Killing Us Quietly: Native Americans and HIV/AIDS explores Native urban, reservation, and rural perspectives, as well as the viewpoints of Native youth, women, gay or bisexual men, in this study combining statistics, Native demography and histories, and profiles of Native organizations to provide a broad understanding of HIV/AIDS among Native Americans. The book confronts the unique economic and political circumstances and cultural practices that can encourage the spread of the disease in Native settings.
In Kiss of the Fur Queen: A Novel by Cree playwright Tomson Highway, Jeremiah and Gabriel Okimasis, two Cree Indian brothers, suffer a violent conversion to Christianity at a Catholic residential school in 1960s Manitoba. Born into a magical Cree world in snowy northern Manitoba, Champion and Ooneemeetoo Okimasis are all too soon torn from their family and thrust into the hostile world of a Catholic residential school. Their language is forbidden, their names are changed to Jeremiah and Gabriel, and both boys are abused by priests.
In these short stories, Jack D. Forbes captures the remarkable breadth and variety of American Indian life. Drawing on his skills as scholar and Native American activist, and, above all, as artist, Forbes enlarges our sense of how American Indians experience themselves and the world around them. Though all the main characters are of Indigenous descent, each is a unique combination of tribal origin, social status, age, and life-style-from Native Elder and college professor to lesbian barmaid and Chicano adolescent. Nevertheless the U.S.
Dreaming The Dawn, Conversations With Native Artists and Activists is a collection of interviews with 12 Native American writers, artists, and political activists. The late E. K. Caldwell, herself an accomplished poet and musician, conducted the interviews from 1993 to 1997. Each interview is candid in its approach resulting in open and often personal exchanges between artists. Brief biographical sketches and photos accompany each interview.
The Rez Sisters is the award-winning play by Cree playwright Tomson Highway. Set on the fictional Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reserve, the seven main characters try to beat the odds at the “world's biggest bingo” game. The play is a powerful portrayal of Native women in contemporary society and combines humour, tragedy and passion. Recommended for university/college level Native Literature courses.
Rose is the eagerly awaited third installment in Tomson Highway’s “rez” cycle—a large-cast musical set on the Wasaychigan Hill Reserve in 1992, reintroducing many of the characters from the first two plays, The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. The play features, as the title suggests, Roses. One Rose has recently become chief of the reserve, a woman who must fight constantly to keep her position and maintain the integrity of her culture.