Rain is Not My Indian Name

Basic Info:

Written by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Published by HarperCollins in 2001.

Book Review:

Rain is Not My Indian Name is a story about a 14-year-old girl named Rain whose best friend has just died. After a 6-month hiatus from normal life, the book catches up with Rain as she begins to reenter the world. She does so by taking a job from the local newspaper to take pictures of her aunt’s “Indian Camp.” Here, Rain learns more about herself both within and without her Native American heritage. Taking place in modern-day Kansas, Rain is Not My Indian Name is a beautiful story of loss, and discovery. This is great for readers who would benefit from reading about what being a Native American looks like today.


This includes lesson plans, a book trailer, interviews with the author, and more!

This book could (and should) also be used when doing a unit on indigenous peoples. This will help students understand that being part of the Native American community is more than the tokenized pow-wows and sweat lodges that are often presented.



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