By Peterson Zah and Peter Iverson University of Arizona Press (2012) 196 pages Review by Bradley Shreve In this captivating book, Navajo leader Peterson Zah reflects on his life’s work and offers his vision for the future of the Diné. Zah collaborates with historian Peter Iverson who offers historical context at the beginning of each (more)
By Drew Hayden Taylor Vintage (2010) 348 pages Review by Ryan Winn What if the great Ojibway trickster Nanabush returned to a First Nations reserve to say goodbye to a lost love who chose Jesus over him? What if that lover asked a favor of him on her deathbed? What if he agreed to grant (more)
Directed by Tom Weidliinger Moira Productions (2009) 86 minutes Review by Michael W. Simpson My recent review of a U.S. high school textbook currently used in our schools included Jim Thorpe, but it never mentioned that he was Sac and Fox from Oklahoma. Nor did the textbook ever mention the name of his school, which (more)
Directed by Sande Zeig VisionMaker (2011) 57 minutes Review by Ryan Winn This documentary illuminates the inspiring story of the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s all-woman firefighter crew that overcame gender barriers to achieve national attention for their tenacity, fortitude, and dedication to their work and their people. More than three decades of the Apache 8 (more)
More Than Words, A Way of Life: Language restoration programs reach beyond tribal colleges and universitiesMay 15th, 2013 | By lpaskus | No Comments »
From the Arctic Circle to the Great Plains, tribal colleges and universities are launching a vast array of new programs to revitalize and preserve Native languages.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s language program offers students a complete immersion experience where they learn to speak Ojibwe in everyday situations.
Longtime Red Crow Community College language instructor Louis Soop binds culture, language together.
Edited by Kenneth Lincoln UCLA American Indian Studies Center (2009) 630 pages Review by Thomas Disselhorst This volume covers a broad spectrum of issues and authors that have been highlighted in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal over the past forty years. Published by the American Indian Studies Center at the University of California (more)
By Susan Suntree University of Nebraska Press (2010) 291 pages Review by Jurgita Antoine In her book Sacred Sites, writer and performer Susan Suntree masterfully weaves science and Native American oral tradition into an epic poem. Suntree presents the history of California from the beginnings of time to modern day. With a foreword by Beat (more)
While reporting one of the stories in the current issue of Tribal College Journal, I had the opportunity to speak with Chief Dull Knife College president Richard Littlebear. Littlebear is a leader in language revitalization, not only on the Northern Cheyenne reservation, but across North America. I kept recalling our conversation. Many of the linguists (more)