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Hunter-Gathering Cultures Book List
1. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
2. Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead
3. A Language Older Than Words – Derrick Jensen (abusive childhood, what saved his spirit, saving the planet)
4. Woman in the Shaman’s Body – Barbara Tedlock
5. Shabono by Florinda Donner, who lived among the Amazon
6. Ancient Futures, by Helena Norberg Hodge
7. Gorillas in the Mist, by Dian Fossey
8. Cry of the Kalahari, by Mark and Delia Owens
9. Original Wisdom
10. Love to Water my Soul – Jane Kirkpatrick
Well-researched historical fiction re: Oregan tribes in 1800’s
11. Meredith Small: Our Babies Ourselves. Compares different cultures and worldviews on child-rearing.
12. Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Warrior Herdsmen (the Dodoth tribe of N. Uganda) AND The Harmless People AND The Old Way (Kalahari Bushmen)
13. A World of Babies: An Imagined Childcare Guide for Seven Societies, by Judy S. DeLoache
14. Elaine Morgan – Descent of the Child (out of print, but widely available used). It talks about evolutionary expectations of mammalian children. I loved reading it when my baby was first born. She talks about how humans are born developmentally early (relative to other mammals) and how we NEED to recreate that womb environment. Very science-y. Morgan is also the proponent of the aquatic ape theory of evolution though she is not an evolutionary biologist. She is considered a quack by regular biologists. I believe she was trained as a chemist though.
15. Fiction- Clan of the Cavebear (Earth’s Children series by Jean Auel. Because sometimes you just need a break from all this self-improvement. It made me think about sex and privacy differently.)
16. Jared Diamond – not so much CC per se, but he’s so eclectic an academic that it’s very stimulating to read! Guns, Germs and Steel AND Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail AND he has another one on evolution
17. To Weave and Sing, by David Guss (art, symbol, and narrative in the s. amer rainforest)
18. There’s also this online article called Preconquest Consciousness, by Richard Sorenson, at http://danbartlett.co.uk/writings/sorenson.php
19. Cultural Anthropology by Haviland – has field notes, essays by researchers who’ve lived with various tribes, etc.
20. Alma Gottlieb’s book has lots of photos of babywearing, kids wearing babies, nursing toddlers, village life, children working, etc.
The Afterlife Is Where We Come From: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa
21. Dream Carvers
22. Millenium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World, by David Maybury-Lewis
23. Mother and Child: Visions of Parenting from Indigenous Cultures, by Jan Reynolds
24. The Edge of the Forest, Learning Non-Aggression The Experiences of Non-Literate Societies, edited by Ashley Montagu (ch. 1 by Sorenson)
25. I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization, by Chellis Glenndinning
26. Sarah Blaffer-Hrdy (socio-anthro), Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species
27. Lyall Watson, Elephantoms (boyhood in Africa)
28. Joan Abelove, Go and Come Back (fiction, she was missionary in Peru)
29. Kabloona – Gontran de Poncins (French aristocrat living in arctic in 1930s)
30. Jean Leidloff, The Continuum Concept: in search of happiness lost www.continuum-concept.org
31. Article: http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/melvin_konner.html
NURTURING PARENTING BOOKS/RESOURCES
1. Deborah Jackson, Three in a bed AND Letting Go As Children Grow
1. Sue Gerdhart, Why love matters
1. Margot Sunderland, The Science of Parenting– Based on over 700 scientific studies into children’s development, BMA award-winning author and child psychotherapist Dr Margot Sunderland explains how to develop your child’s potential to the full.
1. By Pam Leo, Connection Parenting –(this is a FABULOUS book, and you can hear a great Mp3 on this site http://atlc.org/Resources/PamLeo/)
1. By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, Liberated Parents, Liberated Children: Your Guide to a Happier Family
1. Siblings Without Rivalry
1. How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk
1. By Harville Hendrix, Giving the Love That Heals http://www.amazon.com/Giving-Love-Heals-Harville-Hendrix/dp/0671793993
1. By Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D., Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life — Many pamphlets and books on NVC at www.cnvc.org
1. By Alfie Kohn, Unconditional Parenting –Alfie Kohn’s Web Site: www.alfiekohn.org
1. By Lawrence Cohen, Playful Parenting — Lawrence Cohen’s Web Site: http://www.playfulparenting.com/
1. By Barbara Coloroso, Kids are Worth it! Giving your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline
Barbara Coloroso’s web site: http://www.kidsareworthit.com/
1. Articles on Parenting from the Natural Child Project: http://www.naturalchild.org/home/
1. By Laura Davis, Janis Keyser, Becoming the Parent You Want To Be: A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years
1. By Gordon Neufeld, Gabor Mate, MD, Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers
1. By Jon Kabat-Zinn, Myla Kabat-Zinn, Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
1. By Aletha Solter, PhD, Helping Young Children Flourish AND Tears and Tantrums (she does the Aware Parenting site: www.awareparenting.com) – however, I’ve also heard some unnatural, non-nurturing advice from her, too, so be cautious
1. By Hiam Ginott, Between Parent and Child
1. By Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson, Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids
1. Naomi Drew, Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids
1. Jesper Juul, Your Competent Child: Toward New Basic Values for the Family
1. Jean Leidloff, The Continuum Concept: in search of happiness lost www.continuum-concept.org
1. Elizabeth Pantley, Hidden Messages: what our words and actions are really telling our children AND Kid Cooperation: how to stop yelling, nagging, and pleading…
1. Naomi Aldort, Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves: transforming parent-child relationships from reaction and struggle to freedom, power, and joy – for parents of babies to teens
1. Meredith Small, Our Babies Ourselves. Compares different cultures and worldviews on child-rearing
2. Judy S. DeLoache, A World of Babies: An Imagined Childcare Guide for Seven Societies
3. Elaine Morgan, Descent of the Child (out of print, but widely available used). It talks about evolutionary expectations of mammalian children. I loved reading it when my baby was first born. She talks about how humans are born developmentally early (relative to other mammals) and how we NEED to recreate that womb environment. Very science-y. Morgan is also the proponent of the aquatic ape theory of evolution though she is not an evolutionary biologist. She is considered a quack by regular biologists. I believe she was trained as a chemist though.
4. Better Parents, Better Spouses, Better People
5. Parenting from the Inside Out
6. Mother and Child: Visions of Parenting from Indigenous Cultures, by Jan Reynolds
7. Alma Gottlieb’s book has lots of photos of babywearing, kids wearing babies, nursing toddlers, village life, children working, etc.
The Afterlife Is Where We Come From: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa
8. Sarah Blaffer-Hrdy (socio-anthro), Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species
9. Fifty Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do, by Gever Tulley
10. If Love is a Game, These are the Rules by Cherie Carter-Scott http://www.amazon.com/Love-Game-These-Rules-Relationships/dp/0767904249
1. Diaper Free! Natural Infant Hygiene by Ingrid Bauer (inspirational–intuitive infant pottying)
2. Diaper Free Baby by Christine Gross-Loh (a how-to book for elimination communication)
1. “Baby Greens” by Michaela Lynn
3. “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon
1. ‘Sleepless in America’ by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. Not aimed at parents who breastfeed extensively, so may be helpful for getting weaned children to sleep. Talks about daily routines, keeping children calm, appropriate stimulation for different times of day.
2. “The No-cry Sleep Solution” by Elizabeth Pantley.
1. Blog: Free Range Kids
ALTERNATIVE PRINCESS STORIES
1. “Cinder Edna” by Ellen Jackson
Cinder Edna lives next door to Cinder Ella and in the same circumstances, but instead of wishing and hoping and awaiting a prince like her neighbor, Cinder Edna takes matters into her own hands and finds a better way out of her situation.
2. “The Wrestling Princess” by Judy Corbalis
3. Tatterhood and Other Stories
4. Not One Damsel in Distress
5. Barefoot Book of Princess Stories
6. “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch
A dragon burns the princess’ beautiful gown and takes off with her groom, the prince. Donning a paper bag, she takes off to rescue the prince and slay the dragon. Upon her successful arrival, the prince tries to shame her for how she looks—wearing a paper sack and otherwise disheveled from saving his life—and this princess decides he’s not the guy for her after all.
7. “A Little Princess” by Frances Hodgson Burnett (book and movie)
8. “Princess Smartypants” by Babette Cole
9. “The Ordinary Princess” by M.M. Kaye
This is the most recent child born to the King and Queen in a long line of princesses, and a party is thrown in the baby’s honor. One of the special guests blesses the child with ordinariness. She grows up to be kind, charming, beautiful, and just a regular, ordinary good person.
10. “The Practical Princess” by Jay Williams
11. “Petronella” by Jay Williams
12. “Princess Sissi” (true story – series of 3 videos)
The ringing Ceders
Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch