In 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared November as Native American Heritage Month, a month dedicated to America’s indigenous peoples. Take a look at these titles available from EVPL to learn more about the history and heritage of Native Americans.
We are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
Otsaliheliga is a Cherokee word that is used to express gratitude. Journey through the year with a Cherokee family and their tribal nation as they express thanks for celebrations big and small. A look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson and David Shannon
Hiawatha was a strong and articulate Mohawk who was chosen to translate the Peacemaker’s message of unity for the five warring Iroquois nations during the 14th century. This message not only succeeded in uniting the tribes but also forever changed how the Iroquois governed themselves — a blueprint for democracy that would later inspire the authors of the U.S. Constitution.
Nimoshom and His Bus by Penny M. Thomas
Nimoshom loved to drive the school bus. Every day, on the way to and from school, he had something to say. Sometimes, he told the kids silly stories. Sometimes, he taught the kids a new word in Cree. Nimoshom and His Bus introduces basic Cree words. A glossary is included in the back of the book.
Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child
Windy Girl is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself – about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to, well, just about everything.
When Uncle and Windy Girl and Itchy Boy attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Now Uncle’s stories inspire other visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers – all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow.
Grandmother’s Pigeon by Louise Erdrich
Critically acclaimed novelist Louise Erdrich weaves a tale about a quirky grandmother who unexpectedly sails away from her family, leaving behind warm memories and her room’s few belongings — including her collection of birds’ nests. One year after Grandmother’s departure, three eggs in one of the nests miraculously begin to hatch and out pops a breed of passenger pigeon long thought to be extinct. When too many visiting scientists threaten the three hatchlings’ freedom, Grandmother’s family take matters into their own hands.
All Around Us by Xelena González
Grandpa says circles are all around us. He points to the rainbow that rises high in the sky after a thundercloud has come. “Can you see? That’s only half of the circle. That rest of it is down below, in the earth.” He and his granddaughter meditate on gardens and seeds, on circles seen and unseen, inside and outside us, on where our bodies come from and where they return to. They share and create family traditions in this stunning exploration of the cycles of life and nature.
The Good Luck Cat by Joy Harjo
Some cats are good luck. You pet them and good things happen. Woogie is one of those cats. But as Woogie gets into one mishap after another, everyone starts to worry. Can a good luck cat’s good luck run out?
The first children’s book from an acclaimed poet whose honors include the American Book Award and the William Carlos Williams Award.
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all… When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption.
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