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Eric Gansworth | Apple (skin to the core)

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How about a book that makes you barge into your boss's office to read a page of poetry from? That you dream of? That every movie, song, book, moment that follows continues to evoke in some way? The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside." Eric Gansworth is telling his story in Apple (Skin to the Core) . The story of his family, of Onondaga among Tuscaroras, of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds. Eric shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that truly lives up to the word heartbreaking.  About the Author Eric Gansworth, S˙ha-weñ na-saeˀ, is an enrolled Onondaga writer and visual artist, raised at the Tuscarora Nation. H

First Nation Authors Joshua Whitehead and Susan Power

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About the Author Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-nêhiyaw, Two-Spirit member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of the poetry collection  full-metal indigiqueer and the novel  Jonny Appleseed .   Jonny Appleseed  won the Lambda Literary Award for gay fiction. Jonny Appleseed ,  was longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and the the Amazon Canada First Novel Award. His forthcoming work, Making Love With the Land , is set to be published in 2021. READ THIS INTERVIEW   Joshua also contributed to the anthology STOLEN GENERATIONS, published by Blue Hand Books!   Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction Edited by Joshua Whitehead As I was reading Love after the End , I was reminded just how colonialist SFF often is as a genre, whether it’s about “conquering new worlds” and literally establishing colonies,

Tommy Pico (Viejas Tribal Nation of the Kumeyaay nation) | Poets with Attitude

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Tommy Teebs Pico was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, a 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and with Morgan Parker co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA).  Image: Interview Magazine 2019 - Tommy Pico is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk , and Feed . Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series “Poets with Attitude,” co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot , and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub . Tags: Writing , Process , Beginnings , Adversity , Success , Identity As told to Ruby Brunton ON BOOKSHOP   Interview On not wasting any time Writer Tommy Pico on moving from poetry into screenwriting, and what it means to shake off imposter syndrome

Shawnee Rising | Shawnee artist Michael Daugherty

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Shawnee artist Michael Daugherty shares stories, rants, and personal thoughts about who he is and what it means to be an artist and Shawnee. Podcast  read his poem Only Indians can Talk to Animals SUPPORT HIS WORK! He's Wonderful!  VISIT HIS SHOP Michael Daugherty is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, one of three federally recognized Shawnee Tribes. As an aspiring Shawnee artist, Michael also dreams of becoming a writer, filmmaker, and comic book creator. He loves creating new and meaningful art and he wants his art to reflect who he is as a Shawnee.   In December of 2016, Michael self-published his first children’s book on lulu.com called The Snake Hunter , about a little Shawnee boy named Eli Tecumseh who dreams of being a brave water protector like his dad, who is away fighting the “black snakes” that are destroying Mother Earth.   His second children’s book, Koko’s Secret Treasure , followed a few month

Essential podcasts from Indian Country!

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  From Indigenous feminism to the real story of Thanksgiving to a de-colonialist take on Star Trek, these podcasts show how the issues facing Native people affect all Americans. The Cuts With Sterlin Harjo Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo’s podcast, in which he conducts comfortable, intimate conversations with guests including Academy Award–winning director Taika Waititi and U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, was one of Matika Wilbur’s inspirations for starting All My Relations. “[ The Cuts ] was the first Native podcast I ever found,” Wilbur said. “I would play the episodes on repeat because sometimes as I was traveling for Project 562 , I’d be alone in spaces like an airport or on a long road where I’d feel like I was the only Native person in the room, and it just brought me so much comfort.” Listen: “ Shan Goshorn: The Only and Only ” Support The Cuts With Sterlin Harjo (Indian and Cowboy Media Network)   GREAT READ: Seven Essential Listens From the Indigenous Podcasting Boom | Vanity

Native Trailblazers: Voices of Power

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                                            https://bookshop.org/a/17780/9780977918386 Learn about the life events and aspirations that shaped the voices of ten influential Native writers, whose novels, short stories and plays encompass the soul of Native life. Learn how these writers draw from personal experience to create situations and characters that are entertaining and poignant.  Featured writers include: Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene)  Marilyn Dumont (Cree/Métis) Joseph Boyden (Cree/Métis)  Louise Erdrich (Ojibwa) Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)  Tomson Highway (Cree) Maria Campbell (Métis)  N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa/Cherokee) Nicola Campbell (Interior Salish of Nle7kepmx) Tim Tingle (Choctaw) [Thompson] and Nsilx [Okanagan]/Métis)  Many individuals portrayed in the Native Trailblazers series surmounted adversity and humble beginnings in their journey for personal success. The Trailblazer books feature positive role models for Native students while providing non-

A Rez Tale debuts on Smashwords

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 REZ TALE debut reading! Blog: roninredshade “A Rez Tale” is the debut novel from Northern Arapaho filmmaker, artist, writer, and media educator Ernest M Whiteman III. It is a tale of two friends on the Wind River Indian Reservation, whose friendship changes through the years, leading up to an event that both changes their lives, and sets them on opposite trajectories in life. Join Ernest on December 5, 2020 at 5:00pm (CST) as he reads the first few chapters of his novel. This is his first self-published novel and it will go one sale on Smashwords on that same day. The first 10 ticket holders will get a coupon code to SmashWords for a free digital copy. Get tickets BY CLICKING HERE . We hope to see you there! Ernest M Whiteman III (Northern Arapaho) Redshade Productions Redshade Productions on YouTube Redshade Productions Official Site  

Dawnland Voices

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BUY Dawnland Voices calls attention to the little-known but extraordinarily rich literary traditions of New England's Native Americans. This pathbreaking anthology includes both classic and contemporary literary works from ten New England indigenous nations: the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi'kmaq, Mohegan, Narragansett, Nipmuc, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Schaghticoke, and Wampanoag.  Through literary collaboration and recovery, Siobhan Senier and Native tribal historians and scholars have crafted a unique volume covering a variety of genres and historical periods. From the earliest petroglyphs and petitions to contemporary stories and hip-hop poetry, this volume highlights the diversity and strength of New England Native literary traditions. Dawnland Voices introduces readers to the compelling and unique literary heritage in New England, banishing the misconception that "real" Indians and their traditions vanished from that region centuries ago. Siobhan Senier is

The First Thanksgiving

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BUY AT BOOKSHOP   By John Christian Hopkins (Blue Hand Books author*)   Just think of the long odds the Pilgrim’s faced in their fight for survival. First off, there was bad planning. The Mayflower arrived off the coast of New England just as a bitter New England winter was coming. The Pilgrims were not prepared, lacking winter clothing, adequate food supplies and the skills necessary to survive in the wild. Most of the immigrants were tradesmen or shopkeepers and knew little of hunting, farming or existing in a hostile land. Even if they knew what crops could grow in the new land, they landed much too late to plant crops. So how did they survive? There was luck and fate, slavery … and a little grave robbing. The Pilgrim’s string of unbelievable luck began as soon as they landed near Plimouth Rock. Lo and behold, they found themselves next to an abandoned Indian village. With winter coming they found empty dwellings waiting for them! How did that happen? The village had been hom

3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers :: big gift ideas

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                      click     https://bookshop.org/a/17780/9780998819518 Winner of the 2018 Maine Literary Award for Anthology from Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance! While much attention focuses on the southern border of the United States, 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writer s turns to the northeast, where Canada and New England share borders, blood, and heritage. The land is disputed in places, in others the US and Canada share responsibility, and Tribal Lands reside as sovereign nations within their borders. The poems, essays, and short stories in 3 Nations Anthology explore the things that divide, the bridges between, and the intense love of this rugged region the people hold in common. Edited by Valerie Lawson , authors of 3 Nations Anthology range from those for whom this book will be their first publication to a Pulitzer Prize nominee. They include: Kathleen Ellis , Stephanie S. Gough , Grey Held , Leonore Hildebrandt , Carol Hobbs , Paul

Shopping for books? We have GREAT ideas!

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Shop Native-made | Hear Native Stories!

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.SHOP NATIVE. Design brand Eighth Generation ( owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe ) launches a new collection of wool blankets made in Seattle. Shown here is a baby blanket designed by textile artist Gail White Eagle (Muckleshoot and Chehalis). (Emilia Wronski/ Eighth Generation) via   HEAR NATIVE STORIES Changer and the Star People  “This is a moment for storytelling,” theater maker Fern Naomi Renville  (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate/ Omaha/Seneca Cayuga) told me recently. By “this” she meant the coronavirus closures that have kept plays like Changer and the Star People — an Indigenous Futurist play featuring Dakota and Coast Salish origin stories — off th

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