• Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Starred selection,
Canadian Children's Book Centre

• Skipping Stones Honor Book

• Information Book Award finalist, Children's Literature Roundtable of Canada

About the Book

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 as diverse as they are. From a young Dene woman pursuing a MBA at Standford 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.


"A refreshingly authentic, edgy, and captivating work."
School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

" ...stereotype dispelling..."
— Kirkus Reviews

"...delightful, gorgeous pages."
American Indians in Children's Literature

"... an inspiring and thought-provoking work...The book defies easy categorization:it offers social commentary, personal biography, vibrant graphic art and photography, and insight into cultural identity."
CM Reviews

"... a useful survey of the lives and conditions of a wide variety of urban Natives."

"... the exploration of these individuals is intriguing, inspirational and eye-opening. A wonderful book!"
Youth Services Book Review

“Pushing boundaries and troubling stereotypes, the editors offer a deeper understanding of the multiplicities of lives …”
—The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature

“… visually beautiful …”
—International Literacy Association

“… compelling …”
—Canadian Children’s Book News

“Emotionally potent and visually arresting …”
—Just Us Books

“… 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


Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City
By Lisa Charleyboy, Mary Beth Leatherdale