Indigenous Firsts: A History of Native American Achievements and Events


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Visible Ink Press
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7.1 X 9.2 X 1.3 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Yvonne Wakim Dennis (Cherokee/Sand Hill/Syrian) is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for children and adults, many written with Arlene Hirschfelder, including Native American Almanac, Native American Landmarks and Festivals, the award-winning Children of Native America Today
and A Kid's Guide to Native American History; and she also wrote a biography of Sequoyah. She currently serves as the Education Director for the Children's Cultural Center of Native America and is a columnist for Native Hoop Magazine. She resides in New York City.
Arlene Hirschfelder was the author or editor of over twenty-five books about Native peoples, including Native American Almanac, Native American Landmarks and Festivals, Native Americans: A History in Pictures, andThe Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists. She worked at the Association on American Indian Affairs (a civil rights organization) for over 20 years, and she co-curated exhibits at the Sequoyah National Research Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, Illinois. Her family in Teaneck, New Jersey, miss her greatly.
Paulette F. Molin, a citizen of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe from White Earth, is an award-winning author and curator. Her writings include The Encyclopedia of Native American Religions and The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists, both coauthored with Arlene Hirschfelder, as well as American Indian Themes in Young Adult Literature. She and Hirschfelder also co-curated exhibits such as Contemporary Native Women Opening Doors to Change at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. She lives in Hampton, Virginia, where she has served as an educator and completed writings and curatorial work on boarding school history.


"Dennis, a writer, multicultural consultant, curriculum developer, and teacher trainer, et al. present events and pioneering achievements of about 2,000 Native Americans who contributed to the arts, business and economics, government, health, literature, ..." - Book News

"... an impeccably documented and inspirational survey of the groundbreaking accomplishments and achievements of Indigenous peoples. ... painstakingly researched compendium, compiled by authors who are themselves Indigenous "firsts," is an affordable and essential purchase ..." - Library Journal