Book/Media Reviews

Aymara Indian Perspectives on Development in the Andes

May 1st, 2014 | By | No Comments »

By Amy Eisenberg University of Alabama Press (2013) 263 pages Review by Amanda Mignonne Smith As neoliberal politics in Latin America herald development as a panacea for impoverished communities and national economic woes, some Indigenous groups have objected to such top-down policies. Amy Eisenberg focuses on three examples of development projects implemented on or near (more)

American Indian Baskets: Building and Caring for a Collection

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By William A. Turnbaugh and Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh Schiffer Publishing (2013) 272 pages Review by Diane Dittemore The Turnbaughs have produced another book that will serve as an excellent reference for collectors of Native American basketry. Whereas their first publication, Indian Baskets (1986), was a general survey of North American basketry using the collections of (more)

A Cheyenne Voice: The Complete John Stands In Timber Interviews

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By John Stands In Timber and Margot Liberty University of Oklahoma Press (2013) 495 pages Review by Richard E. Littlebear What a memorable experience it is to read A Cheyenne Voice. As youngsters, we heard Ma’taa’ohnee’estse (John Stands In Timber’s name in the Cheyenne language) speak at meetings. But with youthful dismissiveness, we did not (more)

Spaces Between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization

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By Scott Lauria Morgensen University of Minnesota Press (2011) 293 pages Review by Lori Lambert In his book, Spaces Between Us, Scott Lauria Morgensen indicates that in many Native cultures the role of “queer,” or two-spirit individuals, was given an honored place in the society. Such individuals were accepted by their people more so than (more)

Killer of Enemies

Apr 28th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

By Joseph Bruchac Tu Books (2013) 358 pages Review by Ryan Winn Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac is a masterful storyteller. His young adult, speculative fiction novel Killer of Enemies affirms this with an imaginative saga set in the not-so-distant future. In the novel, “a cloud” has settled over the world causing all electronics to “cease (more)

Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man, Missionary, Mystic

Feb 6th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

By Michael F. Steltenkamp University of Oklahoma Press (2009) 270 pages Review by Herman A. Peterson This is the first book-length biography to cover the life history of the famous Lakota holy man. It is based on published primary source material, interviews with Black Elk’s family and friends, as well as Roman Catholic Church records (more)

America the Beautiful

Feb 6th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

By Paula Gunn Allen West End Press (2010) 100 pages Review by April D. J. Petillo Whether you revere or dislike her work, any book by Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna Pueblo) is bound to elicit some response. This poetry collection, sent off to the editors at West End Press just nine days before her death, (more)

Chinuk Wawa: Kakwa Nsayka Ulmantilixam Laska Munk-k?mt?ks Nsayka/As Our Elders Teach Us to Speak It

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By The Chinuk Wawa Dictionary Project Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde Community of Oregon (2012) 494 pages Review by Jurgita Antoine Chinuk Wawa, also known as Chinook Jargon, originated as a pidgin trade language in the Pacific Northwest coastal region. It is based on Chinookan languages, with contributions from English and Canadian French. In (more)

The Round House

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By Louise Erdrich, read by Gary Farmer Harper Audio (2013) 10 discs Review by Ryan Winn Perhaps the most inviting aspect of a Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) novel is that she begins each book by invoking a metaphor that is used continuously throughout her narrative. In the initial pages of the awardwinning novel, The (more)

Mobilizing Bolivia’s Displaced: Indigenous Politics and the Struggle Over Land

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By Nicole Fabricant University of North Carolina Press (2012) 288 pages Review by Natalia Ruiz-Rubio In this case study of Movimiento Sin Tierra (MST), or the Landless Peasant Movement, Nicole Fabricant interviews activists, attends their public demonstrations, and visits their homes in the new settlements in an effort to understand this Indigenous social movement that (more)