Every now and then someone asks me for a list of books by Indigenous authors. There are many reasons, some want to learn more about the lived realities of Indigenous peoples in the lands we call Canada, others want to make a step towards reconciliation by purchasing books written by Indigenous authors.
This week I noticed that a lot of people were posting stacks of books by Indigenous authors on Instagram, I saved a post from Raven Reads, and looked at it again today.
In response to a call post Indigenous book stacks from Raven Reads and Indigenous Bookshelf, I posted 4 pictures of books I own, that are on the bookshelf behind me on my left. I did a little shuffling, trying to focus only on books by Indigenous authors.
This blog shares these images, and a second series of images, geared to younger readers, which I’ll post sometime before January 31, 2022.
The book about Molly Brant, Mohawk Loyalist and Diplomat, is a biography, and was not written by an Indigenous author. Still a good read!
The book Gambling on Authenticity is a compilation of chapters from Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors pulled together as a book in honour of the memory of an Indigenous scholar Susan Applegate Krouse Ziigwam Niibe Kwe (Spring Water Woman), Anthropologist, Wife, Mentor, Colleague, Friend.
I have a bibliography that contains many of these books and a few others. As well as some authors I know about but haven't read yet. Now moving on to the books aimed at younger audiences, starting with Firekeeper's Daughter because the cover art is so glorious.
I love the cover art on this book! I waited until I had a free weekend before purchasing Firekeeper's Daughter, because I knew I would binge read it. It was well worth the wait!
The graphic novel series A Girl Called Echo is good for all ages from advanced young readers to elders.
My spouse brought home signed copies of both of the Rabbit and Bear Paws series. Some of these are well loved and a little ragged.
We have dozens of other books by Indigenous authors around our home. Someday I may gather them for another photo shoot!
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