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Audiobooks by Indigenous Authors

Audiobooks by Indigenous Authors

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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.”

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From the Ashes

My Story of Being Indigenous, Homeless, and Finding My Way

By Jesse Thistle
Narrated by: Jesse Thistle
Length: 9 hours 54 minutes

This #1 internationally bestselling and award-winning memoir about overcoming trauma, prejudice, and addiction by a Métis-Cree author as he struggles to find a way back to himself and his Indigenous culture is “an illuminating, inside account of homelessness, a study of survival and freedom” (Amanda Lindhout, bestselling coauthor of A House in... Read more »

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One Story, One Song

By Richard Wagamese
Narrated by: Christian Baskous
Length: 5 hours 16 minutes

A collection of warm, wise, and inspiring stories from the author of the bestselling One Native Life

Since its publication in 2008, readers and reviewers have embraced Richard Wagamese's One Native Life. "In quiet tones and luminous language," wrote the Winnipeg Free Press, "Wagamese shares his hurts and joys, inviting readers to find the ways in...

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Embers

One Ojibway's Meditations

By Richard Wagamese
Narrated by: Christian Baskous
Length: 1 hours 49 minutes

"Life sometimes is hard. There are challenges. There are difficulties. There is pain. As a younger man I sought to avoid them and only ever caused myself more of the same. These days I choose to face life head on-and I have become a comet. I arc across the sky of my life and the harder times are the friction that lets the worn and tired bits...

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One Native Life

By Richard Wagamese
Narrated by: Christian Baskous
Length: 5 hours 26 minutes

One Native Life is a look back down the road Richard Wagamese has traveled-from childhood abuse to adult alcoholism-in reclaiming his identity. It's about what he has learned as a human being, a man, and an Ojibway in his fifty-two years on Earth.

Whether he's writing about playing baseball, running away with the circus, making bannock, or...

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Dog Flowers

A Memoir

By Danielle Geller
Narrated by: Charley Flyte
Length: 8 hours 2 minutes

A daughter returns home to the Navajo reservation to retrace her mother’s life in a memoir that is both a narrative and an archive of one family’s troubled history
 
“An honest, intimate, and heart-wrenching memoir that explores the fractured family, the damaging effects of alcoholism and poverty, and what it means to seek healing from the... Read more »

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Living Ghosts and Mischievous Monsters: Chilling American Indian Stories

By Dan SaSuWeh Jones
Narrated by: Wes Studi & DeLanna Studi
Length: 4 hours 15 minutes

Dark figures in the night. An owl's cry on the wind. Monsters watching from the edge of the wood. Some of the creatures in these pages might only have a message for you, but some are the stuff of nightmares. These thirty-two short stories -- from tales passed down for generations to accounts that could have happened yesterday -- are collected... Read more »

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Born Into This

By Adam Thompson
Narrated by: Mark Coles-Smith
Length: 4 hours 49 minutes

The remarkable stories in Born Into This are eye-opening, razor-sharp and entertaining, often all at once. From an Aboriginal ranger trying to instil some pride in wayward urban teens on the harsh islands off the coast of Tasmania, to those scraping by on the margins of white society railroaded into complex and compromised decisions, Adam... Read more »

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All the Quiet Places

By Brian Thomas Isaac
Narrated by: Lincoln McGowan
Length: 7 hours 28 minutes

It’s 1956, and six-year-old Eddie Toma lives with his mother, Grace, and his little brother, Lewis, near the Salmon River on the far edge of the Okanagan Indian Reserve in the British Columbia Southern Interior. Grace, her friend Isabel, Isabel’s husband Ray, and his nephew Gregory cross the border to work as summer farm labourers in...

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