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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Native American Heritage Month - For Kids

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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 . 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!


Not Your Princess by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy#NOTYOURPRINCESS: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale

A collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art exhibit the voices of Indigenous women across North America. 

Code Talker by Joseph BruchacCode Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac

After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue. 

Undefeated by Steve SheinkinUndefeated: Jim Thrope and the Carlisie Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin

Native American Jim Thorpe became a super athlete and Olympic gold medalist. Indomitable coach Pop Warner was a football mastermind. In 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called "the team that invented football," they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work. 


In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph MarshallIn the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III

Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse, the nineteenth-century Lakota leader and warrior, in a tale that weaves the past with the present.  

Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis & Traci SorellIndian No More by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell

When Regina's Umpqua tribe is legally terminated and her family must relocate from Oregon to Los Angeles, she goes on a quest to understand her identity as an Indian despite being so far from home. 

Race to the Sun by Rebecca RoanhorseRace to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Guided by her Navajo ancestors, seventh-grader Nizhoni Begay discovers she is descended from a holy woman and destined to become a monster slayer, starting with the evil businessman who kidnapped her father. Includes glossary of Navajo terms. Includes an introduction by Rick Riordan, a glossary of Navajo words, and an author's note on ethnic heritage and representation.  


Fry Bread by Kevin Noble MaillardFry Bread: A Native American Family Story
by Kevin Noble Maillard

Using illustrations that show the diversity in Native America and spare poetic text that emphasizes fry bread in terms of provenance, this volume tells the story of a post-colonial food that is a shared tradition for Native American families all across the North American continent. Includes a recipe and an extensive author note that delves into the social ways, foodways, and politics of America's 573 recognized tribes. 

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. ChildBowwow Powwow: bagosenjige-niimi'idim by Brenda Child; translated by Gordon Jourdian

When Uncle and Windy Girl attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Uncle's stories inspire visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers--all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow. 

Nez Perce by Sarah TieckNez Perce by Sarah Tieck

Explores the Nez Perce territory, home life, spirit life, and the Nez Perce people of today.

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