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Nov 21 2007

Remembering Deep Roots

by Heather O

Native American literature has transformed from the realm of oral storytelling to a unique blend of modern literature that never forgets its traditions. Below is a selected list of contemporary Native American Literature for Adults within the DeKalb County Public Library system and in no order:

N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa): House Made of Dawn -winner of 1969 Pulitzer Prize
James Welch (Blackfoot-Gros Venture): Fools Crow
Gerald Vizenor (Anishinaabe): The Trickster of Liberty: Tribal Heirs to a Wild Baronage
Linda Hogan (Chicaksaw) Mean Spirit
Joy Harjo (Muskogee-Creek): A Map to the Next World: Poetry and Tales
Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna Pueblo): Voice of the Turtle -collection
Michael Dorris: A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo): Gardens in the Dunes, Ceremony -currently only availible in audio
Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo): Men on the Moon: Collected Short Stories
Louise Erdrich (Anishinaabe): Master Butchers Singing Club, The Painted Drum
Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene): The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and even a Young Adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Vanessa Himbrough November 28, 2007 at 10:56 PM

Thanks for posting info about native literature. Aside from myths, I’m sure a good bit of the values of native peoples is kept in these stories…will pursue.

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