Your cart is empty.
Urban Tribes - Native Americans in the City

Urban Tribes

Native Americans in the City

Interest Age: 12+
Grade: 8+
Reading Age: 12+
Hardcover : 9781554517510, 136 pages, September 2015 , 9.5" x 6.75"
Paperback : 9781554517503, 136 pages, September 2015 , 9.5" x 6.75"


Young, urban Natives powerfully show how their culture and values can survive—and enrich—city life.

Much of the popular discourse on Native Americans and Aboriginals focuses on reservation life. But the majority of Natives in North America live off the rez. How do they stay rooted to their culture? How do they connect with their community?

Urban Tribes offers unique insight into this growing and often misperceived group. Emotionally potent and visually arresting, the anthology profiles young urban Natives from across North America, exploring how they connect with Native culture and values in their contemporary lives. Their stories are as diverse as they are. From a young Dene woman pursuing a MBA at Stanford to a Pima photographer in Phoenix to a Mohawk actress in New York, these urban Natives share their unique perspectives to bridge the divide between their past and their future, their cultural home, and their adopted cities.

Unflinchingly honest and deeply moving, contributors explore a wide-range of topics. From the trials and tribulations of dating in the city to the alienating experience of leaving a remote reserve to attend high school in the city, from the mainstream success of Electric Pow wow music to the humiliation of dealing with racist school mascots, personal perspectives illuminate larger political issues. An innovative and highly visual design offers a dynamic, reading experience.


  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Book 2016
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2016
  • Nominated, Red Maple Award nomination, Ontario Library Association 2016
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award finalist, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada 2016


“A refreshingly authentic, edgy, and captivating work.”

- School Library Journal, *starred review, 12/15

“An inspiring and thought-provoking work . . . offers social commentary, personal biography, vibrant graphic art and photography, and insight into cultural identity. Definitely worth acquiring for high school libraries and an excellent resource for Aboriginal/Native Studies courses.”

- CM Reviews, 10/16/15

“Delightful, gorgeous pages.”

- American Indians in Children's Literature, 10/27/15


- Kirkus Reviews, 08/26/15

“A useful survey of the lives and conditions of a wide variety of urban Natives.”

- Booklist, 12/01/15

“Pushing boundaries and troubling stereotypes, the editors offer a deeper understanding of the multiplicities of lives.”

- The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, Winter/16

“The exploration of these individuals is intriguing, inspirational and eye opening. A wonderful book!”

- Youth Services Book Review, 11/09/15

“Visually beautiful.”

- International Literacy Association, 11/16/15


- Canadian Children’s Book News, Spring/16


- Canadian Children’s Book News, Spring/16

“Emotionally potent and visually arresting.”

- Just Us Books, 02/04/16

“An important book and should be part of all Native Studies courses being offered now, or being readied for study in our high schools. They are stories that are deserving of our attention and admiration.”

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 04/01/16