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Native American Heritage: Books

Celebrating and honoring the history and culture of Native Americans. Includes resources for celebrating Native American Heritage Month in November.

New books at SFCC

e-Books by Native Americans

Search for these and other eBooks by going to the SFCC Library Website, clicking on Article Databases and then clicking on EbscoHost eBook Collection.

Non-fiction books at SFCC

The following are only a few of the many Native American books in the SFCC Library collection.  These books are sorted by their Dewey Decimal System call number. If you can't find one of these books on the shelf, you may find a similar book nearby.

Books by Spokane author Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, is determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Blasphemy : New and Selected Stories

An anthology that features tales of donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, and marriage, including the masterpiece, War Dances, where characters grapple with racism, damaging stereotypes, poverty, alcoholism, diabetes, and the tragic loss of languages and customs.

The Business of Fancydancing

Alexie’s first book of poetry that affectingly looks at life on a reservation in eastern Washington state. His work displays tremendous pain and anger, but there is also love, humor, and plenty of irony.

Face

Alexie's poems and prose show his celebrated passion and wit as he looks back on his childhood on the rez, inward to his sex life and his happy marriage, and outward to public events, from the Clinton impeachment to Gonzaga University basketball.

First Indian on the Moon

Outraged pride, broken promises, and the scourge of alcoholism are the burden of these sharp-edged, high-impact poems and prose woven together in a tapestry of pain about death by fire and survival by endurance on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Flight

With themes of alienation, revenge and forgiveness, this is the story of Zits who runs away from his foster home and ends up in jail. Soon after, he enters a bank, shoots several people and is shot dead himself. Zits then commences time-traveling via the bodies of other people.

Indian Killer

An Indian serial killer incites racial tension by murdering whites in retribution for his people's history. The killer is a conflicted creation raised by loving white parents, but twisted by loss of his identity as an Indian.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto fistfight in heaven

Alexie’s 22 short stories set around the Spokane reservation captures a strong sense of community and attitude of hope tinged with realism as its inhabitants determine to persevere despite the odds.

Old shirts & new skins

Alexie uses poetic power to capture the full range of the modern Native American experience, writing both with anger and with great affection and humor. 

One stick song

Alexie demonstrates his skills at describing contemporary Indian life in America and his ability to handle multiple perspectives and complex psychological subject matter with humor.

Reservation Blues

Coyote Springs is an all-Indian rock band that sings its own brand of the blues. Alexie vaults with ease from comedy to tragedy and back in a tour-de-force outing powered by a collision of cultures:  Delta blues and Indian rock.

Summer of black widows

For prolific poet and novelist Alexie, Indian culture is not a frozen set-piece, but a field of vital, co-mingling influences that includes playing basketball, watching for Sasquatch or admiring Fred Astaire.

Ten little Indians

A collection of stories about Native Americans who find themselves at personal and cultural crossroads, faced with heart-rending, tragic, sometimes wondrous moments of being that test their loyalties, their capacities, and their notions of who they are and who they love.

Thunder Boy Jr.

Children's book. Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name...one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name.

The Toughest Indian in the World

This collection of stories deals with urban Indians who are straddling two worlds: an intimate but indigent life on the reservation and an affluent but strange and sometimes hostile white middle-class existence. Their solutions to this double bind are rarely ordinary.

War dances

A collection of stories, poems, question and answer sequences, and hybrids of all three and beyond.  Alexie unfurls highly expressive language in this spirited and provocative array of tragic comedies.

What I've stolen, what I've earned

Alexie's poems explore the quirks and tragedies of Native American legacies with irreverent wit, dexterous shifts in poetic form, and a wide range of subject matter.

You don't have to say you love me: a memoir

An extraordinary look at the complicated relationship between a remarkable mother and an equally remarkable son, set, mostly, in the Spokane Indian Reservation where Alexie spent his childhood.