Overview of Aboriginal Fiction
The links on this page are PDF versions of classic literature now in the public domain with full text made available by Project Gutenberg. Aboriginal peoples represented in these selected works are primarily within North America (Canada and the U.S.). Note: only text is reproduced. Any accompanying illustrations published in previous editions are not included and does not include the original pagination. To find a brief summary of each book, hover your mouse over the individual links.
Note that most of these books were written and published prior to 1923. Some were written by Indigenous people and others were written by settlers of European ancestry told on behalf of the Indigenous peoples they were chronicling. As these works were products of their time, they may contain language or depictions of Indigenous people that are antiquated by today's standards. As always, read with a critical mind.
For a guide on critically evaluating and selecting works of fiction for their depiction of Indigenous people, please consult "How to Tell the Difference: A Guide for Evaluating Children’s Books for Anti-Indian Bias"
Folklore & Mythology
- "Algonquin Indian Tales" by Egerton Ryerson Young
- "The Algonquin Legends Of New England" by Charles Godfrey Leland
- "American Indian Stories" by Zitkala-Sa
- "Blackfeet Indian Stories" by George Bird Grinnell
- "Blackfoot Lodge Tales: The Story of a Prairie People" by George Bird Grinnell
- "Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown.
- "Folk-Lore And Legends: North American Indian" by Anonymous
- "Indian Legends Of Minnesota" by Mrs. Cordenio A. Severance
- "Indian Stories Retold From St. Nicholas Magazine in Five Volumes"
- "Indian Story And Song From North America" by Alice C. Fletcher
- "Indian Why Stories: Sparks From Eagle's Lodge Fire" by Frank B. Linderman
- "Legends, Traditions, and Laws of the Iroquois, or Six Nations, and History of the Tuscarora Indians
- "Myths And Legends Of The Sioux" by Marie L. McLaughlin
- "Stories The Iroquois Tell Their Children" by Mabel Powers
- "The Iroquois Book Of Rites" by Horatio Hale
- "The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American India
- "A Treasury of Eskimo Tales" by Clara Kern Bayliss
- "Wigwam Evenings: Sioux Folk Tales Retold" by Charles Alexander
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Fictional & Literature E-books
- "A Daughter of the Sioux" by General Charles King
- "Aboriginal American Authors And Their Productions" by Daniel G. Brinton
- "Aboriginal Literatures In Canada: A Teachers' Resource Guide" by Renate Eigenbrod, Georgina Kakegam
- "An Algonquin Maiden: A Romance of the Early Days of Upper Canada" by G. Mercer Adam
- "An Apache Princess: A Tale of the Indian Frontier" by General Charles King
- "Annette, The Metis Spy: A Heroine of the N.W. Rebellion" by Edmund Collins
- "Camp-Fire And Wigwam" by Edward S. Ellis
- "Captured By The Navajos" by Charles A. Curtis
- "Four American Indians: A Book for Young Americans" by Edson L. Whitney and Frances M. Perry
- "Great Indian Chief Of The West: Or Life and Adventures of Black Hawk" by Benjamin Drake
- "The Basket Woman: A Book of Indian Tales for Children" by Mary Austin
- "The Boy Ranchers Among The Indians or, Trailing the Yaquis" by Willard F. Baker
- "The Daughter of the Chieftain: The Story of an Indian Girl" by Edward S. Ellis
- "The Eskimo Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
- "The Great Sioux Trail: A Story of Mountain and Plain" by Joseph A. Altsheler
- "The Last Of The Chiefs: A Story of the Great Sioux War" by Joseph Altsheler
- "The Minute Boys Of Mohawk Valley" by James Otis
- "The Moccassin Ranch: A Story of Dakota" by Hamlin Garland
- "The Soft-Hearted Sioux" by Zitkala-Sa
- "The Watchers Of The Plains: A Tale of the Western Prairies" by Ridgwell Cullum
- "Tonio, Son of the Sierras: A Story of the Apache War" by Charles King
Selected Titles From The BearPaw Library
The titles below represent a selection of book titles available within our physical BearPaw Library.
The bibliography is made up mainly of books about the native peoples of North America, although a few books about South American Indians have also been included. Those having Canadian authorship or specific Canadian interest have been indicated by an asterisk."