1999 Introduction by Marjane Ambler

Of Innocence and Catharsis These are not the words of innocents. Don’t expect to find sweet love poems in this collection of writing by college students. The tribal college students write here about war and race, alcoholism and child abuse, death, humility and the challenges of raising children with special needs. The students have traveled many highways, and their writing reflects that rather than the protected lives…

1998 Introduction by James Welch

When I first started teaching a course on contemporary American Indian Literature back in the mid-seventies, I had to scratch and scrape to find enough writers of American Indian descent to fill up the time and space of one quarter’s worth of instruction. There was a core group – writers like Scott Momaday, Leslie Silko, Joy Harjo, Simon Ortiz –…

1997 Introduction by Marjane Ambler

The breath and blood of tribal college students flow through the pages that follow. The students represent different cultures, different colleges, and different generations, but they all take their writing seriously. Shanna Estigoy conveys their passion for writing when she says, “I will continue writing until my hand cripples and falls off.” These students’ writing differs markedly from college students’…

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