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PHH 3701 - Native American Philosophy

Basic Texts

American Indian Thought: Philosophical Essays
edited by Anne Waters
Brings together a diverse group of American Indian thinkers to discuss traditional and contemporary philosophies and philosophical issues. Covers American Indian thinking on issues concerning time, place, history, science, law, religion, nationhood, and art.
by Dennis H. McPherson and J. Douglas Raab
Includes extensive discussion of Native American philosophy and culture in the United States as well as Canada. Topics covered include colonialism, the phenomenology of the vision quest, the continuity of Native values, land and the integrity of person, the role of cognitive science in supporting Native narrative traditions, language in Indian life, landscape and other-than-human persons, the teaching of Native American philosophy and the value of various research methods.
How It Is: The Native American Philosophy of V. F. Cordova
edited by Kathleen Dean Moore, Kurt Peters, and Ted Jojola
A posthumous collection of the writings of Viola F. Cordova (1937-2002), the first Native American woman to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy.
The Metaphysics of Modern Existence
by Vine Deloria, Jr.
Synthesizing ideas from some of the most eminent philosophers of modern times, ideas that have hitherto been given only a perfunctory examination, juxtaposes Native American thinking with Western thought. Deloria was a preeminent writer on Native American topics addressing theology, philosophy, history, and indigenous American rights.
Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto
by Gerald Taiaiake Alfred
Main Library ARC General Collection E 98 .T77 (ON ORDER)
Calls for the indigenous peoples of North America to move beyond their 500-year history of pain, loss, and colonization, and move forward to the reality of self-determination.
Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming
by Winona LaDuke
Economist, writer, and activist Winona LaDuke uses stories, facts, and examples to explain why recovering that which is "sacred" to Native Americans is critical to social justice struggles as well as the survival of the planet.
by Christine J. Winter
A response to global environmental challenges and their future-oriented outlook, deeply rooted in the cosmovisions of those traditionally left out, indigenous peoples. It is principally argued that predominant Western worldviews and their underlying assumptions(!) fail to appreciate the scale of threats to environmental sustainability, including climate change, resource extraction and environmental degradation, broadly seen as the outcomes of industrialisation" (publisher's description).
WasaŹ¹se: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom
by Gerald Taiaiake Alfred
"This book traces the journey of those Indigenous people who have found a way to transcend the colonial identities which are the legacy of our history and live as Onkwehonwe, original people" (author's note).
by Daniel Heath Justice
"Part survey of the field of Indigenous literary studies, part cultural history, and part literary polemic, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter asserts the vital significance of literary expression to the political, creative, and intellectual efforts of Indigenous peoples today" (publisher's description).

Primo: The UCF Libraries Catalog

Primo Search: The default tab on the Libraries homepage allows researchers to locate books, multimedia (e.g., DVDs, CDs, streaming videos), journal titles, and other materials owned by the UCF Libraries.

Basic Searching: Points to keep in mind:

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Subject Searching: Requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. Here are some sample subject headings:


Keyword Searching: Useful if you are unsure of the correct Library of Congress subject heading. Try using two or three of the most significant words from the topic for which you are searching. A keyword search will find all occurrences of a word in a library catalog or a database. What follows are some examples of keyword searches:

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ARC: Automated Retrieval Center

Over 80% of the UCF Libraries' materials (e.g., books, DVDs, Blu-rays) have been transferred into the Automatic Retrieval Center, or ARC for short. The ARC is located behind the Hitt Library and it is not accessible to patrons. All materials in this guide that have been designated "Main Library ARC General Collection" are in the ARC. Therefore, materials located in the ARC need to be requested. Here's an overview of how that process works.

Note that every item that says "UCF ARC MAIN" must be requested. To initiate a request, click on the title, then look for the "Sign in to see request options" on the record page. For example: 

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For more information about the ARC, see this guide, which includes a video of the ARC in action.

Other Catalogs of Interest

A consortium of North American university, college, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching and makes them available to member institutions though interlibrary loan and electronic delivery. The UCF Libraries are a member of CRL.
Searchable by keyword for the full text of some books, magazines, and newspapers.
A catalog of library collections from the U.S. and around the world. It is the world's most comprehensive bibliography, with millions of records for books, periodicals, and other materials in 370 languages and covering information from 4,000 years of knowledge. It includes RLIN (Research Libraries Information Network) catalogs and the Union List of Periodicals.

Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service enables current UCF students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials — such as books and journal articles — from other libraries that are not available at the UCF Libraries.