Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present

Ten Speed: Crown. Oct. 2021. 144p. ISBN 9781984857941. $18.99. REF
Keene (Cherokee; American studies and ethnic studies, Brown Univ.) celebrates 50 noteworthy Native American, Alaska Native, and Kanaka Maoli people, urging readers to look beyond persistent stereotypical messages about Indigenous cultures and explore the harmful consequences of settler colonialism. Keene profiles mostly living individuals, of varying ages, gender identities, and tribal affiliations, including environmental justice organizer and artist Jihan Gearon (Diné and Black); athlete Nick Hanson (Inupiaq); cultural educator Earl Kawa‘a (Kanaka Maoli); seed keeper Rowen White (Akwesasne Mohawk); and teacher and culture keeper Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu (Kanaka Maoli). Portraits of the subjects, illustrated by Sana (Chamoru), are enlivened by rich colors and bold graphics.
VERDICT Bright and appealing yet never simplistic, this is a strong addition for every library.
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