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NYU Reads

A selection of resources for engaging with the NYU Reads books.

Skywoman Falling

The Skywoman story, shared by the original people's throughout the Greak Lakes, is a constant star in the constellation of teachings we call the Original Instructions. These are not 'instructions' like commandments, though, or rules; rather they are like a compass: they provide an orientation but not a map.

-Braiding Sweetgrass, Skywoman Falling (p.7).


Oral Traditions and Stories

To have agency in the world, ceremonies should be reciprocal creations, organic in nature, in which community creates ceremony and the ceremony creates communities.

- Braiding Sweetgrass, Burning Cascade Head (p.250)

Museum and News Articles 

An Offering

Rituals and Ceremonies 

The Encyclopedia of North American Indians is a resource for general information on Indigenous life, traditions and history. For more information on rituals, type in the search bar specific rituals or deity names of interest. Some major rituals to look for include the sun dance, and the ghost dance. 

Two totem poles shaped to look like birds, erected side by side on a hill with trees and blue sky in the background.

Totem poles located in Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, British Columbia. From the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Creation Stories, Myth's and Legends

Print Books


A Gift of Corn to the Choctaw

Closed captioning in English is available.