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5 books for Native American History Month

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, here are five books recommendations available at the J. Willard Marriott Library, recommended by Librarian Allyson Mower.

"We Are Water Protectors" By Carole Lindstrom

I got to meet the author of this wonderful book and hear her speak about the power of indigenous rights and culture. The story and the art work are equally beautiful. Highly recommended.

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"The Sentence" By Louise Erdrich

The opening story of this book is the best! And the rest takes you on a journey through one city’s experience with the pandemic. I know pandemic books can feel too soon, but this one is worth it.

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"You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me" By Sherman Alexie

One of the most commonly banned authors (and accused of abusing his power as part of the #MeToo movement) also has a sober and compelling memoir. The author combines prose and poetry which provided a unique reading experience and offers honest perspectives on indigenous, tribal, and urban identity. He has acknowledged harming others, both in his memoir and in this public statement.

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"Life Among the Paiutes: Their Wrongs and Claims" By Sarah Winnemucca

Published in 1883, this book established Sarah Winnemucca as one of the first female copyright holders in the U.S. She spoke often and powerfully about the abuses suffered at the hands of White settlers. Her book offers the same eloquence.

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"Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas" By Jennifer Raff

I’m only a few chapters into this book, but the story about the cave is incredible! It prompted me to go see the related artefacts on display at the Natural History Museum of Utah.

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