A Few of My Favorite Things (Resources)

Here is a listing of some favorite resources from my years as a pretendian:


In the absence of an oral tradition you can rely on, books offer the greatest opportunity to learn the cultural aspects of the Native experience. History, tradition and perspective can be gleaned from the pages of books, carefully chosen for the integrity of the authors.

  1. Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions – Richard Erdoes
  2. Black Elk Speaks – John Neihardt
  3. Fools Crow: Wisdom and Power – Thomas E. Mails
  4. In the Absence of the Sacred – Jerry Mander
  5. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown
  6. Custer Died For Your Sins – Vine Deloria, Jr.
  7. Neither Wolf Nor Dog – Kent Nerburn
  8. And Grandma Said… – Tom Porter
  9. 1491 – Charles C. Mann


There are plenty of films available with Native culture as a subject matter. Many of them do not represent an accurate depiction of history or the culture they are attempting to portray. Fortunately, Native voices are on the increase; many of these films capture the contemporary Native experience from an inside perspective.

  1. Thunderheart
  2. Last of the Dogmen
  3. Windtalkers
  4. Flags of Our Fathers
  5. Songs My Brothers Taught Me
  6. Dreamkeeper
  7. Grey Owl
  8. Smoke Signals
  9. Skins
  10. Dance Me Outside
  11. Powwow Highway
  12. Crooked Arrows

Music (Artists):

I love music. I have found that Native music speaks to me at a very deep level. I listen mostly while I am crafting, but I find solace sometimes just in listening to Native voices speaking through music.

  1. Joanne Shenandoah
  2. Wayne Lavallee
  3. Bill Miller
  4. Buffy Sainte-Marie
  5. Annie Humphrey (Jiminez)
  6. Robbie Robertson
  7. Robby Romero
  8. Medicine Dream
  9. Mishi Donovan
  10. Asani
  11. Keith Secola
  12. Jim Boyd
  13. Walela
  14. Sharon Burch
  15. Tony Duncan
  16. Radmilla Cody
  17. Michael Bucher
  18. Robert Mirabal

Crafting Resources:

  1. Crazy Crow Trading Post
  2. Sioux Trading Post
  3. Matoska Trading Company