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The Native American literature resources collected here include extensive annotated bibliographies by genre, discussion questions to accompany several popular literary works by and about American Indians, and one critical review. All were generously provided by Dorothea (Dottie) Susag, a retired Literature Arts teacher who taught for four years in Choteau and another twenty-one years in Simms. In 2005 she started working part time for OPI as a curriculum writer and expert in the implementation of "Indian Education for All" in Montana's schools. Dottie puts on workshops and conducts classes on Native American Literature for teachers in schools across the state. She is also a member of Humanities Montana's speakers bureau, offering talks entitled "Introducing Montana Native American Literature" and "Keeping Family History Alive."

Annotated Bibliographies

  1. Picture Books, Juvenile Fiction and Non-Fiction, Biography, and Cultural Tradition
  2. Traditional Story Picture Books and Published Collections
  3. Montana and Regional Publications – Tribal and Other
  4. Chapter Books - Young Adult Novels, Biographies, Plays
  5. Novels, Short Stories, Plays
  6. Collections of Traditional Stories
  7. Biographies and Autobiographies, People and Their Words
  8. Anthologies of Short Stories, Essays, and Poetry, Speeches
  9. Historical and Cultural Resources
  10. Poetry
  11. Educational Resources
  12. Literary Criticism Resources
  13. DVDs, Videos, Media Literacy Strategies and Reviews

Individual Titles

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

discussion questions (PDF)

Alone in the Wilderness

by Hap Gilliland

discussion questions (PDF)

The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories

by Hugh Dempsey

discussion questions (PDF)

Hidden Roots

by Joseph Bruchac

discussion questions (PDF)

Indian Killer

by Sherman Alexie

discussion questions (PDF)

Indian Summers

by Eric Gansworth

discussion questions (PDF)

Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today

Edited by Lori Marie Carlson

discussion questions (PDF)

Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrative

by Ignatia Broker

discussion questions (PDF)

Powwow

by George Ancona

discussion questions (PDF)

Shoot, Minnie, Shoot!: The Story of the 1904 Fort Shaw Indian Girls, Basketball's First World Champions

by Happy Jack Feder

critical review (PDF)

The Skeleton Man

by Joseph Bruchac

discussion questions (PDF)

The Surrounded

by D'Arcy McNickle

discussion questions (PDF)

The Toughest Indian in the World

by Sherman Alexie

discussion questions (PDF)

Two Old Women

by Velma Wallis

discussion questions (PDF)

When Thunders Spoke

by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

discussion questions (PDF)

Other Resources

Many other curriculum resources are available through the Office of Public Instruction's Indian Education program. These include Birthright: Born to Poetry, a collection of 32 poems by 10 Native American poets, each featuring teaching tips and questions for discussion. Also offered are model teaching units for James Welch's Fools Crow, Marlene Carvell's Sweetgrass Basket, D'Arcy McNickle's Wind form an Enemy Sky, and several other important texts.

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