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Native American Nonfiction

Updated: Nov 23, 2022

November is Native American Heritage Month. Learn from Native American nonfiction authors and experience the history and culture as well as the resilience they never should have had to face. Take a look at these memoires and these distant and modern histories to better establish the framework for the rich traditions and hard-fought triumphs of the diverse tribes, nations, and peoples of Native Americans.

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer, botanist and Citizen of the Potawatomi Nation, explores science in relation to her culture and reveals how strengthening our reciprocal relationship with plants can inspire gratitude and fulfillment. Kimmerer attributes plants and animals to be our oldest teacher and invites readers to learn from them as well.

The Blue Jay's Dance: A Birth Year by Louise Erdrich

Blue Jay’s Dance is a memoir and exploration of Erdrich’s experience after giving birth to her child and pondering the early months of motherhood and her life in relation to the world–other humans, other women, the woods, the plants, and the animals surrounding her. Her descriptions are lyric and rich in detail.