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For those who are interested in learning more about Lakota history, culture, and life, CRYP has partnered with the Native-owned Word Carrier Trading Post and Bird Cage Book Store Mercantile to make a variety of recommended titles available for purchase online. When you click on a book below, you will be connected to the online store. Click here to learn more about owner Lily Medoza.

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September 2021 Book of the Month: Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

2018 James Beard Award Winner: Best American Cookbook

Named one of the Best Cookbooks of 2017 by NPR, The Village Voice, Smithsonian Magazine, UPROXX, New York Magazine, San Francisco ChronicleMpls. St. PaulMagazine and others

Here is real food—our indigenous American fruits and vegetables, the wild and foraged ingredients, game and fish. Locally sourced, seasonal, “clean” ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking are nothing new to Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. In his breakout book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, at once elegant and easy. 

Sherman dispels outdated notions of Native American fare—no fry bread or Indian tacos here—and no European staples such as wheat flour, dairy products, sugar, and domestic pork and beef. The Sioux Chef’s healthful plates embrace venison and rabbit, river and lake trout, duck and quail, wild turkey, blueberries, sage, sumac, timpsula or wild turnip, plums, purslane, and abundant wildflowers. Contemporary and authentic, his dishes feature cedar braised bison, griddled wild rice cakes, amaranth crackers with smoked white bean paste, three sisters salad, deviled duck eggs, smoked turkey soup, dried meats, roasted corn sorbet, and hazelnut–maple bites.

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen is a rich education and a delectable introduction to modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories, with a vision and approach to food that travels well beyond those borders.

Order The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen from Word Carrier Trading Post and Bird Cage Book Store.

Books Available Through Word Carrier


Kids and Young Adult Books

Crazy Horse's Vision

Joseph Bruchac

Buffalo Bird Girl

S.D. Nelson

The Girl Who Helped Thunder

James Bruchac & Joseph Bruchac

Jingle Dancer

Cynthia Leitich

Jim Thorpe's Bright Path

Joseph Bruchac

Adult Books

We Are Water Protectors

Carole Lindstrom


Kevin Noble Maillard

Braiding Sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Custer Died for Your Sins

Vine Deloria, Jr.


Ella Cara Deloria

Walking with Grandfather

Joseph M. Marshall III

The Seed Keeper

Diane Wilson

Yellow Bird

Sierra Crane Murdoch

Books Available on Amazon and Other Resellers

Crow Dog: Four Generations of Sioux Medicine Men

Crow Dog, Leonard and Richard Erdoes

Love Medicine

Louise Erdrich

Winter Count

Dallas Chief Eagle

There There

Tommy Orange

As We Have Always Done

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson


Leslie Marmon Silko

Crazy Brave

Joy Harjo

Every Day Is a Good Day

Wilma Mankiller

Recovering the Sacred

Winona LaDuke

The Round House

Louise Erdrich

The Soul of the Indian

Charles Alexander Eastman

Dancing for You

Cutcha Rising Badly

The Land Along the River

Peter Capossela

Additional Recommendations

The links below from and Buzzfeed share additional Native authors you may be interested in.


31 Native American Authors to Read Right Now

14 Contemporary Books By Native American Writers To Get Excited About