Real Indians: Portraits of Contemporary Native Americans and America’s Tribal Colleges

Feb 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 15-3: English Only?, Media Reviews
MARITA HINDS AND DAUGHTERS

Marita Hinds and her daughters, Jade and Cienna. Photo by Andrea Modica

Review By Michael Wassegijig Price

Real Indians is a photographic glimpse into the personal lives of the people of the greatest educational movement of the 20th century, the tribal college movement. This coffee table photography book is about real people and the journey of Native American higher education. The personal stories of tribal college students, educators, administrators, and scholars comprise the heart and soul of this book.

The photography of Andrea Modica takes us on a spiritual quest to understand the driving forces behind this educational revolution in Indian Country. The captivating photographs speak a thousand words. Grandchildren, motorcycles, berry-picking, ballet, rez cars, hide-tanning, boxing, and golfing all comprise the unique lives of these contemporary Native American activists and their connection to family, community, land, and institution.

Renowned Native American author, Sherman Alexie, gives a colorful and entertaining introduction to the stories, while Suzette Brewer concludes with an historical summary of the painful birth of the tribal college movement. For people who are not familiar with America’s tribal colleges, there is a section that gives brief descriptions, histories, tribal affiliations, and locations of each of the 32 institutions mentioned in this book.

Michael Wassegijig Price is Ojibwe Anishinaabe and the former president of Red Lake Nation College located in northern Minnesota. He resides in Bemidji, MN.

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