The Way to Rainy Mountain is an important work by Pulitzer Prize winning author N. Scott Momaday. First published in 1969, this slim volume explores the personal history, oral tradition, and historical experience of the people known as the Kiowa. Momaday's family heritage includes Cherokee on his mother's side and Kiowa on his father's. The author explains in the introduction that the story is told in three voices. The first voice comes from the rich mythological past of Kiowa legend and was transmitted in the oral tradition by Momaday's father Al.
The Cherokee is a juvenile literature title in the Native Americans series published by ABDO Publishing. The series contributing editor is Barbara Kanatiiosh Gray, a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation. The series is designed to appeal to students in grade 3 to 5, and each title covers the culture and history of the particular Nation. In this title, the author describes the traditional homeland of the Cherokee people. A helpful map shows the traditional homelands as part of the Appalachian Mountains of eastern United States.
The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story is a retelling of a Cherokee legend about the origin of strawberries. Joseph Bruchac is a master storyteller whose books capture the magic of oral tradition. In this picture book for young children, Bruchac retells the story of how the Creator made First Woman and First Man. Their life was good until one day the husband spoke harsh words to his wife. Her hurt feelings caused her to walk away from their home. At once, First Man regretted speaking hurtful words. He immediately set out after her to ask her forgiveness.
Rain Is Not My Indian Name is a young adult novel written by Creek children's author Cynthia Leitich Smith. The heroine is 14-year-old girl of mixed Creek-Cherokee-Scots ancestry. Cassidy Rain Berghoff lives with her older brother and his fiancé in a small Kansas town. Her mother has died a few years earlier and her father is in the military stationed in Guam. Her grandfather is off vacationing in Vegas. On the eve of her New Year's Day birthday, Rain spends a special evening with her best friend Galen.
Indian Shoes is an easy reading chapter book by noted Creek children's literature author Cynthia Leitich Smith. This book features six interrelated stories whose main characters are a Cherokee-Seminole grandfather and grandson who live in Chicago. Ray Halfmoon's parents are dead and his grandpa Halfmoon is raising him. Their warm and caring relationship is filled with everyday struggles as well as humour and a joy for living. The key story, "Indian Shoes" poses an interesting comment about the nature of Native arts and crafts in a commercial market.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher White Bead Ceremony: Mary Greyfeather Gets Her Native American Name is written by Sherrin Watkins, a lawyer practicing in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. She draws on her Shawnee and Cherokee heritage for inspiration in this children's picture book about a four-year-old girl who just wants to play with her Barbies instead of repeating Shawnee language words. Mary Greyfeather's mother desperately wants her young daughter to learn Shawnee and is frustrated by her daughter who just wants to play.