¡Mira Look!: Themed Book Lists: Indigenous Peoples & Rights

Photo from Flickr CC user: Casbr

Photo from Flickr CC user: Casbr

Hello readers! This week I wanted to give you some resources on teaching about indigenous peoples and rights. Sadly, unjustly and unfortunately, the stories, histories and struggles of Native peoples are left out of history, literature and culture. But their stories deserve to be heard, to be understood and cherished. Many children in our schools identify as a Native American, or a Native Central or South American, we owe it to them to enlighten ourselves to the resources available that showcase their culture and share it with their classmates. Not all of these books are award winners, but I will highlight the ones that are and the links are directly to the book’s Amazon page.

Books on Indigenous Peoples & Rights

As always, please help us expand our list in the comments section.

Welcoming summer with much happiness,

-Ailesha

3 thoughts on “¡Mira Look!: Themed Book Lists: Indigenous Peoples & Rights

  1. The Queen of Water by Laura Resau
    Napi by Antonio Ramirez
    Napi Goes to the Mountain by Antonio Ramirez
    Napi funda un pueblo/Napi Makes a Village (English and Spanish Edition) by Antonio Ramirez
    The Girl from Chimel by Rigoberta Menchu

  2. Thanks, Ailesha (and Hope!) for these reading suggestions.

    I’ll chime in and suggest another reference for everyone – the blog “American Indians in Children’s Literature,” run by Debbie Reese. Reese’s nationally-acclaimed work is generally focused on the experience and depiction of American Indians or Native Americas (she offers both terms) in the U.S., but her analysis of literary depictions of indigenous peoples is relevant even to conversations that extend beyond the U.S. In short, her critical inquiries are inspiring and thought-provoking in more ways than I can fathom. I highly suggest visiting her blog, if you haven’t already! Here’s the URL: http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/.

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