American Indian Books about Thanksgiving


Parents and teachers interested in promoting a multi-cultural perspective of the upcoming holiday should consider the following recommendations from Good Books about Thanksgiving by American Indian Studies Professor Debbie Reese.

Grades 4-6:

Hunter, Sally M. Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1997.
Peters, Russell M. Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1992.
Regguinti, Gordon. The Sacred Harvest: Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1992.
Wittstock, Laura Waterman. Ininatig’s Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1993.

Grades 4-up:

Bruchac, Margaret M. and Catherine Grace O’Neill. 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2001.

All ages:

Swamp, Jake. Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message. New York: Lee & Low, 1995.

Teacher resource:

Seale, Doris, Beverly Slapin, and Carolyn Silverman, eds., Thanksgiving: A Native Perspective. Berkeley: Oyate, 1998.


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