Peter Nabokov is a Professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and American Indian Studies at UCLA. His most recent book is How the World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family.
 (July 2020)


The Intent Was Genocide

‘The Battle of Bad Axe’; illustration by Henry Lewis, 1857. In Surviving Genocide, Jeffrey Ostler writes, ‘Toward the end of the 1832 Black Hawk War, a cannon aboard the US ­steamship Warrior fired on Sauks and Mesquakies trying to escape US troops by crossing the Mississippi River. What the image shows is clearly a massacre, but in an especially ­striking example of colonial evasion, the caption refers to the event as a battle.’

Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas

by Jeffrey Ostler
At the close of the introduction to Surviving Genocide, his intense and well-researched overview of American Indian land losses, population declines, and personal miseries from the years leading to the republic’s birth through the wholesale tribal removals of Andrew Jackson’s presidency, the University of Oregon historian Jeffrey Ostler doubts whether …

Indians, Slaves, and Mass Murder: The Hidden History

Carl Lumholtz: Tarahumara Woman Being Weighed, Barranca de San Carlos (Sinforosa), Chihuahua, 1892; from Among Unknown Tribes: Rediscovering the Photographs of Explorer Carl Lumholtz. The book includes essays by Bill Broyles, Ann Christine Eek, and others, and is published by the University of Texas Press.

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

by Andrés Reséndez

An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846–1873

by Benjamin Madley
The European market in African slaves, which opened with a cargo of Mauritanian blacks unloaded in Portugal in 1441, and the explorer Christopher Columbus, born in Genoa ten years later, were closely linked. The ensuing Age of Discovery, with its expansions of empires and exploitations of New World natural resources, was accompanied by the seizure and forced labor of human beings, starting with Native Americans.

Return to the Native

Indian Country

by Peter Matthiessen
During the past eight years Peter Matthiessen has returned from his travels in Africa or Nepal to discover a hidden network of native American states of mind and places—his “Indian country.” These are remote, impoverished, embattled enclaves within or on the borders of the official Indian reservations. There the representatives …