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Always Coming Home
by Ursula K. Le Guin
Paperback
ISBN: 0520227352, University of California Press, 525 pages.

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A tribal culture evolves after the destruction of modern civilization.



America in 1492: The World of the Indian Peoples Before the Arrival of Christopher Columbus
by Alvin M. Josephy (editor), Frederick Hoxie (editor)
Paperback
ISBN: 0679743375, Vintage Books, 496 pages.

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Assembled essays by 15 anthropologists, which describe both the geographical location of tribes and the specific accomplishments of Native American civilization.




Ancient Futures: Learning From Ladakh
by Helena Norberg-Hodge
Paperback
ISBN: 0712606564, Random House of Canada Ltd., 224 pages.

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The celebration here of traditional Ladakhi life induces exhilaration but also sadness, as if some half-remembered paradise known in another life had now been lost. So evocative is it that I felt -- I'm not sure what -- homesickness?




Cannibals and Kings: The Origins of Cultures
by Marvin Harris
Paperback
ISBN: 067972849X, Vintage Books, 368 pages.

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Shows how the endless varieties of cultural behavior- often so puzzling at first glance- can be explained as adaptations to particular ecological conditions.



Cows, Pigs, Wars & Witches: The Riddles of Culture
by Marvin Harris
Paperback
ISBN: 0679724680, Vintage Books, 288 pages.

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Masterful analysis of puzzling cultural phenomena like religious dietary restrictions (why are cows sacred and pigs aren't?), cargo cults (why are some countries rich and others poor?), and witch-hunts (what did religion have to do with it?).



Fools Crow - Wisdom and Power
by Thomas Mails
Paperback
ISBN: 1571781048, Council Oak Distribution, 224 pages.

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Teachings on power and wisdom, and the right way to use them, healing energy, and the power of living in Nature in the moment.




A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya
by Linda Schele and David Freidel
Paperback
ISBN: 0688112048, Quill, 544 pages.

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Thanks to a recent breakthrough in the decoding of Maya hieroglyphics, A Forest of Kings is able to provide the first full history of this ancient culture. Illustrated.




Going Native
by J.J. Bone
Paperback
ISBN: 0962006904, Pygmy Pr.

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The Hopi Survival Kit
by Thomas Mails
Paperback
ISBN: 0140195459, Penguin USA, 384 pages.

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Presents Hopi prophecy and spiritual instruction while preparing people for the hard times ahead by explaining how to recognize and understand these expected events.




Hotevilla
by Thomas Mails
Paperback
ISBN: 1569248109, Marlowe & Co.

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a portrait of Hotevilla Village, a stronghold of the ancient Native American faith. Presents a series of prophecies that warn of impending catastrophe.




Into The Forest
by Jean Hegland
Paperback
ISBN: 0553379615, Bantam Books, 256 pages.

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Two teenaged sisters must learn to live in harmony with the Northern California forest when the electricity shuts off, the phones go out, their parents die, and all civilization beyond them seems to grind to a halt.



Limited Wants, Unlimited Means: A Reader on Hunter-Gatherer Economics and the Environment
by John Gowdy, editor.
Paperback
ISBN: 155963555X, Island Pr, 373 pages.

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Explores assumptions in our economic thought and how it differs from that of primitive cultures. This is a great starting point for anyone interested in sustainable development. Includes useful further reading lists.


Man's Rise to Civilization
Peter Farb
Paperback
Penguin USA

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With respect and admiration for Native Americans, Farb delineates the ways in which cultures can answer the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of humans. Many aspects of human development are represented.



My Ishmael
Daniel Quinn
Paperback
ISBN: 0553379658, Bantam Books, 304 pages.

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has some interesting insight into community, looks into the support economy structure of tribes.




My Name is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization
by Chellis Glendenning
Paperback
ISBN: 087773996X, Shambhala Publications, 240 pages.

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Shows why the Western way of life--our technological addictions, fast pace, daily and lifelong traumas, dissociation from the natural world and ourselves-- is so unhealthy. She uses examples from nature-based cultures to show how to reconnect with the world.




Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America
by Jack Weatherford
Paperback
ISBN: 0449907139, Fawcett Books, 320 pages.

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Illustrates Native contributions to language, military tactics, food, and philosophy --a comprehensive, memorable tribute to the pervasive Native American influence on Western culture.




Native Wisdom for White Minds
by Anne Wilson Schaef
Paperback
ISBN: 0345394054, Ballantine Wellspring, 432 pages.

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Recounts the wisdom of the native peoples of America, Africa, Australia, and other cultures, in their own words, on such topics as fear, time, change, work, family, and loneliness.




The Ohlone Way
by Malcolm Margolin
Paperback
ISBN: 0930588010, Heyday Books, 500 pages.

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Cultural history of California Indian life.




Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus (novel)
by Orson Scott Card
Paperback
ISBN: 0812508645, Tor Books, 416 pages.

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Part science fiction, part historical drama, Card writes about scientists in a fearful future who study the tragic past, then attempt to actually intervene and change it into something better.



People of the Deer
by Farley Mowat
Paperback
ISBN: 0770422543, Bantam Books.

Book Description

THEY WERE IN HARMONY WITH THE LAND BUT THEY WERE ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION
Sixty years ago, the Ihalmiut numbered 7,000. When Farely Mowat visited them, their population had dwindled to forty. For two years, Mowat shared their hard life--the bleak winters, the shortages of food, the fervent struggle to withstand the intrusion of white men--and came to understand them. Here, Farely Mowat indicts those who have abused the Ihalmiut. But, foremost, he pays tribute to the last of the People of the Deer--the proud, valiant Eskimos, desperately trying to survive.


Religion and Empire The Dynamics of Aztec and Inca Expansionism
by Geoffrey W. Conrad and Arthur A. Demarest
Paperback
ISBN: 0521318963, Cambridge University Press, 284 pages.

Book Description

Religion and Empire is an innovative and provocative study of the two largest states of the Precolumbian Americas, the Aztec and Inca Empires. By examining the causes of the formation and expansion of these two empires, the authors identify similar patterns and processes underlying their rise and decline. They demonstrate that in both examples among the critical elements in the transition from marginal people to imperial power to disintegrating society were changes in traditional religion, including the elaboration of Aztec human sacrifice and Inca worship of the corpses of their kings. The authors show that the complex interaction between such ideological shifts and political and economic factors generated the spectacular historical trajectories of these Pre-Colombian empires.



Rolling Thunder
by Doug Boyd
Paperback
ISBN: 038528859X, Dell.

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A Native American medicine man helps the author to understand Spirit and Nature.




Stolen Continents: The Americas Through Indian Eyes Since 1492
by Ronald Wright
Paperback
Mariner Books

Account of the history and consequences of European invasion and rule that quotes from authentic speech and writings of five peoples--Aztec, Maya, Inca, Cherokee, and Iroquois--through 500 years.



A Story Like the Wind
by Laurens Van Der Post
Paperback
ISBN: 0156852616, Harvest Books, 384 pages.

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Young Francois Joubert, living in the remote region bordering the Kalahari Desert, thrills to the wonder of the still-primitive land until his idyllic world is shattered by the political violence of contemporary Africa.

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The Disney movie, A Far Off Place, is based on this book and its sequel. A white boy grows up in Africa….


The Story of B
by Daniel Quinn
Paperback
ISBN: 0553379011, Bantam Books, 352 pages.

Book Description

The Story of B combines Daniel Quinn's provocative and visionary ideas with a masterfully plotted story of adventure and suspense in this stunning, resonant novel that is sure to stay with readers long after they have finished the last page. Father Jared Osborne--bound by a centuries-old mandate held by his order to know before all others that the Antichrist is among us--is sent to Europe on a mission to find a peripatetic preacher whose radical message is attracting a growing circle of followers. The target of Osborne's investigation is an American known only as B. He isn't teaching New Age platitudes or building a fanatical following; instead, he is quietly uncovering the hidden history of our planet, redefining the fall of man, and retracing a path of human spirituality that extends millions of years into the past. From the beginning, Fr. Osborne is stunned, outraged, and awed by the simplicity and profundity of B's teachings. Is B merely a heretic--or is he the Antichrist sent to seduce humanity not with wickedness, but with ideas more alluring than those of traditional religion? With surprising twists and fascinating characters, The Story of B answers this question as it sends readers on an intellectual journey that will forever change the way they view spirituality, human history, and, indeed, the state of our present world.


Tribes
by Art Wolfe
Paperback
ISBN: 0517703688, Clarkson N. Potter, 160 pages.

Book Description

On every continent except Antarctica, there are extraordinary indigenous peoples who adorn themselves with the wondrous ornamentation that nature avoids: multicolored clays and dyes,brilliant feathers, and other exotic elements.

But as civilization expands, it encroaches on their unique ways of life: their customs have begun to change as they are assimilated into dominant societies. To celebrate these traditions, world-renowned nature photographer Art Wolfe has traveled around the world to observe and document the people and places in Tribes, a remarkable collection of more than 120 photographs.

Using his skills as a photographer of the natural world, Wolfe turns his lens on thirty-five diverse groups--among them, the Bumi of Ethiopia, who scar their torsos with raised geometric designs; the Maasai warriors of Kenya, with their towering ostrich plume headdresses and vivid ochre dyes; the Lisu women of northern Thailand, whose indigo turbans are laden with colorful tassels and pounded silver; the men of Samoa, who tattoo their torsos and thighs in marvelous, meaningful patterns; and the Kayapo of the Amazon Basin, who paint themselves with tropical fruit dyes and wear flamboyant headdresses of parrot feathers.

But Tribes is more than a simple document of body art: it is a bold celebration of the pageantry and patterns of everyday life. With an introduction by Harvard anthropologist David Maybury-Lewis and a foreword by Iman, Tribes offers a rare glimpse into the world's most fascinating cultures. Taken tribe by tribe, the variety of adornment and cultural experience Art Wolfe has discovered is astonishing; taken as a whole, the collection of photographs is a testimonial to the power of human creation and spirit.



Tsewa's Gift: Magic and Meaning in an Amazonian Society
by Michael F. Brown
Paperback
ISBN: 156098306X, Smithsonian Institution Press, 220 pages.

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