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Celebrating Native and Indigenous Creativity

Celebrating Native and Indigenous Creativity

PCC Library invites you to explore Native American and Indigenous writers. This month, we are highlighting Indigenous authors, scientists, legislators, and storytellers’ ebooks, graphic novels, articles, and podcasts. Check out a new author or revisit an old favorite.

In 2021, the American Indian Library Association sponsored the “Read Native 2021” event to encourage readers to explore the rich and diverse writings of Native Americans and people indigenous to this land. This news feature continues that reading challenge. While our collection is far from exhaustive, we hope this will be a good starting place for you.

Native and indigenous authors write in every genre and format you can think of. Often, we tend to limit ourselves: “I only read fantasy. I only like fiction. I never read biographies.” Here is a chance to branch out and find engaging and thought-provoking reading in every genre.

Podcasts and videos

All My Relations
A podcast hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee).

The Henceforward
This podcast looks at the relationships between Indigenous Peoples and Black Peoples on Turtle Island.

Indian Country Today
A daily newscast YouTube channel.

Native Opinion an American Indian Perspective
Indigenous culture podcast from an American Indian perspective on current affairs.

The Red Gaze
Movies and TV shows dissected through an Indigenous lens.

Returning to the Rez
Host and Producer Kendall Harvey (Diné) recently graduated from Columbia University. This podcast is part of his undergraduate senior thesis project where he talks about the “post-graduation journeys of three Diné (Navajo) graduates” and the idea of returning to the rez and giving back.

Stories from the Land
This podcast shares land inspired stories from Indigenous communities which are meant to articulate, challenge and reinforce the Indigenous worldview and connection to land/territory.

Toasted Sister
This podcast features Native American food, food sovereignty, people and culture.

Contemporary Native American Authors

Cherie Dimaline (science fiction, fiction)

Stephen Graham Jones (horror)

Joy Harjo (poetry)

Brandon Hobson (fiction)

Thomas King (nonfiction, fiction)

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Marcie R. Rendon (mystery)

Tasha Spillett-Sumner

David Treuer (history)