Social Studies

Voices of the Rainbow : Contemporary Poetry by Native Americans

Kenneth Rosen’s haunting volume of poetry proves that the powerful and moving voice of Native Americans must be heard. More than two hundred poems embrace anguish, pride, and hope, representing twenty-four tribal affiliations, including, Sioux, Pawnee, Choctaw, Seminole, Laguna Pueblo, Cherokee, Anishinabe, Mohawk, Seneca, and Seminole. An Indian leader once asked a U.S. president: “What visions, under the white man’s way, are offered that will cause today’s children to want tomorrow to come?” In a sense, each poem in this volume is an attempt to confront and answer that very question.

All The Way : My Life On Ice

The autiobiography of Jordin Tootoo, from Rankin Inlet, the first Inuit to ever play in the National Hockey League. Many will readily identify with his struggle against racism, alcoholism and poverty. The honesty of his story is both shocking and relatable and shares some important insight into what life for young Native Americans is too often like. For those non-native teachers who are wondering about what home life is like for some of our more challenging students this book may be a helpful read.

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