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Indigenous History Is American History
Our Way: A Parallel History dispels the myths, stereotypes, and absence of information about American Indian, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian people in the master narrative of US history. For most of American history, stories of the country’s Indigenous Peoples were either ignored or told by outsiders. This book corrects these errors, exploring the ways in which Indigenous cultures from every corner of the nation have influenced American society from the past into the present, reminding the reader that they have both shaped the US and continue to play a vital role in its story.
Significantly, Our Way: A Parallel History is a collaboration of Native scholars representing more than ten Indigenous nations, sharing their histories and their cultures. Each contributor, either an affiliate of an institution of higher education or a prominent Native leader, provides the reader with an inside account of tribal culture and heritage. The result is a comprehensive resource restoring the histories of Indigenous Peoples and their nations to their rightful place in the story of America.
The book covers topics such as:
-The Doctrine of Discovery
-Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act
-US American Indian Policy and Civil rights
As Julie Cajune (Salish) notes in the preface, “I believe this collection of history, story, and reflection provokes and invites us to think and feel deeply about what it means for all of us to be human in our communities, nations, and beyond. After all, that is what a good story does.
About the Author
Julie holds a master’s degree in education from Montana State University–Billings. After several years of classroom teaching on her home reservation, Julie began developing tribal history materials and curriculum and served as her Tribe’s Education Director. Julie has collaborated with Indigenous scholars, knowledge keepers, artists, and musicians, as well as elders and poets to produce materials in a variety of media including DVDs—Stories from a Nation Within, Art and Identity, Remembering the Songs, and Inside Anna’s Classroom— and children’s books—Gift of the Bitterroot and Huckleberries, Buttercups and Celebrations, and a variety of other publications Julie is a recipient of the national Milken Educator Award, the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award, and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. She continues her work to add Native voices to the master narrative of American history.
"Editor Julie Cajune, [pulled] together a diverse set of tribal scholars to relay their own history and their own stories, while shining light on the tribal resistance, adaptation, and persistence in the face of unrelenting settler colonialism." —Martha Kohl, Montana Historical Society
"The United States has been needing this collection of narratives from Native scholars for a long time. Native history IS American history."—Denise Juneau (Mandan-Hidatsa and Blackfeet)
"Our Way tells the stories of Indigenous people’s agency and brilliance and is itself an example of that brilliance.”—Nicholas Brown, School of Architecture and Department of History
"Cajune invites us to engage with the profound wisdom and intellectual acumen flourishing within and across Indigenous communities. I was so moved by these stories and their philosophical treasures that I was already a changed and more deeply invested reader when approaching the accounts of heartbreak, dispossession, deceit, and genocide, as well as adept political strategy, courage, radical resilience, and visioning in ‘Confront’ and ’Arise.’"—Kate Brayko, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Montana
"These perspectives serve as an important antecedent to the stories that describe essential work that historical and contemporary Indigenous people have undertaken to preserve and perpetuate their ways."—Edwin Schupman (Muscogee), Manager of National Education (retired), Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
"This expansive compendium seeks to correct the stereotypes, false information, and missing history of Indigenous peoples that have defined the origin stories America tells about itself." — Booklist
"This expansive compendium seeks to correct the stereotypes, false information, and missing history of Indigenous peoples that have defined the origin stories America tells about itself." —Diego Baez
"...Julie Cajune succeeds in her aspiration that Our Way is... (as she notes in her preface) '... provoke[ing] and invite[ing] us to think and feel deeply about what it means for all of us to be human in our communities, nations, and beyond.'" —https://www.midwestbookreview.com/