reading list

This is a suggested list of books I should read through for my Field Exams, date set for January 2018. I am terrified. 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!***


Poetry: Representative Selections by

Akiwenzie-Damm, Kateri  – My Heart is a Stray Bullet 
Annharte, Marie Annharte – indigena awry
Armstrong, Jeanette – Breath Tracks 
Dumont, Marilyn – A Really Good Brown Girl
Francis, Marvin – city treaty: a long poem
Half, Louise –Bear Bones & Feathers
Harjo, Joy – Conflict Resolution
Johnson, Pauline – Flint & Feather
Joe, Rita – Lnu and Indians We’re Called 
Moses, Daniel David – A Small Essay of the Largeness of Light and Other Poems
Ortiz, Simon – A Good Journey 
Ruffo, Armand Garnet – The Thunderbird Poems 
Scofield, Gregory – Kipocihkân,


Daniel David Moses, Almighty Voice and his Wife
Drew Hayden Taylor, AlterNatives
Ian Ross, fareWel
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


Alexander Wolfe, Earth Elder Stories
Basil Johnston, The Manitous: The Spiritual World of the Ojibways
Brian Maracle, Back on the Rez
Howard Cardinal, The Unjust Society
Howard Adams, Prison of Grass: Canada from a Native Point of View
Lee Maracle, I Am Woman
Neal McLeod, Cree Narrative Memory


A Story as Sharp as a Knife: Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World, trans. Robert Bringhurst
Abraham Ulrikab, The Diary of Abraham Ulrikab, ed. Hartmut Lutz
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
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

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
Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach
Edward Ahenakew, Voices of the Plains Cree
James Welch, Winter in the Blood
Jeanette Armstrong, Slash
Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road
Lee Maracle, Ravensong
Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony
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
Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
Thomas King, Green Grass, Running Water
Tomson Highway, Kiss of the Fur Queen
Warren Cariou, Lake of the Prairies
Yvonne Johnson & Rudy Wiebe, Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman


Arnold Krupat, The Voice in the Margin: Native American Lit and the Canon
Daniel Francis, The Imaginary Indian
Daniel Justice, Our Fire Survives the Storm
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 
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
Olive Dickason, Canada’s First Nations
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
Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian
Thomas King, The Truth About Stories

Aboriginal Drama and Theatre, ed. Rob Appleford
(Ad)dressing Our Words: Aboriginal Perspectives on Aboriginal Literature, ed. Armand Garnet Ruffo
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.,


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
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
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


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)