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Caraza, Xánath Conjuro (English, Spanish, Nahuatl) $18 This debut collection of poetry explains the complex interactions among Vera Cruz area peoples more immediately than prose. Day of the Dead, butterflies, copal, mangos: all these come to life. Silabas de viente/Syllables of Wind , $18(see Menu authors A to L) and Donde la luz es violeta/Where the Light Is Violet , $18 (2016).
Field, Greg Black Heart: Poems, $15. Musical, heart-rending lyrics by a Potawatomi mixed-heritage jazz drummer. Field is multi-talented, a poet’s poet and a musician’s musician.
Glancy, Diane Stories of the Driven World: Poems $14 Poetry (2010) collects poems about museums and anthropological workers. Pastiches of field notes, post-colonial comment, native languages, & artifacts make this essential reading.
Glancy, Diane It Was Then: Diagram of the Elemental $12 This 2012 collection of verse and short prose is autobiographical. She describes her Cherokee father’s life in Kansas City and their existence as besieged, poor, and resilient people. The backdrop is the meat-packing plants, where her father worked. This is one of Glancy’s most emotional compositions.
Lajimodiere, Denise *Bitter Tears $12 Ojibwe writer and professor Dr. Denise Lajimodiere interviewed boarding school survivors for this chapbook of poetry.
Milk, Theresa *Haskell Institute: 19th C. Stories of Survival $20 This doctoral dissertation by Lakota writer Dr. Theresa Milk tells losses and successes of boarding school students. The nuanced details from obituaries, newspapers, and school records tell, finally, a courageous story of survivance. Each grave in the Haskell cemetery is annotated.
Schultz, Elizabeth*White-Skin Deer: Hoopa Stories $12 The 1950s is one of the least documented eras of Native experience. This former Red Cross relief worker spent time with elders, who gave her their stories. She publishes these, with rare photographs, in cooperation with the Hoopa people.
Tambornino, Pamela *Maggie’s Story: Teachings of a Cherokee Healer $14; Hardbk 15 Mammoth’s bestseller: an authentic and funny memoir of a woman learning from her healer grandmother as she grows up in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
Weso, Thomas Pecore *Wisconsin Indigenous News 1865-1930 (Kindle only) $6 Collected news stories from Shawano, Green Bay, and others give insights biographies, mounds, forest conditions, wildlife, fires, women’s activities, court cases (Hole-in-the-Day) and Indian agents.
Willie, Diane. Sharp Rocks: Short Fiction. $10 chapbook, 24 ppm. Enrolled Navajo author Diane Willie writes about mythic and contemporary women in New Mexico.