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Dreaming in Indian

Contemporary Native American Voices

Interest Age: 12+
Grade: 6+
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: L.11-12.3,3a,4,4a,4b,4c,4d,5,5a,5b

Reading Level: Lexile 1040L
Hardcover : 9781554516872, 128 pages, July 2014 , 11.0" x 8.5"
Paperback : 9781554516865, 128 pages, March 2016 , 11.0" x 8.5"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554516889, 128 pages, September 2014
Rights sold: English


A powerful and visually stunning anthology from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today.

Truly universal in its themes, Dreaming In Indian will shatter commonly held stereotypes and challenge readers to rethink their own place in the world. Divided into four sections, ‘Roots,’ ‘Battles,’ ‘Medicines,’ and ‘Dreamcatchers,’ this book offers readers a unique insight into a community often misunderstood and misrepresented by the mainstream media.

Emerging and established Native artists, including acclaimed author Joseph Boyden, renowned visual artist Bunky Echo Hawk, and stand-up comedian Ryan McMahon, contribute thoughtful and heartfelt pieces on their experiences growing up Indigenous, expressing them through such mediums as art, food, the written word, sport, dance, and fashion. Renowned chef Aaron Bear Robe, for example, explains how he introduces restaurant customers to his culture by reinventing traditional dishes. And in a dramatic photo spread, model Ashley Callingbull and photographer Thosh Collins reappropriate the trend of wearing ‘Native’ clothing.

Whether addressing the effects of residential schools, calling out bullies through personal manifestos, or simply citing hopes for the future, Dreaming In Indian refuses to shy away from difficult topics. Insightful, thought-provoking, and beautifully honest, this book will to appeal to young adult readers. An innovative and captivating design enhances each contribution and makes for a truly unique reading experience.


  • Winner, Wordcraft Circle Award, Editors Category 2020
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2014
  • Long-listed, Kirkus Prize 2014
  • Joint winner, Independent Publisher Book Awards 2014
  • Joint winner, Kirkus Best Books 2014
  • Winner, Best Books American Indians in Children’s Literature 2014
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal 42 Top Diverse YA books 2014
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award 2014
  • Short-listed, First Nation Communities Read Award 2014
  • Commended, Information Book Award, Honor Book 2014
  • Joint winner, Best Book Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature 2014
  • Joint winner, Book of the Year Award, Foreword Reviews 2014
  • Short-listed, First Nations Communities Read 2014
  • Winner, Children’s Literature Roundtable of Canada 2014
  • Short-listed, da Vinci Eye Award 2014
  • Short-listed, Eric Hoffer Award 2014
  • Joint winner, White Ravens Collection, International Youth Library, Munich 2014
  • Runner-up, Nautilus Award, Silver 2014
  • Joint winner, USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List 2014
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal Best Books 2014
  • Winner, American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award 2014


“Effectively presents honest portrayals of strong, hopeful, and courageous indigenous youth living non-stereotypical lives. Not to be missed.”

- School Library Journal, *starred review, 11/14

“Original and accessible, both an exuberant work of art and a uniquely valuable resource.”

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 09/15/14

“A wide-ranging and emotionally potent collection.”

- Publishers Weekly, 10/06/14

“Dreaming in Indian has a vibrancy I've not seen in anything else.”

- American Indians in Children’s Literature, 09/08/14

“[A] dizzyingly eclectic anthology.”

- Horn Book, 01/15

“This is a dynamic, thoughtful design and gets my (personal) award for stunning-est book of the year.”

- School Library Journal Printzblog, 01/10/15

“The volume’s breadth and honesty is its strength.”

- Library Media Connection, 06/14

“A hectic, colourful, startling book . . . There is much here to celebrate, but the collection does not allow the reader the luxury of complacency.”

- Quill & Quire, 11/14

“Belongs in every middle school, high school and public library.”

- CM Reviews, 05/22/15

“An outstanding anthology sure to engage youth in discussions about 21st century Native American culture.”

- Library Thing, 10/15/14

“A strikingly honest, thought-provoking collection.”

- Canadian Children’s Book News, 03/15

“Visually stunning, emotionally charged, and required reading for those working towards reconciliation.”

- Green Teacher, Summer/16

“Visually stunning, emotionally charged, and required reading for those working towards reconciliation.”

- Green Teacher, Summer/16

“Belongs on the shelves of school libraries.”

- Canadian Teacher Magazine, 04/15

“A rewarding book.”

- Resource Links, 02/15

“A masterful anthology that begs to be read in classrooms and with families.”

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 01/12/15

“An exceptional anthology.”

- Indian Country Today Media Network, 12/30/15