Explore Native American Heritage Month 2023

American Indian History Online

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.

https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/

Recommended Books for Children and Teens

Nonfiction

Indigenous America” by Liam McDonald

Indigenous Ingenuity: A Celebration of Traditional North American Knowledge? by Deidre Havrelock and Edward Kay

Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present” by Adrienne Keene

We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know” by Traci Sorell

Picture Book

Berry Song” by Michaela Goade

Grandma’s Tipi: A Present-Day Lakota Story” by S.D. Nelson

A Letter for Bob” by Kim Rogers

My Powerful Hair” by Carole Lindstrom

Remember” by Joy Harjo

Rock Your Mocs” by Laurel Goodluck

Children’s and Tween 

Jo Jo Makoons” by Dawn Quigley

Mascot” by Charles Waters and Traci Sorrell

We Still Belong” by Christine Day

“Healer of the Water Monster” by Brian Young

The Storyteller” by Brandon Hobson

Two Tribes” by Emily Cohen Bowen

Teen Fiction

Harvest House” by Cynthia Leitich Smith

My Good Man” by Eric Gansworth

Rez Ball” by Byron Graves

Warrior Girl Unearthed” by Angeline Boulley

Recommended Books for Adults

Fiction and Nonfiction

A Brutal Reckoning: Andrew Jackson, the Creek Indians, and the Epic War for the American South” by Peter Cozzens

An acclaimed historian chronicles the brutal Creek War of 1813-1814, where Andrew Jackson shattered Native American control of the Deep South which led to the infamous Trail of Tears and set the stage for the Civil War.

Living Resistance: An Indigenous Vision for Seeking Wholeness Every Day” by Kaitlin B. Curtice

Popular Indigenous author Kaitlin Curtice argues that resistance isn’t just for professional activists but for every human who longs to see their neighbors’ holistic flourishing.

Native American Archaeology in the Parks: A Guide to Heritage Sites in Our National Parks and Monuments” by Kenneth L. Feder

A full-color guide to national parks and national monuments that have a strong connection to the lives of America’s First Peoples.

Night of the Living Rez” by Morgan Talty

Set in a Native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy.

Our Way: A Parallel History: An Anthology of Native History, Reflection, and Story” edited by Julie Cajune

A collaboration of Native scholars representing more than ten Indigenous nations, sharing their histories and their cultures. A comprehensive resource restoring the histories of Indigenous Peoples and their nations to their rightful place in the story of America.  

Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America” by Matika Wilbur

A photographic and narrative celebration of contemporary Native American life and cultures, alongside an in-depth examination of issues that Native people face, by celebrated photographer and storyteller Matika Wilbur of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes.

The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History” by Ned Blackhawk

A sweeping and overdue retelling of U.S. history recognizes that Native Americans are essential to understanding the evolution of modern America.

Seed to Plate, Soil to Sky: Modern Plant-Based Recipes Using Native American Ingredients” by Lois Ellen Frank with Culinary Advisor Walter Whitewater

This enriching cookbook celebrates eight important plants Native Americans introduced to the rest of the world: corn, beans, squash, chile, tomato, potato, vanilla, and cacao—with more than 100 recipes.

Stealing” by Margaret Verble

A gripping, gut-punch of a novel about a Cherokee child removed from her family and sent to a Christian boarding school in the 1950s–an ambitious, eye-opening reckoning of history and small-town prejudices.

Thinning Blood: A Memoir of Family, Myth, and Identity” by Leah Myers

A vibrant new voice blends Native folklore and the search for identity in a fierce debut work of personal history.