Louise Erdrich (Chippewa, born 1954): In best-sellers such as Love Medicine and Tracks, Erdrich writes stories about three generations of Indians living in North Dakota.
Joy Harjo (Creek, born 1951): Harjo is an acclaimed poet whose books include She Had Some Horses and In Mad Love and War. With her band Poetic Justice, she also performs songs based on her poems.
N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa, born 1934): A well-known Native American novelist, Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his book House Made of Dawn.
With the publication of his novel House Made of Dawn (1968) and autobiography The Way to Rainy Mountain (1968), Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday ushered in a new era in Native American literature. Following his example, many talented young Native American writers turned to fiction and poetry to depict Native American life and celebrate tribal traditions.
Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo, born 1948): The author of Ceremony and other novels, Silko often retells traditional Pueblo stories in her works.