In Lela and the Butterflies written by Sherri Maret, Choctaw and Tim Maret; and illustrated by Merisha Sequoia Clark, Choctaw, Lela loves butterflies. When she takes a nature walk with Ranger Maggie, she learns that butterflies need help. Lela's small steps in butterfly conservation start with a butterfly garden of nectar and host plants, but she doesn't stop there and ends up spreading her love for butterflies throughout the community. A simple guide to planting a butterfly garden is also included. A great read aloud for storytime and picture book for elementary school readers.
Wild Rice Cooking: History, Natural History, Harvesting, and Lore is a collection of wild rice recipes and history and use of wild rice by the Ojibwe of Minnesota. The author harvests wild rice and works as an English professor at Bemidji State University. The book contains 80 practical recipes for wild rice. She finds interesting dishes from friends and colleagues that can be used for breakfast, snacks, main courses, soups, casseroles, and desserts. There are several recipes for cooking wild rice for a crowd. The book begins with a story about the author's attempt to gather wild rice.
The Art of American Indian Cooking, first published in 1965, contains more than one hundred and fifty recipes inspired by Native American traditional foods. The recipes are organized according to the major culture areas of North America. The sections include the Pacific Northwest, Eastern Woodlands, the Southwest, the Plains, and the Southeast. In each culture area, the recipes include suggestions for soups, appetizers, main dishes, vegetables, salads, breads, desserts, and beverages. One author, Yeffe Kimball, is an Osage writer from Oklahoma.
The Lightning Shrikes: A Novel of an All-Star American Indian Softball Team is an exciting, humour-packed sports novel from Oklahoma Choctaw scholar and athlete Devon Mihesuah. The author relishes taking on corporate America, stereotypes, racism, sports mascots and contemporary Native issues in this fast-paced story about an unlikely Native American coed softball team. Narrated by Oklahoma Choctaw Conley King, a former professional baseball player, the story begins with a fantastic scenario.