Honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day with these books and videos

Monday, October 10, is Indigenous Peoples’ Day in America and is a time to honor Native American cultures, histories, and people. Celebrate the vibrant and vast traditions, voices, and contributions of Indigenous people by diving into the Jefferson Libraries eBooks, videos, and physical books. The resources below include fiction and non-fiction works written by and about Native Americans that discuss Native American history, architecture and art, music, poetry, and much more.


In the Belly of a Laughing God: Humor and Irony in Native Women’s Poetry by Jennifer Andrews

Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country, edited by Tiya Miles and Sharon P. Holland

A Generation Removed: The Fostering and Adoption of Indigenous Children in the Postwar World by Margaret D. Jacobs ; designed by A. Shahan

Indigenous Pop: Native American Music from Jazz to Hip Hop edited by Jeff Berglund, Jan Johnson, and Kimberli Lee

Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School by Jim Kristofic

In the Night of Memory: A Novel by Linda LeGarde Grover

Our Stories Remember: American Indian history, Culture, & Values through Storytelling by Joseph Bruchac

Reckonings: Contemporary Short Fiction by Native American Women edited by Hertha D. Sweet Wong, Lauren Stuart Muller, Jana Sequoya Magdaleno.

Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement, edited by Nick Estes and Jaskiran Dhillon

Starring Red Wing! The Incredible Career of Lilian M. St. Cyr, the First Native American Film Star by Linda M. Waggoner

When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz

You Who Enter Here by Erika T. Wurth


Learn About the Different Forms of Native American Art

Native American Communities and Climate Change

Native American Imagery Is Everywhere, But Understanding Lags Behind

New Mexico Spoken Word Club Explores Native American Identity

Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience

In the Stacks (Gutman):

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Magic Images: Contemporary Native American Art by Edwin L. Wade and Rennard Strickland

Men as Women, Women as Men: Changing Gender in Native American Cultures by Sabine Lang; [translated from the German by John L. Vantine]

Native American Architecture by Peter Nabokov, Robert Easton

Native American Literature by Andrew Wiget

Native American Voices on Identity, Art, and Culture: Objects of Everlasting Esteem, edited by Lucy Fowler Williams, William Wierzbowski, and Robert W. Preucel

Robes of Splendor: Native American Painted Buffalo Hides with contributions by George P. Horse Capture et al.; photographs of the hides by Daniel Ponsard

Seven Myths of Native American History by Paul Jentz

Southwest by Southwest: Native American and Mexican Designs for Quilters by Kirstin Olsen

In the Stacks (Scott):

Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

There, There by Tommy Orange

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine