Archive for August 2005

Navajo Weaving in the Late Twentieth Century: Kin, Community, and Collectors

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by Ann Lane Hedlund University of Arizona Press (2004), Tucson 145 pages ISBN 0-8165-2412-2 Hardcover $35.00 Review by Duke Epperson Navajo Weaving in the Late Twentieth Century presents a remarkable private collection of textiles produced between 1971 and 1996. Seventy-four color plates offer the public a clear view of the high level of artistic achievement (more)

Children of Native America Today

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by Yvonne Wakim Dennis and Arlene Hirschfelder Charlesbridge Publishing (2003), Watertown, MA 64 pages ISBN 1-5709-1499-0  Hardcover $19.95 Review by Susan Skinner This hardcover children’s book showcases different Native communities and urban Native people with four or more engaging photographs on every two-page spread. Twenty-five representative groups in the United States were chosen from the (more)

A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children

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Doris Seale and Beverly Slapin, editors AltaMira Press (2005), Lanham, MD 436 pages ISBN 0-7591-0778-5 Paperback $40.00 Review by Gwynne Spencer A Broken Flute critically reviews and assesses the cultural authenticity and historical accuracy of hundreds of well-known (and elsewhere highly regarded) children’s titles of the past 10 years. It scrutinizes them looking for the (more)

How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975 – 2001

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by Joy Harjo W.W. Norton & Co. (2002), New York, NY ISBN 1-5709-1499-0 242 pages Paperback $19.95 Review by Susan Skinner Poems from seven of Harjo’s other publications plus new offerings are presented in this paperback book.  Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Nation, gives voice to a culture under siege. The poems at times (more)

The Invention of the Creek Nation, 1670-1763

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by Steven C. Hahn University of Nebraska Press (2004), Lincoln 340 pages ISBN 0-8032-2414-1 Cloth $59.95 Review by Betty J. Mason This fascinating account of the early political history of the Creeks (Muscogee) is heavy reading.  The focus is on the beginnings of the Creek Nation (near present day Alabama and Georgia) during the colonial (more)

Walt Disney’s Bambi – The Arapaho Language Version

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Videotape produced by Walt Disney Corporation and Wyoming Indian Schools (1994) Distributed by Wyoming Council for the Humanities, 1315 E. Lewis St., Laramie, WY 82072 ISBN 0-7888-0116-3 Length: 69 minutes $20.00 plus $8.00 shipping Review by Sara Wiles “Howoto’oo! Howoto’oo!” cries Thumper to the forest animals. “Wake up! Wake up!” Yes, Thumper, Bambi has returned, (more)

The Pueblo Imagination: Landscape and Memory in the Photography of Lee Marmon

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by Lee Marmon, with Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo, and Simon Ortiz Beacon Press (2003), Boston, MA 159 pages ISBN 0-8070-6614-1 Hardcover $35.00 Review by Stephanie Owen Laguna Pueblo photographer Lee Marmon shares his joy of photography and his dedication to the craft in his first book, which is mostly black and white photographs. Marmon (more)

17-1 Fall 2005 “Telling Our Stories” Table of Contents

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The experiences of many tribal college students who co-exist between two worlds — the traditional and the contemporary — are included in this issue in profile and in their own words in our annual Student Edition.

His Horse Is Thunder Elected to HLC Board

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Member colleges have elected Ron His Horse Is Thunder to serve on the board of trustees of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The commission is part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which is one of six regional institutional accrediting associations in the United States. The HLC region includes 19 states and (more)

Poet’s Words Appeal To Prevent Suicide

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Lexi Luger was busy with her studies at Sitting Bull College (SBC, Fort Yates, ND) and with planning her future, as most 20-year-olds. But then several young people committed suicide on the local reservations last year. With her heritage (Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Cheyenne River Sioux), she felt she needed to do something and asked (more)