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Native Voices


In celebration of the annual American Indian Heritage Month every November, we compiled the following booklist featuring contemporary Native American writers. Each of these authors identifies themselves as belonging to one of the many Native American tribes with a rich cultural history in North America. Their works range from general fiction to mysteries to westerns to poetry to general non-fiction. The novels listed may have a contemporary setting, or may fall into the category of “historical fiction.” A selection of Native American writers of material for youth was added to this list in 2010, below. These listings are not necessarily complete, but are intended to be representative of each author’s body of work.

All books in this list which are owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. Some titles not owned by the libraries are included in this list due to their classic nature, or their position as part of a series. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

Native Writers of books for Adults

Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene)

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven [1993] Reservation Blues [1995] Indian Killer [1996] The Toughest Indian in the World [2000] Ten Little Indians: Stories [2003] Flight [2007] The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian [2007] Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories [2012]

Robert J. Conley (Cherokee)

Killing Time [1988] War Woman: A Novel of the Real People [1997] Mountain Windsong: A Novel on the Trail of Tears [1998] The Cherokee Dragon: A Novel of the Real People [2000] Cold Hard Trail [2001] Barjack and the Unwelcome Guest [2009]

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn (Crow Creek Sioux)

The Power of Horses and Other Stories [1990] From the River’s Edge [1991] Why I Can’t Read Wallace Stegner and Other Essays: A Tribal Voice [810.9 Coo] [1996]

Ella Cara Deloria (Dakota Sioux)

Waterlily [1988]

Vine Deloria (Standing Rock Sioux)

Custer Died For Your Sins [970.1 Del] [1969] American Indians, American Justice [970.5 Del] [1983] God is Red: A Native View of Religion [299.7 Del] [1994] Singing for a Spirit: A Portrait of the Dakota Sioux [970.3 DakYd] [1999] Spirit and Reason: The Vine Deloria Jr. Reader [970.1 Del] [1999]

Michael Dorris (Modoc)

A Yellow Raft on Blue Water [1987] The Crown of Columbus [1991] Cloud Chamber [1997]

Louise Erdrich (Chippewa)

Love Medicine [1984] The Beet Queen [1986] Tracks [1988] The Bingo Palace [1994] Tales of Burning Love [1996] The Antelope Wife [1998] The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse [2001] The Master Butchers Singing Club [2003] The Painted Drum [2005] A Plague of Doves (2008)
Shadow Tag (2010)
The Round House (2012)
LaRose (2016)

Diane Glancy (Cherokee)

Trigger Dance [1990] Firesticks: A Collection of Stories [1993] Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears [1996] Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea [2003]

Rayna Green (Cherokee)

That’s What She Said: Contemporary Poetry and Fiction by Native American Women [897 Gre] [1984] The British Museum Encyclopedia of Native North America [970.1 qGre] [1999]

Joy Harjo (Muskogee-Creek/Cherokee)

Secrets From the Center of the World [897 Har] [1989] The Woman Who Fell From the Sky [811 Har] [1994] Reinventing the Enemy’s Language: Contemporary Native Women’s Writings of North America [897 Har] [1997] A Map to the Next World: Poetry and Tales [811 Har] [2000] How We Became Human [811 Har] [2002]

Linda Hogan (Chickasaw)

Red Clay: Poems and Stories [1991] Power [1998]

Thomas King (Cherokee)

All My Relations: An Anthology of Contemporary Canadian Native Fiction [1990] Green Grass, Running Water [1993]

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe)

Last Standing Woman [1997] All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life [970.5 LaD] [1999]

D’Arcy McNickle (Flathead)

The Surrounded [1936] The Hawk is Hungry: Other Stories [1993]

Mardi Oakley Medawar (Cherokee)

Witch of Palo Duro [1997] Murder at Medicine Lodge [1999] The Fort Larned Incident [2002]

N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa)

House Made of Dawn [1968] The Ancient Child [1989] In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and Poems – 1961-1991 [1992]

Mourning Dove (Christine Quintasket) (Okanagan)

Coyote Stories [1933] Mourning Dove: A Salishan Autobiography [1990]

Simon Ortiz (Acomo Pueblo)

After and Before the Lightning [1994] Men on the Moon: Collected Short Stories [1999] Out There Somewhere [2002] Beyond the Reach of Time and Change: Native American Reflections of the Frank A. Rinehart Photograph Collection [2004]

Susan Power (Lakota Sioux)

The Grass Dancer [1994]

Leslie Silko (Laguna/Pueblo)

Ceremony [1977] Storyteller [1981] Almanac of the Dead [1991] Gardens in the Dunes [1999]

Martin Cruz Smith (Pueblo/Yaqui)

Canto for a Gypsy [1972] Nightwing [1977] Gorky Park [1981] Stallion Gate [1986] Polar Star [1989] Red Square [1992] Rose [1996] Havana Bay [1999] December 6 [2002]

Eunice W. Stabler (Omaha)

How Beautiful the Land of my Forefathers
La-ta-we-sah (Woman of the Bird Clan): Her Poetry and Prose [1989]

Hollis Stabler (Omaha)

No One Ever Asked Me: The World War II Memoirs of an Omaha Indian Soldier [2005]

Gerald Vizenor (Anishinaabe)

The Trickster of Liberty [1988] The Heirs of Columbus [1991] Hotline Healers [1997] Postindian Conversations [970.2 Viz] [1999]

Velma Wallis (Athabascan)

Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Courage, Betrayal and Survival [1993] Blind Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun: An Athabaskan Indian Legend from Alaska [1996]

James Welch (Blackfoot)

Winter in the Blood [1974] Fools Crow [1986] The Indian Lawyer [1990] The Heartsong of Charging Elk [2000]

White Deer of Autumn (unknown tribe)

Wisdomkeepers: Meetings With Native American Spiritual Elders [1990]

Ray Young Bear (Meskwaki)

Winter of the Salamander: The Keeper of Importance [1980]

Native Writers of books for Youth

Shonto Begay (Navajo)

The Mud Pony [1988] Navajo: Visions and Voices Across the Mesa [1995]

Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)

Between Earth and Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places [j299.7 Bru] [1996] Eagle Song [1997] Sacajawea [2000] Hidden Roots [2004] Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War II [2005]

Eagle Walking Turtle (unknown tribe)

Full Moon Stories: Thirteen Native American Legends [1997]

Beatrice Harrell (Choctaw)

How Thunder and Lightning Came to Be: A Choctaw Legend [j970.3 ChoYh] [1995]

Kathleen Lacapa (Apache/Hopi/Tewa)

Less Than Half, More Than Whole [1994]

Michael Lacapa (Apache/Hopi/Tewa)

The Good Rainbow Road: A Native American Tale in Keres and English [j970.1 Ort] [2004]

Cheryl Savageau (Abenaki/Metis)

Muskrat Will be Swimming [1996]

Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muskogee Creek)

Jingle Dancer [2000] Rain is Not My Indian Name [2001] Indian Shoes [2002] Tantalize [2007] Eternal [2009]

Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve (Rosebud Sioux)

Dancing Teepees: Poems of Native American Youth [j970.1 Sne] [1989] The First Americans Series [1994] Lana’s Lakota Moons [2007] The ChiChi HooHoo Bogeyman [2008]

Craig Kee Strete (Cherokee)

How the Indians Bought the Farm [1996] They Thought They Saw Him [1996] The Lost Boy and the Monster [1999] The Rattlesnake Who Went to School [2004]

Virginia Stroud (Cherokee)

Doesn’t Fall Off His Horse [1994] The Story of the Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale [1995] The Path of the Quiet Elk: A Native American Alphabet Book [j299.y Str] [1996]

Lucy Tapahonso (Navajo)

Navajo ABC: A Dine Alphabet Book [1995]

Jan Bourdeau Waboose (Anishinaabe)

Morning on the Lake [1997] Firedancers [1999] SkySisters [2000]

Compiled November 2007 sdc | Last updated October 2016 sdc