Books by Native Writers Key to Building Accurate Knowledge About American Indians - by Debbie Reese

"Native writers?" You might say. "Can’t we just buy Paul Goble’s gorgeous books? They’re in all the bookstores." Some call them gorgeous, but leading Lakota scholars point to problems in the ways he presents his Iktomi stories. A few years ago, the American Library Association was using his art for bookmarks and posters for Native American Heritage Month, but in response to the American Indian Library Association’s objections, those bookmarks and posters were withdrawn. A far better choice is a book by a Native writer, especially one who is telling stories from his experience—or who has done extensive research and has personal relationships with peoples of other Native nations.
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Books by Native Writers Key to Building Accurate Knowledge About American Indians 
- by Debbie Reese

"Native writers?" You might say. "Can’t we just buy Paul Goble’s gorgeous books? They’re in all the bookstores." Some call them gorgeous, but leading Lakota scholars point to problems in the ways he presents his Iktomi stories. A few years ago, the American Library Association was using his art for bookmarks and posters for Native American Heritage Month, but in response to the American Indian Library Association’s objections, those bookmarks and posters were withdrawn. A far better choice is a book by a Native writer, especially one who is telling stories from his experience—or who has done extensive research and has personal relationships with peoples of other Native nations.

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Illustration by Tyler Hoehne

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