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Giving Thanks to Those Who Were Here First

Our friends at the American Booksellers Association have sent this to their member bookstores.

During National Native American Heritage Month, we fully understand and appreciate that the notion of Thanksgiving is deeply entwined with the history of Native people. We invite you—today, this month, and always—to honor Native people in your community and to champion Native stories.

Here are three recent books by Native authors to help further readers’ understanding of this holiday and the Native experience.

Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story by Danielle Greendeer
This children’s book shares a fresh perspective of the Thanksgiving story that honors the Wampanoag people.

Remember by Joy Harjo
This is an illustrated version of U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s “Remember.” The poem urges us to observe the world around us and to move forward with greater understanding and gratitude.

The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History by Ned Blackhawk
The winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction! This essential book reexamines U.S. history, unearthing how the historical record has largely erased the central presence of Native people in this country’s past.

The CBC would also like to shine a light on a book list created by the First Nations Development Institute.

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