Our Growing List of Books that Honor Native American Food, Culture, and History
American history is often told from a point of view that sensationalizes the country’s founders, documents, and overall history. Yet settler colonialism decimated Indigenous people in North America and their experiences throughout the 15th to 19th century are centered in Roxanne Dunbar - Ortiz’s book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. The book’s young adult component provides a true account of Native American experiences for middle school and high school-aged children to explore, analyze and reflect upon.
Filled with tasty, healthy, and quick-to-make dishes The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen book includes not only Indigenous-inspired recipes but an Indigenous Food System Model that helps to outline the foundations of native cooking.
“New and ancient with its origins in the indigenous world view of right relationship between land and people. What the overt story of colonialism tried to repress is surging. It is the prophesying time of the seventh fire, a sacred time when the collective remembering will transform the world. A dark time and a time filled with light.” Global Read with Robin Kimmerer discussing her book, Braiding Sweetgrass.
The book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants is a text that provides an overview of life as we experience it from the examination of the biological relationship we share with the environment around us. Author Robin Kimmerer weaves her experience as a biologist with that as a member of the Potawatomi Nation and her investment in promoting a stronger relationship with plants, animals, and the world around us.
Water is a resource that connects all life throughout the world and in We Are Protectors Caole Lindstrom writes of water as our medicine and source of nourishment with the beautiful illustrations from Michaela Goade.
Food connects all of us and Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story is about the making of Fry Bread and how it joins together the Native American family in the kitchen and at the table.
Throughout history, there are hundreds of influential native people who have helped to transform their communities, the world around us, and their fields of sports, medicine, and education. The Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers highlights 50 Natives who have made a vital impact on the world.
Firekeeper’s Daughter is the first Young Adult novel by author Angeline Boulley. The story follows an 18-year-old Danius Fontaine who is committed to saving her community no matter what it takes.