Native American Reading List

This page provides a list of recommended literature to help understand the culture, contributions, and plight of the Catawba people and the Native American people in general since the arrival of white man to the present day. If you have any literary references you would like to submit for this page, please e-mail them to

Our special thanks to Dr. Thomas Blumer for submitting the following bibliography which references many useful resources for understanding the history and culture of the Catawba people, and is an excellent start for any research effort concerning these people.

This bibliography contains the beginnings of a basic Catawba Indian Nation reference collection. With few exceptions, these volumes contain additional bibliographies. Most are indexed to allow the user to go directly to the Catawba. As members of the Southern Cult, the Catawba share many cultural similarities with the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole tribes. While these writings represent crucial sources for any research in Catawba history and culture, this bibliography is only a starting point. For instance, of all those linguists who studied the Catawba language early in this century, Speck is the only scholar who published his findings in a substantial volume. If one is interested in taking research in a linguistic direction, Speck is a good starting point, but the researcher will have to locate and purchase copies of linguistic manuscripts from several repositories. For assistance in Catawba research, feel free to contact the author of this bibliography at

Thomas J. Blumer, Ph.D.

Blumer, Thomas J.
Bibliography of the Catawba, Scarecrow Press, 1987. 547 pages.

Brown, Douglas Summers.
The Catawba Indians: The People of the River, University of South Carolina Press, 1966. 400 pages

Caruso, John Anthony.
The Southern Frontier, Bobbs Merrill Co., 1963. 448 pages.

Coe, Joffre Lanning.
Town Creek Indian Mound: A Native American Legacy, The University of North Carolina Press, 1995. 338

Fewkes, Vladimir J."Catawba Pottery-making, with Notes on Pamunkey Pottery-making, Cherokee Pottery-making and coiling,"
Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society (July 7, 1944), pp. 69-149.

Milling, Chapman.
Red Carolinians University of North Carolina Press, 1940. 438 pages.

Holmes, W. H.
Aboriginal Pottery of the Eastern United States. Twentieth Annual Report, Bureau of American Ethnology, 1898-1899. 237 pages.

Hudson, Charles.
The Catawba Nation, University of Georgia Press, 1970. 142 pages.

The Juan Pardo Expeditions: Explorations of the Carolinas and Tennessee, 1566-1568. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990. 342 pages.

The Southeastern Indians. University of Tennessee Press, 1976. 573 pages.

Jacobs, Wilbur R. (ed.).
The Appalachian Indian Frontier: The Edmund Atkin Report and Plan of 1755, University of Nebraska Press, 1967. 108 pages.

Lawson, John.
A New Voyage to Carolina, Readex Microprint Co., 1966. 259 pages.

Lederer, John.
The Discoveries of John Lederer, Readex Microprint Co., 1966. 27 pages.

Lorant, Stefan (ed.).
The New World: The First Pictures of America. Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1946. 292 pages.

Martin, Judy Canty.
It's About Time: The Complete Genealogy of the Catawba Indians Early 1700 - 1961 (Including Both Western and Eastern Families). Published by the author, 1998. not paginated.

McDowell, William L., Jr. (ed.).
Colonial Records of South Carolina: Documents Relating to Indian Affairs, May 2, 1750 - August 7, 1754 South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1958. 592 pages.

Colonial Records of South Carolina: Documents relating to Indian Affairs, 1754-1765. South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1970. 657 pages.

Colonial Records of South Carolina: Journal of the Commissioners of the Indian Trade, September 20, 1710 - August 29, 1718. South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1955. 368 pages.

Merrell, James H.
Indians' New World: The Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact Through the Era of Removal, Norton Press, 1989. 381 pages.

Rights, Douglas LeTell.
The American Indian in North Carolina, John F. Blair, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1957. 298 pages

South, Stanley A.
Indians of North Carolina North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1959. 69 pages

Speck, Frank G.
Catawba Texts, AMS Press, New York, 1969. 91 pages.

Swanton, John R.
The Indians of the Southeastern United States. GPO, 1946. 943 pages

Van Doren, Mark (ed.).
Travels of William Bartram Dover Publications, 1928. 414 pages.

Vega, Garcilaso de la (The Inca), John Grier & Jeannette Varner (trans.).
The Florida of the Inca, University of Tennessee Press, 1951. 655 pages.

Williams, Samuel Cole (ed.).
Adair's History of the American Indians Promontory Press, 1986. 508 pages.

Below are a listed a few books recommended by Cynthia Walsh to help understand the contributions and plight of the Native American people from the first arrival of white man to the present day.

Walsh, Cynthia A.
Viola and the Seven Generations, Published by Wilde Publishing ISBN 1-8822-04936-0

Vine, Deloria.
Custer Died for Your Sins

Vine, Deloria.
God Is Red

Neihardt, John G.
Indian Tales and Others

Jack Weatherford
Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America Weatherford, Jack.