A Bright Night Suggested Reading

Recommended reading list compiled by Gun Lakes Tribal Library

Anishinaabe History & Culture

  • Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa: We look in all Directions by Thomas Peacock and Marlene Wisuri
  • People of the Three Fires: The Ottawa, Potawatomi and Ojibway of Michigan by James A. Clifton
  • Always a people: Oral Histories of Contemporary Woodland Indians Collect by Rita Kohn and W. Lynwood Montell
  • Ojibwa Crafts by Carrie A Lyford
  • The Ojibwa Woman by Ruth Landes
  • Ojibway Tales by Basil Johnston
  • Meennunyakaa: Blueberry Patch by Jennifer Leason
  • The Four Hills of Life: Ojibwe Wisdom by Thomas Peacock and Marlene Wisuri
  • The Seven Generations and The Seven Grandfather Teachings by James Vukelich Kaagegaabaw
  • People of the Inland Sea by David Andrew Nichols

Expand your reading to include Native, Indigenous and First Nation Authors & Topics

Children’s Books

  • Stolen Words by Melanie Florence
  • The Medicine Wheel: Stories of a Hoop Dancer by Teddy Anderson
  • Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back by Joseph Bruchac
  • What your Ribbon Skirt Means to Me by Alexis Bunten
  • My Powerful Hair by Carole Lindstrom
  • We Are Still Here by Traci Sorell
  • Mashkiki Road: The Seven Grandfather Teachings by Elizabeth S. Barrett
  • Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story by Danielle Greendeer
  • Who am I? by Julie Buchholtz

Middle Grade

  • Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story by Andrea L. Rogers
  • Jojo Makoons series by Dawn Quigley
  • She Persisted: Maria Tall Chief by Christine Day
  • Native Athletes in Action! by Vincent Schilling
  • Native Women of Courage by Kelly Fornel
  • Native Defenders of the Environment by Vincent Schilling
  • Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Young Adult Nonfiction

  • Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults adapted by Monique Gray Smith
  • Ancestor Approved by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • This Place: 150 years retold
  • Turtle Island: The story of North America’s First People by Eldon Yellowhorn & Kathy Lowinger
  • #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale

Young Adult Fiction

  • Walking in Two Worlds by Wab Kinew
  • Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley
  • The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson
  • Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac
  • Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Adult Nonfiction

  • Restoring the Kinship Worldview by Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) & Darcia Varvaez, PhD
  • Life in the City of Dirty Warter: A memoir of healing by Clayton Thomas-Müller
  •   Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest by Heid E. Erdrich
  • Project 562: Changing the way we see Native America by Matika Wilbur
  • Reclaiming Two-Spirits: Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal & Sovereignty in Native America by Gregory D. Smithers
  • Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference, and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Jessica McDiarmid
  • Colonize This: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism edited by Daisy Hernández & Bushra Rehman

Adult Fiction Authors to Explore

  •   Louise Erdrich
  •   Stephen Graham Jones
  •   Marcie Rendon
  •   Rebecca Roanhorse
  •   Joshua Whitehead
  •   Billy-Ray Belcourt
  •   Richard Wagamese
  •   Eden Robinson
  •   Christine Day
  •   Tomson Highway
  •   Joy Harjo
  •   Leslie Marmon Silko
  •   N. Scott Momaday
  •   Linda Hogan

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