Indians of North America

Magic Words: Poems

By Edward Field (editor)

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A collection of poems based on songs and stories gathered by Knud Rasmussen on the Fifth Thule Expedition, which recorded Inuit legends about the universe and its creation.

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This Is the Feast

By Diane Shore, illustrated by Megan Lloyd

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This rhyming read-aloud with lovely pictures tells the story of the thanksgiving feast celebrated by the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrims in the New Plymouth Colony.

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The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World

By Nathaniel Philbrick

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After a journey across the Atlantic, the Mayflower's passengers were saved from destruction with the help of the natives of the Plymouth region. For fifty years, peace was maintained as Pilgrims and Natives worked together. But that trust was broken with the next generation of leaders, and conflict erupted that nearly wiped out English and natives alike.

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1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving

By Catherine O'Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac

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In October of 2000, Plimoth Plantation cooperated with the Wampanoag community to stage an historically accurate reenactment of the 1621 harvest celebration. This book describes the actual events that took place during the three days that the Wampanoag people and the colonists came together.

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Nickommoh! A Thanksgiving Celebration

By Jackie French Koller

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Nickommoh was the name the local Native Americans used to describe their harvest feast before the Pilgrims came to their shores. Nickommoh was a time to exchange clothing and food or give them away to those in need. The festival included dancing, games, prayer, song and stays in sweat lodges.

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Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

By Jake Swamp

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"To be a human being is an honor, and we offer thanksgiving for all the gifts of life."
This prayer of thanksgiving from the Mohawks is an uplifting and beautifully illustrated way to teach gratitude to young children. A copy of the prayer in its original kaniakehala (Mohawk) language is included.

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Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

By Joseph Bruchac

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This is the story of the first Thanksgiving from the point of view of Squanto. Squanto belonged to the Patuxet tribe. Before the Pilgrims came, he was sold into slavery by English fisherman. When he found his way home, he discovered his people were all but wiped out by disease. Yet Squanto helped the Pilgrims survive in their new land. This is his story.

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The Birchbark House

By Louise Erdrich

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Through the eyes of an exuberant Ojibwa girl, readers experience the thrill of the rice harvest and other seasonal celebrations, the daily joys and frustrations of family life in 1847, and the fearsome changes coming to her Lake Superior island home with the "chimookomanug," the white people.

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Soft Rain: a story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

By Cornelia Cornelissen

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Soft Rain is 9 years old when her life changes. Without warning, white soldiers arrive at her house. They command Soft Rain and her mother to come with them, taking only the possessions they can instantly pack and carry. They are forced to leave behind Soft Rain's blind grandmother, her father and brother, and even her puppy. This is the inspiring story of Soft Rain's courage and determination.

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Fox Song

By Joseph Bruchac

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After the death of her Indian great-grandmother, Jamie remembers the many special things the old woman shared with her about the natural world. JE Fic Bru

Suggested for ages 7 - 11

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