3 books by Native authors you should read this year, according to the owner of an Indigenous book subscription service

3 books by Native authors you should read this year, according to the owner of an Indigenous book subscription service

November is Native American Heritage Month and Insider had the opportunity to speak with Nicole McLaren, the owner and founder of Raven Reads, a book subscription box that shares the voices and work of Indigenous authors while reinvesting money into other Indigenous-owned businesses. 

McLaren, who identifies as Métis, Cree, and European, stressed the importance of supporting Native-owned businesses, especially women-owned businesses. “There’s a huge ripple effect by directing your consumer dollars into companies that are owned by Indigenous peoples, specifically women,” McLaren said. “And I think it just has a much broader impact in your local community, in your region, and in your state that you just won’t get buying more big brands from big chain stores.” By purchasing from Native-owned businesses, McLaren added that you’re investing money into diversifying economies to produce sustainable wealth in Indigenous communities and families. 

In addition to highlighting Native businesses to support, McLaren recommended several books by Indigenous authors that showcase the stories, struggles, and successes of Native characters. These books encourage readers to learn about the people whose traditional land we live on and “those vibrant cultures that still exist today,” she said. 

“I think just reaching out and engaging with all those Indigenous communities around you and just getting to know a bit more about the people that are there and learning a bit more about maybe some of those inequities and then how you can play a role in improving,” McLaren said. 

Take a look at this map to see which Indigenous land you reside on

Here are 3 books by Native authors to read in 2021

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