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Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day with these great reads! 


Xelena Gonzalez, Adriana M. Garcia
Description: Finding circles everywhere, a grandfather and his granddaughter meditate on the cycles of life and nature.
Call Number: E Gon
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Description: As a researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these two modes of awareness--the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural--to reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. The woven essays that construct this book bring people back into conversation with all that is green and growing; a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even when we forgot how to listen.--Excerpted from publisher.
Call Number: 305.8 Kim
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Kelli Jo Ford
Description: "The stories of Justine-a mixed-blood Cherokee woman-and her daughter, Reney, as they move from Eastern Oklahoma's Indian Country in the hopes of starting a new, more stable life in Texas amid the oil bust of the 1980s. However, life in Texas isn't easy, and Reney feels unmoored from her family in Indian Country. Against the vivid backdrop of the Red River, we see their struggle to survive in a world-of unreliable men and near-Biblical natural forces like wildfires and tornadoes-intent on stripping away their connections to one another and their very ideas of home."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC For
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Rose Tahe, Bo Flood, Jonathan (Illustrator) Nelson
Description: A Navaho family welcomes a new baby into the family with love and ceremony, eagerly waiting for that first special laugh. Includes brief description of birth customs in different cultures.
Call Number: E Tah
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Terese Marie Mailhot, Rainy Fields
Description: A powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma.
Call Number: 362.19685 Mai
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Cheryl Minnema, Wesley Ballinger
Description: "At the community feast, observing the bounty of festive foods and counting the numerous elders yet to be seated, Johnny learns to be patient and respectful despite his growling tummy"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Min
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Tasha Spillett-Sumner, Michaela Goade
Description: A Native American woman describes how she loved her child before it was born and, throughout her pregnancy, gathered a bundle of gifts to welcome the newborn.
Call Number: E Spi
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Eric. 1965- Gansworth
Description: Seventh-grader Lewis "Shoe" Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and whites--and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.
Call Number: YA FIC Gan
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Denise K. Lajimodiere, Angela Erdrich
Description: As she prepares for her first powwow, an Ojibwa girl practices her dance steps, gets help from her family, and is inspired by the soaring flight of Migizi, the eagle. Includes glossary.
Call Number: E Laj
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Louise Erdrich
Description: North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence - but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich. The youngest child of his friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux's five-year-old son, LaRose. The two families have always been close, sharing food, clothing, and rides into town; their children played together despite going to different schools; and Landreaux's wife, Emmaline, is half sister to Dusty's mother, Nola. Horrified at what he's done, the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition - the sweat lodge - for guidance, and finds a way forward. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola. "Our son will be your son now," they tell them.
Call Number: LP FIC Erd
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Nick Estes
Description: In 2016, a small protest encampment at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, initially established to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, grew to be the largest Indigenous protest movement in the twenty-first century, attracting tens of thousands of Indigenous and non-Native allies from around the world. Its slogan "Mni Wiconi"--Water is Life--was about more than just a pipeline. Even after the encampment was gone, their anti-colonial struggle would continue. Nick Estes traces traditions of Indigenous resistance leading to the #NoDAPL movement from the days of the Missouri River trading forts through the Indian Wars, the Pick-Sloan dams, the American Indian Movement, and the campaign for Indigenous rights at the United Nations. Estes also draws on observations from the encampments and from growing up as a citizen of the Oceti Sakowin (the Nation of the Seven Council Fires), making this a work of history, a personal story, and a manifesto.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 323.1197 Est
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Joy Harjo
Description: Poet Laureate Joy Harjo offers a vivid, lyrical, and inspiring call for love and justice in this contemplation of her trailblazing life. As the first Native American to serve as US poet laureate, Joy Harjo invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her "poet-warrior" road. The book reveals how Harjo came to write poetry of compassion and healing, poetry with the power to unearth the truth and demand justice. Weaving together the voices that shaped her, Harjo listens to stories of ancestors and family, the poetry and music that she first encountered as a child, the teachings of a changing earth, and the poets who paved her way. She explores her grief at the loss of her mother and sheds light on the rituals that nourish her as an artist, mother, wife, and community member.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Description: Tired of staying in seclusion since the death of her best friend, a fourteen-year-old Native American girl takes on a photographic assignment with her local newspaper to cover events at the Native American summer youth camp.
Call Number: YA FIC Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
1975- author Tagaq
Description: "Fact can be as strange as fiction. It can also be as dark, as violent, as rapturous. In the end, there may be no difference between them. A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents’ love. She knows boredom, and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us. When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this. Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains. Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget"--Jacket flap.
Call Number: FIC Tag
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Thomas D. Peacock, Annette S. Lee
Description: Two young Ojibwe brothers, Niigaanii and Bineshiinh, look to the stars and spin stories, some inspired by Uncle and some of their own making, as they remember their grandmother.
Call Number: E Pea
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Rebecca Roanhorse
Description: "While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine. Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology. As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive." --amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Roa
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
Layli Long Soldier
Call Number: 811.6 Lon
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 11, 2021
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All Around Us
Xelena Gonzalez, Adriana M. Garcia
E Gon
Larose
Louise Erdrich
LP FIC Erd
Braiding Sweetgrass : Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, And The Teachings Of Plants
Robin Wall Kimmerer
305.8 Kim
Our History Is The Future : Standing Rock Versus The Dakota Access Pipeline, And The Long Tradition Of Indigenous Resistance
Nick Estes
323.1197 Est
Crooked Hallelujah
Kelli Jo Ford
FIC For
Poet Warrior : A Memoir
Joy Harjo
B Har
First Laugh : Welcome, Baby!
Rose Tahe, Bo Flood, Jonathan (Illustrator) Nelson
E Tah
Rain Is Not My Indian Name
Cynthia Leitich Smith
YA FIC Smi
Heart Berries A Memoir
Terese Marie Mailhot, Rainy Fields
362.19685 Mai
Split Tooth
1975- author Tagaq
FIC Tag
Hungry Johnny
Cheryl Minnema, Wesley Ballinger
E Min
The Forever Sky
Thomas D. Peacock, Annette S. Lee
E Pea
I Sang You Down From The Stars
Tasha Spillett-Sumner, Michaela Goade
E Spi
Trail Of Lightning
Rebecca Roanhorse
FIC Roa
If I Ever Get Out Of Here : A Novel With Paintings
Eric. 1965- Gansworth
YA FIC Gan
Whereas : Poems
Layli Long Soldier
811.6 Lon
Josie Dances
Denise K. Lajimodiere, Angela Erdrich
E Laj