No matter what you know about Lewis and Clark, the Hopi Snake Dance, the occupation of Wounded Knee village, or the Seminole Freedmen claim, you have never before seen those and myriad other historic episodes from these perspectives.
In this first-of-its-kind anthology, American Indian scholars examine crucial events in their own nations' histories. On the one hand, these writers represent diverse tribal perspectives. On the other, they share a unifying point of view grounded in ancestral wisdom: the Cosmos is a live being, Earth is our Mother, the North American tribes are engaged in national liberation struggles, and Indigenous realities are as viable as any other.
Fanciful? Read this book and see whether you still think so.
There is no question that Native Historians Write Back is right on target with its truth seeking and truth telling. This anthology must be commended for its intelligence, courage, integrity, and grace. --Simon J. Ortiz, author of Speaking for the Generations: Native Writers on Writing
Susan A. Miller of the Seminole Nation is a freelance writer living in Lincoln, Nebraska.
James Riding In of the Pawnee Nation is an associate professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University.