Must-Read Indigenous Books

By Black Hills Press

By Black Hills Press

Sacred Smokes

Theodore C. Van Alst

$19.95 $18.35

Ted is amazing, both as a man and a writer. His academic prowess bleeds through stretches of beautiful and intelligent prose.

Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories

Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Aviaq Johnston, et al.

$16.95 $15.59

Someone in my book club, The HOWL Society, pointed me toward this one! A really cool anthology from indigenous writers. Richard Van Camp is featured here. He's been such a wholehearted supporter of my work on Twitter, though we haven't spoken a lot yet. That will change!

Elatsoe

Darcie Little Badger and Rovina Cai

$18.99 $17.47

Darcie is an incredible talent and a resilient woman if you've followed her Twitter timeline. She deserves a lot more attentionโ€”and it is coming.

Heart Berries: A Memoir

Terese Marie Mailhot

$16.95 $15.59

So much pain in this memoir. You need to add it to your shelves. I am near its end, and I have so many feelings... Mailhot is a beautiful writer.

There There

Tommy Orange

$16.00 $14.72

Tommy is a great guy, and a fellow enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. Can't wait for more from him.

Moon of the Crusted Snow

Waubgeshig Rice

$14.95 $13.75

Waub is a humble man, so polite. His writing will knock your socks off. Moon is tragic and haunting. It was difficult to read during the global pandemic, but I did it!

Tribal Screams

Owl Goingback

$13.50

Owl's collection here is super spooky! He's won two Bram Stoker awards, so you may have heard of him! If not, what are you doin'?!

Winter Counts

David Heska Wanbli Weiden

$27.99 $25.75

David is one of the coolest indigenous writers I've spoken with. His writing debut is phenomenal, and if you haven't purchased it yet, I highly recommend you get on it. Excited for his future work.

Indian Horse

Richard Wagamese

$15.00 $13.80

This book will break you. So will the movie adaptation. Though this coming-of-age story revolves around those awful Catholic boarding schools in Canada, the same terrible things took place throughout the US. My Grandpa Hawk experienced similar things...

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

David Treuer

$17.00 $15.64

The only non-fiction book on this list, but a strong one. Ojibwe author, David Treuer, writes a hell of a counter-narrative if there ever was one on the history surrounding the Wounded Knee Massacre. A poignant look at some terrible history in the US. Highly recommended.

Empire of Wild

Cherie Dimaline

$27.99 $25.75

Whoa! SGJ introduced me to Dimaline not too long ago. Don't know why she was outside of my radar! If you dig werewolves, or the Rogarou here, you need to check this one out! Smart, funny, spooky.

The Only Good Indians

Stephen Graham Jones

$26.99 $24.83

Dr. Jones is arguably the most recognizable name in indigenous dark fiction. This book skyrocketed him into the mainstream airwaves in 2020. I'm so happy to see it as there is no one more deserving. His bibliography is 50 miles long, so if you dig this one, you have plenty more to dive into.

Trail of Lightning, Volume 1

Rebecca Roanhorse

$17.99 $16.55

Roanhorse is known for her fantasy work, and she's been deservingly lauded by many. If fantasy fiction tickles your fancy, jump into some Roanhorse! Her newest novel, Black Sun, is also highly regarded, however, I haven't read it just yet!