Art as Performance, Story as Criticism: Reflections on Native Literary Aesthetics by Muskogee Creek and Cherokee literature professor Craig Womack offers a new look at Indigenous literary criticism. Using original short story and essays called musings, the author examines the literature created by Native American and First Nations authors of the past and present. Of particular interest are the essays about the works of E. Pauline Johnson and Beth Brant. Analysis of plays of Lynn Riggs, the stories of Durango Mendoza, and the works by poet Alexander Posey are presented with detailed research combined with biting wit and personal reflections. An index is included.