Native American Fiction

Fictional Books by and/or about Native Americans (where the NA and their culture plays a significant role in the plot. i.e. they aren't just minor/side-characters)
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694 books · 631 voters · list created July 5th, 2008 by Jessica Haider (votes) .
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Libby 1284 books
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Wendi 2639 books
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message 1: by Loren (new)

Loren Toddy Some of these books are pretty sketchy. Fenimore? Erdrich? Carter?


message 2: by Jane (last edited Jul 20, 2009 08:55PM) (new)

Jane I agree some of the books are kinda sketchy, stretching the definition... they have Native American's mentioned in them somewhere or have them as minor characters.

Things Fall Apart by Achebe is, if I am not mistaken about African's by an African not about or by Native Americans (Semi-Indigenous Inhabitants of the North American Continent/ American Indians).


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Fenimore Cooper is debatable -- Chinua Achebe is not; he's African, not Native American (by any definition). So, for that matter, are his books.

Louise Erdrich's mother is Ojibwa; Erdrich herself is on record as a self-described Native American. Her books place Native Americans center stage, and most critics consider her one of North America's major Native American writers. I think there can be little question that she is rightly included.

If Fenimore Cooper is on this list, though, -- then, arguably, shouldn't also be Tony Hillerman?


message 4: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I see the Native American werewolves have weighed in, but I think we can get along without the initial Twilight book. Tired of seeing these on every list from Best to Worst to what-have-you. When is the next craze due ? Can't wait.


message 5: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Fenimore Cooper may be out of fashion, but he labored early and hard to get it right. He's mockable, as Twain showed, but indispensable.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Thom, I perfectly agree on the "Twilight" series (ALL of the books).

Fenimore Cooper was white, that's why I said I'm not sure he should be on this list: its title ("Native American Fiction") to me initially read as "Fiction BY Native Americans," not "Fiction ABOUT Native Americans." I now see that there's a description which includes "about Native Americans," though -- and there is no question, of course, that Fenimore Cooper's books are indispensable reading as such.

So, in that spirit, I think I will add some Tony Hillerman as well ... ;)


message 7: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Is there any way to get the weeds out of this list: Achebe, S. Meyer, etc.


message 8: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Thom wrote: "Is there any way to get the weeds out of this list: Achebe, S. Meyer, etc. "

Yes. A librarian can edit the list and delete anything on it, as long as it's not done frivolously - there is a warning attached to the deletion process and if it is abused, privileges can be revoked. (Librarian privileges, I guess.)

I don't know if the person who created the list can also do this.


message 9: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl This is the warning label when you go in to delete:

"Note: Only delete books from the list that are totally miscategorized. Deleting books that aren't will result in a loss of librarian privileges, and possible deletion of account. We're super serious!"



message 10: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn LIBRARIAN HEADS UP: Please delete Achebe's Things Fall Apart from this list--greatest of books, but has no place here. Thanks.


message 11: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Thom wrote: "LIBRARIAN HEADS UP: Please delete Achebe's Things Fall Apart from this list--greatest of books, but has no place here. Thanks. "

I deleted it.


message 12: by Robert (new)

Robert DeCoteau I added Robert DeCoteauand The New Days: The First Sonfirst of all because I am a Native American author and secondly one of the main characters in the book is a Lummi tribal member from NW Washington and the Lummi Tribe plays a key role in the plot line. So, even though it's a zombie book I think it has more right to be here than many of the other titles.


message 13: by Joe (new)

Joe I would just like to apologize to Native American people for Twilight. Seriously, I know they chose really hot NA actors, but that series is just...yeesh. Sorry for that on behalf of all white people that know Twilight is super awful.


message 14: by L (last edited Jul 08, 2012 06:33AM) (new)

L I love The Bean Trees, but are we talking about Native American subject matter or writers?


message 15: by Michael (new)

Michael Spisak good morning,

My first novel, Full Circle, is now available on Amazon.com as paperback and Kindle. I invite you to pick up a copy and if you choose, post a review. Good or bad I am interested in your opinion.

~michael "hawk" spisak


message 16: by Leslie (new)

Leslie I love many of the books on this list, but more than a few of them are not written by Native American writers---Tony Hillerman on the same list as Momaday or Leslie Marmon Silko? Ouch


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Leslie wrote: "I love many of the books on this list, but more than a few of them are not written by Native American writers---Tony Hillerman on the same list as Momaday or Leslie Marmon Silko? Ouch"

Clearly included in the list description as now given: "by and/or ABOUT Native Americans."

See also the discussion in comments 3 - 6 above.


message 18: by Jill (new)

Jill Tetreault Erdrich...sketchy? What are you talking about?


message 19: by Jill (new)

Jill Tetreault Thom wrote: "LIBRARIAN HEADS UP: Please delete Achebe's Things Fall Apart from this list--greatest of books, but has no place here. Thanks. "


message 20: by Jill (new)

Jill Tetreault Achebe should be deleted. It is about Africa. Can anyone name the poem from which the title is derived?


message 21: by L (new)

L Agreed, Jill. Erdrich, with her Chippewa/Ojibwe literature belongs, and Achebe should be delieted -- the poem is Yeats' "Second Coming."


message 22: by Jill (new)

Jill Tetreault Awesome, Leah. I love Yeats and that is one of my favorite poems..."Things fall apart, The centre cannot hold


message 23: by Jill (new)

Jill Tetreault I first became a fan of Alexie from a story in the New Yorker. It was about a Native American in Seattle, and he pawned a dancing costume, or something like it, and then spent all his money on alcohol and lost it. Can anybody remember the name of that story?


message 24: by Jill (last edited Oct 03, 2012 10:25AM) (new)

Jill Tetreault Leah, we are a bit off subject, ok, a lot off subject, but do you know the author who used the line "Slouching toward Behlehem" as a title to one of her books?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Jill wrote: "Achebe should be deleted. It is about Africa."

Achebe's book WAS deleted ages ago (see post 11), as far as I can tell nobody's resurrected it.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem is by Joan Didion.


message 26: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Psst! Those pesky Twilight books are back on this list. So very tired of seeing them. Will a librarian please delete them?


message 27: by Wanda (new)

Wanda And #125, Midnight Sun by the same author.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Wanda wrote: "Psst! Those pesky Twilight books are back on this list. So very tired of seeing them. Will a librarian please delete them?"

Done -- thanks for the heads-up, Wanda! (Midnight Sun as well.) Sheeesh ... :(


message 29: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Thank you TA.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History and The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn: A Lakota History both look like non-fiction to me, though they undoubtedly qualify on the "Native American" side. (Currently 208 and 212.)


message 32: by Rick (new)

Rick F. Love anything by wonderful Late Tony Hillerman!


message 33: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I wonder why there were no books by James Alexander Thom. He is one of my favorites.


message 34: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Barbara wrote: "I wonder why there were no books by James Alexander Thom. He is one of my favorites."

So.....why not put them up there yourself, Barbara ? (Or did you ?)


message 35: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I will do that today!!


message 36: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Dickie Can I suggest a few Canadian indigenous authors, too? There are a few, but there are some incredible writers that I would love to see on this list!!


Jeannette ArmstrongWaubgeshig RiceRichard Van CampMaria CampbellLorne SimonCherie DimalineRobert Alexie


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Sarah wrote: "Can I suggest a few Canadian indigenous authors, too? There are a few, but there are some incredible writers that I would love to see on this list!!


Jeannette ArmstrongWaubgeshig RiceRichard V..."


Sarah (and Barbara): Everyone can add books to this list -- there's a tab up top next to "all votes" ...


message 38: by Kate (new)

Kate We need to add Frank Waters to this list.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's easy to add books to lists; at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 40: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Jill wrote: "I first became a fan of Alexie from a story in the New Yorker. It was about a Native American in Seattle, and he pawned a dancing costume, or something like it, and then spent all his money on alc..."

It's called "What You Pawn I Will Redeem."


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Removed Isn't It Pretty To Think So?. Spam. Not recognizably Native American.


message 42: by Claudia (new)

Claudia Loren wrote: "Some of these books are pretty sketchy. Fenimore? Erdrich? Carter?"

Are you kidding? Erdrich writes great Native fiction.


message 43: by Alicia (new)

Alicia I'm far from an expert on Native American lit, so please correct me if I'm totally off here, but shouldn't Gerald Vizenor have made this list a few times?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Alicia wrote: "I'm far from an expert on Native American lit, so please correct me if I'm totally off here, but shouldn't Gerald Vizenor have made this list a few times?"

I didn't create this list and haven't read anything by Vizonor, so can't speak to that specifically, but just as a general comment: Everybody can add books to listopia lists; there is a tab up top next to "all votes". So if Vizenor is a Native American writer, or writes books dealing with Native Americans, then I'd say go ahead and add whichever of his books you think should be on this list.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West (#79) is fiction?"

Ouch. Hardly ...


message 47: by Alicia (last edited Apr 10, 2014 01:22PM) (new)

Alicia Themis-Athena
I didn't create this list..."


Okay, I will add a couple soon. I just wanted to ask first because some of the people commenting on this list seem to have VERY strong opinions about what belongs here and what doesn't. I guess if I'm wrong and enough people disagree, they can petition a librarian to delete it.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Alicia wrote: "Okay, I will add a couple soon. I just wanted to ask first because some of the people commenting on this list seem to have VERY strong opinions about what belongs here and what doesn't. I guess if I'm wrong and enough people disagree, they can petition a librarian to delete it."

That's a sound approach -- and there are always people with strong opinions about these lists; I've long stopped paying any attention to them. Librarians are warned not to abuse their "deletion" powers, so before I delete anything, I typically check with the list creator whether they want the book to remain on th list. (To the extent that I still do any curating on GR in the fírst place these days, that is.) Ultimately, I figure it's the list creator whose intentions should control what stays on the list and what doesn't.


message 49: by Libbie Hawker (new)

Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside) Are the folks who frequent this list okay with authors adding their own books? I know the people who tend some lists are vehemently opposed to that and on other lists it's not a big deal. I don't want to step on any toes by adding one of my own!


message 50: by Kate (new)

Kate It's fine with me.


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