The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, is based on the author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C. This powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.
The Audacity Of His Enterprise: Louis Riel and the Métis Nation That Canada Never Was, 1840–1875, by M. Max Hamon is about Louis Riel (1844-1885), an iconic figure in Canadian history and best known for his roles in the Red River Resistance of 1869 and the Northwest Resistance of 1885. A political leader of the Métis people of the Canadian Prairies, Riel is often portrayed as a rebel.
In A Short History of the Blockade, award-winning writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson uses Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg stories, storytelling aesthetics, and practices to explore the generative nature of Indigenous blockades through our relative, the beaver—or in Nishnaabemowin, Amik. The introduction is by Jordan Abel, Nisga'a poet.
Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science is by Enrique Salmón, PhD, who is head of the American Indian Studies Program at California State University–East Bay, in Hayward, California. His own Rarámuri family has always gathered, grown, and used plants for many medicinal and cultural purposes. The belief that all life-forms are interconnected and share the same breath—known in the Rarámuri tribe as iwígara—has resulted in a treasury of knowledge about the natural world, passed down for millennia by native cultures.
Daniels v. Canada: In and Beyond the Courts, is edited by Métis scholar Chris Andersen and Nathalie Kermoal. In Daniels v. Canada the Supreme Court determined that Métis and non-status Indians were “Indians” under section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867, one of a number of court victories that has powerfully shaped Métis relationships with the federal government. However, the decision (and the case) continues to reverberate far beyond its immediate policy implications.
When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry is edited by Joy Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019; with Leanne Howe, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Jennifer Elise Foerster, a member of the Muscogee Nation; and contributing editors. This anthology gathers the work of more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations.
In Search of April Raintree is the story of two Métis sisters growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After the girls are removed from their family, they are sent to separate foster homes. Métis writer Beatrice Culleton Mosionier recounts their struggle with loss, violence, racism, and search for identity in this moving narrative. This novel has become an important text in recent Canadian literature. This new critical edition includes the complete text of the novel and ten original essays.
Knowing Native Arts by Nancy Marie Mithlo, Chiricahua Apache, discusses the significance of Indigenous arts in national and global milieus. Knowing Native Arts is written from the perspective of a senior academic and curator traversing a dynamic and at turns fraught era of Native self-determination, providing a critical appraisal of a system that is often broken for Native peoples seeking equity in the arts.
In Warrior Life: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence, Pamela Palmater, Mi'kmaw lawyer, author, speaker and activist, addresses a range of Indigenous issues — empty political promises, ongoing racism, sexualized genocide, government lawlessness, and the lie that is reconciliation — and makes the complex political and legal implications accessible to the public.
Love After the End edited by Joshua Whitehead, Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-spirit, Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1), is an anthology of queer Indigenous speculative fiction. This groundbreaking fiction collection showcases a number of new and emerging 2SQ (Two-Spirit and queer) Indigenous writers from across Turtle Island. These visionary authors show how queer Indigenous communities can bloom and thrive through utopian narratives that detail the vivacity and strength of 2SQness throughout its plight in the maw of settler colonialism's histories.