Most of the ones I have un-annotated I am either still in the process of reading, or they were really unremarkable, being neither great nor especially horrendous. Books I found especially valuable are starred.

EASTERN WOODLANDS
*Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England 1500-1643, Neal Salisbury (decent overview of early contact Dawnland; it’s been so long since I read it I honestly don’t remember much but it taught me a lot)

Native people of southern New England, 1500-1650, Kathleen J. Bragdon (ethnography/history of Dawnland peoples, good for finding sources but lacks indigenous perspective)

*Huron-Wendat : the heritage of the circle, Georges E. Sioui (really great, written by a Wendat author, combines oral tradition, archaeology, and Native perspectives of history)

For an Amerindian autohistory : an essay on the foundations of a social ethic, Georges E. Sioui

*The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815, Richard White (a very good foundational, almost definitive, source on intercultural interactions in the Great Lakes region)

From Chicaza to Chickasaw : the European invasion and the transformation of the Mississippian world, 1540-1715, Robbie Ethridge (solid information connecting historic nations to older Mississippian ones, but the author explicitly decided to exclude modern Chickasaw people)

Hero, hawk, and open hand : American Indian art of the ancient Midwest and South, Art Institute of Chicago (surprisingly good and understandable analysis of Hopewell/Mississippian history, includes multiple indigenous authors)

Separate Peoples, One Land: The Minds of Cherokees, Blacks, and Whites on the Tennessee Frontier, Cynthia Cumfer (pretty good overview of the intellectual development of various people in Tennessee ca1768-1810, but her analysis of Black history in the area is notably poor in comparison to white and Cherokee history)

WEST
*The Comanche Empire, Pekka Hamalainen (extremely good analysis centering Comanche people, but falls flat on some cultural issues)

Storms Brewed in Other Men’s Worlds: The Confrontation of Indians, Spanish, and French in the Southwest, 1540-1795, Elizabeth A. H. John (often problematic but covers a wide range of time and people)

*Common and contested ground : a human and environmental history of the northwestern plains, Theodore Binnema (EXCELLENT book centering indigenous people, connecting archaeology to written records and oral history, not by an indigenous author though)

Indians in the Fur Trade: their role as hunters, trappers, and middlemen in the lands southwest of Hudson Bay 1660-1870, Arthur J. Ray

MESOAMERICA
Twin Tollans : Chichén Itzá, Tula, and the epiclassic to early postclassic Mesoamerican world, Jeff Karl Kowalski & Cynthia Kristan-Graham, eds.

*The Mixtec pictorial manuscripts : time, agency, and memory in ancient Mexico, Maarten E.R.G.N. Jansen, Gabina Aurora Perez Jimenez (very good, one author is Mixtec herself and they focus on indigenous conceptions and responsibilities re: history in addition to giving a good base in Mixtec manuscripts)

Acercamiento a la filosofía y la ética del mundo mixteco, Ignacio Ortiz Castro (philosophical writing by a Mixtec author)

Nuu Nudzahui: La Mixteca de Oaxaca, Ronald Spores

THEORY
Columbus and Other Cannibals, Jack D. Forbes (very on-point analysis of Western civilization through wihtikow understandings)

*Native American autobiography redefined : a handbook, Stephanie A. Sellers (fantastic analysis of Native ideas of literature)

Research is ceremony : indigenous research methods, Shawn Wilson

MISCELLANEOUS
Âh-âyîtaw isi ê-kî-kiskêyihtahkik maskihkiy = They knew both sides of medicine : Cree tales of curing and cursing, Alice Ahenakew, H.C. Wolfart & Freda Ahenakew

Africans and Native Americans : the language of race and the evolution of Red-Black peoples, Jack D. Forbes.

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