23 November 2018

27 Books About Native Americans

A Coyote Solstice Tale
written by Thomas King, Cherokee
images by Gary Clement

Bearwalker
written by Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki
images by Sally Wern Comport

Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story
written and illustrated by S.D. Nelson, Standing Rock Sioux

Dibé Yázhí Táa'go Baa Hane' / The Three Little Sheep
written by Seraphine G. Yazzie, Navajo
images by Ryan Huna Smith, Chemehuevi/Navajo

Fox On the Ice / Maageesees Maskwameek Kaapit
written by Tomson Highway, Cree
images by Brian Deines

Kamik's First Sled
adapted from the memories of Matilda Sulurayok, Inuit
images by Qin Leng

Kiki's Journey
written by Kristy Orona-Ramirez, Taos Pueblo/Raramuri
images by Jonathan Warm Day, Taos Pueblo

Morning Girl
written by Michael Dorris, Modoc

Napí
written by Antonio Ramírez
images by Domi, Mazatecan

Night Is Gone, Day Is Still Coming: Stories and Poems by American Indian Teens and Young Adults
edited by Annette Piña Ochoa, Yaqui; et al

Not My Girl
written by Christy Jordan Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Inuvialuit
images by Gabrielle Grimard

Rain Is Not My Indian Name
written by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Muscogee Creek

Rattlesnake Mesa: Stories From a Native American Childhood
written by EdNah New Rider Weber, Pawnee
images by Richela Renkun

Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness Into Light
written by Tim Tingle, Choctaw
images by Karen Clarkson, Choctaw

Shin-Chi's Canoe
written by Nicola I. Campbell, Interior Salish & Métis
images by Kim LaFave

Super Indian, Volume 1
written and illustrated by Arigon Starr, Kickapoo

Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend
written and illustrated by Donald F. Montileaux, Oglala Lakota

The Orphan and the Polar Bear
written by Sakiasi Qaunaq, Inuit
images by Eva Widermann

The Range Eternal
written by Louise Erdrich, Chippewa
images by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher

The Shadows That Rush Past: A Collection of Frightening Inuit Folktales
written by Rachel A. Qitsualik, Inuit
images by Emily Fiegenschuh & Larry MacDougall

Urban Tribes: Native Americans In the City
edited by Lisa Charleyboy, Tsilhqot’in, & Mary Beth Leatherdale

Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns
written and illustrated by Richard Van Camp, Dogrib

When the Shadbush Blooms
written by Carla Messinger, Lenape, & Susan Katz
images by David Kanietakeron Fadden, Mohawk

Wild Berries
written and illustrated by Julie Flett, Métis & Cree

Mission to Space
written by John Herrington, Chickasaw

The Water Walker
written and illustrated by Joanne Robertson, Anishinaabe

Peace Dancer
written by Roy Henry Vickers, Tsimshian, & Robert Budd
images by Roy Henry Vickers, Tsimshian

08 October 2018

8 Books about Grandfathers

Can You Hear the Sea?
written by Judy Cumberbatch, images by Ken Wilson-Max

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
written by Roald Dahl, images by Quentin Blake

Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box
written by Michael S. Bandy & Eric Stein, images by James E. Ransome

Grandfather Gandhi
written by Arun Gandhi & Bethany Hegedus, images by Evan Turk

Grandfather's Gold Watch
written and illustrated by Louise Garff Hubbard

Grandfather's Journey
written and illustrated by Allen Say

Grandpa and Me On Tu B'Shevat
written by Marji E. Gold-Vukson, images by Leslie Evans

Grandpa's Girls
written by Nicola I. Campbell, images by Kim Lafave

30 September 2018

30 Books About Mothers

Barn Dance!
written and illustrated by Pat Hutchins

Mom, There's a Bear at the Door
written by Sabine Lipan, images by Manuela Olten

Kyle Goes Alone
written by Jan Thornhill, images by Ashley Barron

Mother to Tigers
written by George Ella Lyon, images by Peter Catalanotto

Mama's Little Duckling
written by Marjorie Blain Parker, images by Mike Wohnoutka

Baya, Baya, Lulla-by-a
written by Megan McDonald, images by Vera Rosenberry

Little One
written and illustrated by Jo Weaver

Moo Moo, Brown Cow
written by Jakki Wood, images by Rog Bonner

Bebé Goes to the Beach
written by Susan Middleton Elya, images by Steven Salerno

Mama's Saris
written by Pooja Makhijani, images by Elena Gomez

Most Loved In All the World
written by Tonya Cherie Hegamin, images by Cozbi Cabrera

Little Chicken's Big Day
written by Jerry Davis, images by Katie Davis

Bedtime for Mommy
written by Amy Krause Rosenthal, images by LeUyen Pham

Mother Bruce
written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

Little Owl's Orange Scarf
written and illustrated by Tatyana Feeney

Big Bad Bunny
written by Franny Billingsley, images by G. Brian Karas

Little Diva
written by LaChanze, images by Brian Pinkney

Miles From Ordinary
written by Carol Lynch Williams

Big Momma Makes the World
written by Phyllis Root, images by Helen Oxenbury

Lola At the Library
written by Anna McQuinn, images by Rosalind Beardshaw

Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes
written and illustrated by Sujean Rim

Little Owl Lost
written and illustrated by Chris Haughton

Mama, I'll Give You the World
written by Roni Schotter, images by Susan Saelig Gallagher

Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
written by Cokie Roberts, images by Diane Goode

My New Mom & Me
written and illustrated by Renata Galindo

Giddy-up Buckaroos!
written by Shanda Trent, images by Tom Knight

My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life
written by Kate Feiffer, images by Diane Goode

Little Fish Lost
written by Nancy Van Laan, images by Jane Conteh-Morgan

Molly's Family
written by Nancy Garden, images by Sharon Wooding

My Mother's Sari
written by Sandhya Rao, images by Nina Sabnani

28 September 2018

My Grandmother’s #MeToo Trauma

My grandmother in the 1940s or 1950s.
photographer unknown
This is a hard post for me to write. I struggled about whether or not I should even write this, but I think I should.

With all the talk the past year or so about sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape, I've been thinking a great deal. The discussions haven't brought up any trauma for me. Like every woman, I've been subjected to harassment. This is not to deny that those injustices should be ignored but merely to state that I am okay.

This post isn't about me.

This is about my grandmother.

She passed in 2011, and I miss her every day. About six or seven months before she passed, she entrusted me with a secret.

She had been molested and raped as a child and teen.

She didn't tell me the gory details, and I didn't ask. She didn't tell me names, though I have no doubt she remembered them. Suffice it to say, she knew her attackers.

Even she wasn't sure if everything that had been done to her "counted" as something wrong. She asked me that when talking about the man who took her into a room as a child and did things to her. "Now, isn't that wrong?"

I told her yes, it was. I said that with absolute conviction because it is true.
My grandmother in the mid-1980s
in San Antonio.
photo by my mother

I don't know how I kept from crying when she told me that. I'm crying typing this right now.

The point I want to make here is not to name the men who hurt my grandmother; I don't know their names. The point is not to damage the way people remember my grandmother; they have their own memories of her to recall.

The point is that that trauma lived with my grandmother for the rest of her life.

She lacked confidence in herself. She considered herself “stupid” (her word, not mine).

These things I knew long before I knew about her assaults. I always thought they were a result of bullying behavior by siblings or the fact that she had to quit school in sixth grade. And I'm sure that's part of it, too.

But it all boils down to the shame she lived with every day for most of her life.

My grandmother and grandfather at their
40th wedding anniversary.
photographer unknown
As far as I know, the only person she told was her husband.

People who have been assaulted sexually are forced to deal with that shame and trauma every day. Some are able to talk about their experiences almost immediately, and some are not. Some are lucky enough to see their attackers serve time in prison. Most are not.

The revelations and news about sexual offenders that has come out over the past years has been infuriating, heartbreaking and depressing. I do not know how my grandmother would have responded to all of these revelations. Would they have brought back painful memories? Would she have told me more details? Would she have reached out to someone for help?

I like to think she would appreciate me writing this post for her as a way to exorcise some of her demons. I hope that's true.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted and needs help, please contact RAINN.

You can also donate to RAINN.