If I Ever Get Out of Here tells the engaging story of seventh-grader Lewis "Shoe" Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation. Being the lone rez teen and being bused to a small town for his educations presents a challenge that resonates for many outsider students trying to fit in. Lewis has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites--and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.
Redskins: Insult and Brand examines how the ongoing struggle over the team name raises important questions about how white Americans perceive American Indians, about the cultural power of consumer brands, and about continuing obstacles to inclusion and equality. C. Richard King examines the history of the Washington Redskins franchise name, the evolution of the term redskin, and the various ways in which people both support and oppose its use today.
The Missing by Melanie Florence uses as its background the ongoing circumstance of unsolved cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls, this fictional mystery set in Winnipeg explores one teenager's response to a system that has long denied and misrepresented the problem.After a girl she knows from school goes missing and is found dead in the Red River, Feather is shocked when the police write it off as a suicide.
Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration highlights voices of Indigenous male writers, traditional knowledge keepers, ex-gang members, war veterans, fathers, youth, two-spirited people, and Indigenous men working to end violence against women. It offers a refreshing vision toward equitable societies that celebrate healthy and diverse masculinities. What do we know of masculinities in non-patriarchal societies?
Native Performers in Wild West Shows: From Buffalo Bill to Euro Disney studies the participation of Indigenous families in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show from the 1880s to contemporary showcases of the wild west in Euro Disney shows. Looking at this unique American genre from the Native American and First Nation points of view provides thought-provoking new perspectives. Focusing on the experiences of Indigenous performers and performances, Linda Scarangella McNenly begins her examination of these spectacles with Buffalo Bill’s 1880s pageants.
Mediating Indianness investigates a wide range of media - including print, film, theatre, ritual dance, music, recorded interviews, photography, and treaty rhetoric - that have been used in exploitative, informative, educative, sustaining, protesting, or entertaining ways to negotiate Native American identities and images. The selection of the term Indianness is deliberate. It points to the intricate construction of ethnicity as filtered through media, despite frequent assertions of authenticity.
Alanis Obomsawin: The Vision of a Native Filmmaker celebrates the distinguished career of Abenaki filmmaker, Alanis Obomsawin, in this analysis of her documentary films. In more than twenty powerful films, Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin has waged a brilliant battle against the ignorance and stereotypes that Native Americans have long endured in cinema and television. In this book, the first devoted to any Native filmmaker, Obomsawin receives her due as the central figure in the development of Indigenous media in North America.
Legacy is the first novel by Waubgeshig Rice, whose collection of stories; Midnight Sweatlodge was the Gold Medal Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2012 for Adult Multicultural Fiction. Set in the 1990s, Legacy deals with violence against a young Indigenous woman and its lingering after-shocks on an Anishinaabe family in Ontario. Its themes of injustice, privilege and those denied it, reconciliation and revenge, are as timely as today's headlines. Waubgeshig Rice is a broadcast journalist and writer who lives in Ottawa.
Masculindians: Conversations About Indigenous Manhood by Sam McKegney is based on his interviews with leading Indigenous artists, critics, activists, and Elders on the subject of Indigenous manhood. In offices, kitchens, and coffee shops, and once in a car driving down the 401, McKegney and his participants tackled crucial questions about masculine self-worth and how to foster balanced and empowered gender relations. Twenty discussions are contained in this volume. These intensely personal accounts speak across generations, geography, and gender boundaries.