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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 Editor-In-Chief of Urban Native Magazine, which focuses on pop culture with an Indigenous twist. She is also the host of CBC Radio's New Fire. She lives in Vancouver.

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 100
6 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 18
  • Winner, Wordcraft Circle Award, Editors Category
  • Short-listed, Eric Hoffer Award
  • Joint winner, Kirkus Best Books
  • Commended, Information Book Award, Honor Book
  • Short-listed, First Nations Communities Read
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor 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
  • Joint winner, Best Book Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature
  • Joint winner, Book of the Year Award, Foreword Reviews
  • Short-listed, da Vinci Eye Award
  • Joint winner, USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List
  • Joint winner, White Ravens Collection, International Youth Library, Munich
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal Best Books
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Winner, Children’s Literature Roundtable of Canada
  • Short-listed, First Nation Communities Read Award
  • Long-listed, Kirkus Prize
  • Runner-up, Nautilus Award, Silver
  • Winner, American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award
Editorial Reviews

“An exceptional anthology.”

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

“A wide-ranging and emotionally potent collection.”

— Publishers Weekly, 10/06/14

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

— Library Thing, 10/15/14

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

— Green Teacher, Summer/16

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

— Sal’s Fiction?Addiction, 01/12/15

“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

“[A] dizzyingly eclectic anthology.”

— Horn Book, 01/15

“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

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

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

“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

“A rewarding book.”

— Resource Links, 02/15

“Belongs on the shelves of school libraries.”

— Canadian Teacher Magazine, 04/15

“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

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

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

“A strikingly honest, thought-provoking collection.”

— Canadian Children’s Book News, 03/15

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

— Library Media Connection, 06/14

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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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