Welcome! Below are several curated reading lists about North American Indigenous folks, including both fictional and nonfictional books written by or featuring Wabanaki Tribal citizens, Canadian Tribal citizens, Native Americans, and Indigenous peoples generally. With the exception of 1 or 2 reference books, all of these books can be borrowed from the library.

This resource complements the work of The Land We Live On, a group of Freeport organizations committed to engaging with the voices (both present and past) of Wabanaki peoples on the topics of history, identity, culture, environment, and climate.

Adult nonfiction by or about Wabanaki Tribes & Citizens

Facing East From Indian Country
We Were Not the Savages
Wabanaki Homeland and the New State of Maine: the 1820 Journal and Plans of Survey of Joseph Treat
Dawnland Voices
North by Northeast
Out of the Depths: Experiences of Mi’kmaw Children at the Indian Residential School at Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia
Twelve Thousand Years: American Indians in Maine
Women of the Dawn
Our Beloved Kin
Notes on a Lost Flute
Micmac Medicines
The Visual Language of Wabanaki Art
Indians in Eden: Wabanakis & Rusticators on Maine’s Mount Desert Island 1840s-1920s
Here First: Samoset and the Wawenock of Pemaquid, Maine
Unsettled Past, Unsettled Future: The Story of Maine Indians
First Peoples of Canada
French and Indian Wars in Maine
An Upriver Passamaquoddy

Adult nonfiction by or about North American Tribal Nations

First Houses: Native American Homes and Sacred Structures
The Technique of North American Indian Beadwork
Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age
American Indian Healing Arts
American Indians: Reclaiming Native Space
The Other Slavery
The Cost of Free Land
Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future
Heart Berries: A Memoir
Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America
Shapes of Native Nonfiction
The Sioux Chef
On Savage Shores: How Indigenous Americans Discovered Europe
The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History
The Rez Road Follies: Canoes, Casinos, Computers, and Birch Bark Baskets
A Brave and Cunning Prince : The Great Chief Opechancanough and the War for America
An Indigenous Peoples
North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment
The Beadworkers
All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life
Notable Native People
Atlas of the North American Indian
The Plains Indian
Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Good Friday on the Rez: A Pine Ridge Odyssey
Thinning Blood
On The Rez
New Native Kitchen
You Don
Rez Rules: My Indictment of Canada’s and America’s Systemic Racism Against Indigenous Peoples
As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock
Atlas of Indian Nations
An American Sunrise: Poems
Killers of the Flower Moon
Deer Woman
Poet Warrior: A Memoir
Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume
Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life
When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry

Adult fiction by Indigenous authors

Tread of Angels
This Town Sleeps
The Toughest Indian in the World
Ten Little Indians
Winter Counts
The Removed
A Grandmother Begins the Story
Black Sun
The Sentence
Even As We Breathe
To Shape a Dragon
The Only Good Indians
Night of the Living Rez
There There
Indian Horse
War Dances
Love After the End: an Anthology of Two-Spirit & Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction
Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology
The Heartsong of Charging Elk
The Berry Pickers
The Night Watchman
My Heart Is a Chainsaw
Empire of Wild
Sisters of a Lost Nation

Picture books by or about Native Americans

Getting to Know the Native American Indian Tribes
Myths and Legends of the World
We Are Water Protectors
Keepunumuk : Weeâchumun
Powwow Day
The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman
Many Hands: A Penobscot Indian Story
Hoop Dancer Determination
Finding My Dance
Kunu’s Basket: A Story From Indian Island
Forever Cousins
Josie Dances
We Are Grateful : otsaliheliga
The First Blade of Sweetgrass

Junior & Teen fiction & nonfiction materials by or about Native Americans

Healer of the Water Monster
Explore Native American Cultures!
The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas
Fire Song
Notable Native People
Bird Talk
Do All Indians Live in Tipis?
My Good Man
Rez Dogs
Sisters of Neversea
Indian No More
If I Ever Get Out of Here
Walking in Two Worlds
Whisper to the Sky
The Sea In Winter
A Snake Falls to Earth
The Rez Detectives
The Abenaki
Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance
Rez Ball
Rez Runaway
We Are Still Here! : Native American Truths Everyone Should Know
Apple: Skin to the Core
Give Me Some Truth
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People
Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids
Race to the Sun
The People Shall Continue
Phoenix ani
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian