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Anthologies of Native American Poetry

Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry:
     Excellent compilation of contemporary literature by Native American poets curated by Muscogee writer Joy Harjo.
Changing Is Not Vanishing: A Collection of American Indian Poetry to 1930:
     A great anthology of older Native America poetry from many different tribal traditions.
Shaking the Pumpkin: Traditional Poetry of the Indian North Americas:
     Collection of old poems, chants, and other oral art forms of North American Native societies.
When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans:
     Poetry by Native American elementary and middle school students presented by the National Museum of the American Indian.
Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California:
     Anthology of poetry from 29 Native California tribes.

Poetry in Native American Languages

Earth Movements/Jewed 'I-Hoi * When It Rains/Mat Hekid O Ju
     Bilingual poetry collections by Tohono O'odham author Ofelia Zepeda.
Beautiful Words: The Complete Ahtna Poems:
    Collection of poetry in the Ahtna language, with translation into English.
Ancient American Poets:
    Pre-Columbian poetry from the Aztec, Inca and Mayan civilizations, with English translations.
Like A New Sun: New Indigenous Mexican Poetry:
    Modern poetry in Nahuatl, Maya, Zapotec and other Native Mexican languages.

Books of Poetry by Native American Authors

In the Presence of the Sun: * The Gourd Dancer: * Angle of Geese and other Poems: * In the Bear's House:
     Books of poetry by Pulitzer Prize-winning Kiowa author N. Scott Momaday.
How We Became Human: * She Had Some Horses: * The Woman Who Fell From The Sky: * An American Sunrise:
     Books by Native American poet laureate Joy Harjo.
First Indian on the Moon: * One Stick Song: * The Summer of Black Widows: * The Business of Fancydancing:
     Poetry by acclaimed Spokane/Coeur d'Alene writer Sherman Alexie.
Riding the Earthboy 40:
     Collection of poems by Blackfoot/Gros Ventre writer James Welch
Baptism of Desire: Poems: * Original Fire: Selected and New Poems:
     Poetry books by Turtle Mountain Chippewa writer Louise Erdrich.
The Earth Under Sky Bear's Feet: * Between Earth and Sky:
     Nature-based children's poetry by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac.
Ceremonies of the Damned: * Evil Corn:
     Contemporary poetry books by Paiute author Adrian Louis.
The Invisible Musician: * Black Eagle Child: * Rock Island Hiking Club:
     Poetry and stories by Meskwaki author Ray A. Young Bear
We Are The Dreamers:
     Recent and early poetry by Mi'kmaq poet Rita Joe.
Indian Singing:
     Poems by Onondaga-Micmac writer Gail Tremblay.
Absentee Indians and Other Poems: * Trailing You:
     Poem collections by White Earth Ojibwe writer Kimberly Blaeser.
Hear and Foretell: * The East Side of it All:
     Poems about urban Aboriginal life in Canada by Kwantlen First Nations author Joseph Dandurand.
Dirt Road Home:
     Poems by Abenaki writer Cheryl Savageau.
Bent Box:
     Stories, poems and novels by Metis author Lee Maracle.
     Poetry and short stories by Laguna Pueblo writer Leslie Silko.
The Radiant Lives of Animals:
     Poetry and prose by Chickasaw author Linda Hogan.

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