Celebrating Thanksgiving often means going home, but for many of our Native neighbors, the concept of home is a painful reminder of what was taken from them during campaigns of forced assimilation and removal from their homelands. Nothing we do today can reverse this painful history and its aftermath, but the humanities provide a long overdue opportunity to connect with, understand, and support the experiences of Indigenous peoples in the United States.
Ohio Humanities is proud to support projects and people who share diverse stories from Native Americans all year, from contemporary literature and journalism to scholarship that reframes the founding of our nation. Below are some of our staff’s favorite books written by Native authors or that tell stories that reflect the Native experience—in Ohio and nationwide.
The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History by Ned Blackhawk, 2023 National Book Award for Nonfiction winner
The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales retold by Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac
The First Peoples of Ohio and Indiana: Native American History Resource Book by Jessica Diemer-Eaton
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes: Nine Indian Writers on the Legacy of the Expedition edited by Alvin M. Josephy
The Land of the Three Miamis by Barbara Alice Mann
Betty by Tiffany McDaniel
There There by Tommy Orange
The Other Trail of Tears: The Removal of the Ohio Indians by Mary Stockwell
White Magic by Elissa Washuta
Happy Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month!