The Read Down:
Must-Read Books by Indigenous Authors
From page-turning science fiction to moving memoirs, celebrate the stories and voices of Native American and Indigenous authors. Spotlight and uplift #StoriesoftheLand, this month and every month! And find more book recommendations from Indigenous booksellers across the US.
In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Christine Day, readers learn about the amazing life of Maria Tallchief. Maria Tallchief loved to dance, but was told that she might need to change her Osage name to one that sounded more Russian to make it as a professional ballerina. She refused, and worked hard at dancing her best, becoming America’s first prima ballerina, and inspiring many famous American ballets that were created for her.