51 New Books to Read for Native American Heritage Month

Posted by Cybil on November 1, 2022


November is Native American Heritage Month in the United States. To join in the celebrations, we’ve sorted through our recent archives to highlight new books by Native American writers.
 
There is a lot to explore here: from historical fiction to YA fantasy, memoirs to mystery-thrillers, short story collections to National Book Award nominees. For those who enjoy the darker side of contemporary fiction, consider these books by Stephen Graham Jones (The Only Good Indians) or Erika T. Wurth (White Horse), which explore shadowy places between noir and horror. U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo gathers the work of more than 160 Indigenous poets with the acclaimed anthology When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through.
 
Scroll over the book cover images below for more details, and add anything interesting to your Want to Read shelf.

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Do you have any reading recommendations for Native American Heritage Month? Tell us about your picks in the comments below! 

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message 1: by Heather (new)

Heather Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer


message 2: by Tes (new)

Tes In my own moccasins by Helen knott!


message 3: by Sue (new)

Sue Heather wrote: "Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer"

I agree, Braiding Sweetgrass is an amazing read. Also anything by Louise Erdrich.


message 4: by Kirk (new)

Kirk The Gives Light series by Rose Christo is phenomenal!!!


Dana Al-Basha |  دانة الباشا ✌🏼🇵🇸
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade is so pretty


message 7: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Tes wrote: "In my own moccasins by Helen knott!"

Yes, Braiding Sweetgrass is a beautiful masterpiece. Shocked it wasn't on this list


message 8: by Sabmay (new)

Sabmay Chroniques de Kichiké, Louis-Karl Picard Sioui


message 9: by Leifer (last edited Nov 01, 2022 07:47AM) (new)

Leifer Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions should be required reading. I loved this book. Any high school english teacher should assign this instead of On The Road.


message 10: by Leifer (new)

Leifer Feels like An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States should be on this list as well.


message 11: by Leifer (new)

Leifer Anything by Jo Harjo, but I really loved her memoir, Crazy Brave


message 12: by Leifer (new)

Leifer +1 also to Braiding Sweetgrass. That's really a shoe-in for people who are not even interested in Native American heritage month.


message 13: by Andie (new)

Andie If anyone is looking for a short story I have a recommendation! I'm a Mad Dog Biting Myself for Sympathy by Louise Erdrich. So so good 👍


message 14: by E.M. (new)

E.M. Williams Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice.
Perfect November/onset of winter reading.
And the sequel's coming out next year.


message 15: by Becky (new)

Becky Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony and Almanac of the Dead


Melanie J. Murphy Two Old Women by Velma Wallis.


message 18: by Rachelle (new)

Rachelle Melanie J. Murphy wrote: "Two Old Women by Velma Wallis."

That is one of my favorites!!


message 19: by Jaye (new)

Jaye Heather wrote: "Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer"

Reading “Braiding Sweetgrass” now. Beautiful book! I’m surprised it was not on this list!


message 20: by CR (new)

CR Williams Becky wrote: "Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony and Almanac of the Dead"

I truly believe Ceremony is a magnum opus. STUNNING work.


message 21: by Ronnie (new)

Ronnie Barnes Fools Crow by James Welch


message 22: by Ronnie (new)

Ronnie Barnes The Grass Dancer by Susan Power


message 23: by Nadine in NY (new)

Nadine in NY Jones This list is clearly labeled "NEW books" and everyone in the comments is listing older books and wondering why they aren't included. Because this is a list of NEW books. Look at the publication dates: these are all from the last five years.


message 24: by Brooke (new)

Brooke Last 5 years? Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline


message 25: by Nadine in NY (new)

Nadine in NY Jones Brooke wrote: "Last 5 years? Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline"


YES one of my favorite books!!! Dimaline definitely belongs on this list. Hunting by Stars was excellent, too, but maybe they dont' want to list sequels. Still no excuse for leaving off Empire of Wild.


message 26: by G.A. (new)

G.A. YES one of my favorite books!!! Dimaline definitely belongs on this list. [book:Hunting by Stars

Yeah, Dimaline is great, but like me, she’s CDN, and the list certainly favours Americans. 😊


message 27: by Nadine in NY (new)

Nadine in NY Jones G.A. wrote: "YES one of my favorite books!!! Dimaline definitely belongs on this list. [book:Hunting by Stars

Yeah, Dimaline is great, but like me, she’s CDN, and the list certainly favours Americans. 😊"




I did wonder if that's why they left her off. I don't know all the authors on this list well enough to know if they are all from US and none from Canada. If that's the case, then that's the answer. They decided - perhaps non unfairly - that Native Americans reside in the US only. It is a US heritage month, after all.


message 28: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Ellen wrote: "The Break"

The Break is soooooo good! Have you read The Strangers?


message 29: by Cathy (new)

Cathy E.M. wrote: "Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice."

Yes, I agree. Other than that it would have been nice if this list had been sorted by genre. Easier to find interesting reads!


message 30: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Donahue Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer is one of my favorite books!


message 31: by Marie (new)

Marie I'd like to recommend Thomas King's Indians on Vacation; Dawn Dumont's Glass Beads; Five Little Indians by Michelle Good. I've read the first two and the third is so well regarded by all who read. They provide lots of insight into Indigenous in Canada, and in the case of King, some "cross border" differences in perspectives between Indigenous in US and Canada.


message 32: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Marie wrote: "I'd like to recommend Thomas King's Indians on Vacation; Dawn Dumont's Glass Beads; Five Little Indians by Michelle Good. I've read the first two and the third is so well regarded by all who read. ..."

Five Little Indians was really good! I think it should be the kind of book people read in school.


message 33: by G.A. (new)

G.A. Nadine in NY wrote: "G.A. wrote: "YES one of my favorite books!!! Dimaline definitely belongs on this list. [book:Hunting by Stars

Yeah, Dimaline is great, but like me, she’s CDN, and the list certainly favours Americ..."

We’ll, Theresa Maillot is CDN, and she’s also from my nation, but her book is American.


message 34: by G.A. (new)

G.A. Jasmine wrote: "Ellen wrote: "The Break"

The Break is soooooo good! Have you read The Strangers?"


👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽


message 35: by Jodie (new)

Jodie Randisi Yes! TOTAL PARDON An Extraordinary Love Story by Wil and Linda Yazzie


message 36: by G.A. (new)

G.A. E.M. wrote: "Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice.
Perfect November/onset of winter reading.
And the sequel's coming out next year."


👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽


message 37: by G.A. (new)

G.A. Marie wrote: "I'd like to recommend Thomas King's Indians on Vacation; Dawn Dumont's Glass Beads; Five Little Indians by Michelle Good. I've read the first two and the third is so well regarded by all who read. ..."

O, yeah, all excellent choices. :-)


message 38: by Jordyn (new)

Jordyn Moonshot: Indigenous comics collection should be included!


message 39: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy Freeman Can you compile a list of older, classic books written by Indigenous Peoples? Or have you done that already? When you say 'new' books, does that mean published in the 21st century only?


message 40: by Carissa (new)

Carissa Jeremy wrote: "Can you compile a list of older, classic books written by Indigenous Peoples? Or have you done that already? When you say 'new' books, does that mean published in the 21st century only?"

I believe this list is Indigenous book's who released this year. That's what the "New" means for this list. You might be able to search out list on goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/list?ref=na... for older titles by Indigenous authors.


message 41: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Jeremy wrote: "Can you compile a list of older, classic books written by Indigenous Peoples? Or have you done that already? When you say 'new' books, does that mean published in the 21st century only?"

I'd love a list of older books! And perhaps split up by fiction and non-fiction.


message 42: by Brooke (new)

Brooke Cathy wrote: "it would have been nice if this list had been sorted by genre. Easier to find interesting reads!"

Completely agree!!


message 43: by Jordan (new)

Jordan Putt Where’s Katherena Vermette?!


message 46: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Jordan wrote: "Where’s Katherena Vermette?!"

Her books are fantastic!


message 47: by Amanda (new)

Amanda white horse is sooo good


message 48: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer The Round House (Erdrich)


message 49: by Jill (new)

Jill Featherstone The Tale of Tiger Lily, Jill Featherstone


message 50: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Blanchard Trail of Lightning and Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse


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