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Indigenous Peoples

Shandiin Largo ‘23
Curator’s Statement

I would like to recognize that Bowdoin College is located on the traditional homelands of the Abenaki People. The Abenaki are members of the Wabanaki Confederacy, or "People of the Dawn," which include five member nations: the Abenaki, Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and the Penobscot. I pay my respects to the Wabanaki Confederacy who have been and continue to be on this land as the original inhabitants and caretakers of what is now known as the State of Maine. I also want to recognize their enduring stewardship over their homelands, their resistance to ongoing forms of settler colonialism, and their resilience in preserving ancestral knowledge and practices for future generations. 

Yá'át'ééh, shí eí Shandiin Largo yiniishye. ’Ádóone’é nishłínígíí ‘éí 'Áshįįhi nishłį́, Kinyaa'áanii bashishchiin, Tódich'ii'nii dashicheii, dóó Ts'ah yisk'idnii dashinalí. Ákót’éego diné asdzáán nishłį́. Tséta’ tó’alk’olí dee naasha adoo Bowdoin College dee’ ííníshta.’

My name is Shandiin Largo, I am Salt clan, born for Towering House clan. My maternal grandfather is Bitter Water clan, and my paternal grandfather is Sagebrush Hill clan. In this way, I am a Diné woman. I am from the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Reservation—Casamero Lake, New Mexico.  I am currently in my third year at Bowdoin College. 

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, and as part of an ongoing BIPOC series at the Bowdoin College Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, I present to you a snapshot of Indigenous literature, with special focus on contemporary Indigenous authors who have published works within the past year. This collection showcases the complicated history between Indigenous populations and settler colonial powers in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Hawai’i, Russia, and Australia, and includes works from the late 1960s to today. Additionally, I have included a variety of genres, from children’s books, graphic novels, and poetry books to memoirs, horror fiction novels, and academic history books that center Indigenous identities and experiences. The main purpose of this book display is to dispel racist and harmful stereotypes made about Indigenous peoples that still exist in the media and in our classrooms. 

As a member of an institution and a society that have been the perpetrators of the dehumanization, exoticization, and erasure of Indigenous peoples, you should let this book display and its contents remind you that Indigenous peoples still exist and are thriving. I hope this book display also reminds you that the work to achieve racial equality and justice does not stop with representation but continues with you and me.

Axhee’ee, Thank you.

Author  Title  Call Number  Subject
Akiwenzie-Damm, Katerie This Place: 150 Years Retold PN6732 .T48 2019   Graphic Novel
Alexie, Sherman Blasphemy  PS3551.L35774 B53 2012 Fiction
Alexie, Sherman Ten Little Indians PS3551.L35774 T46 2003  Fiction
Álvarez, Noé Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land GV1065.23.N67 A48 2020   Biography
Anderson, Kim A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood E98.W8 A53 2000b Nonfiction
Barnaby, Jeff Blood Quantum DVD PN1997.2 .B5826 2020 Horror
Barnaby, Jeff Rhymes for Young Ghouls Online streaming  access Horror
Beardslee, Louis Words Like Thunder: New and Used Anishinaabe Prayers PS3602.E255 W67 2020   Poetry
Bearhead, Charlene Siha Tooskin Knows the Strength of His Hair PS8603.E3527 S63 Children’s Fiction
Belcourt, Billy-Ray NDN Coping Mechanisms  PR9199.4.B448 N39 2019   Poetry
Bellecourt, Clyde H.  The Thunder Before the Storm: the Autobiography of Clyde Bellecourt E99.C6 B425 2016   Autobiography
Belin, Esther G.  The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature  PS508.I5 D56 2021   Anthology
Benaway, Gwen Day/ Break PR9199.4.B45945 D39 2020   Poetry
Boivin, Lisa I Will See You Again E99.T56 B63 2020   Young Adult Fiction
Charles, Mark Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery E93 .C428 2019   History
Cunningham, Francine On/Me PR9199.4.C8645 O6 2019   Poetry
Curtice, Kaitlin B.  Native Identity: Belonging & Rediscovering God  E99.P8 C87 2020   Autobiography
Deloria, Philip Joseph Playing Indian E98.P99 D45 1998 Nonfiction
Deloria, Vine Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties: An Indian Declaration of Independence E93 .D35 Political Nonfiction
Deloria, Vine Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto E93 .D36 1988  Political Nonfiction
Diaz, Natalie Postcolonial Love Poem PS3604.I186 A6 2020   Poetry
Diaz, Natalie When My Brother Was An Aztec PS3604.I186 W47 2012   Poetry
Dillon, Grace Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction  PN6120.95.S33 W35 2012   Anthology
Dimaline, Cherie Empire of Wild PR9199.4.D56 E47 2021  Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Dimaline, Cherie The Marrow Thieves PR9199.4.D56 M37 2017   Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States E76.8 .D86 2014   History
Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne Not “A Nation of Immigrants”: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion E175 .D86 2021   History
Earling, Debra Magpie Perma Red PS3605.A765 P47 2003  Historical Fiction
Elliott, Alicia A Mind Spread Out on the Ground E78.C2 E487 2020   Autobiography
Emezi, Akwaeke Pet PZ7.1.E474 Pet 2019   Horror
Erdrich, Heid E.  Little Big Bully PS3555.R418 L58 2020   Poetry
Erdrich, Louise Future Home of the Living God PS3555.R42 F88 2017   Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Erdrich, Louise Love Medicine PS3555.R42 L6 1993   Fiction
Erdrich, Louise The Night Watchman PS3555.R42 N54 2020 Historical Fiction
Fajardo-Anstine, Kali Sabrina & Corina PS3606.A396 S23 2019   Fiction
Febos, Melissa Abandon Me PS3606.E26 Z44 2018   Autobiography
Ford, Kelli Jo Crooked Hallelujah PS3606.O7393 C76 2021 Historical Fiction
Gansworth, Eric Apple: (Skin to the Core) PS3557.A5196 A66 2020  Memoir
George, Bridget It’s a Mitig! PZ8.3.G292 It 2020  Children’s Fiction
Gill, Marie-Andrée Spawn PQ3919.3.G53 A2 2020   Poetry
GoldenEagle, Carol Rose Bone Black PR9199.4.G634 B66 2019   Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
Good, Michelle Five Little Indians PR9199.4.G6645 F58 2020   Fiction
Grace, Patricia Dogside Story PR9619.3.W67 C37 2009   Fiction
Grover, Linda LeGarde The Road Back to Sweetgrass PS3607.R6777 R63 2014 Fiction
Harjo, Joy Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings PS3558.A62423 C6 2015   Poetry
Harjo, Joy How We Became Human PS3558.A62423 H69 2004   Poetry
Harjo, Joy When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry PS591.I55 W47 2020   Anthology
Hausman, Blake M.  Riding the Trail of Tears PS3608.A8765 R53 2011   Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Hilton, Carol Anne Indigenomics: Taking a Seat At the Economic Table  E98.B87 H55 2021  Nonfiction
Hobson, Brandon Where the Dead Sit Talking  PS3608.O248 W48 2018 Young Adult Fiction
Howe, LeAnne Choctalking On Other Realities PS3608.O95 C46 2013  Biography
Howe, LeAnne Savage Conversations PS3608.O95 S28 2019  Historical Fiction
Howe, LeAnne Shell Shaker  PS3608.O95 S48 2001  Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Hulme, Keri The Bone People PR9639.3.H75 B6 1986   Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Ittusardjuat, Serapio How I Survived: Four Nights On the Ice G606 .I8813 2020  Graphic Novel
Johnson, Harold Peace and Good Order: The Case of Indigenous Justice in Canada KE7709 .J64 2019   Biography
Jones, Stephen Graham Ledfeather PS3560.O5395 L43 2008 Historical Fiction
Jones, Stephen Graham The Only Good Indians PS3560.O5395 O55 2020   Horror
Jonnie, Brianna If I Go Missing PN6733.J66 I35 2019   Graphic Novel
Kahakauwila, Kristiana This is Paradise PS3611.A3455 T48 2013  Fiction
Kimmerer, Robin Wall Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants E98.P5 K56 2013   Autobiography
King, Thomas 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin PR9199.3.K4422 A16 2019   Poetry
King, Thomas The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America E77 .K566 History
Knott, Helen In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience  E78.B9 K56 2020   Memoir
Kwaymullina, Ambelin The Things She’s Seen PR9619.4.K929 T454 2021   Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
Lavell-Harvard, Memee Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada HV6250.4.W65 F674 2016 Nonfiction
Lindstrom, Carole We Are Water Protectors PZ7.L6613 We 2020   Children’s Fiction
Little Badger, Darcie Elatsoe PZ7.1.L57812 El 2020   Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Long Soldier, Layli  Whereas PS3612.O5248 A6 2017   Poetry
Lundy, Randy Field Notes for the Self  PR9199.3.L864 F54 2020   Poetry
Mailhot, Terese Marie Heart Berries  RC552.P67 M3555 2018 Autobiography
Mankiller, Wilma Every Day Is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women Online Book Access Biography
Maracle, Lee Hope Matters PR9199.3.M3497 H67 2019   Poetry
McBride, Karen Crow Winter PR9199.4.M3945 C76 2019   Sci-Fi/Fantasy
McCue, Duncan The Shoe Boy: A Trapline Memoir E99.C88 M34 2020   Memoir
McLeod, Darrel J. Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age  E99.C88 M34 2019   Autobiography
Momaday, N. Scott Earth Keeper PS3563.O47 E278 2020  Poetry
Momaday, N. Scott House Made of Dawn PS3563.O47 H6 2018  Historical Fiction
Naponse, Darlene Before the Usual Time: A Collection of Indigenous Stories and Poems PR9194.5.I5 B44 2020   Anthology
Noodin, Margaret What the Chickadee Knows PS3614.O63 W46 2020   Poetry
Orange, Tommy There, There PS3615.R32 T48 2018 Fiction
Ortiz, Simon J. Woven Stone PS3565.R77 W6 1992   Poetry
Pennock, Tyler Bones PR9199.4.P4635 B66 2020   Poetry
Pico, Tommy Feed PS3616.I288 F44 2019   Poetry
Rice, Waubgeshig  Moon of the Crusted Snow: A Novel  PR9199.4.R487 M66 2018   Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Robertson, David Breakdown PN6733.R63 B74 2020  Graphic Novel
Robertson, David Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory PR9199.4.R582 Z46 2020  Autobiography
Robertson, David The Barren Grounds  PR9199.4.R582 B37 2021   Children’s Fiction
Robinson, Eden Monkey Beach PR9199.3.R5334 M6 2000   Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
Ruffo, Armand Garnet Treaty # PR9199.3.R77 T74 2019   Poetry
Rytkheu, Yuri A Dream in Polar Fog PG3476.R965 S613 2005 Fiction
Rytkheu, Yuri The Chukchi Bible PG3476.R965 P6713 2011 Fiction
Rytkheu, Yuri When the Whales Leave PG3476.R965 K613 2019 Fiction
Scott, Kim That Deadman Dance PR9619.3.S373 T43 2012 Historical Fiction
Seesequasis, Paul Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun E78.C2 S384 2019   Biography
Silko, Leslie Marmon Ceremony PS3569.I44 C4  Fiction
Skeets, Jake Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers PS3619.K46 A6 2019   Poetry
Smith, Cynthia Leitich Hearts Unbroken PS3568.M57 H43 2018  Young Adult Fiction
Spillett-Sumner, Tasha Surviving the City PN6733.S65 S87 v.1 2018 Graphic Novel
Spillett-Sumner, Tasha Surviving the City Vol.2, From the Roots Up PN6733.S65 S87 v.2 2020 Graphic Novel
Staples, Dennis E. This Town Sleeps PS3619.T3675 T55 2020 Fiction
Tagaq, Tanya Split Tooth PR9199.4.T343 S655 2018 Fiction
Talaga, Tanya Seven Fallen Feathers  E78.O5 T35 2017 Biography
Taylor, Drew Chasing Painted Horses PR9199.3.T35 C37 2019 Fiction
Thistle, Jesse From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and  Finding My Way E99.M47 T55 2019  Autobiography
Treuer, David The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present E77 .T797 2019   History
Twist, Arielle Disintegrate/ Dissociate PR9199.4.T94 D57 2019   Poetry
Van Camp, Richard Moccasin Square Gardens PS8593 .A5376 M63 2019 Fiction
Vermette, Katherena A Girl Called Echo PN6733.V47 P46 v.1 2017 Graphic Novel
Vizenor, Gerald Robert Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles PS3572.I9 D37 1990 Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Wagamese, Richard A Quality of Light  PR9199.3.W316 Q35 1997 Fiction
Wagamese, Richard For Joshua: An Ojibwe Father Teaches His Son PR9199.3.W316 Z466 2020 Autobiography
Wagamese, Richard Indian Horse PR9199.3.W316 I63 2012 Fiction
Walbourne-Gough, Douglas Crow Gulch PR9199.4.W3243 C76 2019 Poetry
Washuta, Elissa My Body is a Book of Rules CT275.W316 A3 2014   Memoir
Washuta, Elissa White Magic: Essays  BF1598.W37 W5 2021   Memoir
Weiden, David, Heska Wanbli Winter Counts  PS3623.E4246 W56 2020   Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
Welch, James Winter in the Blood PS3573.E44 W5 2008 Historical Fiction
Whitehead, Joshua Full-Metal Indigiqueer: Poems PR9199.4.W4745 F8 2017   Poetry
Whitehead, Joshua Jonny Appleseed PR9199.4.W4745 J64 2018  Fiction
Whitehead, Joshua Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction PN6120.92.G39 L68 2020   Anthology
Wright, Alexis Carpentaria PR9619.3.W67 C37 2009 Fiction
Yahgulanaas, Michael Nicoll Carpe Fin: A Haida Manga folio PN6733.Y34 C37 2019   Graphic Novel