DIY Storytime – Native American Stories

Enjoy this DIY Storytime of NATIVE AMERICAN STORIES whenever you like!


Fry Bread
• Written by Kevin Noble Maillard
• Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
• Published by Roaring Brook Press
• Presented by A Really Good Reading Nook
The Native American tradition of making fry bread is depicted in this wonderful book about heritage and community.
The ADL has a great discussion guide for this book. You can adapt the questions for your child(ren) as needed.


Bowwow Powwow

• Written by Brenda Child
• Illustrated by Jonathan Thunder
• Published and presented by Minnesota Historical Society Press
The best days of summer end at the powwow, but Windy Girl takes the revelry of the gathering one step farther, into a dreamworld where the dancers and singers are dogs.
Cottonball from CBC Kids interviews an indigenous dancer to learn How to Powwow:
This video shows different styles of powwow dancing:


we are grateful

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
• Written by Traci Sorell
• Illustrated by Frane Lessac
• Published by Charlesbridge Publishing
• Presented by the Tuscaloosa Public Library
The word “otsaliheliga” (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. This picture book chronicles a full year of Cherokee celebrations and experiences.
Judy Newman at Scholastic has a word pronunciation guide and discussion questions to use with this book:


Cherokee Morning Song with translation:

Home to Me sung by teen N’we Jinan Artists from Grassy Narrows First Nation

One World (We Are One) by Illuminative


Learn how the Wampanaog people lived 400 years ago in this Scholastic video:

12 year-old Florence Osawamick explains how she is carrying on the tradition of powwow dance in this CBC Arts video:

Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac tells “How Turtle Flew South for the Winter” presented by GobbletyBook.

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