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Adrienne Keene, Cherokee Nation
Billy-Ray Belcourt, Driftpile Cree Nation
Terese Marie Mailhot, First Nations
Joy Harjo, Mvskoke Nation
"It's important as a writer to do my art well and do it in a way that is powerful and beautiful and meaningful, so that my work regenerates the people, certainly Indian people, and the earth and the sun. And in that way we all continue forever."
(From: Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color, 1993)
Crazy Brave by This memoir from the Native American poet describes her youth with an abusive stepfather, becoming a single teen mom, and her struggles to find inner peace and her creative voice.
Call Number: PS3558.A62423 Z46 2012
Publication Date: 2012-07-09
A Map to the Next World by In her fifth book, Joy Harjo, one of our foremost Native American voices, melds memories, dream visions, myths, and stories from America's brutal history into a poetic whole.
Call Number: PS3558.A62423 M36 2001
Publication Date: 2001-03-17
How We Became Human by This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo's twenty-eight-year career, beginning in 1973 in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of indigenous cultures in the world through poetry and music. How We Became Human explores its title question in poems of sustaining grace.
Call Number: PS3558.A62423 H69 2002
Publication Date: 2002-07-01
Kim TallBear, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate & of Cheyenne & Arapaho descent
Tommy Orange, Cheyenne & Arapaho
Sarah Vowell, Cherokee Nation
Leslie Marmon Silko, Laguna Pueblo
Call Number: PS3569.I44 C4 1977
Publication Date: 1978-04-01
Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit by "Novelist, poet, short story writer, film writer, artist, and essayist, Leslie Marmon Silko turns her cleansing fury, her sharp, clear vision, her eloquent voice, and her very special sensibility on a broad range of concerns, from the role rocks play in Native American culture to the injustices Native Americans face when confronting the Anglo-american legal system." "Steeped in Native American lore, religion, culture, and history (especially that of her own Laguna Pueblo heritage), she examines diverse subjects in such varied essays as "Interior and Exterior Landscapes: The Pueblo Migration Stories," "Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit," "Tribal Councils: Puppets of the U.S. Government," "Notes on Almanac of the Dead," "The Border Patrol State," "The Indian with a Camera," and "An Essay on Rocks."" "Whether she is exploring Pueblo Indian languages and literature, explaining why the people and the land are inseparable, grieving over the destruction of the magnificent Mayan and Aztec folding books, or expressing her outrage over the unflattering portrayal of Native American life by non-Indians as part of what she terms "a campaign of cultural genocide," her essays have a power, that, like her fiction, "burns at an apocalyptic pitch," and make this book must reading for anybody interested in, or curious about, the true state and the soul of Native Americans still trying to exist as themselves in a hostile culture - and trying to come to terms with their own world while protecting their people."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Call Number: E59.P45 S55 1996
Publication Date: 1996-03-07
Daniel H. Wilson, Cherokee Nation
N. Scott Momaday, Kiowa
"I simply kept my goal in mind and persisted. Perseverance is a large part of writing."
Names by Of all of the works of N. Scott Momaday, The Names may be the most personal. A memoir of his boyhood in Oklahoma and the Southwest, it is also described by Momaday as "an act of the imagination. When I turn my mind to my early life, it is the imaginative part of it that comes first and irresistibly into reach, and of that part I take hold."Complete with family photos, The Names is a book that will captivate readers who wish to experience the Native American way of life.
Call Number: PS3563.O47 Z52 1996
Publication Date: 1996-09-01
House Made of Dawn by The magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a stranger in his native land A young Native American, Abel has come home from a foreign war to find himself caught between two worlds. The first is the world of his father's, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, and the ancient rites and traditions of his people. But the other world -- modern, industrial America -- pulls at Abel, demanding his loyalty, claiming his soul, goading him into a destructive, compulsive cycle of dissipation and disgust. And the young man, torn in two, descends into hell.
Call Number: PS3563.O47 H6 2010
Publication Date: 2010-04-13
Three Plays by Published here for the first time, these plays display the author's signature talent for interweaving oral and literary traditions.
Call Number: PS3563.O47 T48 2007
Publication Date: 2007-09-14
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Louise Erdrich, Chippewa (Turtle Mountain Band)
"When we are young, the words are scattered all around us. As they are assembled by experience, so also are we, sentence by sentence, until the story takes shape."
(From: The Plague of Doves)
The Plague of Doves by The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation.
Call Number: PS3555.R42 P55 2008
Publication Date: 2008-04-29
The Round House by In the spring of 1988, on a North Dakota reservation, an Ojibwe Indian women named Geraldine Coutts is brutally attacked. In the space of a single day, her son, fourteen-year-old Joe, feels his life turned upside down. When his mother takes to her bed and retreats into an abyss of solitude and depression, and his father, a tribal judge, tries without success to wrest justice from the situation, Joe sets out with his three friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to find the person who destroyed his family.
Call Number: PS3555.R42 R68 2013
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
Larose by In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning The Round House and the Pulitzer Prize nominee The Plague of Doves wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture. 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. LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family. Plagued by thoughts of suicide, Nola dotes on him, keeping her darkness at bay. His fierce, rebellious new “sister,” Maggie, welcomes him as a coconspirator who can ease her volatile mother’s terrifying moods. Gradually he’s allowed shared visits with his birth family, whose sorrow mirrors the Raviches’ own. As the years pass, LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches, and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal. But when a vengeful man with a long-standing grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble, hurling accusations of a cover-up the day Dusty died, he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole. Inspiring and affecting, LaRose is a powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart, and an unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of America’s most distinguished literary masters.
Call Number: PS3555.R42 L37 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
Love Medicine by Set on and around a North Dakota reservation, Love Medicine, the first novel by National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich is the epic story about the intertwined fates of two families: the Kashpaws and the Lamartines. With astonishing virtuosity, each chapter draws on a range of voices to limn its tales. Black humor mingles with magic, injustice bleeds into betrayal, and through it all, bonds of love and family marry the elements into a tightly woven whole that pulses with the drama of life. Filled with humor, magic, injustice and betrayal, Erdrich blends family love and loyalty in a stunning work of dramatic fiction, now available in this Harper Perennial Deluxe Modern Classic, featuring beautiful cover artwork on uncoated stock, French flaps, and deckle-edge pages.
Call Number: PS3555.R42 L6 2013
Publication Date: 2013-04-23
James Welch, Blackfeet & A'aninin
Killing Custer by General George Custer's ill-fated attack on a huge encampment of Plains Indians on 25th June, 1876, has gone down as one of the most disastrouos defeats in American military history. Much less understood is how disastroous the encounter was for the victors, the Sioux and the Cheyenne under the leadership of Sitting Bull. Within 15 years no American Indians resided outside reservations and their ancient culture lay in ruins.
Call Number: E83.876 .W38 1994
Publication Date: 1994-10-01
Margaret Verble, Cherokee Nation
Sherman Alexie, Spokane Coeur d'Alene
Blasphemy by This collection brings together fifteen of the Alexie's classic short stories with fifteen new stories in an anthology that features tales about donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, the reservation, marriage, family heirlooms, road trips, fathers, and all kinds of contemporary American warriors.
Call Number: PS3551.L35774 B53 2012
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by n his first book for young adults, Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an affluent and all-white farm town high school whose school mascot is an Indian. There he finds himself making friends with both geeky and popular students, starting on the basketball team, and ultimately meeting up with his old classmates on the court, where Junior grapples with questions about what constitutes one's community, identity, and tribe. Includes cartoons by artist Ellen Forney.
Call Number: PZ7.A382 Ab 2007
Publication Date: 2007-09-12
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Offers a fictional portrait of the characters, language, traditions, and daily life of those living on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
Call Number: PS3551.L35774 L66 2005
Publication Date: 2005-02-08
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by The Instant New York Times Bestseller One of the most anticipated books of 2017--Entertainment Weekly and Bustle A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past, but created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the affection that they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to achieve it. It's these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human woman. When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother shook Sherman and his remembrance of her. Grappling with the haunting ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is a stunning memoir filled with raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine, much less survive. An unflinching and unforgettable remembrance, YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME is a powerful, deeply felt account of a complicated relationship.
Call Number: PS3551.L35774 Z46 2017
Publication Date: 2017-06-13
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