Oct 11, 2021 - Things to Do

5 Native authors to read on Indigenous Peoples Day

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Audrey bought The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson at Birchbark Books. Photo by Audrey Kennedy/Axios

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

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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