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Blue Dawn, Red Earth

New Native American Storytellers

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In recent decades, Native American literature has experienced a resurgence in prominence and popularity. Beginning with the 1969 publication of N. Scott Momaday's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel House Made of Dawn, and continuing with the work of Paula Gunn Allen, Linda Hogan, Louise Erdrich, and Craig Lesley, American Indian writers have become an increasingly visible part of the literary landscape. In this collection of thirty varied and powerful short stories, almost all being published here for the first time, emerging talents carry on the tradition of their storytelling ancestors.

Table of Contents

Clifford E. Trafzer

The Witches of Eufaula, Oklahoma
Craig S. Womack

Lorne Simon

Darlene and the Dead Man
Anita Endrezze

The Reapers
Jim Barnes

Spirit Curse
Annie Hansen

What’s in a Song
Maurice Kenny

Patricia Riley

Sky Burial
Richard Van Camp

Midnight at the Graveyard
Penny Olson


Cooking Woman
E. K. Caldwell

The Raleigh Man
Eric L. Gansworth

Chris Fleet

Growing Things
Kimberly M. Blaeser

Oshkiwiinag: Heartlines on the Trickster Express
Gerald Vizenor

So I Blow Smoke in Her Face
Laura Tobe

Tiffany Midge

The Last Rattlesnake Throw
Ralph Salisbury

Never Again
D. L. Birchfield

Talking Things Over with the Boiler Man
Duane Niatum

A Jingle for Silvy
Richard G. Green

Roma and Julie:  Indians in Duality
Barney Bush

Rocking in the Pink Light
Gloria Bird

El Sol
Guadalupe J. Solis, Jr.

The Mystery of the White Roses
Vee F. Browne

A Belated Letter to Christopher Columbus
Georges E. Sioui

The Atsye Parallel
Lee Francis

Grampa Pamsey and the Great Canyon
Darryl “Babe” Wilson

Looking for Hiawatha
Andrew Connors

Jason B. Edwards
Clifford E. Trafzer

About Clifford E. Trafzer

Clifford E. Trafzer - Blue Dawn, Red Earth
Clifford E. Trafzer is director of Native American Studies and the Costo Native American Research Center at the University of California, Riverside, where he is also professor of history and ethnic studies. He is the author and editor of nineteen books on the history, lives and experiences of Native American peoples, including Earth Song, Sky Spirit. Trafzer is vice-chair of the California Native American Heritage Commission, an agency that protects sacred sites and American Indian burial grounds. He live in Yucaipa, California.


"Cliff Trafzer has put together a stunning collection of Native American voices in a works that shimmer with wit and erupt with rage while, most crucially, demonstrating the astonishing complexity and richness of Native American storytelling past and present. In these thitry stories, the contemporary Native Amerian world of the magical and mundane, outraged and outrageous, timeless and timely is shown to be very much alive and very much essential to what American and world literature are about. These are stories of survival for five hundred years against enormous odds through humor and grace, through courage and luck, and, most of all, through language–the power of story." –Louis Owens, author of Other Destinies and Wolfsong

"Enchanting, moving, colorful! Through fiction characters, the authors offer a slice of contemporary Native American life. Blue Dawn, Red Earth is skillfully edited and magnificently written by some fo the best Indian storytellers of our time." –Larry Myers, Executive Secretary, Native American Heritage Commission

"Featuring the work of new young talents and established masters, the stories in Blue Dawn, Red Earth celebrate the lives of contemporary Native Americans. While never denying the often harsh realities faced by native peoples, the stories express a confidence that native peoples, their spirituality and their sense of humor very much intact, will survive." –Rebecca Kugel, Professor of History, American Indian Studies, University of California, Riverside

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