Night Is Gone, Day Is Still Coming: Stories and Poems by American Indian Teens and Young Adults

Nov 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 16-2: Tribal College Research, Media Reviews

NIGHT IS GONE COVEREdited by Annette Piña Ochoa, Betsy Franco, and Traci L. Gourdine
Candlewick Press (2003), Cambridge, MA. 145 pages.
ISBN 0-763615-18-8

Review by Natalie Davis

The writing of these young, Native American writers is excellent, the images crystalline. There are no rose-colored glasses. Reading these pieces feels refreshing, like a cool morning. But you still remember that the hot day is coming, and this will help get you through it.

It includes reminiscing stories, like “flying” across a troublesome neighborhood ditch. It also describes how it feels to be away from home at school and evokes the fear of domestic abuse. These people write about homesickness and loneliness but also show pride in who they are, their strength, and their accomplishments.

Natalie Davis has been a library worker at Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago, NE, for 3 years and a library worker for more than 10 years.

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