Native American / Indigenous Literature

Description
Our September List of the Month is dedicated to the literature of indigenous peoples. Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal, Maori. If the literature explores the indigenous experience, and is written (or co-written) by an indigenous author, please add it to the list. Only downvote titles that do not fit this theme, or that are not written by indigenous authors.
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8,848 members
126 reviews
½ 4.3
10 Members
reader517, Cecrow, bibliotecara, MaureenRoy, briannad84, ojy, Tess_W, GrinningCat, MaryBiblio, jhammers905,Muscogulus
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Cecrow: Noting however, the author is not indigenous!
Muscogulus : This 1970 book should be no one's first choice for learning Native American history today. Other white authors had written heartfelt books about U.S. cruelty and injustice toward Indians in the past, to little effect. American Indian activists and the shock of the Vietnam War made the public ready to receive this one. It has had a historic impact but it does not provide a comprehensive view of its topic.
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1,945 members
87 reviews
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9 Members
terran, andsoitgoes, ktswjw, sturlington, elkiedee, skaplanolmsted, decaturmamaof2, LyndaInOregon, steller0707
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LyndaInOregon: Not all Native American battles were fought in the landscape. This historically-based novel follows the fight of a Chippewa tribe to retain its tribal identity against federal legislation in the 1950s
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3,884 members
78 reviews
3.9
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3,876 members
220 reviews
4
8 Members
sipthereader, vwinsloe, Narshkite, jwk, decaturmamaof2, LyndaInOregon, steller0707, jhammers905
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LyndaInOregon: Part coming-of-age, part mystery, part an indictment of the tangle of jurisdictions covering crimes on Indian reservations, Erdrich's novel alternately glows and rages.
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2,512 members
63 reviews
4
7 Members
ktswjw, earthwind, bibliotecara, ahef1963, Murphy-Jacobs, LyndaInOregon, RODNEYP
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LyndaInOregon: This is the piece that exploded Alexie onto the public's mind; the Chicago Tribune's book critic said "it is for the American Indian what Richard Wright’s Native Son was for the black American in 1940”. It's a brilliant, bitter, funny, heartbreaking piece of work and a uniquely American classic.
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2,183 members
99 reviews
3.9
6 Members
Euryale, yoyogod, norabelle414, sturlington, skaplanolmsted, ManWithAnAgenda
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yoyogod: A multi award winning horror novel by a Native American writer.
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3,523 members
59 reviews
3.8
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1,409 members
45 reviews
3.9
13
157 members
7 reviews
4
5 Members
andersonden, Narshkite, aspirit, tmrps, Ellyist
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aspirit: Aboriginal Australians
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367 members
15 reviews
½ 3.6
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688 members
48 reviews
3.9
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1,780 members
54 reviews
3.8
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727 members
12 reviews
4.2
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1,617 members
99 reviews
3.9
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1,142 members
28 reviews
4
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517 members
36 reviews
3.9
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535 members
33 reviews
4.2
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5,810 members
301 reviews
4.1
5 Members
sipthereader, ahef1963, MaryBiblio, danbennett, shedgeco, ,Muscogulus ,ojy
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: I can find no evidence that Grann is Native American.
Muscogulus : This is an excellent book of reporting on corruption and murder, but it is not Native American literature.
ojy : Writer is not indigenous/native
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1,160 members
51 reviews
4
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304 members
8 reviews
3.8
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2,285 members
70 reviews
3.9
2 Members
clue, ShannT
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501 members
33 reviews
3.8
2 Members
tardis, ahef1963
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494 members
4 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
elenchus, LyndaInOregon
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LyndaInOregon: Deloria looks at the life of a typical Sioux woman at the time when contact with white culture was just beginning, concentrating on the quotidian.
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381 members
14 reviews
4.1
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1,190 members
15 reviews
3.8
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390 members
2 reviews
3.8
2 Members
lottpoet, Ellyist
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1,747 members
50 reviews
4.1
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1,976 members
64 reviews
4.1
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763 members
59 reviews
3.8
2 Members
markon, Charon07
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156 members
16 reviews
4.1
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153 members
11 reviews
3.9
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59 members
1 review
½ 4.3
2 Members
Fawkrill, tmrps
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1,918 members
36 reviews
½ 3.5
2 Members
clue, bibliotecara
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1,841 members
76 reviews
4
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2,017 members
39 reviews
3.9
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465 members
42 reviews
½ 4.4
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330 members
9 reviews
3.9
43
2,076 members
91 reviews
½ 3.7
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369 members
25 reviews
4.2
2 Members
eo206, GarthW
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236 members
7 reviews
4
46
879 members
18 reviews
3.8
2 Members
jwk, LyndaInOregon
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1,309 members
24 reviews
3.9
2 Members
PaperbackPirate, LyndaInOregon
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LyndaInOregon: This is a beautifully crafted collection of nine short stories that are funny and heartbreaking and memorable in their truth and beauty. The protagonists battle the same kinds of demons of loss and love and life and death that we all face.
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3,794 members
112 reviews
4.1
Member
Aquila
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1,895 members
28 reviews
3.8
50
840 members
15 reviews
4
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catrn
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764 members
21 reviews
4.2
Member
MaureenRoy
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MaureenRoy: The author uncovers evidence that many thousands of years before the arrival of white men, Aboriginal people across Australia were planting, irrigating and harvesting seeds, and establishing a civilization. Their description as "hunter-gatherers" by whites was a convenient lie to justify dispossession.
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636 members
9 reviews
½ 3.6
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540 members
3 reviews
3.9
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499 members
15 reviews
½ 4.4
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459 members
22 reviews
4.1
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423 members
8 reviews
4.1
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eo206
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353 members
23 reviews
4.1
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GarthW
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346 members
19 reviews
4.1
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markon
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249 members
8 reviews
3.9
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194 members
7 reviews
½ 3.7
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134 members
1 review
4
Member
Ling.Lass
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123 members
4
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96 members
4 reviews
½ 3.7
Member
dara85
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77 members
4 reviews
½ 3.6
Member
LyndaInOregon
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LyndaInOregon: Glancy uses a unique device here, alternating between excerpts from the Lewis & Clark journals with fictional commentary from Sacajawea on the same incidents, revealing the depth and width of the chasm of understanding between the two cultures.
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66 members
4 reviews
½ 4.4
Member
Kindleifier
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Kindleifier: Oral history of Crazy Horse as passed down to his closest living relatives
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45 members
2 reviews
4.2
Member
anglemark
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44 members
1 review
3.8
Member
aspirit
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aspirit: Poetry from various North American peoples
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29 members
9 reviews
½ 4.6
Member
books6548
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25 members
½ 3.7
Member
yoyogod
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yoyogod: An award winning horror novel by a Native American writer.
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24 members
1 review
½ 4.3
Member
BLBera
72
Member
Dilara86
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Member
Muscogulus
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Muscogulus: A Shawnee philosopher draws on indigenous knowledge while engaging with and refining a Western constructivist frame of reality as "equally privileged, well-made actual worlds." This is a technical yet humane and humorous essay proposing four common themes in American Indian philosophy: relatedness, circularity, expansive personhood, and the semantic power of performance such as dance.
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10 members
3
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geemoens
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2 members
4
Member
-pilgrim-
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-pilgrim-: The author is Sami (i.e. of the indigenous people of Northen Finland) as is the protagonist.
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2,427 members
106 reviews
½ 4.3
Member
Hccpsk
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1,833 members
87 reviews
½ 4.3
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1,290 members
13 reviews
4
Member
Charon07
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1,149 members
37 reviews
3.8
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1,133 members
13 reviews
4.1
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868 members
58 reviews
3.9
Member
aspirit
Explanations
aspirit: Pacific NW, North American
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716 members
66 reviews
½ 4.4
Member
eo206
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335 members
6 reviews
4.1
86
222 members
9 reviews
½ 3.7
87
210 members
3 reviews
3.9
Member
BLBera
88
206 members
13 reviews
3.9
Member
lottpoet
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128 members
½ 3.3
Member
elenchus
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120 members
2 reviews
4.1
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GarthW
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90 members
2 reviews
4
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69 members
3 reviews
½ 3.7
Member
markon
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58 members
4 reviews
½ 4.5
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51 members
3 reviews
3.1
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Fawkrill
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42 members
16 reviews
4.1
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books6548
96
Member
hipdeep
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20 members
3 reviews
½ 4.5
Member
Aquila
98
893 members
49 reviews
4.1
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348 members
8 reviews
3.9
Member
Euryale
100
344 members
10 reviews
4.2