Many, although not all of the books below are by Native American authors. Books are arranged by author. within sections. Unless otherwise noted, these books are in CVUUS Library. For more information about specific titles, search our online catalog. Books for adults are located in the sanctuary meeting room upstairs and in the Blue Room on the ground floor. Books for children are in Fenn House chapel and also in the Blue Room. For books by or about Abenaki people, see works by Joseph Bruchac and Margaret Bruchac, in particular. Obtain other resources about Native Americans or Abenakis via your public library, which can interlibrary loan books for you. Search library catalogs using any of the keywords mentioned below under Notes.

For Adults


Allen, Paula Gunn. The Sacred Hoop : Recovering The Feminine In American Indian Traditions. Boston : Beacon Press, c1986. 970.004 GUN

Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne. All The Real Indians Died Off”” : And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans. Boston : Beacon Press, [2016]. 970.004 DUN

Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne. An Indigenous Peoples’ History Of The United States. Boston : Beacon Press, [2014]. 970.004 DUN

Religion, Culture

Bordas, Juana. Salsa, Soul, and Spirit : Leadership for a Multicultural Age. San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, c2012.   305.800973 BOR

Brown, Joseph Epes. Spiritual Legacy of The American Indian. New York : Crossroad, 1982. 299.7 BRO.

Brownstein, Ted, comp. The Interfaith Prayer Book. Lake Worth, FL : Lake Worth Interfaith Network, c2014.   291.433 INT

Bennet, Sage. Wisdom Walk : Nine Practices For Creating Peace And Balance From The World’s Spiritual Traditions.. Novato, Calif. : New World Library, c2007.   204.4 BEN

Deloria, Vine. God Is Red : A Native View Of Religion. Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Publishing, c1992. 299.7 DEL

Hultkrantz, Ake. Native Religions Of North America : The Power Of Visions And Fertility. San Francisco : Harper & Row, c1987. 299.7 HUI

Environmental Concerns

Gilio-Whitaker, Dina. As Long As Grass Grows : The Indigenous Fight For Environmental Justice From Colonization To Standing Rock. Boston : Beacon Press, 2019. 970.00497 GIL

Inter Press Service, comp. Story Earth : Native Voices on the Environment. San Francisco, Calif. : Mercury House, c1993. 304.2 VER

Kimball, Tirrell H.. Honoring Our Mother Earth : Experiences In Native American Spirituality [First Edition]. Portland, Maine : Green Timber Publications, c1988.  299.7071 KIM

Kimball, Tirrell H.. Honoring Our Mother Earth : Experiences In Native American Spirituality [New Edition]. Portland, Maine : Green Timber Publications, c1997.   299.7071 KIM

Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass. Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2013. 305.597 KIM

Pohlig, Joni. Great Mystery, We Feel You All Around! : Nature Study With Children : Based On Ancient Seneca Wisdom. Freeland, WA : Meeting Ground, c1992.   372.357044


Hausman, Gerald.. Turtle Dream : Collected Stories From The Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo, And Havasupai People.. Santa Fe, NM : Mariposa Pub., 1989.   FIC HAU

Swan, Brian, ed. Native American Songs and Poems : An Anthology. New York : Dover Publications, 1996.   811.008

For Young Adults (YA)

Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. New York : Little, Brown, c2007. YA FIC SHE

Reese, Debbie. An Indigenous Peoples’ History Of The United States For Young People. Boston : Beacon Press, 2019. YA 970.00497

For Children


Baylor, Byrd. When Clay Sings. New York, Scribner, 1972. JUV 970.49 BAY

Benton-Banai, Edward. The Mishomis Book : The Voice of The Ojibway. St. Paul, Minn.: Indian Country Press, c1979. JUV 977.500497 BEN

Bruchac, Margaret M. Malian’s Song. Middlebury, Vt. : Vermont Folklife Center; Lebanon, N.H. : Distributed by University Press of New England, 2006.   JUV 974.004 BRU

Hucko, Bruce. A Rainbow at Night : The World In Words And Pictures By Navajo Children. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c1996.  JUV 973.04972 HUC

Kids Explore the Heritage of Western Native Americans. Bothell, WA : Distributed to the education trade by Wright Group Pub., 1995.   JUV 978.00497 KID

Shaw, Maura D.  Black Elk : Native American Man of Spirit . Woodstock, Vt. : SkyLight Paths Pub., 2004.            JUV 978.004 SHA

Festivals, Celebrations, Holidays

Bruchac, Joseph. Squanto’s Journey : The Story of The First Thanksgiving. San Diego : Silver Whistle, 2000. JUV FIC BRU

Grace, Catherine O’Neill. 1621 : A New Look At Thanksgiving. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, c2001.   JUV 394.2649 GRA

Grossman, Virginia. Ten Little Rabbits. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1991. E GRO

Hunter, Sally M. Four Seasons of Corn : A Winnebago Tradition. Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Co., c1997. JUV 394.1 HUN

Koller, Jackie French. Nickommoh! : A Thanksgiving Celebration. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c1999.   JUV 394.2649

Miller, Jay. American Indian Festivals. New York : Children’s Press, c1996. JUV 394.26 MIL

Sorell, Traci. We Are Grateful : Otsaliheliga. Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2018.   JUV 975.004

Swamp, Jake. Giving Thanks : A Native American Good Morning Message . New York : Lee & Low books, c1995.           JUV 299 SWA

Folklore, Wisdom Tales

Bruchac, Joseph. The First Strawberries : A Cherokee Story. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c1993. JUV 398.2 BRU

Bruchac, Joseph.  Native American Stories. Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Pub., c1991.   JUV 398.2 BRU

Caduto, Michael J. Keepers of The Night : Native American Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children.    Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Pub., c1994.   JUV 398.2 CAD

Caduto, Michael J. Keepers of The Earth : Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children.             Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum, 1988.   JUV 398.2 CAD

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Beaver Steals Fire : A Salish Coyote Story. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2005.   JUV 398.24 CON

DePaola, Tomie. The Legend Of The Indian Paintbrush. New York : Putnam, c1988. JUV 398.2 DEP

Forest, Heather. Wisdom Tales from Around The World. Little Rock : August House Publishers, 1996.   JUV 398.2 FOR

Goble, Paul. The Earth Made New : Plains Indian Stories Of Creation. Bloomington, IN : World Wisdom, Inc., c2009.   JUV 398.2089 GOB

McDermott, Gerald. Arrow To The Sun; A Pueblo Indian Tale. New York, Viking Press [1974].   JUV 398.2 MCD

McDermott, Gerald. Raven : A Trickster Tale From The Pacific Northwest. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1993.   JUV 398.2 MCD

Reid, William. The Raven Steals The Light. Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1996.   JUV 398.2 REI

Steptoe, John. The Story of Jumping Mouse : A Native American Legend. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, c1984.  JUV  398.2 STE


Bruchac, Joseph. Circle of Thanks. Mahwah, N.J. : BridgeWater Books, 1996.   JUV 811.54 BRU

Bruchac, Joseph. Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back : A Native American Year of Moons. New York : Philomel Books, c1992.   JUV 811.54 BRU

Seattle. Brother Eagle, Sister Sky : A Message From Chief Seattle. New York : Dial Books, c1991. JUV 811.3 SEA

Wood, Nancy C. Sacred Fire : Poetry And Prose. New York : Doubleday, c1998. JUV 811.54 WOO


Bruchac, Joseph. Dog People : Native Dog Stories. Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Pub., c1995.   JUV FIC BRU

Bruchac, Joseph. Squanto’s Journey : The Story of The First Thanksgiving. San Diego : Silver Whistle, 2000. JUV FIC BRU

Craven, Margaret. I Heard The Owl Call My Name. New York : Dell Pub., 1980. JUV FIC CRA

Picture Books, Stories

De Coteau Orie, Sandra. Did You Hear Wind Sing Your Name? : An Oneida Song Of Spring. New York : Walker, c1995. JUV E DEC

Maillard, Kevin Noble.  Fry Bread : A Native American Family Story. New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2019.      JUV E MAI

Miles, Miska. Annie And The Old One. Boston : Joy Street Books, c1971. E MIL

Osofsky, Audrey. Dreamcatcher. New York : Orchard Books, c1992. E OSO

White Deer of Autumn. Great Change, Hillsboro, Or. : Beyond Words Pub., c1992.   JUV E WHI

For More Information


Slapin, Beverly and Seale, Doris, editors. A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children. Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press ; Berkeley, CA : Oyate, c2005. INTERLIBRARY LOAN FROM YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY.

Slapin, Beverly and Seale, Doris, editors. Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience in Books for Children. Philadelphia, Pa. : New Society Publishers, c1992. INTERLIBRARY LOAN FROM YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY.


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