Native American Heritage Month

nahm_behnke_timeline-history-of-the-trail-of-tearsBehnke, Alison  A Timeline History of the Trail of Tears
Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Lerner

Timeline Trackers: Westward Expansion series. This entry in the approachable series examines events surrounding the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their land. From the arrival of the first Europeans through the Trail of Tears and after, this well-organized volume moves through history via a visual timeline at chapter beginnings. Carefully curated art enhances the accessible text. Writing activities are appended. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Native Americans; History, American—Trail of Tears; Native Americans—North America—Cherokee

nahm_bodden_apacheBodden, Valerie  Apache
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Creative Education

Bodden, Valerie  Cherokee
Gr. 4–6      48 pp.     Creative Education

Bodden, Valerie  Navajo
Gr. 4–6      48 pp.     Creative Education

Bodden, Valerie  Nez Perce
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Creative Education

Bodden, Valerie  Sioux
Gr. 4–6      48 pp.     Creative Education

Potts, Steve  Iroquois
Gr. 4–6      48 pp.     Creative Education

Peoples of North America series. Beautifully designed and evenly thorough, this series covering six Native American tribes is not to be missed. In each volume, history and culture are captured through arresting photographs and art and an accessible narrative. Sidebars called "Being Navajo" (etc.) offer even more compelling perspectives on daily life, both today and long ago. Each book includes a traditional tale. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Native Americans; Native Americans—North America—Apache; Native Americans—North America—Cherokee; Native Americans—North America—Navajo; Native Americans—North America—Nez Perce; Native Americans—North America—Sioux; Native Americans—North America—Iroquois

daniel_sometimes-i-feel-like-a-foxDaniel, Danielle  Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Groundwood

As explained in the author's note, Anishinaabe people believe in totem animals, clans that exemplify certain traits. Daniel, who is Métis, created this small, unusual book to teach her son about his culture and to encourage others to learn about their own clans. Soft acrylic paintings showing children in stylized animal masks appear opposite four-line poems focusing on each totem's character traits.
Subjects: Poetry; Animals; Native Americans—North America—Anishinaabe

nelson_sitting bullNelson, S. D.  Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People
Gr. 4–6     56 pp.     Abrams

This handsome biography combines the story of Sitting Bull's life with a brief history of the Lakota people in the nineteenth century. Sitting Bull episodically narrates his own tale in the voice of a respected elder reminiscing about the past. Quotes from Lakota culture, Sitting Bull, and his contemporaries create informative subheadings. Illustrated with Nelson's ink and colored-pencil drawings and archival photographs. Timeline. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Native Americans; Native Americans—North America—Lakota; Biographies; Sitting Bull; Native Americans—North America—Hunkpapa; Native Americans—North America—Dakota; Kings, queens, and rulers

nahm_walker_remember-little-bighornWalker, Paul Robert  Remember Little Bighorn: Indians, Soldiers, and Scouts Tell Their Stories
Middle school, high school     62 pp.      National Geographic

Remember series. This book recounts the controversial battle between the U.S. Cavalry and the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians at the Little Bighorn River in 1876. Details of significant events are drawn from first-person accounts of both soldiers and Native Americans who witnessed the bloody struggle. Paintings, drawings, maps, and archival photos enhance and enliven the well-written, well-documented, and balanced text. Timeline. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Native Americans; Sitting Bull; Native Americans—North America—Arapaho; Crazy Horse; Native Americans—North America—Dakota; History, American—Little Bighorn, Battle of the; Native Americans—North America—Cheyenne; Custer, George Armstrong

From the November 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.
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