Native American Authors: A List

A while ago on a Goodreads group I follow, someone asked for a list of Native authors who weren’t Sherman Alexie or Louise Erdrich. Specifically, they were looking for “new” authors or authors born between 1970 and Now.

Then last month I gave a talk at a Harry Potter conference about Native Representation in the Potterverse and when I was done, many asked what I’d suggest they read to get a true representation.

Of course, part of me wanted to jump up and down and shout, ME! ME! 😉 I also wanted to have other authors in my arsenal that weren’t my favorite standby Sherman Alexie. So, I thought I’d do some research and compile a list of Native authors and what they wrote and where to find them. I started with the names shared on GoodReads, then while researching my talk for the conference, I found this great resource on Twitter (of all places).

The list is meant to highlight all Native American writers, whether they be from the USA or Canada. I’m not listing what tribe each author belongs to, but when possible, I’ve included a link to their website (or Wikipedia and the like) if you need more information. I’m also focusing on fiction writers for the most part. If they have novels and books of poetry, I’ll include both, and if they write non-fiction and fiction, I’ll list both of those. I just haven’t gone looking for poets and non-fiction writers (yet) but when I do (or when people let me know where to look) I’ll update this list.

If I’m missing any authors, please let me know. I’ll update and keep it as current as I can.

First, because I’m so excited to have found this, here are a few (there has to be more, and if you know of any let me know) amazing Anthologies out there.

Anthologies with Multiple Native Fiction Authors

Love Beyond Body, Space and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology
MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collection
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women



Sherman Alexie

(short story collections, novels, young adult and picture book)

Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
Thunder Boy Jr.
War Dances
Ten Little Indians
The Toughest Indian in the World
Reservation Blues
Indian Killer

(Poetry collections)

What I’ve Stolen; What I’ve Earned
The Business of Fancydancing
One Stick Song
The Summer of Black Widows
First Indian on the Moon

Joseph Boyden

The Orenda
Three Day Road
Through Black Spruce
Extraordinary Canadians Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont
Born With a Tooth


Joseph Bruchac

(Children’s and Young Adult)

Night Wings
A Boy Called Snow
Talking Leaves
Flying with the Eagle, Racing the Great Bear: Tales from Native North America
Kill Your Enemies
Brother of the Buffalo
Rose Eagle
March Towards the Thunder
The Warriors
My Father is Taller than a Tree
Code Talker
Eagle Song
Wolf Mark
Dragon Castle
Hidden Roots
Bear Walker
Crazy Horse’s Vision
Whisper in the Dark
Skeleton Man
The Return of the Skeleton Man
The Dark Pond
The First Strawberries
The Winter People
Children of the Longhouse

The Heart of the Chief
Wabi: A Hero’s Tale
Turtle’s Race with Beaver (with James Bruchac)
Raccoon’s Last Race (with James Bruchac)
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes (with James Bruchac)
Dog People: Native Dog Stories


Our Stories Remember
Jim Thorpe, Original All-American
Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path (picture book)
Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving (picture book)
Many Nations: An Alphabet of Native America (picture book)

(Short Story Colletions)

Foot of the Mountain
Boy Who Lived With Bears


At the End of the Ridge Road


The Circle of Thanks

Frank Christopher Busch

Green Eyes


Louise Erdrich

The Bingo Palace
The Beet Queen
Future Home of the Living God
Shadow Tag
Antelope Woman
Master Butchers Singing Club
Love Medicine
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
La Rose
Plague of Doves
Tales of Burning Love
The Round House
Tha Painted Drum
Four Souls
The Crown of Columbus (co-wrote with Michael Dorris)

(Short Story Collection)
The Red Convertible

(Children’s Book: Birchbark House Series)
Birchbark House
The Game of Shadows
The Porcupine Year


Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the Land of My Ancestors
A Blue Jay’s Dance

Original Fire
Baptism of Desire

Eric Gansworth

If I Ever Get Out of Here
Mending Skins
Extra Indians
Breathing the Monster Alive
Indian Summers
Smoke Dancing
Nickel Eclipse: Iroquois Moon
Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function: Poems and Paintings (The Iroquois and Their Neighbors)
From the Western Door to the Lower West Side

Tashia Hart

Girl Unreserved


Dana Lone Hill

Pointing with Lips: A week in the life of a rez chic


LeAnne Howe

Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story
Shell Shaker

(Short Story Collections)

Evidence of Red

N. Scott Momaday

House Made of Dawn
The Ancient Child

(Short Story Collection)

The Man Made of Words
The Way to Rainy Mountain
The Journey of Tai-Me
In the Presence of the Sun (Stories and Poems)

The Names

In the Bear’s House
Again the Far Morning
Angle of Geese and other poems
The Gourd Dancer

Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story


Tamela J. Ritter

From These Ashes

Gyasi Ross

Don’t Know Much About Indians
How to Say I Love You in Indian

Leslie Marmon Silko

(Short Story & Poetry Collections)
Laguna Woman
Ocean Story

Almanac of the Dead
Gardens in the Dunes

The Turquoise Ledge

David Treuer

Rez Life
The Translation of Dr. Apelles
The Hiawatha
Native American Fiction: A User’s Manual
Hoka Key

Richard Van Camp

(Baby Books)
Welcome Song for Baby
Little You
We Sang You Home

(Children’s books)
What’s the Most Beauitful Thing You Know About Horses?
A Man Called Raven

(Short Stories)
Night Moves
Angel Wing Splash Pattern
Godless but Loyal to Heaven
The Moon of Letting Go

The Lesser Blessed
A Blanket of Butterflies

Gerald Vizenor

Shrouds of White Earth
Father Meme
Hotline Healers: An Almost Browne Novel
Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles
The Heirs of Columbus
Griever: An American Monkey King in China
Dead Voices: Natural Agonies In The New World
Blue Ravens

(Short Story Collections)
Hiroshima Bugi: Atomu 57
Landfill Meditation: Crossblood Stories
The Trickster of Liberty: Tribal Heirs to a Wild Baronage
Earthdivers: Tribal Narratives on Mixed Descent

Favor of Crows

Velma Wallis

Two Old Women
Bird Girl and the Man Who Man Who Followed the Sun
Left Behind

Raising Ourselves


James Welsh

Riding the Earthboy 40

Killing Custer: The Battle of Little Big Horn and the Fate of the Plains Indians

Winter in the Blood
The Death of Jim Loney
Fools Crow
The Indian Lawyer
The Heartsong of Charging Elk

Thomas Yeahpau

X-Indian Chronicles: The Book of Mausape


Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel

Medicine Trail: The Life and Lessons of Gladys Tantaquidgeon
Wabanaki Blues: Book 1 in Wabanaki Trilogy



2 thoughts on “Native American Authors: A List

    1. Tamela J Ritter Post author

      Oh My Goodness, yes! I had him on the list because I had heard him and his son tell stories and I loved them, but for some reason my Google-fu wasn’t working for me the day I went looking for him online and there was nothing that gave me links to his books (I ~might~ have been looking for his son instead accidentally-ooops). But now I see there is a LOT of info and OMG, sooooo many books! Thank you for reminding me. It will be remedied, and the list updated, very soon.

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