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Native American Lit Study Guides


The Native American literature resources collected here include extensive annotated bibliographies by genre, discussion questions to accompany several popular literary works by and about American Indians, and one critical review. All were generously provided by Dorothea (Dottie) Susag, a retired Literature Arts teacher who taught for four years in Choteau and another twenty-one years in Simms. In 2005 she started working part time for OPI as a curriculum writer and expert in the implementation of "Indian Education for All" in Montana's schools. Dottie puts on workshops and conducts classes on Native American Literature for teachers in schools across the state. She is also a member of Humanities Montana's speakers bureau, offering talks entitled "Introducing Montana Native American Literature" and "Keeping Family History Alive."

Annotated Bibliographies

  1. Picture Books, Juvenile Fiction and Non-Fiction, Biography, and Cultural Tradition
  2. Traditional Story Picture Books and Published Collections
  3. Montana and Regional Publications – Tribal and Other
  4. Chapter Books - Young Adult Novels, Biographies, Plays
  5. Novels, Short Stories, Plays
  6. Collections of Traditional Stories
  7. Biographies and Autobiographies, People and Their Words
  8. Anthologies of Short Stories, Essays, and Poetry, Speeches
  9. Historical and Cultural Resources
  10. Poetry
  11. Educational Resources
  12. Literary Criticism Resources
  13. DVDs, Videos, Media Literacy Strategies and Reviews

Individual Titles

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    by Sherman Alexie
  2. Indian Killer
    by Sherman Alexie
  3. The Toughest Indian in the World
    by Sherman Alexie
  4. Powwow
    by George Ancona
  5. Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrative
    by Ignatia Broker
  6. Hidden Roots
    by Joseph Bruchac
  7. The Skeleton Man
    by Joseph Bruchac
  8. Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today
    edited by Lori Marie Carlson
  9. The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories
    by Hugh Dempsey
  10. Shoot, Minnie, Shoot!: The Story of the 1904 Fort Shaw Indian Girls, Basketball's First World Champions
    by Happy Jack Feder
  11. Indian Summers
    by Eric Gansworth
  12. Alone in the Wilderness
    by Hap Gilliland
  13. The Surrounded
    by D'Arcy McNickle
  14. When Thunders Spoke
    by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
  15. Two Old Women
    by Velma Wallis