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Here First is an important new collection of essays by Native American writers compiled by Arnold Krupat and Brian Swann, the editors of I Tell You Now: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers. In Here First, authors such as Sherman Alexie, Greg Sarris, and Elizabeth Woody tell the stories of their lives and their art. Each essay demonstrates the breadth of experience of twenty-seven individuals united in the creative expression of a Native American heritage. Each has a different relation to that heritage, and in describing it through personal and family history, with verse and in anecdotes, the writers give a strong image of the different cultures that have shaped them. This is living history and the kind of collective memoir that makes for fascinating and rewarding reading--one of the most vivid and diverse portraits of Native American culture available today.
Sherman Alexie The Unauthorized Autobiography of Me
Carroll Arnett (Gogisgi) Ayanvdadisdi: I Remember
Betty Louise Bell Burying Paper
Duane Bigeagle In English I'm Called Duane BigEagle: An Autobiographical Statement
Gloria Bird Autobiography as Spectacle: An Act of Liberation or the Illusion of Liberation
Kimberly M. Blaeser Rituals of Memory
Nora Marks Dauenhauer Life Woven with Song
Charlotte Declue (Kawashinsay) The Good Red Road
Anita Endrezze A Journey to the Heart
Hanay Geiogamah Sel-Interview
Gordon Henry, Jr. Entries into the Autobiographical I
Patricia Penn Hilden Displacements: Performing Mestizaje
Roberta Hill A Soul Like the Sun
Leanne Howe My Mothers, My Uncles, Myself
Rex Lee Jim A Moment in My Life
Evelina Zuni Lucero On the Tip of my Tongue: An Autobiographical Essay
Louis Owens Motion of Fire and Form: Autobiographical Reflections
W.S. Penn In The Garden of the Gods
Greg Sarris From a Place Called Santa Rosa
Vickie Sears Wind Circles
John E. Smelcer In The Past's Familiar Tongue
Luci Tapahonso They Moved Over The Mountain
Clifford E. Trafzer Red Echoes
Anna Lee Walters The Buffalo Road
Elizabeth Woody The Child Before Memory: Recognition of the "Maker"
Ofelia Zepeda Autobiography