A bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the daring, versatile, funny, and outrageous Alexie showcases all his talents in his newest collection, where he unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers.
"There There" is the story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on the day of the Big Oakland Powwow. As we learn the reasons that each person is attending--some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent--momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.
Billings and Black go beyond the media bluster to reassess the controversy around Native American mascots. They delve into the textual, visual, and ritualistic and performative aspects of sports mascots, and report on surveys they conducted of fans. The result is a book that merges critical-cultural analysis with qualitative data to offer an innovative approach to understanding the camps and fault lines on each side of the issue, the stakes in mascot debates, whether common ground can exist and, if so, how we might find it.
The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, with woman after woman giving birth to what appear to be primitive species of humans. For twenty-six-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, this change is personal--she is four months pregnant. As Cedar looks for her Ojibwe birth mother, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity and with signs of increasing repression. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe.
In this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. Tracing how these ideas evolved, and drawing from history, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths, challenging readers to rethink what they have been taught about Native Americans and history.
The received idea of Native American history has been that it ended in 1890 at Wounded Knee, when the U.S. Cavalry massacred one hundred fifty Sioux and, by extension, Native civilization. Treuer has uncovered a different narrative. Because they did not disappear--and because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, traditions, families, and existence--the story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention.
While other histories have overlooked the importance of Indian power during the country's formative years, Calloway here gives Native American leaders their due, revealing the relationship between George Washington and the Native tribes he usurped. Calloway uses the prism of Washington's life to bring focus to the great Native leaders of his time and the tribes they represented, returning them to their rightful place in the story of America's founding.