Barona Museum's Summer Reading List


This month we’ve decided to compile a summer reading list focusing on Native American history, culture, and language.  More specifically, most of the books on our list are specific to the Kumeyaay/Diegueño People or other nations in the southern Californian region.  This list is by no means all encompassing.  Our research library is jammed full of books about the Kumeyaay/Diegueño People and it was truly a difficult task to trim down this list.  Please feel free to reach out to us for recommendations on specific topics or research questions!   


Young Children’s Books


A is for Acorn: A California Indian ABC
By: Analisa Tripp


Sin 1 Hewak 2 Hemuk 3
By: Rhonda Welch

The Painted Rocks
By: Ruth Alter


Ilymash Shemap: Ensuenos de Ninos
By: Rhonda Welch-Scalco


My Ancestors' Village
By: Roberta Labastida

Young Adult Books


Salt Water Boy
By: Millicent Lee


Indians of the Oaks
By: Millicent Lee


Pushed Into the Rocks
By: Florence Connolly Shipek


Kumeyaay: A History Textbook: Volume 1: Precontact to 1893
By: Michael Connolly Miskwish


Adult Books


Delfina Cuero: Her Autobiography, An Account of Her Last Years and Her Ethnobotanic Contributions
By: Delfina Cuero, Sylvia Brakke Vane (Editor), Lowell John Bean (Preface), Rosalie Pinto Robertson (Translator)


Strangers in a Stolen Land
By: Richard Carrico


El Capitan
By: Tanis C. Thorne


Maay Uuyow: Kumeyaay Cosmology
By: Michael Connolly Miskwish


Murder State: California’s Native American Genocide, 1846-1873
By: Brendan Lindsay


An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873
By: Benjamin Madley

Bonus Book for Educators!


A Teacher’s Guide to Historical and Contemporary Kumeyaay Culture: A Supplement Resource for Third and Fourth Grade Teachers

By: Geralyn Hoffman

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