Sovereign Worlds

Manifesto, history, and fiction collide in this series to present a multi-layered view of the condition of Native Americans. Eye-opening and thought-provoking, this series will teach you more about Native Americans than you ever learned in school.

Book List

  • Custer Died for Your Sins by Vine Deloria, Jr.
  • After Columbus: The Smithsonian Chronicle of North American Indians by Herman J. Viola
  • Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World by Jack Weatherford
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  • The Indian Lawyer by James Welch

Program Brochure

The humanities scholar’s essay was written by in 1991 by Herman J. Viola, Director of Quincentenary Programs, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Download the scholar’s essay, annotated book list, and supplementary texts (PDF). Please note: The American Library Association is the copyright owner of this essay and annotations. The credit lines embedded in the program materials and/or sponsor and funder logos must remain on all published (print and web) materials derived from these materials.

How-To Discussion Programming Guides

Developed to aid participants in “The Millennium Project for Public Libraries,” this how-to guide (PDF) provides basic information about developing and promoting book discussion programs.

When planning a “Let’s Talk About It” program, you may wish to consult the planner’s manual (PDF) for general how-to information about program format, selecting a scholar, promoting your series, evaluation, and more.