion

A classic summary of traditional Cheyenne life and history.

George Bird Grinnell, By Cheyenne Campfires

A collection of Cheyenne myths and tales.

Richard G. Hardorff, comp. and ed., Cheyenne Memories of the Custer Fight

A sourcebook of eyewitness accounts by Cheyennes who fought alongside Lakotas at the Little Bighorn.

Thomas B. Marquis, trans., Wooden Leg: A Warrior Who Fought Custer

The autobiography of a Cheyenne warrior, born in 1858, who fought against Custer at the Little Bighorn, as told to and interpreted by Thomas Marquis.

Stan Hoig, The Battle of the Washita

An account of the November 27, 1868, massacre by Custer's Seventh Cavalry of the people of a village of Cheyennes under the leadership of Black Kettle.

Buffalo Bill Cody

William F. Cody, The Life of Hon. William F. Cody, Known as Buffalo Bill: An Autobiography

Helen Cody Wetmore, Buffalo Bill: Last of the Great Scouts

The life of Buffalo Bill, as told in his own words and by his sister.

Crazy Horse

Mari Sandoz, Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas

Crazy Horse's life, deeds, and character are brought to life in unforgettable fashion in Mari Sandoz's famous story.

Robert A. Clark, ed., The Killing of Chief Crazy Horse

Richard G. Hardorff, ed., The Death of Crazy Horse

The last days and death of Crazy Horse are remembered by Native and non-Native eyewitnesses.

Gen. George Crook

John G. Bourke, On the Border with Crook

Capt. John G. Bourke served on Crook's staff from 1870 to 1886 and here offers a first-rate, absorbing, eyewitness account of life with General Crook during his campaigns on the Plains and in the Southwest


Frank B. Linderman, Pretty-Shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows

Classic autobiography of a Crow healer during the nineteenth century.

Alma Hogan Snell, Grandmother's Grandchild: My Crow Indian Life

Pretty Shield's granddaughter continues the famous healer's story into the reservation era and also tells, with warmth and honesty, of her own life and growth in the modern era.

Frank B. Linderman, Plenty-Coups: Chief of the Crows

The well-known autobiography of a noted Crow chief of the late nineteenth century.

Peter Nabokov, Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior

The autobiography of a nineteenth-century Crow warrior, told to researcher William Wildschut in the early 1920s.

Robert H. Lowie, The Crow Indians

A comprehensive overview of the traditional culture and world of the Crows.


Paul Andrew Hutton, ed. The Custer Reader

Eyewitness accounts and noted scholars' perspectives are collected under one cover to offer an unparalleled look at the life and career of Custer.

Jay Monaghan, Custer: The Life Of General George Armstrong Custer

Frederick Whittaker, A Complete Life of General George A. Custer

Well-researched, accessibly written biographies of Custer.

Ghost Dance

Michael Hittman, ed., Wovoka and the Ghost Dance

The most complete account of the life and teachings of the famous northern Paiute prophet Wovoka, or Jack Wilson.

James Mooney, The Ghost-Dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890

The classic, seminal account of the origin and spread of the Ghost Dance and its consequences for the Sioux Nation at the Wounded Knee Massacre.


R. H. Barnes, Two Crows Denies It: A History of Controversy in Omaha Sociology

An informative study of Omaha society and how it has been seen and debated by researchers for over a century.

Alice Fletcher, A Study of Omaha Indian Music

An introduction to traditional songs sung and performed by the Omahas.

Alice Fletcher and Francis LaFlesche, The Omaha Tribe, 2 volumes

A classic, detailed look at the traditional life of the Omahas, cowritten by an anthropologist and a member of the Omaha community.

Robin Ridington and Dennis Hastings, Blessing for a Long Time: The Sacred Pole of the Omaha Tribe

The meaning and fascinating history of the sacred pole of the Omahas, innovatively presented by a modern anthropologist and an Omaha historian.

David Wishart, An Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians

The definitive history of the Omahas' and other Nebraska Native communities' struggles in the nineteenth century.


Michael Hittman, ed., Wovoka and the Ghost Dance

The most complete account of the life and teachings of the famous northern Paiute prophet Wovoka, or Jack Wilson.

Michael Hittman, Corbett Mack: The Life of a Northern Paiute

An uncompromising and revealing autobiography of a modern member of the Northern Paiute community.


Gene Weltfish, The Lost Universe: Pawnee Life and Culture

A classic, detailed look at the traditional world of the Pawnees.

George A. Dorsey, The Pawnee: Mythology

The definitive collection of traditional Pawnee myths and legends.

George Bird Grinnell, Pawnee Hero Stories and Folk-Tales

Traditional Pawnee folktales, hero stories, and more are presented accessibly, along with an introduction to their pre-reservation culture.

James Murie, Ceremonies of the Pawnee

The many rituals of the Pawnees are fully reviewed and discussed in this significant study.

George Bird Grinnell, Two Great Scouts and Their Pawnee Battalion

The story of the Pawnee Scouts and their service with the U.S. Army from 1864 to 1877.

Alexander Lesser, The Pawnee Ghost Dance Hand Game: Ghost Dance Revival and Ethnic Identity

A noted study of the Ghost Dance religion among the Pawnees and their practice of the Hand Game.

Martha Royce Blaine, Some Things Are Not Forgotten: A Pawnee Family Remembers

The engaging story of the Blaines, a Pawnee family, from their removal to Indian Territory through the mid–twentieth century.


Esther Burnette Horne and Sally McBeth, Essie's Story: The Life and Legacy of a Shoshone Teacher

The spirited and inspiring autobiography of a Shoshone teacher who was raised on the Wind River Reservation and taught in Indian boarding schools.

Grace Raymond Hebard, Washakie: Chief of the Shoshones

The classic biography of the chief who led the eastern band of Shoshones in the nineteenth century and fought alongside General Crook at the Battle of the Rosebud.

Sioux tales and legends

Charles Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman, Wigwam Evenings: Sioux Folk Tales Retold

The well-known Santee Sioux writer and his wife offer a fine sampling of folk tales, warmly and engagingly told.

Marie McLaughlin, Myths and Legends of the Sioux

A collection of Dakota stories heard when growing up in Minnesota, retold by the wife of (and interpreter for) the head of Standing Rock Reservation, James McLaughlin.

Luther Standing Bear, Stories of the Sioux

These are enduring Lakota stories and legends that Luther Standing Bear heard as a boy when growing up in the 1860s and 1870s.

James R. Walker, Lakota Myth

An authoritative collection of Lakota myths and legends, gathered at the beginning of the twentieth century by researcher James R. Walker.

Zitkala-Sa, Old Indian Legends

The famous Yankton Sioux writer offers her versions of popular legends that she heard as a child on the Yankton Reservation.

Sun Dance

Stephen E. Feraca, Wakinyan: Lakota Religion in the Twentieth Century

This introduction to contemporary Lakota religion contains a detailed look at the traditional and modern Sun Dance.

James R. Walker, Lakota Belief and Ritual

A valuable collection of firsthand accounts of Lakota ceremonies and beliefs, collected in the early twentieth century and featuring commentaries on and descriptions of the traditional Sun Dance.

William K. Powers, Oglala Religion

An overview of traditional and contemporary Lakota religion, with a detailed description of a Sun Dance.

Sweat Lodge

Raymond A. Bucko, The Lakota Ritual of the Sweat Lodge

A definitive look at the history and significance of the sweat lodge for the Lakotas.

Vision Quest

Stephen Feraca, Wakinyan: Lakota Religion in the Twentieth Century

An overview of modern Lakota ritual, including a chapter on the Vision Quest.

William Powers, Yuwipi: Vision and Experience in Oglala Ritual

A compelling look at the modern Yuwipi ritual among the Lakotas, with a chapter on one man's Vision Quest.

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