Books about the Southwestern 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.

Between Earth and Sky, Joseph Bruchac, Native American Sacred places
Books about the Hopi for children,Native American Folktales,
Traditional Pueblo stories, Native American hisotry for kids
Hopi folktale, native american legends for children,
hope folktale, native american legends, the magic hummingbird, childrens books about native americans

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.

Navajo stories for children, Black Sheep White Crow
The People Shall Continue, Native American History for Kids
Native American History for Kids
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Books about the Navajo for children, boos about Navajo culture, books aot Native Americans
Books about the Navajo for children, books written in Navajo and English
Books about Navajo culture, Books in Navajo,Books about the Navajo for children

 

Turtle Island is the original name for North America. 

 

The name comes from various Indigenous creation stories.