Reading Indigenous Authors -A Reading List for the Adventuresome

“please don’t take our stories our knowings our technologies away
please don’t take our stories and bury them in your books about us
in your articles theses conference babble exhortations media interviews
they’re the only soapbox we have left and it’s where we keep our clean socks
how is it you want our stories professor x
is it your (and your colleagues’) intention to transcribe de/oral/ize every thing about us
with your taperecorders minidiscrecorders camcorders recordable cd roms dvds
shovels pens memories more shovels
how is it you want to reconstruct remake represent us
we are not archives we are not waiting for a museum
to collect steal win us at an auction”

~ Coyote and Raven go Canoeing ~ Peter Cole

A Reading List for the Adventuresome

Books – Works of Non-Fiction

Columbus and Other Cannibals: The Wetiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism, and Terrorism by Jack D. Forbes

On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life by Sara Ahmed

Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee by Paul Chaat Smith and Robert Warrior

Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge by Dan Wildcat

Weaving Strength, Weaving Power: Violence and Abuse Against Indigenous Women by Venida Chenault

Alliances: Re/ Envisioning Indigenous non- Indigenous Relationships  Edited by Lynne Davis

Native Historians Write Back: Decolonizing American Indian History by Susan A. Miller

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

New Indians, Old Wars Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

A Separate Country: Postcoloniality and American Indian Nations Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

In the Courts of the Conquerer: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided by Walter Echo-Hawk

Indigenizing the Academy: Transforming Scholarship and Empowering Communities (Contemporary Indigenous Issues) by Devon Abbott Mihesuah (Editor), Angela Cavender Wilson (Editor)

Yakama Rising: Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing (First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies) by Michelle M. Jacob

Uncommon Schools: The Global Rise of Postsecondary Institutions for Indigenous Peoples by Wade Cole

The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School by Noelani Goodyear-Ka’opua

Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought by Sandy Grande

Natives and Academics: Researching and Writing about American Indians by Devon Abbott Mihesuah

To Remain an Indian: Lessons in Democracy from a Century of Native American Education by K. Tsianina Lomawaima and Teresa L. McCarty

From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii by Haunani-Kay Trask

First Voices: An Aboriginal Women’s Reader Patricia A. Monture

All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life by Winona LaDuke

Indigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism by Devon Abbott Mihesuah

Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights by Dian Million

Making Space for Indigenous Feminism by Joyce Green

Spider Woman’s Web: Traditional Native American Tales About Women’s Power by Susan Hazen-Hammond

Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture by Cheryl Suzack

The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions by Paula Gunn Allen

The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America by Sarah Deer

Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States by Audra Simpson

Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations by Mishuana Goeman

Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of Native American Criminality by Luana Ross

Enough is Enough: Aboriginal Women Speak Out by Janet Silman (Editor)

This Is Not a Peace Pipe: Towards a Critical Indigenous Philosophy by Dale Turner

Journeying Forward: Dreaming First Nations’ Independence by Patricia Monture-Angus

Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition by Glen Sean Coulthard

The Settler Colonial Present by L. Veracini

On Being Here to Stay: Treaties and Aboriginal Rights in Canada by Michael Asch

Theorizing Native Studies by Audra Simpson

A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System by John S. Milloy

Canada’s Indigenous Constitution by John Borrows

Canada’s Residential Schools: The Legacy: The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume 5 by Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Truth and Indignation: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools by Ronald Niezen

Literary Land Claims: The “Indian Land Question” from Pontiac’s War to Attawapiskat by Margery Fee

Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration by Warren Cariou, Daniel Heath Justice, Gregory Scofield and others

Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood by Joseph Boyden

Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call by Arthur Manuel

From Recognition to Reconciliation: Essays on the Constitutional Entrenchment of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights by Patrick Macklem and Douglas Sanderson

Up Ghost River: A Chief’s Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History by Edmund Metatawabin, Alexandra Shimo

Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir by Theodore Fontaine

The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir by Joseph Auguste

Drawing Out Law: A Spirit’s Guide by John Borrows

Recovering Canada: The Resurgence of Indigenous Law by John Borrows

Settler: Identity and Colonialism in 21st Century Canada by Emma Battell Lowman

Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada by Paulette Regan

#IdleNoMore: And the Remaking of Canada by Ken Coates

Maps and Memes: Redrawing Culture, Place, and Identity in Indigenous Communities by Gwilym Eades

The United Church of Canada: A History by Don Schweitzer

Church with the Soul of a Nation: Making and Remaking the United Church of Canada by Phyllis Airhart

After Evangelicalism: The Sixties and the United Church of Canada by Kevin Flatt Paperback

Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together by Steve Heinrichs

Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way by Richard Twiss

The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book by Gord Hill

Power and Everyday Practices by Deborah Brock

Bounty and Benevolence: A History of Saskatchewan Treaties by Arthur Ray

Lost Harvests: Prairie Indian Reserve Farmers and Government Policy by Sarah Carter

The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7 by Walter Hildebrandt, Dorothy First Rider, Sarah Carter

Aboriginal Peoples and Politics: The Indian Land Question in British Columbia, 1849-1989 by Paul Tennant

Prison of Grass: Canada from a Native Point of View by Howard Adams

Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-1900 by John C. Weaver

Aboriginal Epistemology by Willie Ermine

Anti colonial Strategies for the Recovery and Maintenance of Indigenous Knowledge by Leanne R. Simpson

Peace, Power, and Righteousness by Gerald Taiaiake Alfred

White Roots of Peace by Paul Wallace

Revitalizing Indigenous Languages edited by Jon Reyhner

Lighting the Eighth Fire: The Liberation, Resurgence, and Protection of Indigenous Nations by Leanne Simpson

Thinking Indian: A John Mohawk Reader Edited by Jose Barrerio

Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World’s Languages by Daniel Nettle and Suzanne Romaine

On Becoming Human Chief Leon Shenandoah’s story by Steve Wall

Grandma Said by Tom Porter

Rebuilding the Iroquois Confederacy by Lois Hall

The Warriors Handbook by Lois Hall

Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt

The Red Man’s Appeal For Justice by Clinton Rickard and Levi General

Basic Call to Consciousness by Akwesasne Notes

Red is Red & Custer Died For Your Sins by Vine Deloria

Knots In A String by Peggy Brizinski

Dances with Dependency by Calvin Helin

Dancing With a Ghost by Rupert Ross

Forgotten Founders by Bruce Johansen

The Mishomis Book by Edward Benton-Benai

Traditional Teachings by American Indian Travelling College

Wisdom Sits in Places: Language and Landscape Among the Western Apache by Keith Basso

The Other Side of Eden: Hunters, Farmers, and the Shaping of the World by Hugh Brody

Life Lived Like a Story: Life Stories of Three Yukon Native Elders by Julie Cruikshank


10 books to contextualize the Idle No More Movement by

Peggy Blair, Lament for a First Nation

Jarvis Browlie, A Fatherly Eye

Shelagh Grant, Arctic Justice

Cole Harris, Making Native Space

Douglas Harris, Fish, Law and Colonialism

J.R. Miller, Compact, Contract, Covenant

Jocelyn Thorpe, Temagami’s Tangled Wild

Treaty Seven Elders and Tribal Council, The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7

William C. Wicken, Mi’kmaq Treaties on Trial

Michael Witgen, An Infinity of Nations

Books – Works of Fiction, Poetry, Plays

Coyote and Raven go Canoeing by Peter Cole

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection by Hope Nicholson

The Reason You Walk: A Memoir by Wab Kinew

100 Days of Cree, by Neil McLeod

Bearskin Diary, by Carol Daniels

Rekindling the Sacred Fire: Metis Ancestry and Anishinaabe Spirituality, by Chantal Fiola

Up Ghost River by Edmund Metatawabin with Alexandra Shimo

The Right to be Cold by Sheila Watt Cloutier

The Education of Augie Merasty by David Carpenter and Joseph Merasty

Celia’s Song by Lee Maracle

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

Place of Scraps by Jordan Abel

Me Artsy by Drew Hayden Taylor

North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette

They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars

The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King

Sugar Falls by David Alexander Robertson & Scott B. Henderson

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

Legacy by Waubgeshig Rice

Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson & Kelly Mellings

Writing The Circle: Native Women Of Western Canada Jeanne Perrault and Sylvia Vance

Aboriginal Writer’s Collective – West Coast ‘s anthology – Salish Seas: An Anthology of text + image

They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School by Bev Sellars

Legacy by Waubgeshig Rice

Grandpa’s Girls, by Nicola Campbell and Kim Lafave

Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese

Indigenous Poetics in Canada, edited by Neal McLeod

We Share Our Matters – Two Centuries of Writing and Resistance at Six Nations of the Grand River by Rick Monture

Author – Marilyn Dumont:

A Really Good Brown Girl

Green Girl Dreams Mountains

That Tongued Belonging

The Pemmican Eaters

Author – Louise Bernice Halfe (a.k.a. Sky Dancer)

Bear Bones & Feathers

Blue Marrow

Crooked Good

Author – Joanne Arnott:

Wiles of Girlhood

Halfling Spring

A Night for the Lady

Mother Time: Poems New & Selected

My Grass Cradle

Longing: four poems on diverse matters

Breasting the Waves, On Writing and Healing

Author – Lee Maracle

Memory Serves and Other Essays

Talking to the Diaspora

Celia’s Song

First Wives Club: Coast Salish Style

Will’s Garden

I Am Woman

Daughters are Forever


My Home As I Remember

Bent Box

Sundogs: A Novel

Bobbi Lee Indian Rebel

Sojourner’s truth & other stories

Author – Janet Rogers

Bring Your Drum: 50 Years of Indigenous Protest Music and Resonating Reconciliation (radio documentaries)

Splitting the Heart

Red Erotic


Poetry CDs – Firewater (2009), Got Your Back (2012), and 6 Directions (2013)

Author – Leanne Simpson

Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back,

The Gift Is in the Making

Islands of Decolonial Love

Lighting the Eighth Fire (Editor)

This Is An Honour Song (Editor)

The Winter We Danced: Voice from the Past, the Future and the Idle No More Movement (Kino-nda-niimi collective).

Author – Eden Robinson

Monkey Beach – A Novel


Author – Richard Van Camp

The Lesser Blessed

Angel Wing Splash Pattern

The moon of letting go

Coming Home – Stories from the Northwest Territories

Three Feathers, a graphic novel on restorative justice with artist Krystal Mateus

Whistle, a mini-novel exploring mental health

Night Moves, short story collection

A Blanket of Butterflies, a graphic novel illustrated by Scott B. Henderson.

Author – Cherie Dimaline

Red Rooms

The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy

Author – Marie Clements

Tombs of the Vanishing Indian

The Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story

Copper Thunderbird

The Unnatural and Accidental Women

Burning Vision

Author – Blair Stonechild

Buffy Sainte-Marie: It’s My Way

The Knowledge Seeker: Embracing Indigenous Spirituality

Author – Monique Gray

My Heart Fills With Happiness – picture book

Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience

Author – Taiaiake Alfred

Peace, Power, Righteousness

Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom

Online Articles, Videos, Websites

Leaning In: A Student’s Guide to Engaging Constructively with Social Justice Content

Decolonization is not a metaphor

Decolonizing Methodologies

“Leaning In” as imperfect allies in community work

Building Bridges Together – A resource guide for intercultural work between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples

Dialogue on Intersectionality and Indigeneity

Two-spirit resource directory

Building the anti-racist university: a toolkit

Indigenous Feminism without apology

Holographic Epistemology Native Common Sense…/holographic_epistemologies&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=TbL5VrL8HYv6atyXvIgI

White fragility

Towards a radical white identity

The language of diversity

Diversity, equality and higher education – a critical reflection on the abuses of equity discourse within widening participation

Buried prejudice – the bigot in your brain

To equalize power among us

A social change model of leadership development

And for a summary

Red Man Laughing Podcast –

Canada in the Making‘s section on “Aboriginals: Treaties & Relations

The staircase of oppression


How studying privilege systems can strengthen compassion – Peggy McIntosh

Indigenous Issues 101 –

Indigenous Policy Journal –

“You are on Indian Land,” available online:

Kahnesatake: 270 Years of Resistance

Spudwrench – Kahnawake Man

Is the Crown at war with us?

Moontime Warrior | Fearless Philosophizing, Embodied Resistance (by Erica V. Lee)

International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

Not Your Mascots

Sharing Culture

Oglala Sioux Tribe – Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Harsh Walia Articles

Empower Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself  – Native American feminist zine

Free PDF Books on race, gender, sexuality, class, and culture

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada – Research Database

Intersectional Feminism for Beginners

Center for Indigenous Environmental Resources

Colors of Resistance Archive

Native Youth Sexual Health Network

A legacy of Canadian Child Care

Briarpatch Magazine


Freire Institute

Anti-oppression resources

White Privilege – Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Micro-aggressions tumblr

Inclusive Language Guidelines

Beautiful Trouble – Anti-oppression

Tools for white guys who are working for social change and other people socialized in society based on domination

Speaking my truth – reflections on reconciliation and residential school

Cultural Survival

Reporting in Indigenous Communities

Indigenous Foundations

Lynn Gehl – Settler Ally Resources

Lynn Gehl – Bill of Ally Responsibilities

Land as pedagogy: Nishnaabeg intelligence and rebellious transformation

Indigenous Solidarity Network

What I learned in class today and

An introduction of settler colonialism at UBC

Consider Forgiveness Videos

Role, Affect and Responsibility

First Nations Pedagogy – Many Articles

Healing Traditions – The mental health of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

A pedagogy of the land: dreams of respectful relations

We need decolonization before reconciliation

A Transformative Framework for Decolonizing Canada: A Non-Indigenous Approach

Protocols & Principles For Conducting Research in an Indigenous Context

Jeff Corntassel Articles

Unsettling settler colonialism: The discourse and politics of settlers, and solidarity with Indigenous nations

Re-envisioning Resurgence: Indigenous pathways to decolonization and sustainable self-determination

Decolonization – Indigeneity, Education and Society

Who is Indigenous?  ‘Peoplehood’ and Ethnonationalist  Approaches to Rearticulating  Indigenous Identity

Forced Federalism: Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Nationhood

Taiaiake Articles

The failure of reconciliation

What is Indigenous resurgence?

The Akwesasne cultural restoration program: A Mohawk approach to land-based education

Restitution is the Real Pathway to Justice for  Indigenous Peoples

The politics of recognition: a colonial groundhog day

Decolonizing Pedagogies Teacher Reference Booklet

Not murdered, not missing

Leanne Simpson Articles

Understanding power for social change

Cultural safety – exploring the applicability of the concept of cultural safety to Aboriginal Health and community wellness

Cultural competency as new racism – an ontology of forgetting

Developing Social Justice Literacy an Open Letter to Our Faculty Colleagues

“One must start by leaving open spaces of experimentation, of search, of transition. I
think that politics begin with our desires, and our desires are that which evade us, in
the very act of propelling us forth, leaving as the only indicator the traces of where we
have already been, that is to say, of what we have already ceased to be. The cartography
of the…embodied subject, just like Foucault’s diagrams of power, is always already the
trace of what no longer is the case. As such it needs to be started all over again,
constantly. In this repetition of the cartographic gesture there lines the potential for
opening up new angles of vision, new itineraries. Nomadism is therefore neither a
rhetorical gesture nor a mere figure of speech, but a political and epistemological
necessity for critical theory at the end of this century”
Coyote and Raven go Canoeing ~ Peter Cole


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