Indigenous Storytellers

 

Lately, we've noticed an exciting new trend in children's book publishing—an influx of stories about the indigenous cultures of America in all their myriad forms.  Even better, these stories are being told by members of those cultures, relaying experiences from their own lives as well as historical traditions, legends, and practices.

Traverse City (and much of northern Michigan) is the ancestral and contemporary home of the Anishinaabe and Odawa people.  Today, in our area, these groups are represented by the nations of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.  While the collection below does include stories from their traditions, you'll also find stories from indigenous cultures across the country.  What stories come from your hometown?

 

 


 

Stories to Read Aloud

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For Middle Grade Readers

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For Young Adults

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