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Happy Thanksgiving & Reading!

November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Awhile ago on Twitter, I got on a soapbox about Indigenous People Day: instead of celebrating Christopher Columbus for having the worst directions and kickstarting a genocide, I pointed out media and resources about and by Native Americans. I think Thanksgiving is also a perfect holiday to celebrate Native American media, so below are all the links I previously tweeted, here in one place for your perusal.

Sherman Alexie: His YA work, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is a Native American literature classic. I also like his movie Smoke Signals.

Leslie Marmon Silko: Ceremony will make your soul cry.

David Treuer: He was a Mary Routt Professor of Writing at Scripps College in 2011. Scripps promo’ed, yo

Poets: This article features 10 Native American poets and poems. A solid primer.

Nonfiction: I was lucky enough to be a part of the Scripps College Humanities Institute: Continuing Invasion: Resistance, Resilience, & Re-Invention among North American Indigenous Peoples. These speakers blew my mind and changed my life

Video Game: Never Alone is an atmospheric puzzle platformer game featuring the stories of the Iñupiat, an Alaska Native people. Over 80 tribe elders were consulted during the game’s creation and overjoyed with the result. Plus, the Arctic Collection has additional downloadable content and soundtrack.

And as a bonus, here are 20 more Native American authors you need to read, according to OED. That’s all I’ve got for now. What are some of your guys’ favorites?

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