Category Archives: 3 – Books

Q&A on Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian!

I’m happy to tell you all that I just got published a little Power Point presentation I did, on chapters 1-5 of this really awesome novel. Check it out and you can post here your comments and feedback! Thanks!http://talkingpeople.net/tp/world/people/americanindians/shermanalexie/index.html

Some good literature!

I wanted to dedicate a thread to what now are two of my favorite writers! I discovered them last year, when I started reading American Indians authors. These authors are: Joy Harjo, for poetry (and “narrated” poetry too!), and Sherman Alexie, for short stories (you might have already seen our previous post on his screenplay “Smoke Signals”). If you read any of their poems or short stories, and you wish to comment here, go ahead! You can find both authors on our Talking People section devoted to American Indian thinkers, activists and artists. We included links to their own websites. We asked Joy Harjo for permission to include in our little webpage her poem “Strange Fruit”, because it’s also related to the little webpage we have for the song Billie Holiday sang, with the same title. We are planning to select more poems for you all, so you get interested in this fantastic writer! Then, we’ve sent out a permission request to Alexie’s publishers, to see if we can scan “The Search Engine”, a story included in his Ten Little Indians. This year, we are going to make the proposal in class for Advanced 2 students to buy copies of the Smoke Signals, the screenplay, but we wanted to offer a sample of his short stories, too. Well, hope you like them! Feel free to comment!

Wounded Knee Occupation 1973

On a winter day in 1973 a large group of American Indian men and women (incl. pregnant women) “reclaimed Wounded Knee in the name of the Lakota Nation. For the first time in many decades, those Oglala Sioux ruled themselves, free from government intervention, as is their ancient custom. This would become the basis for a TV movie, Lakota Woman the true story of Mary Moore Crowdog, and her experiences at the Wounded Knee occupation” (from siouxme.com). Check out our thread on Lakota Woman the autobiography.

Lakota Woman

Read an excerpt from Mary Brave Bird’s autobiography, Lakota Woman (1990; HarperPerennial 1991) and post here your comments.

The TP webpage for Mary Brave Bird 

See some information about the movie version of this book, which was produced by Jane Fonda: Lakota Woman. Siege at Wounded Knee (1994).

The Housing Poem, by Dian Million

I bought a collection of writings by contemporary native women in North America (literal meaning, this is, Canada, the USA, Mexico), called “Reinventing the Enemy’s Language” (edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird) and I would like to share with you this very interesting poem, “The Housing Poem”, by Dian Million. It’s published in written & audio version on the TP Podcast. But please, better post here your comments on the poem!
More about this writer? Here’s a link to the TP webpage on Dian Million.
I have tons of comments arising from discovering this poem! But now, to have a little rest! 🙂