EXAMPLE OF A LITERATURE STUDY
FOCUS: THE NAVAJO
Note: The following references represent a broad cross-section of books written about Native Americans. However, they do not all positively portray Native Americans and should be evaluated using Evaluating Children's Books for Bias For example:
Guidelines for selecting bias-free textbooks and storybooks.(1980). New York: Council on Interracial Books for Children.
Harvey, K.D., Harjo, L.D. & Welborn, L. (1995). How to teach about American Indians: A guide for the school library media specialist. West Port, CT: Greenwood Press.
Kutzer, M.D. (1995) Writers of Multicultural Fiction for young adults: A bio-critical sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
Marantz, S. & Marantz, K. (1994). Multicultural picture books: Art for understanding others. Worthington, OH: Linworth Publishing, Inc.
Note: Even though the following resources do not all portray Native Americans positively, we have included them as references for you to see what a sample list looks like, not as a recommended reading list. It is likely the books you use will contain both positive and negative elements, and it is anticipated that you will learn to discriminate between them.