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Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California
Paperback: 110 pages/55 poems/31 poets/29 tribes
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0976867656
ISBN-13: 978-0976867654
Edited by: Kurt Schweigman and Lucille Lang Day
Introduction by: James Luna
To Purchase: Publisher: Scarlet Tanager Books (January 4, 2016)

Advance Praise:

"Red Indian Road West is an assertion and a statement saying, 'We have always
been here. You will never forget us. You cannot do so.' Indigenous people and
their insistent passion. Traveling from inland hills to seashores. Their exper-
iences in hot desert and hard mountain. Vital moments to viral moments like no
other, but always within the present one. Karuk. Wintu. Konkow. Pomo. Miwok.
Mojave. Chumash. Costanoan Esselen. Ohlone. And more. And more than we can
name but which will always be remembered. And later on, the Lakota, Dakota,
Cherokee, Wampanoag, and others, so our indigenous essence will always be
momentous. Read, listen, hear, and be assured. Know again and always!"
‐Simon J. Ortiz, author of Out There Somewhere and Men on the Moon

"An anthology is a community, each voice telling its story in this tribal gathering.
Red Indian Road West is a pow wow of sorts. It takes many voices to tell the story
of the Native spirit and experience. The voices often are uprooted, yet find place
within language. There is camaraderie, wounding, anger, defiance, celebration and
disclosure in these wolf songs of the heart.
‐Diane Glancy, author of Fort Marion Prisoners and the Trauma of Native Education
and Report to the Department of the Interior: Poems.

About the Editors:

Kurt Schweigman has published and performed as Luke Warm Water in the past.
His poetry appears in "Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets" (Michigan State
University  Press,  2008).   Kurt  was a  featured  poet  at  the  prestigious
Geraldine R. Dodge 12th Biennial Poetry Festival (2008) and the first spoken
word poet to receive an Archibald Bush Foundation artist fellowship in literature.
He has won Poetry Slam competitions across the United States and in Germany. Kurt
has a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of
Oklahoma. Born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, he now resides in Oakland
and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Lucille Lang Day has published ten poetry collections and chapbooks, including
"Becoming an Ancestor" (Cervena Barva, 2015) and "Dreaming of Sunflowers:
Museum Poems" (Blue Light, 2015).   She is also the author of a children's book,
"Chain Letter" and a memoir, "Married at Fourteen: A True Story," which received
a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and was a finalist for the Northern
California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her poems, short stories, and essays
have appeared widely in literary magazines and anthologies. She is the founder and
director of Scarlet Tanager Books, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San
Francisco State University and a PhD in science/mathematics education from UC
Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, and is of Wampanoag, British, and Swiss/German


Indira Allegra, Judi Brannan Armbruster, J.P. Dancing Bear, Nanette Bradley Deetz,
E.K. Cooper, Roberta Reyes Cordero, Lucille Lang Day, Natalie Diaz, Carolyn Dunn,
Jennifer Elise Foerster, Jewelle Gomez, Janice Gould, Alison Hart, John Hershman,
Senna Heyatawin, Dave Holt, Frank LaPena, Sharmagne Leland-St. John, James Luna,
Sal Martinez, Shaunna Oteka McCovey, Stephen Meadows, Deborah A. Miranda, Manny
Moreno, Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez, Linda Noel, Wendy Rose, Sylvia Ross, Kurt
Schweigman, Marlon Sherman, Kim Shuck, Georgiana Valoyce-Sanchez.

From the Book:


"Shoo-mash," he says
and when he says it
I think of ancient sea lion hunts
and salt spray windswept
across my face
They tell him
his people are dead

         It's official
         U.S. rubber-stamped official
         Chumash: Terminated
         a People who died
         they say
         a case for anthropologists

Ah, but this old one
this old one whose face is
ancient prayers come to rest
this old one knows
who he is

"Shoo-mash," he says
and somewhere sea lions still gather
along the California coast
and salt spray
rainbow mist
above the constant breaking
of the waves
‐Georgiana Valoyce-Sanchez: Chumash


Black crow sits on a pine tree,
white clouds against an azure sky.
North wind whispers her secrets
as crow listens
from the top of the Earth.

We watch each other
from different galaxies,
circles intersecting circles,
as the waters of the San Francisco Bay
flow around us.

Crow begins his dance
as squirrel appears
from behind the pine tree.
Butterfly and dragonfly watch,
as our galaxies intersect
for one moment,
under a pine tree by the Bay,
from the top of the Earth.
‐Nanette Bradley Deetz: Lakota/Dakota/Cherokee


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