9 Works by Indigenous Writers That Every High Schooler Should Know?

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown July 13th, 2014 Last Updated on: July 13th, 2014


We know that our people are great storytellers, so it's nice to see mainstream media touching on the fact that Native authors still aren't as widely recognized. Chelsea Hawkins with PolicyMic.com recently wrote up a list of ‘9 books by Indigenous Writers that should be taught in every high school'.

Chelsea writes:

Among the Twains and Morrisons we should also be adding the Silkos and the Momadays. If you want to get a true taste for U.S. indigenous literature and life, look to these nine contemporary writers who have defined the genre — authors whose work should be canonized and taught. Each one takes on race, justice, violence, poverty, alcoholism, family, tradition and survival, the lifeblood of experience both on and off the reservation.

I know some of you have these sitting on your bookshelf at home! So what do you think of this list? Would you have added anything different? Take a look at her list below:

1. ‘Ceremony' by Leslie Marmon Silko

2. ‘House Made of Dawn' by N. Scott Momaday

3. ‘Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles' by Gerald Vizenor

4. ‘Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto' by Vine Deloria Jr.

5. ‘Love Medicine' by Louise Erdrich

6. ‘Winter in the Blood' by James Welch

7. ‘The Sacred Hoop' by Paula Gunn Allen

8. ‘Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter' by Janet Campbell Hale

9. ‘How We Became Human' by Joy Harjo

To read an overview of each book in her list check out Chelsea's post on Policy Mic.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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