A selection of poetry, fiction, short stories and memoirs from modern and ancient writers.
In the face of constant poverty and lack of opportunities on his Spokane Indian reservation, nerdy cartoonist Junior makes the decision to leave the reservation to attend the all-white public school where he is the only Native-American and subject to constant bullying and stereotypes. His cartoons, present throughout the book, help him to cope and understand.
Joy Harjo, first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, reflects on returning to her native tribal land, and the past history of her people being forcibly removed from their homeland.
Myths and traditions of the Karuk Indians have been compiled by folklorist Julian Lang.
A young Cree woman’s dreams/nightmares of bloody crows, visions and family losses lead her on a quest to uncover her family’s history.
A collection of witty, incisive and heartbreaking essays and short stories by Gordon Lee Johnson, aka Cahuilla/Cupeno, who lives on the Pala Indian Reservation in San Diego County, Southern California.
Tayo, WW II vet and former prisoner of war, returns to his Laguna Pueblo reservation, but does not find any consolation for all that he endured. Severly damaged by his experiences he searches for restoration finding some comfort in the stories and rituals of the Laguna people. Only by delving into the history, traditions, beliefs and ritual practices of his people will he find resolution.
Vizenor combines traditional trickster tale themes and biting satire to skewer stereotypes of Native Americans and academia.
As stated by the publisher,"This is the first anthology to bring together Diné writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose into a single collection of Navajo literature." Biographies and interviews are included, and an excellent bibliography of resources that will be useful to teachers, students and general readers.
Horsefly Dress is the name of the only daughter of Coyote, who is important in Salish oral traditions and Salish-Pend d'Oreille stories. Heather Cahoon weaves beautiful imagery of nature to portray a life cycle that includes beauty and suffering.
This novel was awarded the1969 Pultizer Prize for fiction. Momaday's semi-autobiographical novel is about a Native American caught between two worlds, life on the reservation and another in an industrial American city.
Novelist and poet John E. Smelcer, member of the Ahtna Tribe of Alaska, does not mince words in his satiric send-up about Native Americans.
The Fur Queen may be the source of life and death. Despite successful lives as adults, two Cree brothers carry the scars of abuse after being taken from their Northern Cree Reservation to a residential school to be converted to Christianity.
Joy Harjo, the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate, and the first Native American to hold the position, compiled this anthology of modern Native American poets. The collection includes an introduction by Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of Congress.
"When It Rains was one of the earliest published literary works in the O'odham language. Speakers from across generations shared poems that showcased the aesthetic of the written word and aimed to spread interest in reading and writing in O'odham"
Lee Maracle was an Indigenous Canadian writer and belonged to the Stó꞉lō nation, and had Salish and Cree ancestry. This book is a compilation of her speeches, and she states, “reads like a new kind of prose, what is fashioned when oratory is written down.”
A selection of myths and tales that cover the traditions and beliefs of Native American tribes that lived across the North American continent, from Alaska to the Bay of Mexico. Numerous traditions, languages and customs were part of the rich life wherever Native Americans lived.
Anishinabe poet Denise Sweet writes with precision and lyricism about Indigenous peoples of North and Central America.
A collection of short stories about men in combat, some of whom are Native Americans, as they struggle to find meaning.
This is a sequel to U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s autobiography, Crazy Brave: a memoir Continuing her poet-warrior path, she reflects on her life and many roles as a mother, a wife and member of her community. Harjo writes honestly about the tragedies and triumphs that she has experienced and how her community's traditions and values have sustained her, along with poetry, music and spiritual traditions. Also, look at: Joy Harjo, Library of Congress.
Tommy Orange explores urban Native American identity through a spectrum of character perspectives. Twelve Native American characters who struggle with their own hardships, combined with the memory of a tragic history as a people, hope to find meaning or solace at the Big Oakland Powwow in California.
Fourteen stories by Mohawk writer Maurice Kenny, who presents different aspects of truth as portrayed in old and modern tales.
This story is set in the near future on the land of the Dinétah (the Navajo reservation), after a cataclysmic global warming has drowned most of the world. There has been a (literal) rebirth of the gods and heroes of myth in the aftermath of this cataclysm. Maggie Hoskie, the heroine, is a monster slayer and is sent on an adventure that tests her origins and skills. This is an exciting story that highlights the myths and legends of the Navajo people in the context of post-apocalyptic fantasy.
As a member of the Monacan Indian Nation, Karenne Wood intertwines history, folklore, feminism, and a reverence for earth and nature in this collection of poems which are chant-like in form and rhythm.
Poet Margaret Noodin's poems are presented in facing pages of Anishinaabemowin and English. The poems focus on nature, history and traditions that are part of her tribe's past and present.
In her memoir, Linda Hogan, writer, storyteller and professor, describes the insight she achieved in overcoming brain injuries, broken bones and depression. It was a reconnection with the knowledge and wisom of her ancestors that enabled her to move forward. "This is a book about love. ... The work revealed to me that there is a geography of the human spirit, common to all peoples."