Multcolib My Librarian Nick: Native American literature

Ceremony By Silko, Leslie Marmon (Book - 2006 ) FICTION SILKO All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Silko's novel 'Almanac of the Dead' is included on another booklist of mine, but start with this, her first novel about a young Navajo war veteran who struggles with his tradition, demons, and the changing environment for Native Americans in the 20th century. Highly recommended.

House Made of Dawn
House Made of Dawn By Momaday, N. Scott (Book - 2010 ) FICTION MOMADAY 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Soon after taking an oral storytelling class in college, taught by Momaday, I devoured everything else the Kiowa native had written starting with this 1968 Pulitzer Prize winner.

Resistance By Lopez, Barry Holstun (Book - 2004 ) FICTION LOPEZ Available in some locations

Annotation:I'm a huge fan of Lopez, whose fiction AND non-fiction writing is original, eccentric, and full of different viewpoints. If you like this collection of stories, try his incredible picture book 'Crow and Weasel.'

Winter in the Blood
Winter in the Blood By Welch, James (Book - 2008 ) FICTION WELCH 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 7 copies

Annotation:Welch, known for his brilliant novels 'Fools Crow' and 'Heartsong of Charging Elk', started with this illuminating story of reservation life in Montana. Published in 1974, when there were few candid books about the isolation and struggles of Native American reservation life. Highly recommended.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven By Alexie, Sherman (Book - 2013 ) FICTION ALEXIE 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation:If I had to pick one Alexie book to showcase, it would be this short story collection. Humor, sadness, and relationships all converge in connected stories unified by his always reliable prose, humanity, and sense of humor.

American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings
American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings By Zitkala-̈Sa (Book - 2003 ) 818.5 Z821d 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:From the highly underrated Sioux writer (don't call her 'Gertrude') who introduced a non-glamorous point-of-view of early 20th-century Native American life, in and off of reservations. A true pioneer in both her words and actions.

In Mad Love and War
In Mad Love and War By Harjo, Joy (Book - 1990 ) 811.5 H282i Available in some locations

Annotation:Though I have not read a large amount of Native American poetry, I was stunned and moved by this collection from Harjo. Politics, myth, and inner balance all flow within a wonderful weave. If you like this, try her children's book, 'The Good Luck Cat.'

The Grass Dancer
The Grass Dancer By Power, Susan (Book - 1994 ) FICTION POWER

Annotation:I love to recommend this title, an unbelievably original gumbo of characters, folklore, struggle, and authenticity of life for Native American's in the Dakota's. Innovative, layered, and requiring patience, but oh, what a ride.

Eye Killers
Eye Killers A Novel By Carr, A. A. (Book - 1995 ) R- 810.9897 C311e 1995 In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:Though only available for in-library use at this time, if you can access this unique tale mixing Native American mythology and vampires, it's worth the trip.

Wild Indians & Other Creatures
Wild Indians & Other Creatures By Louis, Adrian C. (Book - 1996 ) FICTION LOUIS Available in some locations

Annotation:Another collection of stories of Sioux life from an eccentric yet no less talented writer. Ribald, hilarious, realist, sad, and definitely not for kids, bookend this with any Sherman Alexie book for a unique combo. Or Jason Aaron's 'Scalped' series from Vertigo.

People of the Whale
People of the Whale A Novel By Hogan, Linda (Book - 2008 ) FICTION HOGAN 2008 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Hogan's depiction of a fictional tribe in Washington State is endearing and an excellent narrative. Another view of a Native American war veteran but told within a frame of romance, rituals, tradition, and magic.

When the Chenoo Howls
When the Chenoo Howls Native American Tales of Terror By Bruchac, Joseph (eBook - 2009 ) OverDrive downloadable ebook Check availability»

Annotation:Bruchac is a prolific and important author in Native American literature for children, most notably 'Code Talker,' yet I chose to include this awesome collection of scary myths and spooky tales. Beware the Amankanek!

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The legacy of Native American authors is monumental and flowing with humanity, humor, adversity, and redemption. If you want to explore the history or viewpoint of native cultures through their own eyes, try some of these incredible selections that display the versatility and talent of writers from America's indigenous nations.

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