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Native American Heritage Month - For Adults

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Celebrating the history, heritage, and culture of America's indigenous peoples!

November 17, 2020

November is National Native American Heritage Month! To learn more about the history of this month-long celebration or to take part in the many events, exhibits, and webinars available this month, you can visit https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/ . These Native American Heritage Month events are provided through a partnership between the National Park Service, Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution. 

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we have put together a list of new and upcoming titles. Stop by the library to check them out!

FICTION

Black Sun by Rebecca RoanhorseBlack Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

A trilogy debut by Nebula Award-winning author Roanhorse is inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and follows the unbalancing of the holy city of Tova amid a fateful solstice eclipse. 




Bone Black by Carol Rose GoldenEagleBone Black by Carol Rose Goldeagle


Wren Strongeagle is devastated when her twin sister Raven mysteriously disappears after the two spend an evening at a local pub. When Wren files a missing person's report with the local police, she is dismissed. As she follows media reports, Wren realizes that the same heartbreak she's feeling is the same for too many families. Wren decides to take justice into her own hands. Throughout her choices, and every step along the way, Wren feels as though she is being guided. But, by what?  



Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo FordCrooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford


A first collection by an award-winning Cherokee writer traces four generations of Native American women as they navigate cultural dynamics, religious beliefs, the 1980s oil bust, devastating storms and unreliable men to connect with their ideas about home. 




Empire of Wild by Cherie DimalineEmpire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline


Inspired by the Canadian Métis legend of the Rogarou, a U.S. debut finds a woman reconnecting with her heritage when her missing husband reappears in the form of a charismatic preacher who does not recognize her. 




The Night Watchman by Louise ErdrichThe Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich


A historical novel based on the life of the National Book Award-winning author’s grandfather traces the experiences of a Chippewa Council night watchman in mid-19th-century rural North Dakota who fights Congress to enforce Native American treaty rights. 




The Only Good Indian by Stephen Graham JonesThe Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones


A novel that blends classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. 





This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. StaplesThis Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples


Engaging in a secret affair with a closeted white man, an Ojibwe from a northern Minnesota reservation navigates small-town discrimination before a ghost leads him to the grave of a basketball star whose murder becomes linked to a local legend. 




Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli WeidenWinter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden


A vigilante enforcer on South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation enlists the help of an ex to investigate the activities of an expanding drug cartel, while a new tribal council initiative raises controversial questions. 





GRAPHIC NOVEL

Come Home, Indio by Jim TerryCome Home, Indio by Jim Terry

A Native American cartoonist shares his journey from childhood, through struggles with alcoholism, to a spiritual awakening at Standing Rock.  





NONFICTION

Lakota AmericaLakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power by Pekka Hamalainen

Offers a comprehensive history of the Lakota Indians and their profound role in shaping America’s history. 


Starring Red Wing by Linda M. WaggonerStarring Red Wing!: The Incredible Career of Lilian M. St. Cyr, The First Native American Film Star by Linda M. Waggoner

An epic biography of America’s first Native American film star chronicles her life from her childhood and performance career to her days as a respected elder of the multi-tribal New York City Indian community. 



Tecumseh and the Prophet by Peter CozzensTecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation by Peter Cozzens


The first biography of the great Shawnee leader in more than 20 years, and the first to make clear that his misunderstood younger brother, Tenskwatawa, was an equal partner in the last great pan-Indian alliance against the United States. 




This Land is Their Land by David J. SilvermanThis Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David J. Silverman


The author of Thundersticks presents an account of the Plymouth colony’s founding that incorporates the perspectives of Wampanoag witnesses and contributors, documenting the events that led to the creation and violent dissolution of essential peace agreements. 




Unworthy Republic by Claudio SauntUnworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory by Claudio Saunt


A history of the 1830s forced migration of indigenous populations to territories west of the Mississippi describes the government-driven fraud, intimidation and murder that were used to confiscate Native American homelands and property. 




Carry by Toni JensenCarry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen


Explains what it means to exist as an indigenous woman in America, told in snapshots of the author’s encounters with gun violence.  





Making a Difference by Ada DeerMaking a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice by Ada Deer


A deeply personal story, written with humor and honesty, this book is a testimony to the ability of one individual to change the course of history through hard work, perseverance, and an unwavering commitment to social justice.  




Yellow Bird by Sierra Crane MurdochYellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country by Sierra Crane Murdoch


Tells the true crime story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it.





POETRY

NDN Coping Mechanism by Billy-Ray BelcourtNDN Coping Mechanism: Notes from the Field by Billy-Ray Belcourt

In a genre-bending constellation of poetry, photography, redaction, and poetics, Belcourt ultimately argues that if signifiers of Indigenous suffering are everywhere, so too is evidence of Indigenous peoples’ rogue possibility, their utopian drive.  

Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie DiazPostcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz

Postcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure. Natalie Diaz’s brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pages—bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers—be touched and held as beloveds.  


The Death of Sitting Bear by N. Scott MomadayThe Death of Sitting Bear: New and Selected Poems by N. Scott Momaday

Spanning nearly fifty years, the poems gathered here illuminate the human condition, Momaday’s connection to his Kiowa roots, and his spiritual relationship to the American landscape. 


When the Light of the World was Subdued by Joy HarjoWhen the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry by Joy Harjo

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo gathers the work of more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations, into the first historically comprehensive Native poetry anthology.

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