Reading Indigenous Voices November 2018

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In honor of Thanksgiving this month in the U.S., I want to celebrate Indigenous culture. Specifically, I would like to read and recommend book written by Indigenous authors about Indigenous culture (#ownvoicesliterature). I also will be donating to Indigenous causes, and would encourage you to do the same!

Books I’ve Read

  • Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones, which I reviewed on Goodreads here.
  • The Break by Katherena Vermette (translated by Mélissa Verreault), which I reviewed here.

To Be Read

  • Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson (suggested to me by Carolyn on Bookstagram)
  • LaRose by Louise Edrich
  • The Round House by Louise Edrich (the Words Between Worlds book club November selection)
  • Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga (Which is the Diverse Books Club‘s November selection)
  • There, There by Tommy Orange (which I’ve seen ALL over bookstagram)
  • Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • The Birchbark House by Louise Edrich (Another Diverse Books Club November selection)
  • #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
  • I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis, Kathy Kacer, and Gillian Newland

Giving Back

I plan to give back to Indigenous organizations this month, particularly for #giving Tuesday which I found out about through a Powwow article from last year that can be found here. Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after the U.S. Thanksgiving.

If I can find an organization to donate my time to I would like to do that as well but I haven’t been able to yet. Some places I will be donating to are:

  • The Native American Rights Fund. I personally like to donate to legal organizations because I see what an impact laws can have. From the website: “Since 1971, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has provided legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who might otherwise have gone without adequate representation.”
  • The Native American Cultural Center, Inc. which provides cultural classes, social events, and education and training for the Native American community in Rochester, NY (not far from me).
  • Lastly, I will also be donating to The American Indian College Fund which provides scholarships to American Indians to attend college.

I would really love some suggestions of more #ownvoices Indigenous reads!

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