Native American Night Before Christmas by Gary Robinson (of Choctaw/Cherokee descent) and illustrated by Jesse T. Hummingbird (Cherokee), artist, is an innovative retelling of the classic Christmas tale. This full-color book takes a whimsical look at what Christmas Eve might be like for an American Indian family when Old Red Shirt (the Indian Santa Claus) comes a-calling with his team of flying white buffalo to deliver fry bread, commodities, and other goodies. Jesse Hummingbird’s inspired illustrations transform the author’s playful adaptation into a fresh and modern work of art.
Name Your Mountain by Tim Tingle (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is part of the Pathfinders series. In Name Your Mountaing everything is looking great for Bobby Byington and his best friend Cherokee Johnny as their high school basketball team prepares for an important game. But just when things seem to be going really well, someone tries to take the life of Cherokee Johnny’s father. Bobby is determined to help his friend’s family but feels useless until he gets some ingenious ideas that can aid the police.
Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, follows four generations of Cherokee women across four decades. It’s 1974 in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and fifteen-year-old Justine grows up in a family of tough, complicated, and loyal women, presided over by her mother, Lula, and Granny. After Justine’s father abandoned the family, Lula became a devout member of the Holiness Church — a community that Justine at times finds stifling and terrifying.
In First Fire: A Cherokee Story written by Bradley Wagnon, Cherokee and illustrated by Alex Stephenson is a story that takes place during a time when animals could do many of the things that people do. The Creator gave the animals the world to live in, but they were without a source of heat at night. Great Thunder and his sons saw the plight of the animals, so he sent lightning down to strike a tree. The tree burst into flames, but because it was on an island, there was no way for the animals to easily get to the tree.
Indians on Vacation is a novel by Thomas King, Cherokee/Greek. In Indians on Vacation, meet Bird and Mimi. They are Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, Bird and Mimi attempt to trace Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe. This is the unforgettable tale of one couple’s holiday trip to Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political.
Cold Skies is the third book in A DreadfulWater Mystery series by Thomas King, Cherokee/Greek. In Cold Skies, Thumps DreadfulWater has finally found some peace and quiet. His past as a California cop now far behind him, he’s living out his retirement as a fine-arts photographer in the small town of Chinook. His health isn’t great, and he could use a new stove, but as long as he’s got his cat and a halfway decent plate of eggs, life is good. All that changes when a body turns up on the eve of a major water conference and the understaffed sheriff’s department turns to Thumps for help.
The Obsidian Murders is the fifth book in A DreadfulWater Mystery series by Thomas King, Cherokee/Greek, In The Obsidian Murders, Thumps DreadfulWater’s world is turned upside down when Nina Maslow, the producer of a true-crime reality-TV show, turns up dead after working on a cold case that Thumps has spent years trying to forget. What’s more, someone seems set on taunting Thumps, leaving reminders of the Obsidian murder case around town. Is it possible that the elusive serial killer who murdered his girlfriend and her daughter all those years ago has resurfaced in Chinook?
Eastern Cherokee Stories: A Living Oral Tradition and Its Cultural Continuance is authored by Sandra Muse Isaacs of Eastern Cherokee descent (Ani-tsisqua, Bird Clan) and Gaelic heritage (Clan MacRae), and Joyce Dugan is Former Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Joyce Dugan writes that throughout Cherokee history, ancient stories have been the essence of who they are.
Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story is written by Andrea L. Rogers, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and illustrated by Matt Forsyth. In Mary and the Trail of Tears, 12-year old Mary and her Cherokee family are forced out of their home in Georgia by U.S. soldiers in May 1838. From the beginning of the forced move, Mary and her family are separated from her father.
Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis (Umpqua) with Traci Sorell (Cherokee) and cover art by Marlena Myles (Spirit Lake Dakota, Mohegan, Muscogee Creek), is about the termination programs in the US and how this affects the life of Regian Petit. Indian No More is the story of Regina Petit and her family and the US bill that signs their Umpqua tribe in Oregan out of existence. She has an Indian number and is counted as Indian, lives and practices her tribal culture, and has Umpqua ancestors.