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Children's Nonfiction Native American

What the Eagle Sees

Indigenous Stories of Rebellion and Renewal

by (author) Eldon Yellowhorn & Kathy Lowinger

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2019
Native American, Native Canadian, Customs, Traditions, Anthropology
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2019
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 11 to 18
  • Grade: 6 to 12
  • Reading age: 11 to 18


"There is no death. Only a change of worlds.” —Chief Seattle [Seatlh], Suquamish Chief       
What do people do when their civilization is invaded? Indigenous people have been faced with disease, war, broken promises, and forced assimilation. Despite crushing losses and insurmountable challenges, they formed new nations from the remnants of old ones, they adopted new ideas and built on them, they fought back, and they kept their cultures alive.
When the only possible “victory” was survival, they survived.
In this brilliant follow up to Turtle Island, esteemed academic Eldon Yellowhorn and award-winning author Kathy Lowinger team up again, this time to tell the stories of what Indigenous people did when invaders arrived on their homelands. What the Eagle Sees shares accounts of the people, places, and events that have mattered in Indigenous history from a vastly under-represented perspective—an Indigenous viewpoint.

*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

About the authors

ELDON YELLOWHORN (Piikani Nation) is a professor of First Nations Studies and archaeology at Simon Fraser University. He is a member of the Missing Children Project initiated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to search for children who died at residential schools. His previous books include the acclaimed Turtle Island: The Story of North America's First People and What the Eagle Sees: Indigenous Stories of Rebellion and Renewal. He lives in Vancouver, B.C.

Eldon Yellowhorn's profile page

KATHY LOWINGER is an award-winning author whose books include Give Me Wings! How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World (2015), Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People (2017), and What the Eagle Sees: Indigenous Stories of Rebellion and Renewal (2019). 

Kathy Lowinger's profile page


  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Joint winner, Top 30 Choices for Classrooms, Booklist
  • Short-listed, Foreword INDIES Book Awards
  • Short-listed, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Runner-up, Nautilus Book Awards, Silver
  • Joint winner, Independent Publisher Book Award, Gold
  • Joint winner, Nerdies Award
  • Joint winner, Best of 2019 List, Book Links
  • Joint winner, Best Books List, CBC Books
  • Joint winner, Kirkus Reviews Best Books
  • Joint winner, Best Books of the Year List, Quill & Quire

Editorial Reviews

“An essential addition for a library that is trying to build a diverse and culturally responsible collection.” 

School Library Connection, 01/20

“Skillfully weaves together facts and myth.” 

Youth Services Book Review, 11/12/19

“Highly engaging and educational.” 

Union-Bulletin, 12/26/19

“A standout overview . . . Visually engaging . . . a fine introduction . . . Sections in each chapter labeled “Imagine” are especially powerful in helping young readers empathize with Indigenous loss. Essential.” 

Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 08/18/19

“A worthy and important addition to the historical record.” 

Booklist, *starred review, 10/15/19

“A brilliant introduction . . . An important read for everyone eleven years and older. It should be mandatory reading for all educators.” 

Library Matters, 11/07/19

“Timely and imperative reading for middle schoolers and anyone needing a primer on Indigenous history.” 

Ormsby Review, 05/15/20

“A rare and extraordinary look . . . Informative and important, this book should be placed beside Turtle Island in every school library.” 

Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 11/12/19

“The combination of modern and historical insight is extremely effective. A valuable resource for anyone seeking to learn more about Indigenous history and a vital purchase for all collections.” 

School Library Journal, *starred review, 12/01/19

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