Indigenous Audiobook Narrators You Should Be Listening To

Headshots of various Indigenous narrators

Here are some of the most outstanding Indigenous audiobook narrators you should be listening to, from award-winners to up-and-comers. 

Erin Tripp

Erin Tripp, Tlingit of the Deisheetaan clan, was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. A theater performer and voice actor, she was one of the narrators for AudioFile Earphones Award-winner The Smell of Other People’s Houses.

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town

By Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

The Smell of Other People’s Houses

By Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Blood Sisters

By Vanessa Lillie

Gary Farmer

Gary Farmer was born in Ohsweken, Ontario into the Cayuga Nation and Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy. In his narration of The Round House by Louise Erdrich, Farmer “introduces the listener to the Coutts family, members of the Ojibwe tribe who reside on a reservation in North Dakota in the 1980s,” sounding “earnest and respectful” (AudioFile).

The Round House

By Louise Erdrich

The Cold Millions

By Jess Walter

The Removed

By Brandon Hobson

Rainy Fields

Rainy Fields was born in Claremore, Oklahoma, and is a registered member of the Muskogee Creek Nation and is of Cherokee descent. When she’s not narrating audiobooks, she works with The Mayflower Welcoming Committee, an all-Native improv troupe, as well as the Native Voices at the Autry, the USA’s only Equity theater company dedicated to new works by Native playwrights. She also cohosts the podcast Hollywood Ndnz, exploring what it’s like to be Native in the entertainment industry.

Terese Marie Mailhot

By Terese Marie Mailhot

Calling for a Blanket Dance

By Oscar Hokeah

Rain Is Not My Indian Name

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cara Gee 

Born in Alberta and raised in Ontario, film, television, and stage actress Cara Gee is Ojibwe. When she’s not acting for the TV series The Expanse, she lends her talents to voice acting and audiobook narration. In The Light Brigade, Gee “perfectly evokes the weary drawl of a battle-hardened soldier in this intricately constructed science fiction audiobook” (AudioFile).

My Heart Is a Chainsaw

By Stephen Graham Jones

Black Sun

By Rebecca Roanhorse

Fevered Star

By Rebecca Roanhorse

Isabella Star LaBlanc

Based in Minneapolis, Isabella Star LaBlanc is a Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota stage, screen, and voice actor. Her performance in Firekeeper’s Daughter “brings an authentic-sounding narration to this powerful audiobook… Dialogue, including words in other languages, is handled with effortless transitions and clear depictions between characters” (AudioFile).

Firekeeper’s Daughter

By Angeline Boulley

Dark Roads

By Chevy Stevens

Warrior Girl Unearthed

By Angeline Boulley

Shaun Taylor-Corbett

Actor, singer, and writer Shaun Taylor-Corbett is of Blackfeet heritage of Montana. His performance of The Brave is complete with “stellar descriptions of nature and Ojibwe life add to the believability of this magical story” (AudioFile).

The Only Good Indians

By Stephen Graham Jones

Harvest House

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

A Snake Falls to Earth

By Darcie Little Badger

Darrell Dennis

Darrell Dennis is an Indigenous comedian, actor, screenwriter and radio personality from the Secwepemc Nation in the interior of British Columbia. His extensive audiobook narrations include the acclaimed There There by Tommy Orange.

Winter Counts

By David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Night of the Living Rez

By Morgan Talty

Indigenous America

By Liam McDonald

Kyla Garcia

Kyla Garcia is an Indigenous actor, director, poet, and artivist raised on unceded Lenape land. Her people are the Taíno Nation of Borikén. Narration accolades include 13 AudioFile Earphones Awards and two Audie Award nominations for her work on Tommy Orange’s There There and Alan Gratz’s Refugee. Like fellow narrator Rainy Fields, Kyla is a proud ensemble member of Native Voices at the Autry. She is also the creator of the critically acclaimed one-woman show The Mermaid Who Learned How to Fly. Learn more at her website.

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe

By Raquel Vasquez Gilliland


By Maya Motayne

Hearts Unbroken

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Tanis Parenteau

Tanis was born and raised in Peace River, Alberta. She is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta from Region VI and is of Plains Cree descent. Outside of narrating audiobooks, Tanis is an actor on both the stage and television, as well as the founder and owner of the production company TDEP Productions.

Bad Cree

By Jessica Johns

Winter in the Blood

By James Welch


By Norma Dunning

Kinsale Drake

An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, Kinsale Drake is an award-winning writer and poet, actress, audiobook narrator—all while enrolled at Yale University. Kinsale was named a new “rising star” within the audiobook world by BookRiot: “[Drake] narrates these stories in such a way that captures the youth and vibrancy of the stories’ protagonists. They’re spunky and self-assured, and [Drake] delivers their dialogue with all of the characters’ vibrant personalities.”

Race to the Sun

By Rebecca Roanhorse


By Darcie Little Badger

A Snake Falls to Earth

By Darcie Little Badger

Kaniehtiio Horn

Kaniehtiio Horn a Canadian actress from Kahnawake, the Mohawk reserve outside of Montreal. The award-winning actress, who has worked on Letterkenny, Man in the High Castle, and Hemlock Grove, has also lended her skills to audiobook narration.

The Case of the Burgled Bundle

By Michael Hutchinson

The Laws and the Land

By Dr. Daniel Rück

Literatures, Communities, and Learning

By Aubrey Jean Hanson

Billy Merasty

Much like many audiobook narrators, Billy Merasty is also an actor, both on stage and on film. He was born on Brochet, Manitoba, Canada and is of Cree descent.

Moon of the Turning Leaves

By Waubgeshig Rice

Moon of the Crusted Snow

By Waubgeshig Rice

Thunder Through My Veins

By Gregory Scofield

Meegwun Fairbrother

Meegwun Fairbrother is Ojibwe and Scottish origin, from Treaty 3 territory. Growing up, he lived up on many First Nations communities across Northern Ontario where he he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and taking part in many Ojibwe cultural practices. Meegwun is an accomplished actor, as well as an Okichitaw Indigenous martial artist, personal trainer, and yoga teacher.

The Marrow Thieves

By Cherie Dimaline

Coyote Tales

By Thomas King

Hunting by Stars

By Cherie Dimaline

Tiffany Ayalik 

Tiffany Ayalik is an Inuk performer, born and brought up in Yellowknife. As an actress and producer, Tiffany is known for her work on The Last WalkLittle Dog, and Molly of Denali. Her band Quantum Tangle won Indigenous Album of the Year at the Juno Awards in 2017.

The Hunter and the Old Woman

By Pamela Korgemagi


By Nancy Wachowich


By Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk

Tamala Shelton

Tamala Shelton is a Bundjalung and Lama Lama actor, writer and spoken word artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). She has since been narrating a multitude of First Nations audiobooks and is the host of Storybox Library. She started acting as a teenager and starred in shows such as Upper Middle Bogan, Nowhere Boys and Cleverman.


By Julie Janson

The Year the Maps Changed

By Danielle Binks


By Eric Willmot

Wilton Littlechild

Wilton Littlechild took a break from his work as a Canadian lawyer and Cree chief (who served as Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and as a member of Parliament) to narrate Fred Sasakamoose’s powerful memoir Call Me Indian. He is a survivor of residential schools, the harmful network of mandatory boarding schools in Canada from 1894 to 1947; these were intended to isolate Indigenous children and assimilate them into Canadian culture.

Call Me Indian

By Fred Sasakamoose

Self-Narrated Audiobooks by Indigenous Authors

Scratching River

By Michelle Porter

The Sentence

By Louise Erdrich

The Night Watchman

By Louise Erdrich

Braiding Sweetgrass

By Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Last Pow-Wow

By That Native Thomas

The Beadworkers

By Beth Piatote

Walking the Old Road

By Staci Lola Drouillard

Great Spirit Told Me

By Michael Looking Coyote


By Jesse Wente

Doty Meets Coyote

By Thomas Doty

Split Tooth

By Tanya Tagaq

In My Own Moccasins

By Helen Knott

An American Sunrise

By Joy Harjo

Fry Bread

By Kevin Noble Maillard

Postcolonial Love Poem

By Natalie Diaz

Is there another Indigenous audiobook narrator you’ve listened to and loved?
Let us know in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “Indigenous Audiobook Narrators You Should Be Listening To

  1. I’m surprised not to see Robin Wall-Kimmerer here, as she read her own book Braiding Sweetgrass. But I’m very glad to have found your website! Thank you for assembling this collection of Indigenous Audiobook Narrators. You’ve given me a good place to do some of my homework as a settler, trying to learn reciprocity.

    1. Thank you Betty! That was our mistake—just added Braiding Sweetgrass to our section of author-read audiobooks.

  2. I recently read And then she Fell by Alicia Elliot; excellent book. Narrated by Jenna Clause & Cheri Maracle. Alicia narrates her memoir A Mind Spread out on the Ground which is also excellent.

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