Native American Heritage Month Rez Dogs
Share Stories This Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month! Encourage young listeners to celebrate and learn with memoirs, contemporary and historical fiction, and fables written by Indigenous authors.

From Joseph Bruchac, the U.S.’s foremost Indigenous children’s author, comes Rez Dogs a middle grade verse novel set during the COVID-19 pandemic, about a Wabanaki girl’s quarantine on her grandparents’ reservation and the local dog that becomes her best friend.

Since the late 1800s, it has been believed that Native American civilization has been wiped from the United States. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee argues that Native American culture is far from defeated. This young listeners adaptation looks at Native American culture as it exists today—and the fight to preserve language and traditions.

Kaya is a Nez Perce girl who takes pride in helping out and supporting the tribe—and also in her beloved horse, Steps High. But when she chooses racing her horse over family responsibilities in Kaya Rides to the Rescue, Kaya has to prove herself to earn her tribe’s respect.

Wilma Mankiller, a descendant of Cherokee ancestors who had been forced to walk the Trail of Tears, experienced her own forced removal from the land she grew up on as a child. As she got older and learned more about the injustices her people had faced, she dedicated her life to instilling pride in Native heritage and reclaiming Native rights. She went on to become the first woman Principle Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

In the 15th century four Mahu, extraordinary individuals of dual male and female spirit, sail from Tahiti to Hawaii and share their gifts of science and healing with the people of Waikiki. The islanders return this gift with a monument of four boulders in their honor, which the Mahu imbue with healing powers before disappearing. In Kapaemahu, the power of the Mahu still calls out to those who pass by them at Waikiki Beach today.

At the mountain’s base sits a cabin under an old hickory tree. And in that cabin lives a family: loving, weaving, cooking, and singing. In At the Mountain’s Base, they wait for a loved one to return home in this lyrical audiobook celebrating the bonds of a Cherokee family and the bravery of history-making women pilots.

At four years old, Ria Thundercloud was brought into the powwow circle, ready to dance in the special jingle dress her mother made for her. As she grew up, she learned more styles but still loved the expressiveness of Indigenous dance. In Finding My Dance, Ria tells the true story of her path to dance and how it helped her take pride in her Native American heritage.