Wisconsin Historical Society Press: Books on American Indian History
Our diverse list of Native titles, a cornerstone of our publishing program, includes stories from the twelve Indian nations of Wisconsin from their origins to the current day.
Many of our books support Act 31, an education initiative that requires Wisconsin teachers to be knowledgeable about native history and Wisconsin K-12 students to receive instruction on the history, culture, and sovereignty of the state's federally recognized Indian Nations. Books for the elementary classroom include "Native People of Wisconsin" by Patty Loew, "Mountain Wolf Woman" by Diane Young Holliday, and our textbook on Wisconsin history, "Our State, Our Story". Patty Loew's award-winning "Indian Nations of Wisconsin", now in a revised edition, and Nancy Oestrich Lurie's classic "Wisconsin Indians" are appropriate for high school classrooms and teacher training.
Our trade titles speak to the rich and evolving history of Wisconsin's Native people from the past to the present. Former state archaeologist Bob Birmingham unearths the mysteries of the early Indian mounds in Aztalan, and the little-known history of the Drum Dance ceremonials in Skunk Hill.
Ray Kaquatosh's memoir, "Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf", recalls a Menominee Indian's coming of age from a rare first-person perspective, and "People of the Big Voice" chronicles seventy years of Ho-Chunk studio photography in Black River Falls.
At the modern end of the spectrum, Patty Loew explores environmental activism in "Seventh Generation Earth Ethics", and the story of Oneida gaming is told through the eyes of two women who helped shape it in "The Bingo Queens of Oneida".