Recommend your favorite books by or about Native North Americans?

Can you all recommend your favorite books by/about Native North Americans?

  • Margaret Coel’s books are cozy mysteries that I’ve enjoyed.

  • Louise Erdrich, is a Native American writer. I read and enjoyed The Roundhouse and The Antelope Wife.

    • Those were both great. I’m currently reading her LaRose.

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  • I enjoyed The Anasazi Mysteries by Kathleen O’Neal Gear. She also co-writes a series called North America’s Forgotten Past. I haven’t read them but have heard good things about them.

  • The Song of Hiawatha is lovely and considered America’s Epic Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

  • Sherman Alexie has written quite a few wonderful books.

    • Yeah, but with all the #MeToo allegations, I can’t read him anymore!

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    • I agree, a great read, I would love to go see the monument that honors these women, think it is in Montana, but might be wrong on the state, but a great book.

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    • I thought it was fictional.

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    • Beth it is fictional. And it was written by a white guy. And it perpetuates myths about Native Americans.

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    • I found this from the author: In 1854 a group of prominent Cheyenne chiefs attended a peace conference with representatives of the U.S. government at Fort Laramie, Wyoming Territory. There the chiefs requested the gift of 1000 white women as brides for their young warriors. Because theirs was a matrilineal society, the Cheyennes believed that all of the children born of these unions would automatically be considered white people, thus allowing the next generation of Cheyennes to assimilate themselves into the white world. From the Cheyenne worldview this was a bold, ingenious, and also quite tragic proposal. It goes without saying that the notion of white women breeding with savages was not well received by the government authorities. The peace conference fell apart,the Cheyenne chiefs went home, and, of course, the white women did not come.

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  • Killers of the Flower Moon, Island of Blue Dolphins, anything by Louise Erdrich but LaRose is my favorite.

  • I would also say Tony Hillerman and His Jim Chee series. Margaret Cole and her Windriver Reservation series

  • Jackson Mine are non fiction…Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown, Killer of the Flower Moon by David Grann, Black Elk by Joe Jackson and A Century of Dishonor by Helen Hunt .

    • Power was by Linda Hogan, wasn’t it? That was a good book

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    • I read a lot of Linda Hogan in college because my professor was a fan. I love Solar Storms, I reread it often and it always seems new to me

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    • I’ll have to add that one to my list 😊

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  • Empire of the Summer Moon the Rise and Fall of the Commanches

  • Lucia St Clair Robson, Ride The Wind and she has written others. Ride The Wind about Quanah Parker Comanche chief’s mother and father.

    • That was a great book! What an interesting true story.

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  • Any Louise Erdrich books, Yellow Raft on Blue Water

  • Timothy Egan’s ‘Short Nights of The Shadow Catcher’!

  • I would also say Leslie Marmon Silko and Linda Hogan.

  • Tony Hillerman isn’t Native American, but he has written numerous books about the Southwest and the Navajo Tribal Police. My husband loves his books. I haven’t read any of them yet. After his death, his daughter has carried on the writings and seems to be doing a good job.

    • I love these books! Joe Leaphorn & Jim Chee are wonderful characters.

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  • I have a Sherman Alexie shelf and a Louise Erdrich shelf. Sherman is a wonderful poet also.

  • Louise Erdrich. Just started There, There. Loved Tony Hillerman.

  • Follow The River by James Alexander Thom. A wonderful book, I read it years ago and still recommend it to everyone.

    • I loved that book! Read it many years ago on the recommendation of a friend and I remember it vividly.

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  • One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus, Little Big Man by Thomas Berger

  • My husband loves reading about Native Americans, so my sister suggested he read Killers of the Flower
    Moon by David Grann. It’s about the murders of Osage Indians in Oklahoma and the investigation by the newly formed FBI.

  • Undaunted courage is fantastic. Lewis and Clark expedition

  • For non-fiction Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown outlines the tragic history of Native Americans in the U.S. Tony Hillerman has a great series of mysteries featuring Navajo detectives.

  • Louise Erdich and Barbara Kingsolver have written alot of books featuring Native Americans.

  • There are now many important books on how Native Americans have been mistreated (to put it lightly) in this country. To find out more about how they lived as a society before persecution, consider Tending the Wild, Braiding Sweetgrass, and 1491.

  • Sherman Alexie is a wonderful author. His recent memoir about his mother “You Dont Have to Say You Love Me’ is exceptional.

    • Yeah, but have you read about him lately? He’s being dropped by publishers and stores and schools…

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  • The First North Americans series by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear. There are about 22 books in all ranging from the first crossing of the Bering Strait up to the 13th century, covering people’s from all over North America.

  • I’ve really enjoyed books by Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie & Brady Udall.

  • The Last Report on The Miracles At Little No Horse and A Plague of Doves. Both good. Both by Louise Erdrich.

  • It is non-fiction that I read as part of my American History class in college: “A Century of Dishonor” by Helen Hunt Jackson. It traces 100 years of broken treaties by the white US government and the native Americans.

    • I meant Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee …. Sorry

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  • All of James Alexander Thom’s fiction are very good books about Native People’s.

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins and Julie of the Wolves, both are chapter books geared towards kids but are great, quick reads.

    • Julie’s Wolf Pack was my favorite book when I was a kid. I don’t know how many times I checked it out of my school’s library until I got my own copy. I loved the wolves and preferred reading about their lives over Julie’s.

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    • I don’t know that I read that one. I remember Julie of the Wolves and Julie. I’ll have to put it on my TBR list.

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    • Julie’s Wolf Pack is the last book in the trilogy, published in 1997. It centers completely around the wolves and Julie only shows up a few times.

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  • Fools Crow by James Welch (Blackfoot) and Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

    • There is also a lot of really good Native American poetry out there!

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  • The series by the Gears (husband and wife anthropologists) People of the …. Start with People of the Wolf. Covers the migration from Asia across the Bering Straight.

    • Coming of the Storm is really good too.

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  • Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, Last of the Mohicans by Robert Louis Stevenson.

    • Oops sorry I misread, ignore Age of Innocence.

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    • Last of the Mohicans is by James Fenimore Cooper

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  • Bury my Heart at wounded knee by dee brown is my favorite book.

  • “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown is good. “Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh” by Allan Eckert is also good.

  • Lots of Alaska Native books…Two Old Women, Bird Girl, Ada Blackjack, Fifty Miles From Tomorrow.

  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Walls Kimmerer. One of the best books I have ever read.

  • Biography of Cynthia Ann Parker, the mother of Quanah Parker, and the bio of Quanah Parker.

    • I had my students read this book. I loved it.

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  • The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman, and the rest of his excellent novels.

  • Scott Momaday, House Made of a Dawn & Rainy Mountain

  • The Man who Killed the Deer by Frank Waters; House Made of Dawn and The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday; Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich.

  • Birchbark House, Sing Down the Moon, I Heard the Owl Call My Name, Bless Me, Ultima. I’m a middle school teacher so my taste is geared that way 😍

  • N. Scott Momaday, Vine Deloria, Harjo, (author’s) Killers of the Flower Moon, Lost Bird of Wounded Knee (titles) … many more … just ask!

  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline (YA;) the Inconvenient Indian (and anything else) by Thomas King; anything by Richard Wagamese, Joseph Boyden (heavy Canadian content!!!)

  • Counting Coup about native basketball and life on the reservation

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.

  • The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich.
    Boston Jane trilogy by Jennifer L Holm (YA book)

  • From my friend Susan: Books by Louise Erdrich, Ojibwe. Also books by Kent Nerburn about Native Americans.

    • “The Education of Little Tree” by Forrest Carter.

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    • Deb I read this with my seventh grade students. Such a good book.

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  • From my friend Kaitlin God is Red, Braiding Sweetgrass, Trail of Lightning

  • The Surrounded, Bead on an Anthill, Walking the Rez Road, Winter in the Blood, the Scalpel and the Silver Bear, Smoke from their Fires

  • I love Louise Erdrich, both her adult and childrens books

    • Louise Erdrich is an awesome writer ….I read all of her books

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    • Clarice i started The Bingo Palace before going to bed the other night. The writing was so “fast” i couldn’t sleep!

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  • A series of mysteries written by Tony Hillerman, a Navaho. Many titles, all good.

    • So glad to find out about Anne Hillerman.

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    • Edie she has not written many. My memory is fuzzy ( as usual) but I think I read that she is writing from plot outlines her dad left behind. The stories have a few ongoing characters, so you may want to start with the early books to be able to follow the ongoing story as it develops.

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    • Edie most stories happen on Navajo reservation and around Shiprock/Gallup NM.

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    • Lynn Yes! I fell in love w the Lt. Joe Leaphorn character. He then trains the younger detective Jim Chee.

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    • Barbara I started reading him when I moved to NM 15 yrs ago. My first visit to my new local library, they had a display of his books featuring his ties to NM. I dived in and didn’t resurface until I had read all his books. Love him…might be time to go back and read him again.

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    • Lynn Wow, you are right in the neighborhood! I’ve read them all from way over in NJ.. But that’s the great thing about books, you can be transported anywhere. EnjoyI

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    • Lynn , I found 4 Anne Hillerman titles. Oh, joy!

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    • There is a site you can google called Fantastic Fiction that lists all authors and their book titles!!!!

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  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee…..read this a looong time ago.
    One Thousand White Women

    • I really enjoyed One Thousand White Women too

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  • “The Patriot Chiefs: A Chronicle of American Indian Resistance” by Alvin M. Josephy Jr. is an excellent book. “The Comanchero Frontier: A History of New Mexican-Plains Indian Relations” by Charles L. Kenner tells a little known story about Native American relations with white settlers in the American Southwest from the Spanish conquistadores onward. “The Westo Indians: Slave Traders of the Early Colonial South” by Eric E. Bowne relates another relatively unknown story about a relatively unknown tribe. Alan Eckert’s “The Winning of America” series, six books (historical fiction), provides a great deal of knowledge about the leaders of northeastern tribes such as the Iroquois, the Shawnee, the Delaware, the Algonquin, etc.

  • Any of Louise Erdrich novels … you can’t go wrong!

  • It’s been awhile since I read it, but I think Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech would fall under this category. It’s a Newberry Award winner, so was written for youth.

  • Mankiller. It’s the autobiography of Wilma Mankiller who was chief of the Cherokee tribe during the 1980s-1990s.

  • books by Jim Harrison like : The great leader and Brown dog

  • I got to here Russell means speck at a book store in Denver his book was great, REALLY involved with AIM, good reading Dee Brown busy my heart at wounded knee is good

  • Julie Of The Wolves & Island Of The Blue Dolphins. They are both YA books, but close to my heart.

  • A Narrative In The Life Of Mary Jamison by James Seaver. It tells the story of a woman who lived in the Genesee Valley & what is now Letchworth state park. She was taken by natives as a child, and eventually came to live with the Seneca people near me. Called “The white woman of the Genesee”, she married a Seneca husband and chose to stay with the people (even going so far as to hide when white people came near out of fear of being “rescued”). She is a local folk here in Western NY near Buffalo.

  • Louise Erdrich definitely, her books read like poetry. Disappointed that she wasn’t included. Love the way she writes. Although, Sherman Alexis has a more realistic view of “Rez” life

  • Bury my heart, Tony Hillerman, Selu, corn mother, Our Stories Remember, JA Jance,

  • A Yellow Raft in Blue Water and 1000 White Women

  • So many books about Native Americans perpetuate myths (vanishing Indian, stoic warrior, etc). I love Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water, and I love this nonfiction book of his even more!

    • Thanks for sharing your list. I’ll add them to my every growing to-be-read list!

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  • Joseph Bruchac writes great stories with Native American protagonists. For non-fiction Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a must.

  • Try Cherokee Native and roboticist’s Daniel Wilson’s Robopocalypse. Crazy dystopic and insightful

  • Anything written by Louise Erdrich, Ceremony by Silko, Fools Crow by Welch, Black Elk Speaks (non-fiction) by Black Elk

  • The Scalpel and the Silver Bear (nf), tony and anne hillerman, Navajos wear Nikes (nf)

  • Skunny Wundy….Seneca indian tales by Arthur c parker

  • Louise Erdrich writes novels about the Chippewa tribe.

  • Buffalo Woman by Dorothy M. Johnson. This novel is from the 1970s but she is better known for her short stories from the 1950s like ”A Man Called Horse,” “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance,” “The Hanging Tree,” and many others. She also wrote a great story about Cynthia Ann Parker, mother of Quanah Parker. The story is called “Lost Sister.”

  • There There by Tommy Orange. Just came out this month. Highly recommend.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon is a well written non-fiction book about the Osage people and the murders that took place in the early 1900s due to whites trying to cash in on the Osage’s oil rights.

  • Buffy Ste Marie’s biography is coming out in September. She is an iconic artist and her songs were anthems for AIM. Loved Now that the Buffalo’s Gone. She was banned by the best.

    • I loved that book! Made me cry, but I’ve never forgotten it.

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  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Wall-Kimmerer is Native American and a botanist, and her non-fiction book is a tribute to nature and indigenous wisdom.

  • Two authors come to mind – Luther Standing Bear (My Indian Boyhood, My People the Sioux, Land of the Spotted Eagle, Stories of the Sioux) and Joseph M. Marshall III (The Lakota Way, The Journey of Crazy Horse, Walking with Grandfather, etc.).

  • Louise Erdrich is wonderful, any of her books. Round House is a good one to start with or her first Love Medicine.

  • Ceremony by Leslie Silko- classic!!! N. Scott Momaday – anything

  • Tony or Anna Hillerman, Louise Erdrich, “Killers of the Flower Moon”

  • The White Indian Series by Donald Porter there were close to 30 books in the series. I loved this series. Killer of the Flower Moon & Centennial.

    • Have you read that new book by Tommy Orange? I definitely want to. All the amazing reviews piqued my interest in the first place. That, and living in Seattle.

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    • Not yet. It’s sitting on my nightstand at the moment next in my queue, but I had to plug a fellow bay area Native!

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  • Because I lived there and know how much he meant to the tribe–“Among the Mescaleros, The Story of Father Albert Braun”. You can find it on Amazon.

  • The North America’s Forgotten Past novel series by Michael gear

  • Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown, Custer Died For Your Sins, by Vine Deloria, God Is Red by Vine Deloria Jr, The Trail of Tears by Gloria Jahoda, Code Talker by Chester Nez, just to name a few. All non-fiction.

  • On a lighter note, but still packed with well researched information about the desert southwest tribes, read Tony Hillerman’s books featuring Navajo policemen.

    • Have this one on my TBR shelves. Need to read it.

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  • Reading There There, Tommy Orange now…..it’s incredible.

  • Craighead George’s Talking Earth is one of my favorite children’s books, and it’s about the Seminoles in Florida.

  • Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac and Tony Hillerman.

  • Also Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee-Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides

    • My favorite is The Last Miracle at Little No Horse.

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    • My favorite is The Master Butchers Singing Club.

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  • Barbara Kingsolver wrote one but I don’t remember the title. Great story though!

  • Not enthusiastically. Read Dee Brown for something to do on the bus ride to boot camp when I was a kid and prbly wasn’t a prudent way to start a military hitch. I will check this post to see which books explore native American culture as it interest me to. Grew up in the days when Saturday morning cowboy and Indian shows sold a lot of goods to Americans.

    • I wish I knew without doubt that my use of interest needed correction and that correction was a simple trailing s. Appeals prbly even works better.

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  • New contemporary novel, There There by Tommy Orange. Haven’t read but NPR profiled it.

  • The Journey of Crazy Horse; A Lakota History by Joseph M Marshall III
    Love To Water My Soul by Jane Kirkpatrick

  • A whole series that starts with crossing the land bridge from Russia to North America First boo k is People of the Wolf by W. Micheal Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear. There are 17 books and they are all wonderful.

    • This is my favorite in this category

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    • I have read a couple books that W Michael wrote on his own and at least one she wrote on her own, and this is a couple that needs to stay together. The “People of “ series is so much better.

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  • The Sacred has by far been my favorite, most informative, and most referred to book on Native Americans out of the few hundred I own.

  • Empire of the Summer Moon, about Quanah Parker of the Comanche. His white mother had been kidnapped as a child and assimilated into the tribe (the move The Searchers tells that story)

  • Waterlily by Ella Cara Deloria. Land of the Grasshopper Song by Mabel Reed and Mary Ellicott Arnold. A Time of Little Choice by Randall Milliken. The Ohlone Way by Malcolm Margolin. There are hundreds more. I find them at state and national park visitor centers, archaeological booksellers, and often in the natural resources sections of some stores.

  • Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson. In California that have a city of Ramona and a Ramona Festival and pageant every year for the last about a hundred years or so. They do the novel as a play set on the hill side in an outside Amphitheatre. It’s absolutely wonderful.

  • Sherman Alexi is a native author that has written many great books!

  • Spider Woman’s Granddaughters: Traditional Tales & Contemporary Writing by Native American Women. (edited by Paula Gunn Allen)

  • Not a book, but I do recommend looking up the different mythologies. I find that to be fascinating reading

  • Sherman Alexie is wonderful. Start with The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and then keep reading. I really love Flight. Alexie is a talented poet and novelist. The film Smoke Signals is based on his work. Alexie wrote the screenplay.

  • “Ride the Wind” , “Walk in my Soul”, and “Light a Distant Fire” by Lucia St. Clair Roson.

  • “Notes on a Lost Flute” by Kerry Hardy and “Empire of the Summer Moon” by S.C. Gwynn — both are captivating and chock full of enlightening information.

    • Ann Hillerman has done 3 new books about her Dad’s characters. I was skeptical……until I read them.

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  • “A Little Matter of Genocide”, “Fantasies of the Master Race”, “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” all by Ward Churchill and two books he authored with Jim Vander Wall: “Agents of Repression” and “The COINTELPRO Papers”, which both deal, in part, with the American Indian Movement. Also, “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse” by Peter Matthiessen and “My Life is My Sun Dance” by Leonard Peltier. “Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating and Empire-Building” by Richard T. Drinnon. Finally, one of the earliest eyewitness testimonies about the destruction of the natives of the Americas is “A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies” by Bartolome de las Casas.

  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. Read this many years ago and it made me cry and changed the way I looked at US history.

    • Defiintely one of the best contemporary books about US history from the Native American perspective. It also made me cry. I also recommended some other non-fiction books in this thread. Are you familiar with any of those? There are many more that I am inteterested in reading. I
      keep up on news and issues concerning our native brothers and sisters. I am from California but have lived in Utah over 25 years. Bears Ears National Monument here was once protected for the tribes by President Obama but the current administration reduced the monument by 85% and opened it up to mining. The fight goes on…

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    • Donna The Bears Ears thing has me crushed. I have never had the pleasure of visiting, and now I will miss out on most of it. I read that there are archeological sites that are now unprotected ted?

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  • Just started reading “There, There” by Tommy Orange. I also love all books by Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie

  • Black Elk speaks but I don’t remember the author’s name

  • The Wind is My Mother, Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee, Stone Heart, Navajo Weapon, Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes.

  • Black Elk Speaks and recently finished Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI which was fantastic.

  • House Made of Dawn. This is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by N. Scott Momaday.

  • If you wish to read beliefs, writings and speeches by various tribe Chiefs and Elders… Recommend “ The Wisdom of the Native Americans ..edited by Kent Nerburn. This book contains there thoughts, beliefs and their ways… from various tribes

  • There are lots of mysteries featuring Native Americans. Namely Tony Tillerman and his daughter Anne; James D. Doss and Margaret Auel and a few others.

    • He also did The Wisdom of Native Americans.. I will look for this other book

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    • Debbie it is a wonderful read. They just made an independent film based on the book. Very good film.

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    • Alex thank u for the info I will watch for the film

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    • And other books by William Least Moon

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    • His daughter Anne has continued the series after his death. They’re also very good!

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  • Death comes to the arch bishop -more New Mexico story – not Native American -so good

  • 2 more recommendations we didn’t see on the list

  • The Education of Little Tree by Carter. This is a fantastic story!

  • Yes Kimberly Gnoth. Black Elk Speaks is amazing in itself and in addition as to it’s publishing (translations done from Lakota to English and then back to Lakota… great anthropology story… ) and also just read the Osage murders book which was fascinating.

    • Finally! I’ve been waiting for someone else to mention Little Tree! And now there are three of you! It is such a wonderful book–maybe a little embellished, but who cares? I loved it.

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    • Patricia it is a wonderful book and it is way past time for me to read it again!

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  • Diary of a Part Time Indian Sherman Alexie and his memoir.

  • Two Old Women written by Velma Wallis. It is a life changing story of hope. You won’t be disappointed.

  • I just found this in the NYT from 2016. It’s a list of Louise Erdrich’s favorite Native writers from her “By the Book” contribution: “Winter in the Blood,” by James Welch. “Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong,” by Paul Chaat Smith. “War Dances,” by Sherman Alexie. “Three Day Road,” by Joseph Boyden. “Ceremony,” by Leslie Marmon Silko. Joy Harjo’s and Gerald Vizenor’s work. And the book I am reading now — “Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media,” by my own sister Heid Erdrich.

    • I think this is what I wanted. Espclly P. C. Smith.

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  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie. Just about anything written by him.

  • The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman by Margot Mifflin

  • Thanks for making this post! I love Native American culture and history plus am researching my own roots. I will definitely check out the suggestions here.

    • if no one has suggested Leslie Marmo silko, that’s another wonderful author.

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  • Highly recommend One Thousand White women by Jim Fergus.

    • I just ordered this book from Better World Books!

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    • I read that many readers would not believe that 1000 WW was fiction!

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  • Books by Sherman Alexie or Louise Erdrich

  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

  • The “White Indian” series (into double digit releases) that segued into overall American history novels by ? Porter? if I’m correct; in paperback series still in libraries I believe. The best if you’re into this genre

  • Empire of the Summer Moon and Caleb’s Crossing. Empire of the Summer Moon is nonfiction about Quanah Parker. An excellent read. Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks is historical fiction about an Indian who goes to Harvard.

  • Wounded Knee as a foundational text. Deeply upsetting but a great reference book as well.

    • I read that book years ago when it was first published. Very well written by Dee Brown. You are right, it is very upsetting. That book has always stayed with me. It should always be taught as part of American history.

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    • Pricia Precia we keep meeting-again! 😊

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    • Donna – I know. Stop stalking!!!!

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    • Pricia ok, I can take a hint! Lol! I will just go off in my corner and read!

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    • Donna, I read it in context of Arthur Kopit’s play “Indians.”

      I think “Indians” is a fascinating absurdist play. Just love it. It is not a realistic depiction of most of the historical figures in the play.

      Look it up and see if you can find any of the production shots – Sam Waterston played John Grass, Stacey Keech was Buffalo Bill and Raul Julia was – if memory serves, Geranimo.

      Memory did not serve, Raul played the Grand Duke – the guy that Buffalo Bill shot all the Buffalos for. The Grand Duke wanted more than anything to shoot a Comanche.

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    • Donna – it’s funny, I rarely read fiction any more. Have you read Cod: A History of the Fish that Changed the World?

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    • Pricia no, I haven’t heard of that one.

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    • Donna – I love Mark Kurlansky. He has this bizarre thing he does as a writer – he writes about a particular item of food or how a trend in food develops and impacts the culture that produces it.

      He’s written about oysters, salt, Birdseye and cod.

      It’s deep, down in the soul of nerddom detail. No one is ever making a movie out of his books. But I find them irresistible. In fiction I really like lyric mythological writers like Salman Rushdie or Gunther Grasse. I like the agony and loss in something like William Kennedy’s work, but in nonfiction, I love mind-numbing detail. I read the history of the Hudson Bay Company in Canada. I had to have part of my brain isolated it was so so so dry.

      I will not tolerate that kind of thing out of a fiction writer but omg, if it an utterly useless piece of trivial and you can devote two pages to it, go for it.

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  • Indeh by Eve Ball. Ms Ball, who lived in Ruidoso NM, was my mother’s friend. They met while my mother was working for Indian Health Service in Mescalero NM.

    • I LOVED that book. I rarely reread books but this is one I might.

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    • Yeah IAIA! Looking forward to reading There There and Heart Berries.

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    • Ann I’m reading There There now. It’s excellent.

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