Graphic Novels and Comics: American Indian Heritage

These graphic novels and comic books cover a range of historic and contemporary topics. To see additional graphic novels focused on issues relevant to teens, visit the Healthy Aboriginal Network website.

A Blanket of Butterflies

Illustrated by: Scott B. Henderson
Age Level: Young adult (14-18)

A Blanket of Butterflies explores the journey of Shinobu, a mysterious stranger who visits Fort Smith, NWT, to retrieve his family's samurai suit of armor and sword from the local museum. When he discovers that his grandfather's sword has been lost in a poker game to the man they call "Benny the Bank," he sets out to retrieve it with the help of a young boy, Sonny, and his grandmother. Together, they face Benny and his men, Torchy, Sfen and the giant known as Flinch, and come to an unexpected realization. This graphic novel, beautifully illustrated by Scott B.

Blue Raven

Illustrated by: Steve Keewatin Sanderson
Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)

A stolen bicycle brings together two friends. Brody shows Trevor how Aboriginal traditions and values can help him have respect and appreciation for what he has. This title is part of Pearson Canada's Well-Aware series focused on mental health.

Captain Paiute: Indigenous Defender of the Southwest

By: Theo Tso
Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)

Comic creator Theo Tso, an enrolled member of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, loved comic books as a kid. He was inspired to create Captain Paiute because he "saw that there was a need for a superhero that was Native American and he would be deal with Native issues coming on and off the various reservations of the southwest."

Moonshot Vol. 1: The Indigenous Comics Collection

Age Level: Young adult (14-18)

Edited by Hope Nicholson (Brok Windsor, Lost Heroes, Nelvana of the Northern Lights), MOONSHOT brings together dozens of creators from across North America to contribute comic book stories showcasing the rich heritage and identity of indigenous storytelling. From traditional stories to exciting new visions of the future, this collection presents some of the finest comic book and graphic novel work on the continent.


Age Level: Young adult (14-18)
Language: Cree

Spirit is a graphic novel published in 4 languages (Cree, Chıpewyan, Slavey, and English), written by Richard Van Camp, a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith in the Northwestern Territories of Canada. Richard writes, "I was devastated to read of a young man taking his life some time ago in one of our northern communities because of bullying and I immediately wrote down what I wished for him: I wished that in his final hours that there was a way to show him how much he was loved, cherished, adored, admired, believed in.

Super Indian: Volume 1

Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)

Hubert Logan was an ordinary Reservation boy until he ate tainted commodity cheese infused with Rezium, a secret government food enrichment additive. Known as Super Indian, Hubert fights evil forces who would overtake the Reservation's resources and population. Assisted by his trusty sidekicks Mega Bear and Diogi, they fight crime the way they know how — with strength, smarts, and humor.

Super Indian: Volume 2

Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)

Super Indian Volume Two contains the further adventures of Hubert Logan, a reservation boy who ate tainted commodity cheese and gained super powers. Hubert becomes Super Indian and fights evil forces that bring danger to the Leaning Oak Reservation. Super Indian and his sidekicks Mega Bear and Diogi face the ruthless Blud KwanTum, a vampire who wants to become a full-blood Indian at any cost.

Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Volume 1

Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)

Based on the true stories of the Native American Code Talkers, this incredible graphic novel features nine original stories by Native American artists and writers documenting the heroic tales of Code Talkers from World War I through the Korean War. The graphic novel also features a history of the Code Talkers and a lesson plan for teachers who wish to use the book to teach students about the struggle and accomplishments of these Native American heroes. 

Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers: Annumpa Luma -- Code Talker

Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)

Follow the story of Corporal Solomon Louis and the exploits of the first Choctaw Code Talkers in World War I. Written and illustrated by Arigon Starr, this is one of the stories included in Volume One of the Tales. Published by INC Comics, the Indigenous Narratives Collective.

The Wool of Jonesy

Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)

Written and illustrated by Diné artist Jonathan Nelson, The Wool of Jonesy #1 tells the first story of Jonesy the Sheep and his adventures out on the "rez."  As Jonesy heads out to explore life after high school he finds himself discovering and dreaming.  The wonderfully illustrated story gives young and old alike a simple and enchanting view of reservation life through the eyes of an amazing character.

Three Feathers: A Graphic Novel

Illustrated by: Krystal Mateus
Age Level: Young adult (14-18)

Three young men -- Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert -- have vandalized their community. They are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But will they be forgiven for what they have done? Three Feathers explores the power and grace of restorative justice in on Northern community and the cultural legacy that can empower furture generations.

Trickster: Native American Tales (A Graphic Collection)

Age Level: Middle Grade (9-14)

In Trickster more than twenty Native American tales are cleverly adapted into comic form. Each story is written by a different Native American storyteller who worked closely with a selected illustrator, a combination that gives each tale a unique and powerful voice and look. Ranging from serious and dramatic to funny and sometimes downright fiendish, these tales bring tricksters back into popular culture in a very vivid form. Edited by Matt Dembicki.