November is Native American Heritage Month so many people look for books
featuring Native people during this time of year. For November and all
year round, this list is filled with some excellent books by Native
Urban Tribesedited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
Young, urban Natives powerfully show how their culture and values can survive—and enrich—city life.
Much of the popular discourse on Native Americans and Aboriginals
focuses on reservation life. But the majority of Natives in North
America live off the rez. How do they stay rooted to their culture? How
do they connect with their community?
Urban Tribes offers unique insight into this growing and often
misperceived group. Emotionally potent and visually arresting, the
anthology profiles young urban Natives from across North America,
exploring how they connect with Native culture and values in their
contemporary lives. Their stories are as diverse as they are. From a
young Dene woman pursuing a MBA at Stanford to a Pima photographer in
Phoenix to a Mohawk actress in New York, these urban Natives share their
unique perspectives to bridge the divide between their past and their
future, their cultural home, and their adopted cities.
Unflinchingly honest and deeply moving, contributors explore a
wide-range of topics. From the trials and tribulations of dating in the
city to the alienating experience of leaving a remote reserve to attend
high school in the city, from the mainstream success of Electric Pow wow
music to the humiliation of dealing with racist school mascots,
personal perspectives illuminate larger political issues. An innovative
and highly visual design offers a dynamic, reading experience.
Margaritte is a
sharp-tongued, drug-dealing, sixteen-year-old Native American
floundering in a Colorado town crippled by poverty, unemployment, and
drug abuse. She hates the burnout, futureless kids surrounding her and
dreams that she and her unreliable new boyfriend can move far beyond the
bright lights of Denver that float on the horizon before the daily
suffocation of teen pregnancy eats her alive.
Lewis “Shoe” Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on
the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975: the joking, the Fireball
games, the snow blowing through his roof. What he’s not used to is white
people being nice to him — people like George Haddonfield, whose family
recently moved to town with the Air Force. As the boys connect through
their mutual passion for music, especially the Beatles, Lewis has to lie
more and more to hide the reality of his family’s poverty from George.
He also has to deal with the vicious Evan Reininger, who makes Lewis the
special target of his wrath. But when everyone else is on Evan’s side,
how can he be defeated? And if George finds out the truth about Lewis’s
home — will he still be his friend?
Acclaimed adult author Eric Gansworth makes his YA debut with this
wry and powerful novel about friendship, memory, and the joy of rock ‘n’
A post-Apocalyptic YA novel with a steampunk twist, based on an Apache legend.
Years ago, seventeen-year-old Apache hunter Lozen and her family
lived in a world of haves and have-nots. There were the Ones — people so
augmented with technology and genetic enhancements that they were
barely human — and there was everyone else who served them. Then the
Cloud came, and everything changed. Tech stopped working. The world
plunged back into a new steam age. The Ones’ pets — genetically
engineered monsters — turned on them and are now loose on the world.
Lozen was not one of the lucky ones pre-C, but fate has given her a
unique set of survival skills and magical abilities. She hunts monsters
for the Ones who survived the apocalyptic events of the Cloud, which
ensures the safety of her kidnapped family. But with every monster she
takes down, Lozen’s powers grow, and she connects those powers to an
ancient legend of her people. It soon becomes clear to Lozen that she is
not just a hired gun. As the legendary Killer of Enemies was in the
ancient days of the Apache people, Lozen is meant to be a more than a
hunter. Lozen is meant to be a hero.
A powerful and visually stunning anthology from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today.
Truly universal in its themes, “Dreaming In Indian” will shatter
commonly held stereotypes and challenge readers to rethink their own
place in the world. Divided into four sections, ‘Roots, ‘ ‘Battles, ‘
‘Medicines, ‘ and ‘Dreamcatchers, ‘ this book offers readers a unique
insight into a community often misunderstood and misrepresented by the
Emerging and established Native artists, including acclaimed author
Joseph Boyden, renowned visual artist Bunky Echo Hawk, and stand-up
comedian Ryan McMahon, contribute thoughtful and heartfelt pieces on
their experiences growing up Indigenous, expressing them through such
mediums as art, food, the written word, sport, dance, and fashion.
Renowned chef Aaron Bear Robe, for example, explains how he introduces
restaurant customers to his culture by reinventing traditional dishes.
And in a dramatic photo spread, model Ashley Callingbull and
photographer Thosh Collins reappropriate the trend of wearing ‘Native’
Whether addressing the effects of residential schools, calling out
bullies through personal manifestos, or simply citing hopes for the
future, “Dreaming In Indian” refuses to shy away from difficult topics.
Insightful, thought-provoking, and beautifully honest, this book will to
appeal to young adult readers. An innovative and captivating design
enhances each contribution and makes for a truly unique reading
“The hour has come to speak of troubled times. It is time we spoke of
Skullyville.” Thus begins Rose Goode’s story of her growing up in
Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma. Skullyville, a once-thriving
Choctaw community, was destroyed by land-grabbers, culminating in the
arson on New Year’s Eve, 1896, of New Hope Academy for Girls. Twenty
Choctaw girls died, but Rose escaped. She is blessed by the presence of
her grandmother Pokoni and her grandfather Amafo, both respected elders
who understand the old ways. Soon after the fire, the white sheriff
beats Amafo in front of the town’s people, humiliating him. Instead of
asking the Choctaw community to avenge the beating, her grandfather
decides to follow the path of forgiveness. And so unwinds this tale of
mystery, Indian-style magical realism, and deep wisdom. It’s a world
where backwoods spiritualism and Bible-thumping Christianity mix with
bad guys; a one-legged woman shop-keeper, her oaf of a husband, herbal
potions, and shape-shifting panthers rendering justice. Tim Tingle—a
scholar of his nation’s language, culture, and spirituality—tells Rose’s
story of good and evil with understanding and even laugh-out-loud
Choctaw humor. — Cover images and summaries via Goodreads