The Spiral of Time in Native American Novels

Spring 2013

Listed in: English, as ENGL-459; Lisa Brooks (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Michael Kelly, Missy Roser.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources


Search the Amherst and Five Colleges catalog by Keyword or Subject begins with:

American literature -- Indian authors
Frontier and pioneer life -- Indian Territory
Indian Territory -- Politics and government [and other subdivisions]
Indians in Literature
Indians of North American [and many subdivisions]
Indians in popular culture
Indigenous peoples
Relations with Indians


Calloway, Colin G. First Peoples: a Documentary Survey of American Indian History. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004. E77 .C14 2004

Confounding the Color Line: The Indian-Black Experience in North America. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002. E98.R28 C66 2002

Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006. E98 .R28 C76 2006

Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South. Chicago : New Haven: Art Institute of Chicago ; with Yale University Press, 2004. x E56 .H476 2004

Littlefield, Daniel F. A Biobibliography of Native American Writers, 1772-1924. Native American Bibliography Series no. 2. Metuchen, N.J: Scarecrow Press, 1981. E77 .L57 1981

Lomawaima, K. Tsianina. They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1994. E97.6.C4 L65 1994

Martin, Joel W. Sacred Revolt: The Muskogees’ Struggle for a New World. Boston: Beacon Press, 1991. E99.C9 M27 1991

Nations Remembered: An Oral History of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1865-1907. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1980. E78.I5 N37

Posey, Alexander Lawrence. The Fus Fixico Letters. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993. PS2649.P55 F87 1993

Powers-Beck, Jeffrey P. The American Indian Integration of Baseball. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004. GV867.64 .P69 2004

Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2011. E98.S48 Q84 2011

Rifkin, Mark. When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. PS173.I6 R54 2011

Saunt, Claudio. Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. E99.C9 S27 2005

Trachtenberg, Alan. Shades of Hiawatha: Staging Indians, Making Americans, 1880-1930. New York: Hill and Wang, 2004. E98.P99 T73 2004

Zogry, Michael J. Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game: At the Center of Ceremony and Identity. Chapel Hill, N.C: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. E99.C5 Z64 2010

Elliott, Michael A. Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. E83.876.C983 E55 2007

Lehman, Tim. Bloodshed at Little Bighorn: Sitting Bull, Custer, and the Destinies of Nations. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. E83.876 .L45 2010

Viola, Herman J. Little Bighorn Remembered: The Untold Indian Story of Custer’s Last Stand. New York: Times Books, 1999. x E83.876 .V563 1999

Last Stand at Little Bighorn. United States: PBS Video, 1992. Media VHS tape / E83.876 . L34

Ortiz, Simon J. From Sand Creek. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2000. PS3565.R77 F7 2000

Greene, Jerome A. Finding Sand Creek: History, Archeology, and the 1864 Massacre Site. Norman: University Of Oklahoma Press, 2004. E83.863 .G74 2004

Kelman, Ari. A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling over the Memory of Sand Creek. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2013. E83.863 .K45 2013

500 Nations. Burbank, Calif: Warner Home Video, 2004. DVD E77 .F58

Smith, Paul Chaat. Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee. New York: New Press, 1996. E98 .S655 1996

Matthiessen, Peter. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. New York: Viking Press, 1991. E93 .M46 1991

Incident at Oglala. Santa Monica, Calif: Artisan Entertainment, 1999. DVD E93 .I4641

We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes. Episode 5, “Wounded Knee.” Boston : WGBH Educational Foundation, 2009. DVD E77 .W4

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

AnthroSource (1988 to present)
Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource indexes 100 years of anthropological material.

Arts & Humanities Database
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

Book Review Digest (1908 to present)
Reviews of English-language fiction and nonfiction books from U. S., Canadian, and British periodicals.

ERIC (1966 to present)
Covers research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials in the field of education.

GenderWatch (1970 to present)
Full text of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas.

Full-text legal materials back to volume 1, historic English law and more. (Alumni access)

Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)

Project Muse
Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (1975 to present)
Covers international journals in political science and its complementary fields.

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more 
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

ProQuest Search Platform
An aggregated search of all 21 ProQuest databases (which aren't included in Discover).


Literature Resource Center
Full-text critical studies, biographies of authors; covers all genres, all time periods, and all regions.

Contemporary Literary Criticism
Extensive collection of critical essays and biographical information on contemporary authors.

Encyclopedia Britannica
Standard general encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of American Studies
Leading reference work for American Studies, with searchable articles and accompanying bibliographies, related websites, illustrations, and supplemental material.

American National Biography
Information on over 17,400 men and women.

Historical Statistics of the United States 
Standard source for quantitative information about the U.S., updated and includes 37,000 data series. See the overview essay on American Indians for links to relevant data tables.

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
A comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the U.S.

Johansen, Bruce E., ed. The Encyclopedia of Native American Legal Tradition. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Davies, Wade, and Richmond L. Clow, eds. American Indian Sovereignty and Law: An Annotated Bibliography. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2009.

King, C. Richard, ed. Native Americans in Sports. Armonk, N.Y: Sharpe Reference, 2004.

Whitson, Kathy J. Native American Literatures: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors, and Themes. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 1999.

Wiget, Andrew, ed. Dictionary of Native American Literature. New York: Garland, 1994.



Primary Sources

American State Papers (1789-1838)
Full-image database of legislative and executive documents of Congress. Continued by U.S. Congressional Serial Set.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1976)
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Preceded by American State Papers.

Early American Imprints, Series I, Evans (1639-1800)
Books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the renowned bibliography by Charles Evans.

Early American Imprints. Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819)
Books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the distinguished bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker.

Primary-source collection descriptions from WorldCat records and archival finding aids.

Native American Records in the National Archives

Library of Congress American Memory

Historical newspapers

America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980) 
Searchable archive of American newspapers including Early American Newspapers, Series I and II (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest) 
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.

Chronicling America (1860-1922)
Search or browse hundreds of newspapers through the Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Program. Includes descriptions of papers, and images are downloadable. 

Current newspapers

Access World News (Newsbank) (date coverage varies) 
Electronic editions of over 2,600 local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as 1,500 international sources. Fully searchable and browsable by map.

LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe (date coverage varies) 
Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.

Newsstand (ProQuest) 
Full text for over 1,300 local, regional and national newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, and more.

Alt-PressWatch (1970 to present) 
Full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.

Alternative Press Index (1969 to present) 
Covers alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

Ethnic NewsWatch (1959 to present) 
News and analysis from ethnic popular and scholarly publications.