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category: Children's Nonfiction
published: Jul 2014
publisher: Annick Press

Dreaming in Indian

Contemporary Native American Voices

edited by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale

tagged: native american

A powerful and visually stunning anthology from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today.

Truly universal in its themes, Dreaming In Indian will shatter commonly held stereotypes and challenge readers to rethink their own place in the world. Divided into four sections, ‘Roots,’ ‘Battles,’ ‘Medicines,’ and ‘Dreamcatchers,’ this book offers readers a unique insight into a community often misunderstood and misrepresented by the mainstream media.

Emerging and established Native artists, including acclaimed author Joseph Boyden, renowned visual artist Bunky Echo Hawk, and stand-up comedian Ryan McMahon, contribute thoughtful and heartfelt pieces on their experiences growing up Indigenous, expressing them through such mediums as art, food, the written word, sport, dance, and fashion. Renowned chef Aaron Bear Robe, for example, explains how he introduces restaurant customers to his culture by reinventing traditional dishes. And in a dramatic photo spread, model Ashley Callingbull and photographer Thosh Collins reappropriate the trend of wearing ‘Native’ clothing.

Whether addressing the effects of residential schools, calling out bullies through personal manifestos, or simply citing hopes for the future, Dreaming In Indian refuses to shy away from difficult topics. Insightful, thought-provoking, and beautifully honest, this book will to appeal to young adult readers. An innovative and captivating design enhances each contribution and makes for a truly unique reading experience.

About the Authors
Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot'in) is a writer and social entrepreneur. She's Editor-In-Chief of Urban Native Magazine, which focuses on pop culture with an Indigenous twist.

Mary Beth Leatherdale writes, edits, and consults on books, magazines, and digital resources for children and youth.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
12 to 18
6 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 18
  • Winner, Wordcraft Circle Award, Editors Category
  • Joint winner, White Ravens Collection, International Youth Library, Munich
  • Winner, Children’s Literature Roundtable of Canada
  • Long-listed, Kirkus Prize
  • Joint winner, Book of the Year Award, Foreword Reviews
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • Joint winner, USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List
  • Winner, American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award
  • Winner, Best Books American Indians in Children’s Literature
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal 42 Top Diverse YA books
  • Joint winner, Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Short-listed, da Vinci Eye Award
  • Short-listed, Eric Hoffer Award
  • Runner-up, Nautilus Award, Silver
  • Short-listed, First Nation Communities Read Award
  • Commended, Information Book Award, Honor Book
  • Joint winner, Kirkus Best Books
  • Joint winner, Best Book Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal Best Books
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Short-listed, First Nations Communities Read
Editorial Reviews

“A wide-ranging and emotionally potent collection.”

— Publishers Weekly, 10/06/14

“Effectively presents honest portrayals of strong, hopeful, and courageous indigenous youth living non-stereotypical lives. Not to be missed.”

— School Library Journal, *starred review, 11/14

“The volume’s breadth and honesty is its strength.”

— Library Media Connection, 06/14

“[A] dizzyingly eclectic anthology.”

— Horn Book, 01/15

“A rewarding book.”

— Resource Links, 02/15

“Dreaming in Indian has a vibrancy I've not seen in anything else.”

— American Indians in Children’s Literature, 09/08/14

“A hectic, colourful, startling book . . . There is much here to celebrate, but the collection does not allow the reader the luxury of complacency.”

— Quill & Quire, 11/14

“Belongs on the shelves of school libraries.”

— Canadian Teacher Magazine, 04/15

“An exceptional anthology.”

— Indian Country Today Media Network, 12/30/15

“Original and accessible, both an exuberant work of art and a uniquely valuable resource.”

— Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 09/15/14

“A masterful anthology that begs to be read in classrooms and with families.”

— Sal’s Fiction?Addiction, 01/12/15

“Visually stunning, emotionally charged, and required reading for those working towards reconciliation.”

— Green Teacher, Summer/16

“This is a dynamic, thoughtful design and gets my (personal) award for stunning-est book of the year.”

— School Library Journal Printzblog, 01/10/15

“An outstanding anthology sure to engage youth in discussions about 21st century Native American culture.”

— Library Thing, 10/15/14

“A strikingly honest, thought-provoking collection.”

— Canadian Children’s Book News, 03/15

“Belongs in every middle school, high school and public library.”

— CM Reviews, 05/22/15

“Visually stunning, emotionally charged, and required reading for those working towards reconciliation.”

— Green Teacher, Summer/16

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Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

Native artists and writers contribute heartfelt pieces about growing up Native.

This powerful collection allows students to read about artists who understand what it is like to grow up Native. Young adult readers will find remarkable text and images that tell stories about the dreams and challenges of Aboriginal identity. Multi-modal text features (e.g. poetry, photographs, song, art work, narratives) add to the power of this book.

Also available: Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City @urbannativegirl

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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