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Audiobooks by Indigenous Authors

Audiobooks by Indigenous Authors

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The Pale-Faced Lie

A True Story

By David Crow
Narrated by: Kaipo Schwab
Length: 11 hours 53 minutes

Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his siblings idolized their dad. Tall, strong, smart, and brave, the self-taught Cherokee regaled his family with stories of his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty,... Read more »

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Native American DNA

Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science

By Kim TallBear
Narrated by: Donna Postel
Length: 10 hours 9 minutes

In Native American DNA, Kim TallBear shows how DNA testing is a powerful—and problematic—scientific process that is useful in determining close biological relatives. But tribal membership is a legal category that has developed in dependence on certain social understandings and historical contexts, a set of concepts that entangles genetic... Read more »

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Fry Bread

A Native American Family Story

By Kevin Noble Maillard
Narrated by: Kevin Noble Maillard
Length: 34 minutes

Fry bread is food.It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.Fry bread is time.It brings families together for meals and new memories.Fry bread is nation.It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.Fry bread is us.It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.Told in lively and powerful verse...

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A Mind Spread out on the Ground

By Alicia Elliott
Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
Length: 7 hours 16 minutes

The Mohawk phrase for depression can be roughly translated as a mind spread out on the ground. In this urgent and visceral work, Alicia Elliott explores how apt a description that is for the ongoing effects of the personal, intergenerational, and colonial traumas she and so many Native people have experienced.Elliott's deeply personal writing...

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Elatsoe

By Darcie Little Badger
Length: 9 hours 1 minutes

Imagine an America very similar to our own. It's got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream.There are some differences. This America has been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly every day, like the ability to make an orb of...

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The Sea-Ringed World

Sacred Stories of the Americas

By Maria Garcia Esperon
Narrated by: David Bowles
Length: 5 hours 3 minutes

Fifteen thousand years before Europeans stepped foot in the Americas, people had already spread from tip to tip and coast to coast. Like all humans, these Native Americans sought to understand their place in the universe, the nature of their relationship with the divine, and the origin of the world into which their ancestors had emerged.The... Read more »

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Dawn Raid

By Pauline Vaeluaga Smith
Narrated by: Tameka Sowman Vahatau
Length: 3 hours 28 minutes

Dawn Raid

“Sophia is just your typical half Samoan-half white teenager in 1970's New Zealand, wishing for a pair of go-go boots and dealing with dumb little brothers. Her diary entries document her growing understanding of the challenges facing her Pacific Islander community, including 'dawn raids' where Islanders are used as scapegoats for a struggling economy and taken from their houses in the middle of the night for deportation. Readers will see many parallels to the struggles faced by communities in the United States today and cheer for Sophia as she makes new friends and find her unique voice. Give this to everyone who likes epistolary novels and historical fiction. ”

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The Beginning and End of Rape

Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America

By Sarah Deer
Narrated by: Rainy Fields
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

Despite what major media sources say, violence against Native women is not an epidemic. An epidemic is biological and blameless. Violence against Native women is historical and political, bounded by oppression and colonial violence. This book, like all of Sarah Deer's work, is aimed at engaging the problem head-on—and ending it.

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Iwígara

American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science

By Enrique Salmón
Narrated by: Kaipo Schwab
Length: 7 hours 57 minutes

Tap into thousands of years of plant knowledge

The belief that all life-forms are interconnected and share the same breath—known in the Rarámuri tribe as iwígara—has resulted in a treasury of knowledge about the natural world, passed down for millennia by native cultures. Ethnobotanist Enrique Salmón builds on this concept of connection and... Read more »

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Aloha Betrayed

Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Imperialism

By Noenoe K. Silva
Narrated by: Kaipo Schwab
Length: TBA

In 1897, as a white oligarchy made plans to allow the United States to annex Hawai'i, native Hawaiians organized a massive petition drive to protest. Ninety-five percent of the native population signed the petition, causing the annexation treaty to fail in the US Senate.

This event was unknown to many contemporary Hawaiians until Noenoe K.... Read more »

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Classified

The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

By Traci Sorell
Narrated by: DeLanna Studi, Traci Sorell & John Ross
Length: 20 minutes

Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's first female engineer. This story traces her journey from being the only girl in a high-school math class to becoming a teacher to pursuing an engineering degree, joining the top-secret Skunk Works division of Lockheed, and being a mentor for Native... Read more »

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Where the Dead Sit Talking

By Brandon Hobson
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Length: 6 hours 28 minutes

With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a fifteen-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his unstable upbringing, Sequoyah has spent years mostly keeping to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface—that is, until he meets the seventeen-year-old... Read more »

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The Archipelago of Hope

Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change

By Gleb Raygorodetsky
Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
Length: 9 hours 36 minutes

One cannot turn on the news today without a report on an extreme-weather event or the latest update on Antarctica. But while our politicians argue, the truth is that climate change is already here. Nobody knows this better than Indigenous peoples who, having developed an intimate relationship with ecosystems over generations, have observed these...

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A Snake Falls to Earth

By Darcie Little Badger
Narrated by: Shaun Taylor-Corbett & Kinsale Hueston
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes

Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She’s always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories. Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he’s been cast from home. He’s found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake. Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists.... Read more »

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Night of the Mannequins

By Stephen Graham Jones
Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
Length: 2 hours 58 minutes

We thought we'd play a fun prank on her, and now most of us are dead.

One last laugh for the summer as it winds down. One last prank just to scare a friend. Bringing a mannequin into a theater is just some harmless fun, right? Until it wakes up. Until is starts killing.

Luckily, Sawyer has a plan. He'll be a hero. He'll save everyone to the... Read more »

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The Hopi Survival Kit

The Prophecies, Instructions and Warnings Revealed by the Last Elders

By Thomas E. Mails
Narrated by: Kaipo Schwab
Length: 12 hours

For nearly a century the Elders of Hotevilla—a tiny village on a remote Hopi reservation in Arizona—have been guarding the secrets and prophecies of a thousand-year-old covenant that was created to ensure the well-being of the earth and its creatures. But the elders are dying, and there is no one left to pass on its remarkable teachings.... Read more »

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Untangling a Red, White, and Black Heritage

A Personal History of the Allotment Era

By Darnella Davis
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 8 hours 26 minutes

Examining the legacy of racial mixing in Indian Territory through the land and lives of two families, one of Cherokee Freedman descent and one of Muscogee Creek heritage, Darnella Davis's memoir writes a new chapter in the history of racial mixing on the frontier. It is the only book-length account of the intersections between the three races in... Read more »

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Belief

By Marlion Pickett & Dave Warner
Narrated by: Meyne Wyatt & Dave Warner
Length: 6 hours 15 minutes

From prison to premiership glory; this is Marlion Pickett’s extraordinary story.

It’s the third quarter in the biggest game of the season. A young man lines up for goal.  The 100,000 strong crowd leaps to its feet and roars as Marlion Pickett sends the ball soaring through the goalposts for his first ever major, celebrated by every teammate, a... Read more »

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The Only Good Indians

By Stephen Graham Jones
Narrated by: Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

The Only Good Indians

“I loved this book. Jones has a unique narrative voice, allowing ‘the entity’ to step in and take over unexpectedly, amping up the horror. Also, each character has a distinct voice that brings them to life. Jones combines the culture and traditions of the Blackfeet and Crow people with the social truths of their contemporary life. It is refreshingly different from any other horror novel I’ve read. This book is gruesome and honestly scary. I couldn’t put it down.”

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We Had a Little Real Estate Problem

The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy

By Kliph Nesteroff
Narrated by: Kliph Nesteroff
Length: 9 hours 34 minutes

From Kliph Nesteroff, “the human encyclopedia of comedy” (VICE), comes the important and underappreciated story of Native Americans and comedy.

It was one of the most reliable jokes in Charlie Hill’s stand-up routine: “My people are from Wisconsin. We used to be from New York. We had a little real estate problem.”

In We Had a Little Real Estate... Read more »

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