Indigenous Ingenuity: A Celebration of Traditional North American Knowledge (Award Winning Indigenous Canadian Author)

by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

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Celebrate Indigenous thinkers and inventions with this beautifully designed, award-winning interactive nonfiction book.

Corn. Chocolate. Fishing hooks. Boats that float. Insulated double-walled construction. Recorded history and folklore. Life-saving disinfectant. Forest fire management. Our lives would be unrecognizable without these, and countless other, scientific discoveries and technological inventions from Indigenous North Americans. Spanning topics from transportation to civil engineering, hunting technologies, astronomy, brain surgery, architecture, and agriculture, Indigenous Ingenuity is a wide-ranging STEM offering that answers the call for Indigenous nonfiction by reappropriating hidden history. 

The book includes fun, simple activities and experiments that kids can do to better understand and enjoy the principles used by Indigenous inventors. Readers of all ages are invited to celebrate traditional North American Indigenous innovation, and to embrace the mindset of reciprocity, environmental responsibility, and the interconnectedness of all life. 

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by: Canadian Children’s Book Centre •  School Library Journal • Shelf Awareness • National Education Society • American Association of Geography • Nerdy Book Club • NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Awards • The Green Earth Book Award

★ "This book will amaze readers and teachers. Completely unique and important."  —SLJ, starred review

★ "Engaging and informative." —Booklist, starred review

" Essential for kids and adults. We need this book." —Candace Fleming, award-winning author of The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh and The Family Romanov

  • Features

    Dimensions: 10" H x 8" W x 1" L
    Format: Hardcover
    No. of Pages: 272
    Release Date: May 09, 2023
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    ISBN: 9780316413336

  • Age/Safety

    Audience: Ages 9-12

  • About the Author

    Deidre Havrelock is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta, Canada. She was raised in Edmonton, Alberta and is the author of the picture book Buffalo Wild!. She lives in Canada with her family, and invites you to visit her online at:

    Edward Kay is an award-winning writer who loves comedy and science, especially together. His work includes fiction and nonfiction as well as live-action and animated television for both children and adults. He is the author of the Gross Science nonfiction book series for middle grade readers. Edward was a staff writer and producer for Canada’s most popular political satire show, the International Emmy–nominated This Hour Has 22 Minutes. He lives in Toronto, Canada, and invites you to visit him online at:

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