This research guide will point you toward an array of sources and materials related to indigenous literatures and languages of the Americas. Most of my sources are contemporary although you'll find links to important digitized texts from earlier periods. It is easier to find information on U.S. indigenous writers at your library than it is to find primary resources for indigenous writers in Latin America, Canada, or Alaska. This issue has much to do with a lack of access to publishing houses; who is considered canonical and who is not; whose language and ethnic group can represent the nation in the larger international community and who cannot. Arguably, the same set of issues apply to indigenous writers in the U.S., but in 1969 M.Scott Momaday shattered them by winning the highest literary American award--the Pulitzer--for his novel, House Made of Dawn. Since then, more writers published, especially women. Leslie Marmon Silko,considered the first Native American woman novelist, won the MacArthur genius award for her work in the early 80s. New literary genealogies trace published literary work by Native American women to the 1900s, highlighting the work of Sitkala-sa, a Lakota woman, who published short stories in Harper's magazine and The Atlantic Monthly.
I will not touch on the subject of story telling and oral literature as that has been the proccupation of many scholars in literary criticism. While sleuthing this subject, you may want to narrow down your research by linguistic group or tribal affiliation. You'll notice in this guide that many indigenous writers have made strategic use of the Internet to disseminate and publish their work.