Ancient Voices

A Museum to honor the least known people in North America, the Original Tribal Women

Many of the books listed below can be purchased through Those that are available for purchase are linked through to Amazon from here so you can buy it straight away. We believe that Amazon probably have the best prices unless you look through EBay listings where you may find one for a better price. The rarer books are quite expensive so it may be worth looking through garage sales or flea markets to find those. If you find a better source do please let me know so that I can link to it.

Pottery books
The Living Tradition of Maria Martinez,
by Susan Peterson . 1977. Kodansha International, New York.
by Richard L. Spivey. 1979, second printing 1981. Northland Publishing.
The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez,
by Richard L. Spivey. 2003. Museum of New Mexico Press.
Maria, The Potter of San Ildefonso,
by Alice Marriott. 1948. First edition. University of Oklahoma Press.
Maria Montoya Martinez, Master Potter,
by Elsie Karr Kreischer, Pelican Pub. (Ages 9-12)
Tending the Fire: The Story of Maria Martinez,
by Juddi Morris, Rising Moon (Northland) (Ages 9-12)
Maria Making Pottery: The Story Of Famous American Indian Potter Maria Martinez
by Hazel Hyde
Contemporary Pueblo and Navajo Pottery
by Berger and Schiffer.
Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2,000 Artist Biographies
by Dr. Gregory Schaaf
Lucy M. Lewis: American Indian Potter
by Susan Harnly Peterson and Fred Kabotie
A Tribute to Lucy M. Lewis: Acoma Potter
by John E. Collins and Dr. Frederick J. Dockstader
Pueblo Storyteller
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith, Photographs by Lawrence Migdale
Talking With the Clay: The Art of Pueblo Pottery (Paperback)
by Stephen Trimble (Author), Tom Ireland (Photographer)

Ballet, Politics, Film-makers, Beauty, Misc.

Bird of Fire: The Story of Maria Tallchief.
by Olga Maynard, New York: Dodd, Mead 1961. NOTES: Covers Tallchief's youth and career.
Maria Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina.
by Larry Kaplan, New York: Henry Holt, 1997.
Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina
with Rosemary Wells. New York: Viking, 1999.
NOTES: Juvenile literature.

American Indian Ballerinas
by Lili Cockerville Livingston. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1997.

Rosella Hightower, Yvonne Chouteau, Maria Tallchief, and her sister Marjorie Tallchief.

LaDonna Harris: A Comanche Life
y LaDonna Harris Edited by H. Henrietta Stockel

Alanis Obomsawin: The Vision of a Native Filmmaker
(American Indian Lives)

by Randolph Lewis

Not yet listed on our site but a great Abnaki woman film-maker

Real Indians
by Andrea Modica (includes Vanessa Shortbull)
'By the Prophet of the Earth' (very rare but available at Amazon)
by L.S.M. Curtin

Books about Susan La Flesche

Homeward the Arrow's Flight: The Story of Susan La Flesche,
(Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte)
by Marion Marsh Brown
Native American Doctor: The Story of Susan La Flesche Picotte.
by Ferris, J. (1991).
Susan La Flesche Picotte M.D. Omaha Indian Leader & Reformer
by Benson Tong
A Doctor to Her People Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte
by J.L. Wilkerson

Read the Books about Susette La Flesche and her family

Susette La Flesche
by Marion Marsh Brown
Childrens Press, 1992, ISBN: 0516032771
Iron Eye's Family: The Children of Joseph La Flesche
by Norma Kidd Green

Wilma Mankiller

Mankiller: A Chief and Her People
by Michael Wallis, Wilma Pearl Mankiller

Mankiller's autobiography, became a national bestseller.

Wilma Mankiller
by Linda Lowery

Grades 2-4-
A competent, easy-to-read biography of the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation

Wilma Mankiller: Chief of the Cherokee Nation
by Pamela Dell

Ages 9-12
Library Binding: 112 pagesPublisher: Compass Point Books (May 2006)

Wilma Mankiller: Leader of the Cherokee Nation
by Della A. Yannuzzi

Grade 6-9? As a highly successful chief and as the first contemporary female Indian leader to achieve her status, Mankiller has become a role model for many young people.

A Brief Interview with Chief Mankiller.
Harris, Jo D.Lewiston, Idaho: Confluence Press in association with Women's Action Committee, Lewis-Clark State College, 1996.
The Reader's Campanion to U.S. Women's History.
Mink, Gwendolyn, Marysa Navarro, and Gloria Steinem, editors. Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998.

Sarah Winnemucca

Sarah Winnemucca,
by Sally Zanjani.
University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln and London, 2001.

Chief Sarah : Sarah Winnemucca's Fight for Indian Rights
by Dorothy Nafus Morrison

Sarah Winnemucca of the Northern Paiutes
by Gae Canfield, (1983).
Probably the best writtten biography of her life.
Sarah Winnemucca: Northern Paiute Writer and Diplomat
by Ellen Scordato (1992)
Three Amercian Indian Women: Pocahontas, Sacajawea,
Sarah Winnemucca of the Northern Paiutes

by Grace Steele Woodward, Harold P. Howard, Gae Whitney Canfield (1995)
Life Among the Piutes[sic]: Their Wrongs and Claims,
published in 1883

Sand Creek

Black Kettle : The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace But Found War
by Thom Hatch
Finding Sand Creek: History, Archeology, And the 1864 Massacre Site


Indigenous American Women : Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism
By Mihesuah, Devon A.

More books will be added, so please come back.

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