November is Native American Heritage Month, a time dedicated to recognizing the profound cultural contributions, legacies and traditions of Indigenous peoples to our society. This month provides an excellent opportunity to delve into the captivating world of Native American literature and to warm your winter days with enriching reads you won’t want to miss. From fiction to nonfiction to poetry, each of these books offers a unique insight into Native American cultures and experiences.
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In 2017, writer and historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar published the biography “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit Of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.” Attempting to accomplish an ambitious feat, Dunbar imagines the life of Judge, a young woman who was enslaved by America’s first family but managed to escape from bondage. The book reconstructs the course that Judge took on her journey to freedom from enslavement in 1796. By harnessing her skill for research, Dunbar reconstructs Judge’s world, telling a story that has never been explored in such detail or with such tact. Through this biography, Dunbar also honors the life and humanity of a woman who was denied niceties at birth.