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

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

Adult nonfiction by or about North American Tribal Nations

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

Adult fiction by Indigenous authors

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

Picture books by or about Native Americans

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

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

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