Helpful Tools to Teach Accurate Information

Teachers are responsible for relaying honest and unbiased information to their students regarding Indigenous peoples and their history. We understand that having access to historically and culturally accurate resources plays a significant role in a teacher’s ability to do so. Below are various resources that can be used in a range of classrooms to better teach about Indigenous people.

Primary Sources (Plymouth settlement)

“Of Plymouth Plantation 1620 -1647”, William Bradford, 1657 ed. Samuel Eliot Morison, 2001 (originally published 1952)

“A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth: Mourt’s Relation”, 1622 ed. Dwight B. Heath, 1963

“A Key Into the Language of America”, Roger Williams, 1643 4th edition, J. Hammond Trumbull, 1973

“Three Visitors to Early Plymouth”, Emmanuel Altham, John Pory, Isaac DeRasieres ed. Sydney V. James, Jr.

“Sailors’ Narratives of Voyages Along the New England Coast, 1524 – 1624”, Giovanni Verrazano; ed. George Parker Winship, 1905

“New English Canaan”, Thomas Morton, 1637

“New England Prospect”, William Wood, 1634

“An Account of Two Voyages to New England, John Josselyn pub. William Veazie, Boston, 1865, (Yale)

“Native Writings in Massachusetts”, Vols. I & II, Ives Goddard, Kathleen Bragdon 10. “New Englands Rarities Discovered”, John Josselyn, 1672

(Christopher Columbus)

“The Devastation of the Indies”, Bartolome De Las Casas

Secondary Sources (Plymouth Settlement/Colonization/History)

“Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists and the Ecology of New England”, William

Cronon, 1983, 2003

The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast”, Lisa Brooks, (Abenaki), 2008

“Chronicles of the Pilgrim Fathers”, Alexander Young originally publishes by E. P. Dutton, 1910

“Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England 1500-1643” Neal Salisbury, 1982

“Indian New England Before the Mayflower”, Howard S. Russell, 1980

“Territorial Subdivisions of the Wampanoag, Massachusetts and Nauset Indians” Indian Notes and Monographs, Frank Speck, 1928

“Dispossession by Degrees: Indian Land and Identity in Natick, Massachusetts 1650-1790” Jean O’Brien (Ojibway), 1997

“Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England”, Jean O’Brien (Ojibway), 2010

“Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery” Margaret Ellen Newell, 2015

“A People’s History of the United States” Teaching Edition, Howard Zinn, 1980; Kathy Emery 1997, Ellen Reeves 2003

“An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States”, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Cherokee), 2014

“An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People”, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Cherokee), 2020

“The Invasion of America: Indians, Colonialism and the Cant of Conquest”, Francis Jennings, 1975

“Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience”, Neal Salisbury and Colin Calloway, 2005

“Why You Can’t Teach United States History Without American Indians”, ed. Susan Sleeper-Smith, Juliana Barr, Jean O’Brien (Ojibway), Nancy Shoemaker, Scott Manning Stevens, 2015

Primary Sources (King Philip’s War)

“Diary of King Phiip’s War, 16756-1676”, Benjamin Church Little Compton Historical Society, 1975

“The History of Philip’s War”, Thomas Church
ed. Samuel G. Drake, 1827; Digital Scanning, 1999

“The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: The Captivity of Mary Rowlandson”, Mary Rowlandson, 1682, ed. Neal Salisbury, 2018

“So Dreadfull A Judgement: Puritan Responses to King Philip’s War 1676-1677” ed. Richard Slotkin, James K. Folsom

Secondary Sources (King Philip’s War)

“Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War”, Lisa Brooks (Abenaki), 2018

“Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast”, Christine Delucia, 2018

 “King Philip’s War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End of Indian Sovereignty”, Daniel R. Mandell, 2010

“King Philip’s War: The History and Legacy of America’s Forgotten Conflict”, Eric Shultz and Michael Tougias, 2000

“King Philip’s War: Civil War in New England 1675-1676”, James D. Drake ed. Colin Calloway, Barry O’Connell, 1999

“The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity”, Jill Lepore 1999

“After King Philip’s War: Presence and Persistence in Indian New England” ed. Colin Calloway, 1997

Wampanoag/New England Native Authors

“Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England”, ed. Siobhan Senier, 2014

“People of the First Light: Wisdoms of a Mashpee Wampanoag Elder”, Joan Avant (Mashpee Wampanoag), 2010

“People of the First Light”, (Janette Vanderhoop, Aquinnah Wampanoag), Aquinnah Cultural Center, 2009

“Cape Cod Wampanoag Cookbook: Wampanoag Indian Recipes, Images and Lore”, Earl Mills, Sr. (Mashpee Wampanoag) with Betty Breen, 2001

“Son of Mashpee: A Reflection of Chief Flying Eagle, A Wampanoag”, Earl Mills, Sr. (Mashpee Wampanoag) with Alicja Mann, 2006

“Talking With the Elders of Mashpee: Memories of Earl H. Mills, Sr.”, Earl Mills, Sr. (Mashpee Wampanoag), 2012

“The Wampanoags of Mashpee: An Indian Perspective on American History”, Russell Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), 1987

“Mashpee 9: A Story of Cultural Justice” (book and film), Paula Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), 2016

Analysis of Written Material

“Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience in Books for Children”, Beverly Slapin, Doris
Seale (Santee Lakota), Oyate Press, 1991

“A Broken Flute”, Beverly Slapin, Doris Seale (Santee Lakota), Oyate Press, 2005

“American Indians: Stereotypes and Realities”, Devon A. Mihesuah (Choctaw), 1996

“All the Real Indians Died Off”, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Cherokee) & Dina Gilio-Whitaker, 2016

“Do All Indians Live in Tipis?”, National Museum of the American Indians, 2nd, ed. 2018

“Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American Textbook Got Wrong”, James Loewen, 1995

Website: Debbie Reese (Nambe Pueblo), “American Indians in Children’s Literature”


“Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums”, Amy Lonetree (Ho-Chunk), 2012

“Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples”, Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Maori), 2012

“Indigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism”, Devon A. Mihesuah (Choctaw), 2003

“Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness”, Devon A. Mihesuah (Choctaw), 2005

“Natives and Academics: Researching and Writing About American Indians”, Devon A. Mihesuah (Choctaw), 1998

“Our Knowledge is Not Primitive: Decolonizing Botanical Anishinaabe Teachings”, Wendy Makoons Geniusz (Anishinaabe), 2009

“As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance”, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Anishinaabe), 2017

General Reading/Cultural

“Indian corn of the Americas: Gift to the World”, ed. Jose Barreiro, Northeast Indian Quarterly, Spring/Summer 1989

“Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources”, M. Kat Anderson, 2005

“Braiding Sweetgrass”, Robin Wall Kimmerer (Potawatomi), 2013 4. “Gathering Moss”, Robin Wall Kimmerer (Potawatomi), 2003
“Sacred Instructions”, Sherri Mitchell (Penobscot), 2018

“Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments and Regaining Health”, ed. Devon A. Mihesuah (Choctaw) and Elizabeth Hoover (Mohawk), 2019

“A Sacred Ecology: Explorations in Sustainable Living”, ed. Gregory Cajete (Tewa) 1999 8. “Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence”, Gregory Cajete (Tewa) 2000

“All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life”, Winona LaDuke (Ojibway), 1999 10. “The World We Used to Live In”, Vine Deloria (Lakota), 2006

“Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future”, ed. Melissa K. Nelson (Ojibway), 2008

“Sacred Earth: The Spiritual Landscape of Native America”, Arthur Versluis, 1992

“To Speak for the Trees: My Life’s Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest”, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, 2019

“The Global Forest: 40 Ways Trees Can Save Us”, Diana Bereford-Kroeger, 2010

“Iroquois on Fire” (Chapter 1: “Origins”), Douglas M. George-Kanentiio (Mohawk), 2008

“Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters”, ed. Kim Anderson, Maria Campbell, Christi Belcourt

Children’s Books

“Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition”, Russell Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), 1992

“Da Goodie Monsta”, Robert Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), 2009

“Tapenum’s Day”, Kate Waters, Scholastic Books, 1996

“1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving”, Marge Bruchac (Abenaki), Catherine O’Neill Grace, National Geographic, 2004

“Powwow”, Linda Coombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag), Modern Curriculum Press, 1992

“Strawberry Thanksgiving”, Paulla Jennings (Narragansett) (illustrated by Ramona Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag), Modern Curriculum Press, 1992

“Nickommoh! A Thanksgiving Celebration”, Jackie French Koller, 1999

“Malian’s Song”, Marge Bruchac (Abenaki), 2005

“Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition”, Sally M. Hunter, 1996

“Ininatag’s Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugar Making”, Laura Waterman Wittstock, 1993

“The Sacred Harvest: Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering”, Gordon Regguinti, 1992

“Kunu’s Basket”, Lee DeCora Francis (Penobscot/Ho-Chunk), 2015

“Muskrat Will Be Swimming”, Cheryl Savageau (Abenaki), 1996

‘Remember Me: Tomah Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Roosevelt”, Donald Soctomah (Passamaquoddy) and Jean Flahive, 2015

“Thanks to the Animals”, Allen Sockabasin (Passamaquoddy), 2005, 2014

“Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back”, Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki), 1992

“Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message”, Chief Jake Swamp (Mohawk), 1997

“The Mishomis Book”, Edward Benton-Banai (Ojibway), 2010

“The People Shall Continue”, Simon J. Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo), 1977 20. “Corn is Maize: The Gift of the Indians”, Aliki, 1976

“Sleepy River”, Hanna Bandes, 1993

“A River Ran Wild”, Lynne Cherry, 2002

Resources provided by Linda Jeffers Coombs
Aquinnah Wampanoag
October 2020


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Education Department

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Mashpee, MA 02649

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