Book/Media Reviews

William Wayne Red Hat, Jr.: Cheyenne Keeper of the Arrows

May 15th, 2010 | By | No Comments »

By William Wayne Red Hat, Jr. Edited by Sibylle M. Schlesier University of Oklahoma Press (2008) Review by Eleanor Kuhl This thoughtful, 156-page book features the personal testimony of a Cheyenne spiritual leader whose most urgent concern is the perpetuation of his tribe’s cultural identity. In his various narratives, Bill Red Hat, Jr., speaks about (more)

Racism in Indian Country

May 15th, 2010 | By | No Comments »

By Dean Chavers, Ph.D. Peter Lang Publishing (2009) Review by David Blaine Dr. Dean Chavers highlights the many aspects of this insidious disease that plagues our planet. We are all aware of the racial epithets and slurs, as well as the jokes and comedy routines that seem to be status quo. Our “sacred” political and (more)

Blended Nation: Portraits and Interviews of Mixed-Race America

May 15th, 2010 | By | No Comments »

By Mike Tauber and Pamela Singh Channel Photographics (2010) Review by Cindy Conway The old saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover” is especially fitting to Blended Nation. It examines the concept of race in America through a collection of photographs accompanied by personal essays describing the subjects’ experiences stemming from being bior (more)

Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong

Feb 15th, 2010 | By | No Comments »

By Paul Chaat Smith University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis (2009) Review by Michael W. Simpson Growing up in Oklahoma City, I remember the furniture store that encouraged our patronage because they “loved folks.” In his book, Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong, Paul Chaat Smith reminds us how the dominant culture in all of (more)

Education, Decolonization, and Development: Perspectives from Asia, Africa, and the Americas

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Edited by Dip Kapoor Sense Publishers, Rotterdam (2009) Review by Michael W. Simpson The editor, Dip Kapoor, has collected a wonderfully diverse set of writings that reminds us of the local struggle within the global context of the neocolonial, imperialistic project often referred to as globalization. As Native Nations struggle with so-called development, important questions (more)

On the Death and Life of Languages

Feb 15th, 2010 | By | No Comments »

By Claude Hagège Translation by Jody Gladding Yale University Press (2009) Review by Dr. Ofer Shir Claude Hagège’s book provides a fascinating journey into the world of languages across all known civilizations around the globe. Languages enable human life. The book especially addresses the life cycle of languages within the context of anthropological evolution and (more)

Weaving Worlds

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Written and Directed by Bennie Klain VisionMaker Video (2008) 57 Minutes Review by Deborah Kelley-Galin Writer/director Bennie Klain’s film, Weaving Worlds, examines the tenuous relationship between traditional Diné weavers, who struggle to live a life of integrity, and the capitalist market, on which their livelihoods depend. Nicole Horseherder is a young weaver who obtained a (more)

American Indian Higher Education Experiences: Cultural Visions and Personal Journeys

Nov 15th, 2009 | By | No Comments »

By Terry Huffman Peter Lang, New York (2008) Review by Michael W. Simpson Within American Indian Higher Education Experiences, the author examines the lives of 69 American Indian college students in predominantly non-Indian higher education institutions. Using in-depth interviews with American Indian college students, Terry Huffman seeks a better understanding of the personal encounters, dilemmas, (more)

John Beargrease: Legend of Minnesota’s North Shore

Nov 15th, 2009 | By | No Comments »

By Daniel Lancaster. Holy Cow! Press, Duluth (2008) Review by Holly Ristau In the 1800s, John Beargrease was an Ojibwe mail carrier who ran a twice-weekly route on Minnesota’s North Shore. Today, mushers attempt to run his same route in the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. This title is a desperately needed, well-researched book (more)

Peacemaking Circles & Urban Youth

Nov 15th, 2009 | By | No Comments »

By Carolyn Boyes-Watson Living Justice Press, St. Paul (2008) Review by Michael Thompson If you’re Native, you probably understand well the power of the Circle. For others, especially those in the social and restorative justice movement, the Circle’s extraordinary ability to change lives is a relatively recent discovery. Within Peacemaking Circles & Urban Youth, Carolyn (more)