Native American Heritage Month & Thanksgiving

by Julia


November is the month most of us begin our holiday prep and family gatherings. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. School is closed for the long weekend, family members travel to spend the day feasting and sharing. Christmas and Hanukkah (and Kwanzaa) are right around the corner, so the holiday season is officially on. As a nation, Thanksgiving is probably our most beloved holiday. We are taught from an early age about thankfulness and sharing, about the struggles of our earliest settlers and the aid given to them by the Native Americans. But the story we are told isn’t the whole story, more like the dreamy vignette of our history.

November is also Native American Heritage Month. It was declared such by President George H. W. Bush on 1990. “This commemorative month aims to provide a platform for Native people in the United States of America to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life.” It also is a good time for non-native people to recognize the different tellings of our shared histories. Our country’s history is not just the history we read in school, but there are many stories, and they are not all as glorious as we are often led to believe. Here I have created a list of books by Native American / Indigenous American authors that are excellent reads.

So, while gathering and enjoying our time with friends & family, yes, be thankful for the people in our lives & the many things we enjoy. But also, keep in mind the less than rosy history of our country and the holiday we celebrate.

Click on a title below to find out more about each book.

PS:
While not a book by an indigenous author, this brand new history on the troubled origins of Thanksgiving is worth considering on the topic:
This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David J. Silverman

Here's the List:

Teen and Children's books are included as well, noted on each title toward the bottom of the list.
Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781943876082
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Published: Glitterati - August 15th, 2019

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (ReVisioning American History #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807057834
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Published: Beacon Press - August 11th, 2015

The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Fight to Protect the Arctic and Save the Planet from Climate Change Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781517904975
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - May 1st, 2018

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WHEREAS: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977672
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 7th, 2017

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393353631
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 24th, 2017

Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrative (Native Voices) Cover Image
By Ignatia Broker, Steven Premo (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780873511674
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Published: Borealis Books - March 15th, 1983

Medicine Walk Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571311160
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 10th, 2016

There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

Future Home of the Living God: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062694065
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 13th, 2018

The Break Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781487001117
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Published: House of Anansi Press - March 6th, 2018

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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534413504
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - June 26th, 2018

Staff Pick Badge
The Beadworkers: Stories Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781640092686
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 22nd, 2019

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Living on the Borderlines: Stories Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936932467
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Published: Feminist Press - February 12th, 2019

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning American History for Young People #2) Cover Image
By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Jean Mendoza (Adapted by), Debbie Reese (Adapted by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780807049396
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Published: Beacon Press - July 23rd, 2019

For Teens


Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection Cover Image
By Matt Dembicki (Editor)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781555917241
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Published: Fulcrum Publishing - June 1st, 2010

For Teens


Turtle Island: The Story of North America's First People Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781554519446
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Published: Annick Press - September 12th, 2017

For Teens


Two Roads Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780735228870
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Published: Puffin Books - August 27th, 2019

For Children


The Birchbark House Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780786814541
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hyperion Books for Children - June 3rd, 2002

For Children


How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781937054557
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Published: Roadrunner Press - September 8th, 2015

For Children


Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626727465
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 22nd, 2019

For Children


Encounter Cover Image
By Brittany Luby, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316449182
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

For Children


Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way Cover Image
By S. D. Nelson, S. D. Nelson (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780984504169
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: South Dakota State Historical Society - June 1st, 2012

For Children


We Sang You Home Cover Image
By Richard Van Camp, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781459811782
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 18th, 2016

For Children