For your consideration on Indigenous People’s Day: Our collections approach the topic of cultural appropriation or cultural misappropriation from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and in formats such as archival materials, streaming video, peer-reviewed articles, books, and dissertations. 

We’ve picked out a small selection of favorites, and we hope you’ll visit our Research Services Desk for more!

Selected Resources  


Bataille, Gretchen M. Native American Representations: First Encounters, Distorted Images, and Literary Appropriations. Lincoln: U of Nebraska, 2001.

FRESNO STATE MAIN   Lower Level E98.P99 N38 2001

Deloria, Philip Joseph. Playing Indian. New Haven: Yale UP, 1998. Print. Yale Historical Publications.

FRESNO STATE MAIN   Lower Level E98.P99 D45 1998  

Huhndorf, Shari M. Going Native: Indians in the American Cultural Imagination. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2001. 

FRESNO STATE MAIN   Lower Level E98.P99 H85 2001

Treuer, David. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present. Farmington Hills, Mich: Thorndike Press, 2019.  

FRESNO STATE MAIN   1st Floor – Popular Reading Collection   E77 .T797 2019

Note: The following resources require a Fresno State login when accessed from off campus.  Anyone may use these resources in the Library. All are welcome. 


Films for the Humanities & Sciences. Thieves of Time: Who Owns the Past? New York, N.Y.: Films Media Group, 2006. Films on Demand. Web. 


Krueger, Pamela, and Gagnon, Carolle. Counterfeit Cultures: Cultural Appropriation, Art by Native Artists and Canadian Art Galleries (1998): ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Web.

Loggans, Regan, Monetgut, Denyse, and Kelly, Rebecca. Selling Headdresses to Hipsters: A Discussion on the Cultural Appropriation of Native American Regalia (2017): ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Web.


Aldred, Lisa. “Plastic Shamans and Astroturf Sun Dances.” American Indian Quarterly 24.3 (2000): 329-352. Web.

Robertson, Dwanna. “Invisibility in the Color-Blind Era: Examining Legitimized Racism against Indigenous Peoples.” American Indian Quarterly 39.2 (2015): 113-53,242. Web.

Students, did you know that every department at Fresno State has a Subject Librarian to assist you with all your research needs? More importantly, you can ask us about anything 24/7

We look forward to working with you in the future! 

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Keene will present “The Strange Case of the Hipster Headdress: Reclaiming Indigenous Representations” as the Henry Madden Library’s Womack Lecture on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room.