Happy Sunday, everyone! And happy National Indigenous Peoples Day! To celebrate, I thought I would highlight some of my favourite Indigenous authors, as well as some Indigenous authors I still have to read.
Books I recommend
A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott: this is one of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read, and I cannot recommend it enough. It was one of my favourite books from last year and I think I bought six copies for people for Christmas. Please do yourself a favour and read it!
Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice: this is one of the best books I’ve read this year! It’s so slow and ominous, and very relevant to what’s been happening re: the pandemic. I really, really loved it and want everyone to read it.
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline: if you like YA dystopian and/or survival stories, you’ll love this. It’s so rich with story-telling and history, and so interesting. Also features a gay character, just saying.
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot: if you want a hard-hitting but short memoir, this is the one for you. It’s not an easy read, but it’s definitely an important one. And it’s so well-written.
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer: this book is about plants and Kimmerer’s relationship with plants as both a Native American woman and a botanist. It’s so interesting and so well-written. I highly recommend the audiobook!
Books on my TBR
- The Stone Collection by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
- Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography by Andrea Warner: this book isn’t by an Indigenous author, but it is about a Cree woman, so I’m including it on this list. I have this on hold from the library, and I’m really excited to read it!
- This Place: 150 Years Retold by many Indigenous authors: this is a graphic novel anthology exploring Indigenous peoples surviving a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.
- A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby
- Love: Beyond Body, Space & Time by Hope Nicholson
- One Drum: Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet by Richard Wagamese
- NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field by Billy-Ray Belcourt
- Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
- From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle: I also have this on hold from the library, and am so excited to read it. I’m like 118 on the waiting list though so it might be a while 😅
- Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun: Portraits of Everyday Life in Eight Indigenous Communities by Paul Seesequasis
- Birdie by Tracey Lindberg: Lindberg is actually a professor at my law school! And I’ve heard fantastic things about her book.
- The Rez Sisters: A Play in Two Acts by Thomson Highway: Highway sounds like an incredible person, and this play sounds so interesting. It’s been a while since I read a play, so maybe I should read this one soon.
- Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
- Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson: it seems like a crime that I haven’t read these books yet because everyone I know has read and loved them. I should get on that.
- Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga
- Here’s a Goodreads list of some Canadian Indigenous authors!
So, there are a ton of Indigenous authors you should read! Have you read any of these? What were your favourites? Any author Indigenous authors I should read? I know they’re out there, so let me know!