Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

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November is Native American Heritage month and there is no better place to celebrate than at your library. The library is full of great books, movies, and documentaries about different Native American tribes and their experiences. You can come in to any of our nine library branches to check one out, or visit online 24/7 with our Libby and Hoopla apps.

Here are a couple of my favorite books by and about Native Americans in order to get you and your family in the mood to celebrate. All three books are available through the Terrebonne Parish Library System and you can reserve a copy today at www.mytpl.org.




Fry Bread

Written by  Noble Maillard

Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Fry bread has become a staple of the Native American diet across the lands. This beautifully illustrated book tells us the story of fry bread, its difficult history and its place on a modern table. The back of the book has more information about the history and a recipe so that your family can try it at home.




Jingle Dancer

Written by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu

Jenna wants to join the jingle dance at this weekend’s powwow now that she is finally old enough to join the girl’s group. The only problem is there isn’t enough time to order the supplies to make the jingles to sew on to her regalia. With ingenuity and the support of her family and her community, Jenna might just be able to find enough jingles for her dress.



The Brave

Written by James Bird

Collin Couch can stop counting. He counts every letter in every word that is spoken to him. His condition isn’t one that goes unnoticed, especially since he is compelled to share the letter count out loud. This puts a big bullseye on his back for bullies and has got him kicked out of more than one school. When his dad can’t handle the hassle of taking care of him anymore, Collin is now being shipped off to live in Minnesota on a Native American reservation with his mom who he has never met. Will he be brave enough to start over again?


By Naomi Hurtienne Magola, Youth Services Librarian