Celebrate Indigenous Culture
Hosted in person at the Montgomery branch
Tuesday, November 1, all-day
Register to attend: https://sclsnj.libnet.info/event/6651888
Lenape Lifeways: Introducing the First People of Pennsylvania, New Jersey & Delaware
Hosted in person at the Montgomery branch
Saturday, November 5, 2-3 p.m.
Register to attend: https://sclsnj.libnet.info/event/7156678
13 Moons The Story of the Wampanoag
Explore From Home – Hosted Virtually
Monday, November 21, 7-8 p.m.
Register to attend: https://sclsnj.libnet.info/event/6452289
SCLSNJ YouTube Channel – Virtual Program Recording
SCLSNJ has a research resource on Native American History, American Indian History Online, from Infobase. Explore the rich culture and history of America’s indigenous people during Native American History Month.
The Web portal linked below is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
Recommended Books for Children and Teens:
“Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids” edited by Cynthia Leitch Smith
This collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.
“Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley
Treated like an outsider in both her hometown and on the Ojibwe reservation, a half-Native American science geek and star hockey player places her dreams on hold in the wake of a family tragedy.
“The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee (Young Readers Adaptation): Life in Native America” by David Treuer
A story of Native American resilience and reinvention looks at Native American culture as it exists today-and the fight to preserve language and traditions. Adapted for young adults from the adult nonfiction book of the same name.
“We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know” by Traci Sorell ; illustrated by Frané Lessac.
Twelve Native American kids present historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life, each with a powerful refrain: We are still here.
“We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom
When a black snake threatens to destroy the earth, one young water protector takes a stand to defend the planet’s water, in a tale inspired by the many indigenous-led conservation movements across North America.
“Night Echo: Star Seed Meditation Songs for Native American Flute” by Kelvin Mockingbird
Kelvin Mockingbird (Dine`) is one of the masters of creating melodies that nurture the soul of listeners. Through Kelvin’s music, peace, harmony and balance are promoted. Mockingbird, has mastered his Native American flute with over 27 years of creating accord, while sharing medicine stories of the (Dine`).
Recommended Books for Adults:
“Shutter” by Ramona Emerson
This blood-chilling debut set in New Mexico’s Navajo Nation is equal parts gripping crime thriller, supernatural horror, and poignant portrayal of coming of age on the reservation. (Longlisted for the National Book Award)
“Winter Counts” by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Winter Counts is a tour-de-force of crime fiction, a bracingly honest look at a long-ignored part of American life, and a twisting, turning story that’s as deeply rendered as it is thrilling. (Winner, Spur Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and Best First Novel * Winner, Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery Novel)
“The Only Good Indians” by Stephen Graham Jones
From Blackfeet Native American author Stephen Graham Jones comes this novel that is equal parts psychological horror and cutting social commentary on identity politics and the American Indian experience. (Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel)
“Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America” by Pekka Hämäläinen
A prize-winning scholar rewrites 400 years of American history from Indigenous perspectives, overturning the dominant origin story of the United States.
“The Chiefs Now in This City: Indians and the Urban Frontier in Early America” by Colin G. Calloway
Never-before-shared stories of the many Native American people who traveled to colonial American cities and their experiences, from their own perspective.