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Book of the Month 2007

Once a month, Native America Calling brings attention to a recently published book by a Native American author. Our Book Of The Month Edition is a monthly segment when we have a personal conversation with the author about their book. Books on history, fiction, poetry and children's books written by a Native author are the subject of this special edition of Native America Calling. We spice up this particular edition with a free copy of the book, provided by the publisher, given to the first ten lucky callers who are on the air. We invite you to join us on the last Wednesday of every month for our Book Of The Month Edition on Native America Calling.

Wednesday, January 31: Book of the Month:
Children Left Behind" is a sad story of a nation’s best intentions gone awry. Tim Giago’s personal accounts reveal an untold tragedy of abuse of helpless children by those who had the responsibility to protect them. To fully understand the calamity, you need only to visit the graveyards of the old boarding schools and see the hundreds of graves of Indian children who did not survive the misguided assimilation efforts,” writes Richard B. Williams, President of the American Indian College Fund. Join our conversation with Tim Giago (Oglala Lakota), our Book of the Month author for January.

Wednesday, February 28 – Book of the Month : The True Story of Pocahontas:
For the first time in 400 years, the true account of Pocahontas and the tragic events surrounding her life, her capture, and her romance with John Smith is told by her own people. This significant book shares the sacred and previously unpublished oral history of the Mattaponi Tribe, one of the original tribes of the Powhatan chiefdom encountered by the founders of Jamestown. Passed down from generation to generation, The True Story of Pocahontas contains powerful gems of Powhatan knowledge. Guests include authors Dr. Linwood “Little Bear” Custalow (Mattaponi) and Angela L. Daniel.

Wednesday, March 28 – Book of the Month: The Wonder Bull:
The Wonder Bull” by Ojibwe author Mark Anthony Rolo is the story of one man’s search for his tribal identity. The main character, Martin, is an emotionally disabled young man who wants nothing more than to get in touch with his tribal roots back in Oklahoma, but he can’t afford the $99 bus ticket. Hustling seems to be his only option, but still he can’t hold on to his money when there are addictions to feed. Join us as we discuss Rolo’s new book and the plight of today’s Natives seeking a different life.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 – Book of the Month: Native Intelligence:
Choctaw talent agent Lorna Rainey enters into the world of literature with her first book “Native Intelligence.” Hot off the presses, “Native Intelligence” is set in New York City, where the character Nita, a beautiful Choctaw woman, follows her instincts straight into the heart of a sinister anti-American plot. Guided by her 'native intelligence,' Nita must discover who and what mysterious substance killed her best friend before the police arrest her as their prime suspect. Whodunnit?

Monday, May 14, 2007 – The Real All Americans:
A new book called "The Real All Americans: The Team That Changed A Game, A People, A Nation" tells the story of the Carlisle Indians and how they invented modern day football. It chronicles the true story of the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania at the turn of the 20th Century, and how a group of Indian boys took up the game of football and fought the frontier wars all over again, this time on a playing field, and beat the white man at his own game. Guests are best selling author Sally Jenkins and Grace Thorpe of the Sac and Fox Nation, daughter of American sports legend Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 – Book of the Month: "Where People Feast":
The food traditions of North America's indigenous peoples are centuries-old and endure to this day. Feasts that include a bounty from the land and sea helps connect Native People to family, community, and the afterlife. Join us as we talk with Dolly and Annie Watts, a mother-daughter duo of the Gitk’san First Nation in British Columbia, about their new book “Where People Feast.” Hear about Native cuisine of the Pacific Northwest, both traditional and modern. What part do feasts play in your tribal traditions?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 – Book of the Month: "New Indians, Old Wars":
In New Indians, Old Wars, author Elizabeth Cook-Lynn of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, tackles the discipline of Native Studies head-on, presenting a radical revision of the popular view of how the American West was won. Instead of accepting the widespread historians' view of the West as a shared place, Cook-Lynn argues the truth of the matter is that whites stole it from the Indians. As an author and professor, she is a woman and writer of distinct purpose, and she writes and teaches for the "cultural, historical, and political survival of Indian nations.”

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 – Book of the Month: Reclaiming Dine’ History:
“Reclaiming Dine’ History,” by Dine’ author, Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale presents an examination of issues in Navajo history. Denetdale uses a multi-layered approach to look at the way non-natives have presented Navajo history throughout the years. She says that those same histories, when read with an understanding of Navajo creation stories, “reveal previously unrecognized Navajo perspectives on the past.” Join us as we discuss Dr. Denetdale’s new book and the process of reclaiming history.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 – Book of the Month: Three Plays:
A new book by acclaimed novelist playwright and teacher Scott Momaday of the Kiowa tribe called “Three Plays: The Indolent Boys, Children of the Sun, and the Moon in Two Windows” belongs with the best of Momaday’s classics. The Indolent Boys recounts the 1891 tragedy of runaways from the Kiowa Boarding School. Children of the Sun is a short children’s play about our relationship to the sun. The Moon in Two windows is a screenplay about Indian children forced into assimilation at Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. The program will also feature the new book Do All Indians Live in Tipis?, published by the National Museum of the American Indian.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 – Book of the Month: Hundred in the Hand:
Lakota author Joseph Marshall III has published the first book in his new Lakota Westerns series. “Hundred in the Hand” is about an important battle won by the Lakota in 1866. Based on historical accounts and oral history, the story brings new depth to the battle and the history of the Lakota. Marshall, from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota , is an award-winning author of nine books. His first language is Lakota and he is also a wilderness survival specialist. What leadership lessons can we learn from history?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 – Book of the Month: Indian Trains:
Indian Trains” is about small town Indians, about community and family, about thieves, prostitutes, train stealers, drug dealers, loners, jerks, dreaming alcoholics, and the ones who did everything but all that. It is about an entirely new tribe: urban mixed-bloods of multiple tribes who are going to pow wows and Indian bars for cultural fulfillment. They are the majority of the Indian population – the truly unsung peoples of America . Join us as we visit with author Erika Wurth of the Apache, Chickasaw and Cherokee tribes to talk about her new book of poetry.


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