Resources for Reading and Teaching Native American Literatures

Because of the diversity and immensity of Native American literature, leading scholars in the field tend to refer to the body of written and oral works by American Indians in the plural as will we here. 

Evers, Larry and Barre Toelken, eds. Native American Oral Traditions: Collaboration and Interpretation. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2001.   


Goebel, Bruce A. Reading Native American Literatures: A Teacher’s Guide. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2004.


Moore, MariJo Ed. Genocide of the Mind: New Native American Writing. New York: Nation Books, 2003.

Lundquist, Suzanne Evertson. Native American Literatures: An Introduction. New York: Continuum, 2004.

Owens, Louis. Other Destinies: Understanding the American Indian Novel. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.

Ortiz, Simon J. Ed. Speaking for the Generations: Native Writers on Writing. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 1998.

Porter, Joy & Kenneth Roemer, Eds. The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2005. (This is an invaluable and comprehensive resource that contains a very helpful historical timeline and maps of Indian territories since 1492.)

Roemer, Kenneth M. “Introduction.” Native American Writers of the United States. Kenneth M. Roemer, Ed. Dictionary of Literary Biography Ser., Vol. 175. Detroit, MI: Gale Group, 1997: xi-xxi.

Ruoff, A. LaVonne Brown. American Indian Literatures: An Introduction, Bibliographic Review, and Selected Bibliography. New York: MLA, 1990.

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai. Decolonizing methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. London, U.K.: Zed Books, 1999.

Susag, Dorothea M. Roots and Branches: A Resource of Native American Literature—Themes, Lessons, and Bibliographies. Urbana, IL.: NCTE, 1998.

Weaver, Jace. That the People Might Live: Native American Literatures and native American Community. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

__________. Other Words: American Indian Literature, Law and Culture. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001.

Wiget, Andrew, Ed. Handbook of Native American Literature (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities). 1st edition. New York: Routledge, 1996.

_________. Dictionary of Native American Literature. New York: Garland, 1994.

_________. Native American Literature. Boston: Twayne, 1985.

_________. Critical Essays on Native American Literature. Boston: G.K. Hall,

Witalec, Janet, Jeffrey Chapman & Christopher Giroux, Eds. Native North American Literature: Biographical and Critical Information on Native Writers and Orators from the United States and Canada from Historical Times to the Present. New York: Gale Research, 1994.

Womack, Craig S. Red on Red: Native American Literary Separtism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999.