November marks the official beginning of Native American, or American Indian, Heritage Month, observed each year to honor the legacies of indigenous peoples across the country.
The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. The event culminated an effort by Red Fox James, a member of the Blackfeet Nation who rode across the nation on horseback seeking approval from 24 state governments to have a day to honor American Indians. It is important to explore Indigenous and American Indian voices and authors. Many non-people of color and various communities around the world gravitate to literature— seeking to obtain a greater understanding of the world around them. Your Favorite Librarian encourages you to utilize literature to celebrate, explore and discover thrilling experiences and voices within the American Indian, or Native American, community.
Whether you enjoy comic books, novellas, poetry or novels--- there is something for you.
Check out the below list of Native and Alaska native authors and writers. Check back with FAVORITELIBRARIAN.COM for additional literature and authors. 1. Sherman Alexie 2. Christine Quintasket or Mourning Dove 3. Joy Harjo 4. Nila northSun 5. Tommy Pico 6. Leslie Marmon Silko 7. Zitkala-Sa 8. Shonda Buchanan 9. Darrel J. McLeod 10. Rebecca Roanhorse #NativeLivesMatter