Closing Native American Heritage Month

As Indigenous Heritage Month has come to a close, we encourage you to keep reading about and celebrating indigenous history, culture, and issues. Here are some celebrated books for you to check out here at WNPL:

Probably Ruby by Lisa Bird-Wilson

An Indigenous woman adopted by white parents goes in search of her identity in this unforgettable debut novel about family, race, and history.

An Afro-Indigenous history of the United States by Kyle T. Mays 

The first intersectional history of the Black and Native American struggle for freedom in our country that also reframes our understanding of who was Indigenous in early America.

Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer 

A nonfiction book by Potawatomi professor Robin Wall Kimmerer, about the role of Indigenous knowledge as an alternative or complementary approach to Western mainstream scientific methodologies.

There There by Tommy Orange

A wondrous and shattering novel that follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee : Native America from 1890 to the present by David Treuer

A sweeping history—and counter-narrative—of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.