THE native AMERICAN LITERARY ATLAS
Welcome to the Native American Literary Atlas (NALA), a digital atlas that shares, explores, visualizes, and connects communities and researchers to the literary networks of Indigenous authorship. The atlas highlights Native-authored books from the Collection of Native American Literature at Amherst College, revealing patterns of intersection and relationships across more than 250 years of Native writing and publishing. Currently, the atlas features publications by authors from the Native Northeast, including tribal histories, political writings, sermons, stories and poetry by Northeastern Indigenous Peoples, which are intended for a public audience.
Search and browse the atlas by place-of-publication and locations of Northeast Indigenous knowledge centers, such as tribal archives, libraries, and museums.
All of the books you see represented in the atlas are free and available to the public, all accessible in the Reading Room of the Archives and Special Collections at Amherst College.
Many of the books published before 1923 are available through Amherst College Digital Collections.
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- Mashpee Nine: A Story of Cultural JusticeMashpee Nine: A Story of Cultural Justice is a book that came to the Kim-Wait/Eisenberg Native American Literature Collection recently, evidenced by the personal note from Wampanoag author Paula Peters giving the copy to the Archives. Mashpee Nine was published in 2016 by SmokeSygnals . Mashpee Nine is a poignant story about police brutality…
- “That Sounds Like Something My Father Would Say”: The Importance of RelationalityAt the end of the Spring semester, our class that had been working in the Kim-Wait Eisenberg (KWE) Native American Literature collection created a display in Frost Library that focused on books in the collection. One group of my classmates, who had by chance all focused on Wampanoag-authored works, pulled out a book for the…
- Existence and Resistance: A Wampanoag History of Enacting ChangeThis past semester, I took an Indigenous Studies course taught by Lisa Brooks. When summer rolled around, a couple of my peers and I stayed on campus to continue working with her. All of our work centered on the Kim-Wait/Eisenberg (KWE) Native Amherst Literature Collection. This collection was acquired by Amherst in 2013 but…