Native American Heritage Month 2020

November is National Native American Heritage Month! Storytelling is integral to Indigenous societies, allowing important stories of culture, history and spirituality to be passed down over the generations. In honor of our nation's first people and their rich history, we encourage you to explore these books by Indigenous authors.

This list includes titles for adults at the top, followed by YA and children's books at the bottom.

Questions? Email read@napabookmine.com.


 

There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

“Powerful. . . .  a revelation.” —The New York Times 
 

“With a literary authority rare in a debut novel, it places Native American voices front and center before readers’ eyes.” —NPR/Fresh Air
 


An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People (ReVisioning History for Young People #2) Cover Image
By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Jean Mendoza (Adapted by), Debbie Reese (Adapted by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780807049396
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Published: Beacon Press - July 23rd, 2019

2020 American Indian Youth Literature Young Adult Honor Book

2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People,selected by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council


Where the Dead Sit Talking Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781641290173
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Published: Soho Press - June 4th, 2019

2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FICTION FINALIST

Set in rural Oklahoma during the late 1980s, Where the Dead Sit Talking is a stunning and lyrical Native American coming-of-age story.


Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power (The Lamar Series in Western History) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300215953
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Published: Yale University Press - October 22nd, 2019

The first comprehensive history of the Lakota Indians and their profound role in shaping America’s history
 

Named One of the New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2019   •  Named One of the 10 Best History Books of 2019 by Smithsonian Magazine  • Winner of the MPIBA Reading the West Book Award for narrative nonf


Heart Berries: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640091603
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 9th, 2019

A powerful, poetic memoir of an Indigenous woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Band in the Pacific Northwest--this New York Times bestseller and Emma Watson Book Club pick is "an illuminating account of grief, abuse and the complex nature of the Native experience . . . at once raw and achingly beautiful (NPR)


The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399573194
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019

FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America's Culture Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780226684444
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 7th, 2019

Who owns the past and the objects that physically connect us to history? And who has the right to decide this ownership, particularly when the objects are sacred or, in the case of skeletal remains, human? Is it the museums that care for the objects or the communities whose ancestors made them?


Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781571311771
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 13th, 2020

A New York Times Bestseller
A Washington Post Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
Named a "Best Essay Collection of the Decade" by Literary Hub
A Book Riot "Favorite Summer Read of 2020"
A Food Tank Fall 2020 Reading Recommendation


Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 1st, 2014

A New York Times Bestseller
A Washington Post Bestseller
Named a "Best Essay Collection of the Decade" by Literary Hub


How a Mountain Was Made: Stories Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781597144735
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Published: Heyday Books - March 5th, 2019

Now available in paperback In the tradition of Calvino's Italian Folktales, Greg Sarris, author of the award-winning novel Grand Avenue, turns his attention to his ancestral homeland of Sonoma Mountain in Northern California.


The Round House: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062065254
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 24th, 2013

The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction.


Junk Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040973
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Published: Tin House Books - May 8th, 2018

An NPR Best Book of the Year

From 2018 Whiting Award winner Tommy Pico, Junk is a book-length break-up poem that explores the experience of loss and erasure, both personal and cultural.


Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection Cover Image
By Matt Dembicki (Editor)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781555917241
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Published: Fulcrum Publishing - June 1st, 2010

2010 Maverick Award winner, 2011 Aesop Prize Winner – Children’s folklore section, and a 2011 Eisner Award Nominee.
 
All cultures have tales of the trickster – a crafty creature or being who uses cunning to get food, steal precious possessions, or simply cause mischief.


Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781786636720
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Published: Verso - March 5th, 2019

How two centuries of Indigenous resistance created the movement proclaiming “Water is life”

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.


Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers Cover Image
By Elissa Washuta (Editor), Theresa Warburton (Editor)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780295745756
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Published: University of Washington Press - June 28th, 2019

How the World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143109686
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2016

A compelling portrait of cultural transition and assimilation via the saga of one Acoma Pueblo Indian family


The Brave Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250247759
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 30th, 2020

Perfect for fans of Rain Reign, this middle-grade novel The Brave is about a boy with an OCD issue and his move to a reservation to live with his biological mother.


Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142405963
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Published: Speak - July 6th, 2006

"Readers who choose the book for the attraction of Navajo code talking and the heat of battle will come away with more than they ever expected to find."—Booklist, starred review


Pemmican Wars, Volume 1 (Girl Called Echo #1) Cover Image
By Katherena Vermette, Scott B. Henderson (Illustrator), Donovan Yaciuk (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781553796787
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Published: Highwater Press - March 1st, 2018

Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old M tis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother. Then an ordinary day in Mr. Bee's history class turns extraordinary, and Echo's life will never be the same. During Mr.


Who Was Sitting Bull? (Who Was?) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780448479651
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Published: Penguin Workshop - December 26th, 2014

No one knew the boy they called “Jumping Badger” would grow to become a great leader. Born on the banks of the Yellowstone River, Sitting Bull, as he was later called, was tribal chief and holy man of the Lakota Sioux tribe in a time of fierce conflict with the United States.


If I Ever Get Out of Here Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545417310
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 28th, 2015

Now in paperback: The debut novel Laurie Halse Anderson praised for "fearlessly laying down the truth" about friendship, poverty, and the joys of rock 'n' roll.


Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626727465
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 22nd, 2019

Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
A 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Winner

“A wonderful and sweet book . . . Lovely stuff.” —The New York Times Book Review


A is for Acorn: A California Indian ABC Cover Image
By Analisa Tripp, Lyn Risling (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781597143165
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Published: Heyday Books - October 1st, 2015

This alphabet board book welcomes youngsters of all cultures into the abundant world of Native California. Beautiful illustrations of animals, plants, and cultural objects show off the spectacular diversity of California's indigenous cultures and environments.


First Laugh--Welcome, Baby! Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580897945
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Published: Charlesbridge - August 14th, 2018

In Navajo families, the first person to make a new baby laugh hosts the child's First Laugh Ceremony. Who will earn the honor in this story?


Stage Dreams Cover Image
By Melanie Gillman, Melanie Gillman (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781541572843
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Published: Graphic Universe (Tm) - September 3rd, 2019

In this rollicking queer western adventure, acclaimed cartoonist Melanie Gillman (Stonewall Award Honor Book As the Crow Flies) puts readers in the saddle alongside Flor and Grace, a Latinx outlaw and a trans runaway, as they team up to thwart a Confederate plot in the New Mexico Territory.


When We Were Alone Cover Image
By David A. Robertson, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781553796732
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Published: Highwater Press - March 1st, 2017

When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family?


Be Brave, Be Brave, Be Brave: A True Story of Fatherhood and Native American Heritage Cover Image
By F. Anthony Falcon, Trisha Mason (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781576879146
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Published: Pow! Kids Books - May 7th, 2019

A man of Native American descent contemplates what lessons he will pass on to his newborn son in this heartfelt, expansive exploration of fatherhood, identity, and legacy.

Based on the true story of the birth of his son,Be Brave, Be Brave, Be Brave recalls the thoughts of author F.


Bowwow Powwow Cover Image
By Brenda J. Child, Jonathan Thunder (Illustrator), Gordon Jourdain (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681340777
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - May 1st, 2018

Windy Girl is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself-about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to, well, just about everything.