Bring these Female Native American Authors to Your Thanksgiving Table

Happy Thanksgiving from Luna Station Quarterly. Please, enjoy making that turkey (or tofurkey, from one vegetarian to another). Spend time with your family and friends. But please consider what you are celebrating. Thanksgiving is a holiday rooted in the genocide of Native Americans. This does not mean you are an awful person for basting that turkey, but take time to consider what you are celebrating.

As Joanne Barker writes for TruthOut, “To the extent that the colonial narrative of Thanksgiving erases Native peoples, it simultaneously erases attention on their current rights efforts to protect the land and the water from extractive, contaminant technologies and the way those efforts are linked to others’ social justice concerns.”

This Thanksgiving, put on your intersectional feminist hat (as if you ever take it off!) and look beyond the nationalist myth that Thanksgiving celebrates a peaceful dinner between Native Americans and Pilgrims. Start your allyship with Native peoples by listening to their voices. Read their words and support their stories.

Here’s a list of books by Female Native American Authors to enjoy. Be sure to pass these books around the dinner table and spread the conversation.

516vzikmbdl-_sx299_bo1204203200_Mean Spirit (Linda Hogan) historical fiction; mystery

Hogan’s first novel, the story takes place in Oklahoma in the 1920s when oil is discovered on Native American land. It is a story of greed and murder.

 Beyond Bridalveil Fall, (book 1 of Dwellers of Awanhee) (Sheryl Seal) YA; paranormal romance

Oria takes a swim while in Yosemite National Park and emerges from the water in another world. Here she discovers her destiny: she is The Golden Queen fairy of the Ahwahneechee tribe and she is a shapeshifter. The kindle edition is available for free on Amazon.

Deception on All Accounts (book 1 of the Sadie Walela Mystery Series) (Sara Sue Hoklotubbe) mystery

Sadie Walela is a half Cherokee woman banker whose life gets turned upside down when someone robs her bank and murders her co-worker. Walela must turn sleuth to clear her name of this crime. We need more mixed race women, running their lives and claiming the value of their work in male spaces.

Lakota Woman (Mary Crow Dog) memoir

While not speculative fiction, Mary Crow Dog’s memoir recounts her life growing up on a reservation, being punished through missionary schools, and finding her way into Native Rights and activism in the 1960s and 1970s. A brilliant work that sets free both the buried history of Native activism and women in the movement.

The fight for justice and dignity within Native Americans continues as the Sioux people and allies protest at the Standing Rock Reservation to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, which threatens their water, their land, and sacred cultural sites.

For more direct action to assist Native communities in stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline, here is a list of resources: (includes a direct way to donate)

10 Ways You Can Help the Standing Rock Sioux Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline