It's Indigenous Peoples Day! Want to learn more about Native American culture and history?
I went to Native-owned and operated Birchbark Books and Native Arts in Minneapolis to get some book recommendations. Here are five authors to add to your reading list:
- Tip: You can find them all at Birchbark, which was founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning Ojibwe author Louise Erdrich.
Drew Hayden Taylor: Ojibway playwright, filmmaker and comedian
- Recommended: "Dead White Writer on the Floor," a two-act play examining (and poking fun at) fictional Native characters written by white people.
Peter Razor: First-time Ojibwe memoirist
- Recommended: "While the Locust Slept," in which Razor shares his harrowing story of growing up as a ward of the state of Minnesota in the 1930s.
Joy Harjo: First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate
- Recommended: "An American Sunrise," a collection of Harjo's poems on returning to her family's homeland and exploring her tribe's history.
Angeline Boulley: Ojibwe New York Times bestselling young adult author
- Recommended: "Firekeeper's Daughter," a YA thriller about a Native teen rooting out corruption in her community.
Diane Wilson: Award-winning Dakota fiction writer and essayist
- Recommended: "The Seed Keeper," which follows a Dakota family for several generations and the women who protected their family seeds.
Thought bubble: I plan to read "The Seed Keeper" after I finish "LaRose" by Louise Erdrich. I'm 50 pages in and already recommend it.
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