Since 1990, November has been National Native American Heritage Month in the United States—an opportunity to attend more deliberately to the histories, experiences, contributions, and ideas of Native American peoples. Though these experiences and archives ought to be top of mind throughout the year, the stakes this month may be even higher than usual. In this moment of national reckoning over the past and future of America, questions surrounding how we conceive of our national origins, who is included, and where we are headed are revealing profound divides. But there is a great deal of knowledge and insight that can be gained from the voices of those whose histories, ideas, and experiences are routinely pushed to the periphery.
This month and every month, there is rich learning to be gained from turning toward the scholarly work and personal insights of Native scholars and memoirists. The following five books published in the last year capture key turning points in Native American history; longstanding traditions of resistance that continue into the present; and personal narratives that reflect the resilience and diversity of Native peoples living in the contemporary United States.
Below, the publisher of each book provides a sense of what is contained in each title: