As you move into Thanksgiving week, as you gather with friends and family and fill your belly with yummy food, you might also notice the shift in energy that comes with the season. As the days get shorter and you turn inward, you may find yourself wanting to spend cold afternoons curled up with a book. Before November passes into December, I want to share two reading lists that honor Native American Heritage Month. And I want to give thanks for the authors who have stepped forward to share these stories.
The first list comes from Powell’s in Portland, Oregon, 19 New Books to Read During Native American Heritage Month. At the suggestion of friend and fellow writer, Melissa Bennett (tribal affiliations: Umatilla, Nimiipuu, Sac & Fox, Anishinaabe), I am going to read White Magic, an essay collection by Elissa Washuta, and Notable Native People, by Adrienne Keene and Ciara Sana.
The second list, recommended by Melissa and published on Orion Magazine, features sixteen books of poetry. As Mellisa says, you can’t go wrong with Joy Harjo. But also, dig into these lists and see what calls.
Lastly, if you are looking for an indigenous organization to donate to on Giving Tuesday, please consider The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. People often ask what is an appropriate amount to donate. I quote an old philanthropist who inspired many to give in my own community: Give until it feels good.
May your books and blessings be bountiful. May your giving bring healing to those who are suffering and in need.