Spotlighting Indigenous authors

Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day! Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, a day to celebrate and recognize the Indigenous culture in Canada. And with recent horrific discoveries in Canada, I wanted to spotlight some Indigenous authors.

So today, I’m going to talk about some of my favourite books by Indigenous authors, as well as some books I want to read by Indigenous authors.

Favourite books by Indigenous authors

Nonfiction

  • A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott: I have talked about this book to death, but I will not shut up until everyone I know has read it. It’s an essay collection about everything you could possibly want to read about, and they are the best written essays I’ve ever read.
  • From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle: this is Thistle’s memoir as a Métis man, and it’s really interesting. He went from being a homeless, incarcerated addict to being a researcher and professor. I highly recommend the audiobook for this, as hearing his story in his own voice is great.

Fiction

  • Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese: this follows four homeless people who befriend a retired journalist who helps them cash a winning lottery ticket. Its so well-written, and the characters are so real and wonderful. I cannot recommend it enough.
  • Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice: reading this at the start of covid was certainly a choice, but I loved it regardless. It follows an Indigenous reserve that suddenly loses all contact with the outside world. It is so slow and ominous, and I highly recommend it.
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline: this YA dystopian follows a ragtag group of Indigenous people in a world where people have lost the ability to dream. It’s really fast-paced and intense, and I had a ton of fun reading it.

Books on my TBR

(📚) indicates I own the book

  • Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga
  • Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson (📚)
  • Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
  • Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
  • Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Simpson
  • Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese (📚)
  • NDN Coping Mechanisms by Billy-Ray Belcourt
  • One Drum by Richard Wagamese (📚)
  • Love: Beyond Body, Space & Time by Hope Nicholson
  • A Two-Spirit Journey by Ma-Nee Chacaby (📚)
  • This Place: 150 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzie Damm and others
  • In My Own Moccasins by Helen Knott
  • A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt
  • Keeper’n Me by Richard Wagamese (📚)
  • Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age by Darrel J. McLeod
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Noopiming: The Cure of White Ladies by Leanne Simpson

I also wanted to highlight some Canadian charities to donate to, if you are able:

So, there are a ton of recommendations for Indigenous authors! I have quite a few I plan to read soon, but I’m always looking for more so please give me your recommendations! What are your favourite books by Indigenous authors? Have you read any of these? Let me know!

Thanks for reading! xx


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7 thoughts on “Spotlighting Indigenous authors

  1. I recently had Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations by Richard Wagamese recommended to me, and I plan to read it soon. I really want to read more books written by Indigenous authors, and I’m particularly interested in fiction at this point because I love the different ways people from different cultures tell stories. I’ve seen and been interested in some of the others on your list, too, though I tried to read This Place: 150 Years Retold but it just wasn’t working for me for some reason. (Might have been something about the art style, or just not being the right time and place for that book.) I might come back to it at some point, but it was due at the library so I returned it.

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    1. Oooh I love Richard Wagamese! I hope you enjoy it!

      And I agree about fiction! I love seeing the way Indigenous authors incorporate Indigenous history and traditions into modern-day or classic stories.

      I get that about 150 Years Retold, honestly. It’s been slow going for me, even if I’m enjoying it. I might try picking up a physical copy instead of the ebook

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      1. Thanks, I’m looking forward to it!

        I really love the variety of cultural backgrounds we’re getting in our fiction these days. I’ve been trying to speak with my wallet and buy as many books by diverse authors as I can (instead of getting them just from the library) so that hopefully this trend continues.

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