Native American Voices

Books for all ages to celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Native American Voices

Eight native elders on their bucket-list road trip.
The first history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples.
Poems, essays and art by Native American women.

These are all books about Native Americans, and they have all been included in our annual Reading Program. November is Native American Heritage Month and whether you are participating in the program or not, we invite you to pick out a book or two from our catalog to learn more about Native American history, culture, policy and experience.

Below are some books for children, youth and adults that were selected for the Reading Program from 2017-2022. We encourage you to purchase or borrow these books at your local bookstore or library, buy them online, or download them to your e-reader.

To learn more about the Reading Program or to participate, please visit our Reading Program page.

“Opening yourself to another worldview will assist you in understanding what occurs both in and outside of native communities." —Lakota Elder Dottie LeBeau

Books:

#NotYourPrincess#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
Annick Press (2017)

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews and art. Suitable for youth.

 

Indian No MoreIndian No More

Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell
Tu Books (2019)

Regina Petit’s family has always been Umpqua, and living on the reservation is all 10-year-old Regina has ever known. But when the federal government enacts a law that says Regina’s tribe no longer exists, Regina becomes “Indian no more” overnight. Suitable for youth.

 

Tilly and the Crazy EightsTilly and the Crazy Eights

Monique Gray Smith
Second Story Press (2018)z

Tilly impulsively agrees to drive eight elders on their ultimate bucket-list road trip. On the way to their ultimate destination—the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque—the Crazy Eights each choose a stop. Suitable for children.

 

The Water WalkerThe Water Walker

Joanne Robertson
Second Story Press (2017)

An Ojibwe grandmother (nokomis) loves nibi (water). Nokomis and others have walked around all the Great Lakes to raise awareness of our need to protect nibi for future generations and for all life on the planet. Suitable for children

 

Massacre at Sand Creek: How Methodists Were Involved in an American TragedyMassacre at Sand Creek: How Methodists Were Involved in an American Tragedy

Gary L Roberts
Abingdon Press (2016)

The Sand Creek massacre seized national attention in the winter of 1864-1865 and generated a controversy that still causes heated debate. The question remains how the Methodist Episcopal Church responded to the massacre. Was it also somehow culpable in what happened?

 

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United StatesAn Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Beacon Press (2015)

Acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples. The book is an essential resource providing historical threads that are crucial for understanding the present. Now part of the HBO docuseries "Exterminate All the Brutes," written and directed by Raoul Peck.

 

Three FeathersThree Feathers - a graphic novel

Richard Van Camp (author) and K. Mateus (illustrator)
HighWater Press

Three young men have vandalized their community and are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. Suitable for youth

 

Posted or updated: 11/21/2021 12:00:00 AM