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To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, we've put together a list of resources, including books, selected databases, streaming media, American Indian Education Centers, and websites.


Books That Celebrate Kumeyaay


Archaeology of the Kumeyaay: contributions to the prehistory of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, San Diego County, California. 2017.

Call Number:  SDSU Library   Government Publications/California   P 158 K85  


California Indian languages: Victor Golla by Victor Golla. (ACLS humanities e-book). Berkeley: University of California Press.


Changing play patterns among the Kumeyaay Diegueño Indians by Myrna Ann DeSomber , Master’s Thesis. San Diego, CA:  San Diego State University 1975.

Call Number:  E99.D5 D47


Decolonizing Chinigchinich: Religious Landscapes of Southern California. By Corrine E. Hensley-Dellefield., Master’s Thesis. San Diego, CA:  San Diego State University 2019. Internet resource.


Dictionary of Mesa Grande Diegueño: 'Iipay Aa-English/English-'Iipay Aa by Ted Couro and Christian Hutcheson. Banning, CA:  Malki Museum Press, 1973.

Call Number:  PM1071.Z5 C6


Exchange networks, beads, and social status among the historic Kumeyaay by Irma Carmen Zepeda, dissertant San Diego, CA:  San Diego State University, 1999.

Call Number: San Diego State University Microforms Center/Microfiche  Accession: TH-9860 


The integration of Kumeyaay history and culture in the San Diego social studies curriculum by Geralyn Marie Hoffman, dissertant. San Diego, CA:  San Diego State University 2005.

Call Number:  GN2.2.H64, 2005.


Kumeyaay by Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh. (Checkerboard social studies library). Edina, Minn.: ABDO Pub. Online access

Call Number:  973.04 G 783K95  2007


Kumeyaay across borders: an evaluation of formal and informal approaches to tribal transportation issues by Olea Elizabeth Beverly Morris, dissertant. San Diego, CA:  San Diego State University. 2015.


Kumeyaay basketry: resource management as an economic strategy by Deborah Dozier. University of California, Riverside. 2000

Dozier, Deborah

Call Number:    E99.K18 D69 2000a  


Kumeyaay courses astride la línea: an account of cross-border contacts and collaborations of an indigenous community at the California border by Alexandra von Barsewisch, Europäische Hochschulschriften. Reihe XIX, Volkskunde, Ethnologie. Abt. B, Ethnologie ; Bd. 77). Frankfurt am Main: New York: Peter Lang.

Call Number:  E99.K18 B37, 2011.


Kumeyaay ethnobotany: shared heritage of the Californias by Michael Wilken-Robertson, 2018.

(First ed.). San Diego, CA: Sunbelt Publications.

Call Number:  E99.K18 W55 2018


Kumeyaay: a history book by Michael Connolly Miskwish. (1st ed.) El Cajon, CA: Sycuan Press.

Call Number E 99.K 18 M57 2007


Kumeyaay identity in the San Diego area by Stephanie Megan Jow, dissertant. San Diego, CA:

San Diego State University, 2009.

Call Number:  GN2.2.J69, 2009.


The Kumeyaay People by Roberta Labastida. San Diego, CA: San Diego County Office of Education.  Call Number: LT6340.S21 K86, 1995.


Kumeyaay people edited by Jesse Russell and Ronald Cohn. Edinburg: BookVika Publishing, Lennex Corp. 2012.

Call Number:  E99.K18 K864 2012


The Kumeyaay: secrets of the trail by Candy Anderson, Diana Caldeira, Roberta Labastida, in cooperation with the Campo Band of Mission Indians. San Diego, CA: San Diego County Office of Education. 1996.

Call Number:  LT6340.S21 K87 1996 3-8


The Kumeyaay, the Whaley House, and the ghosts by Marsha Mehrdad. Raleigh, NC: Lulu. 2016

Call Number:  BF1472.M447 2016


Mii anmak nyamak kweyiwpo: jwanya Kumiai kuwak = huellas del pasado hacia el futuro: cuentos Kumiai de Baja California = Footsteps from the past into the future: Kumeyaay stories to Baja California : a trilingual collection in Kumeyaay, Spanish, & English by Margaret Field, Gerardo Chavez, Ana Daniela Leyva, Amy Miller, Zeferina Aldama Cuero. (First ed.). San Diego, CA:  San Diego State University Press. 2019

On Order: Call Number:  PM1071.Z77 M55 2019.


A teacher's guide to historical and contemporary Kumeyaay culture: a supplemental resource for third and fourth-grade teachers by Geralyn Marie Hoffman

Hoffman, Geralyn Marie Hoffman. (Working draft ed.) San Diego, CA: Institute for Regional Studies of Californias, San Diego State University 2005

Call Number:  LT6340.S24T43 2005 3-4

Selected Databases

America: History and Life   -Journal articles, book and media reviews, and dissertations covering the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

American Indian and Alaskan Native Documents in the Congressional Serial Set: 1817-1899  This collection offers detailed contemporaneous documentation of political, military, and governmental activities related to indigenous peoples of the continental United States and Alaskan territory during the 19th century.

American Indian Law Collection (HeinOnline) This resource is an archive of treaties, federal statutes, and regulations, federal case law, tribal codes, constitutions, and jurisprudence, comprising nearly 1,000 unique titles and more than 1.2 million total pages dedicated to American Indian Law.

AnthroSource Articles in journals published by the American Anthropological

Ethnic NewsWatch Contains newspaper, magazine, and journal articles from ethnic, minority, and native presses.

JSTOR  You will locate scholarly journals in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Streaming Media


Academic Video Online (AVON) AVON delivers more than 68,000 titles spanning anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. SDSU has full access to all AVON titles. All films purchased from Alexander Street, whether streaming or DVD, include limited public performance rights, including permission for classroom showings and public screenings, as long as no admission is being charged.

Kanopy Streaming Media  Kanopy is a collection of documentaries and films that have been requested by faculty for class purposes only.
If you are a faculty member and need a particular film on the Kanopy platform, please complete HERE.
If you are looking for additional films to watch, please browse the Streaming Media Guide: HERE.

Enter a search in American Indians and or Native Americans and retrieve titles like these and many more!

American Indian Issues and the Tribal and Criminal Justice System, directed by Anonymous, produced by the United States. Department of Justice. Office for Victims of Crimes. , United States. Department of Justice. Office for Victims of Crimes, 2006. Alexander Street.


Pomo Basketweavers: A Tribute to Three Elders Directed by David R. Ludwig, Produced by David R. Ludwig, Creative Light Productions (Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Media, 1994), 60 minutes

The film shows in detail all aspects of Pomo basket weaving, including the cultivation, gathering, and curing of the necessary native plants; the preparation of the basketry materials; and the patient, painstaking work of weaving a basket.

American Indian Education Centers


American Indian Education Centers in California are authorized by the California Education Code, Article 6, sections 33380-33383. Center staff assists schools with professional development, counseling, tutorial services, or parent education. They also provide additional and extended day instructional programs to meet the needs of American Indian students.


San Diego

Campo Band of Mission Indians
Debbie Cuero, Education Director
36190 Church Road, Suite 1
Campo, CA 91906
619-478-9346, ext. 222
Fax: 619-478-5143
E-mail: dcuero@campo-nsn.gov

Pala Band of Mission Indians
Doretta Musick, Education Director
PMB 50, 35008 Pala Temecula Road
12196 Pala-Mission Road
Pala, CA 92059
Fax: 760-742-1178
E-mail: dmusick@palatribe.com

Rincon Indian Education Center, Inc.
Hun-wut Turner, Director
P.O. Box 1147
Valley Center, CA 92082
760-749-1386 or 760-751-9921
Fax 760-749-8838
E-mail: rinconeducation@yahoo.com

Southern California American Indian Resource Center, Inc.
Wanda Michaelis, Director
239 East Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92020
Fax: 619-328-0724
E-mail: wanda@scairinc.org

Sycuan Cultural Center

Situated in Dehesa Valley, at the ancient Kumeyaay village site Matamo, the Sycuan Cultural Center (SCC) demonstrates the powerful commitment of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation to the preservation and revitalization of the language, culture, and traditions of the Kumeyaay Nation as a whole.

Mission:  To foster a truly unique learning experience and promote a deep appreciation for the Kumeyaay Nation's history and cultural legacy.

Cupa Cultural Center

The Cupa Cultural Center was founded in 1974 through Pala community members' efforts dedicated to preserving, perpetuating, and enhancing traditional cultural practices.

Mailing Address

PMB 445
35008 Pala Temecula Road
Pala, CA 92059

(760) 891-3590


Governance, Laws & Treaties

Early Recognized Treaties/ with American Indian Nations http://treatiesportal.unl.edu/earlytreaties/

Indian Affairs: Laws & Treaties https:/dc.library.okstate.edu/digital/collection/kapplers

Indigenous Governance Database  https://nnigovernance.arizona.edu/key-resources/conferences-seminars-symposia

National Indian Law Library https://www.narf.org/nill/

Indian Affairs:  Laws and Treaties

About this collection

Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, this historically significant, seven volume compilation contains U.S. treaties, laws, and executive orders about Native American Indian tribes.  The volumes cover U.S. Government treaties with Native Americans from 1778-1883 (Volume II) and U.S. laws and executive orders concerning Native Americans from 1871-1970 (Volumes I, III-VII). This digitization project was made possible by significant gifts from the AMIGOS Bibliographic Council, the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Foundation, and the Angie Debo estate.

Art & Artists

Contemporary Native American Indigenous Artists http://contemporarynativeartists.tumblr.com/

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Collections https://econtent.unm.edu/digital/collection/mcna

Native American Artists Resource Collection Online http://5019.sydneyplus.com?Heard_Museum_ArgusNET_Final/Portal.aspx

VIRCONA- A catalog of Native American Artists (includes images) http://vircona.unm.edu/


Smithsonian Institution Libraries Resources

Art & Artist Files http://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/art-design/artandartistfiles/

Smithsonian Library Collections:  http://library.si.edu/

Search a vast number of collections in all Smithsonian Libraries, including digital collections, exhibitions, and helpful research tools.  Digital sources include many Smithsonian publications, such as Indian Notes from the Museum of the American Indian, and pre-1923 publications on a wide variety of topics.

Biodiversity Heritage Library http://viodiversitylibrary.org/

An international consortium of institutions, including the Smithsonian Libraries, works to preserve and make freely available online historical literature on biological diversity.

Galaxy of Images http://ww.sil.si/edu/imagegalaxy/

Thousands of images from the vast collection of printed books and manuscripts in the Smithsonian Libraries.  Available for free personal, educational, or research use in presentations and papers.

Smithsonian Research Online  http://research.si.edu/

A digital repository of nearly 18,000 articles, books, chapters, and other publications produced by Smithsonian researchers

National Museum of American Indians

NMAI Collections Search www.nmai.si.edu/searchcollections

While not comprehensive, NMAI Collections Search provides records and images of objects and historical photographs from various tribal cultures in the Western Hemisphere.  Can search by keywords and names of individual artists.

Archive Center http://nmai.si.edu/explore/collections/archive/

A repository for the records of contemporary Native American artists, writers, activists, and organizations. Also, the Archive Center holds the records of the NMAI’s predecessor institution, the Museum of the American Indian. Includes collection descriptions and finding aids.


The Kim-Wait/Eisenberg Native American Literature Collection https://acdc.amherst.edu/browse/partOF/Younghee+Kim-Wait+(Class+teof+1982)_2F_Pablo+Eisenberg+Collection+of+Native+American+Literature

Sequoyah National Research Center https://ualr.edu/sequoyah/

Storytellers: Native American Authors Online http://www.hanksville.org/storytellers/

Storytellers:  Native American Writers & more http://www.hanksville.org/storytellers/related.html




American Indian Culture Groups-Images https://sirismm.si.edu/siris/naaindianculture.htm

eHumanity(images) https://e-humanity.org/

Images from the National Anthropological Archives (Smithsonian) https://sirismm.si.edu/siris/NAAtop.htm

Photographs of Native American Indians, ca. 1850-1879 vol. 1 & 2 https://iiif.lib.harvard.edu/manifests/view/drs:43032030$1i

Federal Agencies & Services

American Indian Health https://americanindianhealth.nlm.nih.gov/

Bureau of Indian Affairs https://www.bia.gov/

Bureau of Indian Education https://bie.edu/

Census Data- American Indian & Alaska Native https://www.census.gov/aian/

Federal Websites For/About Native Americans http://libraries.ok.gov/us-gov/native-federal/links/

Indian Health Services https://www.ihs.gov/

Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/ih

General Sites

American Folklife Center https://www.loc.gov/folklife/

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., was created by Congress in 1976 "to preserve and present American Folklife." The center includes the Archive of Folk Culture, established at the Library in 1928 as a repository for American folk music

American Indian Heritage Foundation www.indians.org/

Established to provide relief services to Indian people nationwide and build bridges of understanding and friendship between Indian and non-Indian people

Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) https://www.atalm.org/node/504.

The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, & Museums is seeking help to map the locations of Native nations, Native organizations, and non-Native institutions holding Native collections. You can use the forms on this page to send information:

Index of Native American Resources on the Internet http://www.hanksville.org/NAresources/

iPortal: Indigenous Studies Portal Research Tool http://iportal.usask.ca/

Library of Congress Manuscripts Division

We also want to recommend the resources provided by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Their "Knowledge 360" is an excellent project.

Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian



Gloria Rhodes

Outreach and Diversity Initiatives Librarian

American Indian Studies Subject Specialist