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reading list

This is a suggested list of books I should read through for my Comps, date tentatively set for Winter 2023. As I read through, I will be posting brief summaries of my initial thoughts and feelings about the texts and will link to each narrative. This is not an academic review, but rather, a personal reflection. I hope this will help me keep organized and flesh out any reoccurring themes, connection, etc between texts. Wish me luck.

***This is not meant to be a final, academic review – this is a process!***

List 1: Primary Texts

Poetry: Representative Selections by


Prose Narrative:

Alootook Ipellie, Arctic Dreams and Nightmares

Beatrice Culleton Mosionier, In Search of April Raintree

Beth Brant, Food and Spirits

Cherie Dimaline, Red Rooms

D’Arcy McNickel, The Surrounded

Dawn Dumont, Nobody Cries at Bingo

Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach

Edward Ahenakew, Voices of the Plains Cree

James Welch, Winter in the Blood

Janet Campbell Hale, The Jailing of Cecelia Capture

Jeanette Armstrong, Slash

John Joseph Matthews, Sundown

Katherena Vermette, The Break

Lee Maracle, Ravensong

Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony

Linda Hogan, Mean Spirit

Lorne Simon, Stones and Switches

Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine

Lydia Campbell, Sketches of a Labrador Life by a Labrador Woman

Maria Campbell, Halfbreed

N. Scott Momaday, House Made of Dawn

Richard Van Camp, the Lesser Blessed

Richard Wagamese, Keeper n’Me

Ruby Slipperjack, Honour the Sun

Thomas King, Green Grass, Running Water

Tomson Highway, Kiss of the Fur Queen

Tracey Lindberg, Birdie

Warren Cariou, Lake of the Prairies

Yvonne Johnson & Rudy Wiebe, Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman



Daniel David Moses, Almighty Voice and his Wife

Drew Hayden Taylor, AlterNatives

Ian Ross, fareWel

Kenneth T. Williams, Café Daughter

Kevin Loring, Where the Blood Mixes

Maria Campbell, Jessica

Marie Clements, Burning Vision

Monique Mojica, Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots

Tomson Highway, either The Rez Sisters or Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing

Yvette Nolan, Annie Mae’s Movement

DraMétis: three Métis plays



Abraham Ulrikab, The Diary of Abraham Ulrikab, ed. Hartmut Lutz

Anahareo, Devil in Deerskins

Basil Johnston, The Manitous: The Spiritual World of the Ojibways

Basil Johnston, Indian School Days

Bev Sellars, They Called Me Number One.

Brian Maracle, Back on the Rez

Christy Jordan-Fenton, Fatty Legs: A True Story

George Copway (Kahgegagahbowh), Life, Letters and Speeches

Howard Cardinal, The Unjust Society

Howard Adams, Prison of Grass: Canada from a Native Point of View

Janet Campbell Hale, Bloodlines

Lee Maracle, I Am Woman

Mini Aodla Freeman, Life Among the Qallunaat

N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain

Robert Arthur Alexie, Porcupines and China Dolls

Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian

Thomas King, The Truth About Stories

Yvonne Johnson and Rudy Wiebe, Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman

Zitkála-Šá, American Indian Stories



A Story as Sharp as a Knife: Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World, trans. Robert Bringhurst

Alexander Wolfe, Earth Elder Stories

Beverly Hungry Wolf, The Ways of My Grandmothers

Henry Penner, Call Me Hank (Eds. K. Carlson and K. Fagan)

Harry Robinson, Write It On Your Heart

Julie Cruikshank, Life Lived Like a Story

Leslie Marmon Silko, Storyteller

Maria Campbell, Stories of the Road Allowance People

Coming to Light: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America, ed. Brian Swann

Shaking the Pumpkin: Traditional Poetry of the Indian North Americas, ed. Jerome Rothernberg


List 2: Literary + Cultural Criticism

Daniel Francis, The Imaginary Indian

Daniel Heath Justice, Our Fire Survives the Storm

Daniel Heath Justice, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter

Deanna Reder, ed. Troubling Tricksters

Emma LaRocque, When the Other is Me

Gerald Vizenor, Fugitive Poses

Craig Womack, Red on Red: Native American Literary Separatism

Drew Hayden Taylor, Me Funny 

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Why I Can’t Read Wallace Stegner, and Other Essays: A Tribal Voice.

Greg Sarris, Keeping Slug Woman Alive

Helen Hoy, How Should I Read These?

Jo-Ann Episkenew, Taking Back Our Spirits

Keavy Martin, Stories in a New Skin: Approaches to Inuit Literature

Kim Anderson, Life Stages and Native Women

Leanne Simpson, Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back

Paula Gunn Allen, The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions

Renate Eigenbrod, Travelling Knowledges

Renate Eigenbrod and Renee Hulan, Aboriginal Oral Traditions

Robert Berkhofer, The White Man’s Indian

Robert Warrior, Tribal Secrets

Sam McKegney, Magic Weapons

Sophie McCall, First Person Plural

Suzanne Fournier and Ernie Crey, Stolen From Our Embrace


Aboriginal Drama and Theatre, ed. Rob Appleford

(Ad)dressing Our Words: Aboriginal Perspectives on Aboriginal Literature, ed. Armand Garnet Ruffo

Introduction to Indigenous Literary Criticism in Canada, ed. Heather Mcfarlane and Armand Garnet Ruffo

Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaches to Indigenous Literatures, ed. Deanna Reder and Linda Morra

Looking at the Words of Our People, ed. Jeannette Armstrong

American Indian Literary Nationalism, ed. Jace Weaver, Craig Womack, and Robert Warrior.

Reasoning Together, ed. Womack et al.,


List 3: Anthologies

Across Cultures, Across Borders: Canadian Aboriginal and Native American Literatures, ed. Paul DePasquale, Renate Eigenbrod and Emma LaRoque

All My Relations: An Anthology of Contemporary Canadian Native Fiction, ed. Thomas King 

An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English, ed. Daniel David Moses

An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English, Ed. Brown, Bennett and Cooke

Literature Amerindienne du Quebec, ed. Maurizio Gatti

Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water, ed. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Warren Cariou

Native Poetry in Canada, ed. Jeanette Armstrong and Lally Grauer

Native Literature in Canada, ed. Penny Petrone

Our Bit of Truth: An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature, ed. Agnes Grant

Staging Coyote’s Dream: An Anthology of First Nations Drama in English, ed. Ric Knowles and Monique Mojica

Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island, ed. Sophie McCall, Deanna Reder, David Gaetner, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill

Paper Stays Put: A Collection of Inuit Writing, Ed. Robin Gedalof

Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature, ed. Qwo-Li Driskill, Daniel Justice

Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction, ed. Grace Dillon

Without Reservation: Indigenous Erotica, ed. Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm


List 4: Personal Contributions

This list will eventually contain 20-25 books that are relevant to my Thesis Topic specifically. 

Bouvier, Rita – papîyâhtak, nakamowin’ sa for the seasons (poetry)

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