American Indian stories have fascinated the world for all the right reasons: vigor, depth, subtlety, brightness. In the 1960s a brilliant renaissance began. Out of it came such gifted writers of fiction as N. Scott Momaday, James Welch, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, Simon Ortiz, Louise Erdrich, and Michael Dorris. In bringing them together, The Lightning Within celebrates some of the best work being done today in the novel and short story. Alan R.
New Voices From the Longhouse: An Anthology of Contemporary Iroquois Writing contains the poetry, short stories, essays by 30 Six Nations Iroquois writers. Published in 1989 by Joseph Bruchac's Greenfield Review, this collection stands the test of time and remains important and relevant. It is a remarkable collection of writing by various Six Nations Iroquois men and women, who live on reserves in Canadian and US reservations as well as Canadian and American cities. They express their deep love and respect for Iroquois traditional culture and history and comment on the contemporary world.
Dancing Teepees: Poems of American Indian Youth is a collection of 19 poems or quotes from Native American sayings, songs, and stories organized by Rosebud Sioux writer Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. While many of the selections are English translations from the Bureau of American Ethnology Reports, Sneve has also included four of her poems in this simple anthology for children. The colour drawings with Plains and Southwest designs and images compliment the selections. This is a good resource for teachers introducing poetry with First Nations themes to elementary students.
Northern Voices: Inuit Writing in English's first section includes traditional legends, narratives, folk history told by story-tellers, and poetry sung by Inuit composers. The second presents statements and observations by some of the first Inuit to come into contact with European newcomers, including official reports, interviews, letters, and diaries. Next are early poetry and prose in translation, much of it autobiographical. The final section includes contemporary Inuit writing, from essays and speeches to fiction, poetry, and other genres of imaginative literature.
Native Wisdom for White Minds: Daily Reflections Inspired by the Native Peoples of the World is a provocative book designed for the general reader who is interested in understanding another culture's worldview. Author Anne Wilson Shaef, Ph.D., is a writer, lecturer, organizational consultant, and workshop facilitator. The author shares the richness poured out to her by Native Americans, Aborigines, Africans, Maoris, and others. In the words of Native Peoples themselves, readers come to understand Native ideas about the earth, spirituality, family, work, loneliness, and change.
Rising Voices: Writing of Young Native Americans is a collection of poems and short essays written by 63 Native American students from grade 3 to senior high school. The collected works were selected from previously published anthologies, student publications, and newsletters. The editors have organized the pieces into several themes including Identity, Family, Homelands, Ritual and Ceremony, Education, and Harsh Realities. Each selection is clearly identified with the student's name, their tribal affiliation, and grade level.
Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First North American Native Writers' Festival held in 1992 was an unprecedented gathering and celebration of Indigenous authors. Co-organizer invited each of the 300 writers to submit an original piece for inclusion in this anthology. He selected the best of the 200 plus submissions for this collection. Included in this 369-page volume are works by well established authors such as established writers like Duane Niatum, Simon Ortiz, Lance Henson, Elizabeth Woody, Linda Hogan, and Jeanette Armstrong.