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Books about the Great Plains Indigenous Nations for Elementary

On the first half of this page, you will find books about pre-contact Turtle Island, along with traditional stories. Scroll down to find selections on contemporary life in Indian country. You will also find surveys or books that cover large spans of time on the second half of this page.

Joseph Bruchac, Books abot Native Americans for Kids, Picture boos abot Native Americans.
Traditional Crow Stories
apache folktale, antelope woman, native american folktales
apache folktale, the flute player, native american legends
houses of hide and earth, plains indians, traditional homes

In thinking about history it is helpful to view time as a spiral, rather than a straight static line. The past is connected to the present and the future. Far too often, the myth of the vanished Indian persists in children's history books and curricula. It is imperative to include the narratives of Indigenous Nations in whatever time period you are studying. However, it is equally important to read books that show contemporary Native Americans living in the present. Simply by including these titles in your school or home library you are helping to disrupt the myth of the vanished Indian and you are not perpetuating the relegation of Native Americans to the past.

Books about Plains Indians
Potawatomi story, Books about Plains Indians for children, Traditional Native American stories for children
Native American History books for kids, Nativ American History for Kids
Books aboutthe Muscogee tribe for children. Jingle Dancer, Books about Powwows fo children.
Greet the Dawn, S.D. Nelson, lakota stories, books about native americans for kids, living books about native americans,
Bowwow Powwow, Boos aout Powwows for children, books about Native Americans for children, books about Ojibwe culture for children
Books about Ojibwe culture for kids, Books about Native Americans for kids, Morning on the Lake, Jan Bourdeau Waboose


Turtle Island is the original name for North America. 


The name comes from various Indigenous creation stories.

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