November 2, 2022 | Library Staff
It’s Native American Heritage Month!
Commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month, November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month! First introduced as a congressional resolution in 1990, signed by then President George H. W. Bush, it commemorates the month to acknowledge and celebrate the United States of America’s Indigenous peoples–there are 574 federally recognized nations in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Did you know that our library is built on Euchee (Yuchi, Uchee, Tsoyaha) and Osage traditional lands? McCracken County also extends into Chickasaw traditional territory. Click here to learn more about Indigenous lands and their languages.
This month, we want to highlight Indigenous voices you can find within our collection.
Below are listed Adult Titles. Click the title to find out more, place a hold, or check out digitally.
Braiding Sweet Grass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford
Custer Died For Your Sins by Vine Deloria, Jr.
Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
The Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee by David Treuer
House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
Hunting By Stars by Cherie Dimaline
Poet Warrior: A Memoir by Joy Harjo
Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexandra Fuller
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
Shell Shaker by Leanne Howe
Shutter by Ramona Emerson
The Truth About Stories by Thomas King
There, There by Tommy Orange
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Trickster Trilogy by Eden Robinson
The Woman Who Watches Over The World by Linda Hogan
Young Adult titles can be found below!
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Cheyenne Madonna by Eddie Chuculate
Code Talker: a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth
Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp
My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
Surviving the City by Tasha Spillet
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson
Our recommended #OwnVoices Juvenile Titles.
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
A Boy Named Beckoning by Gina Capaldi
Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young
I Can Make This Promise by Chrstine Day
In The Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story by Andrea L. Rogers
Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
What The Eagle Sees by Eldon Yellowhorn
Early Titles by Indigenous authors!
Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child
Buffalo Bird Girl by S. D. Nelson
Encounter by Brittany Luby
First Laugh–Welcome, Baby! by Rose Ann Tahe
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble
Little You by Richard Van Camp
Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse
My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith
Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kulluk
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith
Zoe and the Fawn by Catherine Jameson
For movies and documentaries, here are our recs featuring American Indian, Alaska Native, and Indigenous voices. Click to learn more, place a hold, or check out through Hoopla!
- Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock
- Blood Quantum
- Edge of America
- Holy Man: The USA vs. Douglas White
- Rhymes For Young Ghouls
- Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
Enjoy some tunes from Indigenous musicians:
- Hip-hop artist, Angel Haze
- Singer-songwriter, Buffy Sainte-Marie
- Country blues artist, Charley Patton
- Rock guitarist, Jimi Hendrix
- Jazz artist, Mildred Bailey
- Soul band, Redbone
- 1970’s and 1980’s pop, country, and jazz artist, Rita Coolidge
- R&B arist, Ronnie Spector
- Rap artist, Supaman
- Folktronic group, A Tribe Called Red
We hope these titles will inspire you to take time every month to do your part in honoring Native voices.