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Native American Heritage Month Reading List

November 02, 2023

Explore books and literature recommended by Yale School of Public Health faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Nonfiction Books

  • “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West” by Dee Brown
  • “Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health” edited by Devon A. Mihesuah and Elizabeth Hoover
  • “NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field” by Billy-Ray Belcourt
  • “Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder” by Kent Nerburn
  • “The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History” by Ned Blackhawk
  • “The Seven Circles: Indigenous Teachings for Living Well” by Chelsey Luger and Thosh Collins
  • “Sounds of Tohi: Cherokee Health and Well-Being in Southern Appalachia” by Lisa J. Lefler and Thomas N. Belt

Fiction Books

  • “Ceremony” by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • “Firekeeper's Daughter” by Angeline Boulley
  • “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich
  • “There There” by Tommy Orange

Children’s & Young Adults Books

  • “Frybread: A Native American Family Story” by Kevin Noble Maillard (Reading age: 2-6 years)
  • “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie (Reading age: 11-13 years)
  • “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade (Reading age: 3-7 years)

Academic Resources

Submitted by Sabrina Lacerda Naia dos Santos on November 02, 2023