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Native American Heritage 

Learn more about Native American Heritage Month by exploring this collection of books and films which showcase the voices and stories of Native American people across North America.

Earth Keeper : Reflections on the American Land by N. Scott Momaday
A Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet celebrates the oral tradition of his Native American culture as he recalls the stories of his childhood, passed down for generations, and their profound and sacred connection to the natural world.

First Peoples Shared Stories : Anthology of New & Classic Tales by Paula Morris
Featuring submissions by contemporary and emerging talents, alongside ancient stories and oral traditions, framed and guided by a Maori author and a professor of the Pukani Nation, this eye-opening collection dips into the rich diversity of storytelling heritage of first peoples around the globe. From the origins of the world to modern-day struggles, stories of injustice sit with memories of hope and wonder.

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
The lives and destinies of the Kashpaws and the Lamartines intertwine on and around a North Dakota Indian reservation from 1934 to 1984, in an authentic tale of survival, tenacity, tradition, injustice, and love.

Never Whistle at Night : An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology by Shane Hawk
Many Indigenous people believe that one should never whistle at night. This belief takes many forms but what all these legends hold in common is the certainty that whistling at night can cause evil spirits to appear--and even follow you home. Introduced and contextualized by bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones, these stories are a celebration of Indigenous peoples' survival and imagination, and a glorious reveling in all the things an ill-advised whistle might summon.

Smoke Signals by Chris Eyre
Depicts two young Native Americans, Victor and Thomas, who leave their small town to retrieve the remains of Victor's father.

The Beadworkers : Stories by Beth H. Piatote
Piatote's luminous debut collection opens with a feast, grounding its stories in the landscapes and lifeworlds of the Native Northwest, exploring the inventive and unforgettable pattern of Native American life in the contemporary world.

We Shall Remain : America Through Native Eyes by Ric Burns and Stanley Nelson Jr. Chris Eyre
They were charismatic and forward thinking, imaginative and courageous, compassionate and resolute. At times they were arrogant, vengeful and reckless. For hundreds of years, Native American leaders from Massasoit, Tecumseh, and Tenskwatawa, to Major Ridge, Geronimo, and Fools Crow valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture. Sometimes, their strategies were militaristic, but more often they used what influence they had in a diplomatic, political, legal, as well as spiritual way. Tells the history of the United States from the Native American perspective

Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light : Fifty Poems for Fifty Years by Joy Harjo
A magnificent selection of fifty poems to celebrate three-term US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo's fifty years as a poet.

Winter in the Blood by James Welch
The narrator of this beautiful, often disquieting novel is a young Native American man living on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. Sensitive and self-destructive, he searches for something that will bind him to the lands of his ancestors but is haunted by personal tragedy, the dissolution of his once proud heritage, and Montana's vast emptiness. Winter in the Blood is an evocative and unforgettable work of literature that will continue to move and inspire anyone who encounters it.

Woman Walks Ahead by Susanna White
Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.


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