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The Book Of The Month Edition of Native America Calling is a monthly segment featuring conversations with Native authors of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, history and books for children. A free copy of the featured book will be given to the first ten callers who make a comment on the air. Join us the last Wednesday of every month for our Book Of The Month Edition of Native America Calling.

Book of the Month 2004
2008, 2007,2006, 2005, 2004, 2003


Wednesday, January 28 - Book of the Month: Telling Stories the Kiowa Way:
Gus Palmer, Jr. is an anthropologist at the University of Oklahoma who was raised in a traditional Kiowa family. In his latest book, Telling Stories the Kiowa Way, he informatively examines the art and culture of storytelling among the Kiowa, both throughout history and in the modern day. From the close-knit environment of family and good friends in which tales are shared; to the encouragement of group participation; to the value of teasing and joking; and the legacy of retold tales, this book is a thoughtful, scholarly and fascinating study that is highly recommended for all of those interested in Native cultures.

Wednesday, February 25 - Book of the Month: Deception on All Accounts:
Is murder always a simple transaction? Don’t bank on it. Sadie Walela is a blue-eyed Cherokee living in northeastern Oklahoma, a half-blood who finds she sometimes has to adapt to get by in the white man’s world. As she faces adversity at each bend in the road, she adapts and moves forward, much as her father’s ancestors did. But as she comes to terms with murder, romance and her hopes for a career, Sadie finds "Deception on all Accounts." This banker turned sleuth finds herself under suspicion of robbing a bank and killing her co-worker. Will she clear her name? Join us as we talk with author Sara Sue Hoklotubbe of the Cherokee Nation.

Wednesday, March 31 - Book of the Month: Indigenous American Women:
In the negative connotation, the word feminist is a label given to a woman who’s emerged beyond the paradigm of a woman as seen in a male dominated society. Conversely, men are seen as ‘ambitious or as one who takes the bull by the horns kind of guy’ when striving for success. Historically, Indigenous women have had traditional roles and many tribes functioned as matriarchal societies. Oklahoma Choctaw Devon Abbot Mihesuah’s newest book, is a frank, powerful adventure that ‘examines the overlooked role of Native women’ and ‘the ongoing struggles against a centuries-0ld legacy of colonial disempowerment.' Indigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism is our Book of The Month. Guest is Devon Abbot Mihesuah/ scholar, professor Northern Arizona University.

Wednesday, April 28 - Book Of The Month: Mike and a Lynx Called Kitty:
Growing up on Kodiak Island in Alaska, Mike Kerr lived adventures solely exclusive of his Alutiiq culture. In his latter years, he’s put to print those boyhood adventures in a story of a young boy who breaks his ankle in a fishing boat accident as well as other escapades. One part of the story includes his fascination with a unlikely pet. Mike Kerr lived these experiences and in the book, Mike and a Lynx Called Kitty, he tells the story in a heartwarming, appealing way for children and adults. The book’s been compared to other classics, of the friendship between a boy and a pet. Guest Mike Kerr/author.

Thursday, May 27 - Book of the Month: Work and Other Sins: Life in New York City and Thereabouts:
If you’ve never been to New York City, you can get a feel for the “Big Apple” from this book written by a reporter for the New York Times who happens to be Anishinabe. Everyday, unassuming people come to life and bring their perspectives to light on this country’s most famous big city. Our guest is author of "Work and Other Sins: Life in New York City and Thereabouts," Charlie LeDuff.

Wednesday, June 30 - Book of the Month: Ojibwa Warrior:
Many people are familiar with Dennis Banks and the role he played in the founding of the American Indian Movement. Now, his personal stories are recounted in his book, “Ojibwa Warrior.” He talks about the marches, the takeovers, the racism and the bloodshed that AIM experienced more than 30 years ago. It’s the first time he’s put his thoughts and emotions into a book. There is a touch of sadness and even love in his stories that many might be surprised to read. Guest is Dennis Banks/AIM Founder.

Wednesday, July 28 - Book of the Month: The Lesser Blessed:
This month we venture north to Canada to the land of the Dogrib Nation. Internationally acclaimed Dogrib writer, Richard Van Camp, is our featured author. His book, “The Lesser Blessed,” has received high praise from both Native American authors and literary critics for its edgy and brutally honest story about Dogrib teenager Larry Sole. What other books has Van Camp written? What fuels his creative process? Guest is Richard Van Camp.

Wednesday, August 25 - Book of the Month: “Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer”:
What is it like to be of mixed heritage? How do you identify yourself? These are issues Allison Adelle Hedge Coke writes about in her book, “Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer.” The title refers to the revelations she has found through her trials in life. Hedge Coke is a writer but also a teacher and has worked with incarcerated teens encouraging them to write away their pain and fear. She’s also given voice to Native students coming to grips with the aftermath of 9-11. Survival, pure and simple is the message in her latest book. Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is our guest author for our Book of the Month show.

Wednesday, September 22 - 1pm – 2 pm EST:
Book of the Month: Native Universe:

This is the inaugural book of the National Museum of the American Indian published in conjunction with the grand opening. It is a collection of stories by Native people about Native civilizations and culture in the Western Hemisphere. The stories celebrate the legacy of Native peoples past, present, and future. Guests include: Gerald McMasters/Plains Cree, Editor.

Wednesday, October 20 - Book of the Month: “Everyday is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women” :
A Cheyenne proverb says that a nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Native women today are still persevering and learning lessons along the way. A new book by Cherokee author, Wilma Mankiller, presents a rare and intimate look into the lives of some contemporary Indigenous women. How are Mankiller and leading Native women finding their own way home? Guest is Wilma Mankiller/Author, activist and former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Wednesday, November 24 - Book of the Month: Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions:
One of the most eagerly anticipated events this year was the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. The museum’s Mitsitam Café lets visitors enjoy indigenous cuisine. Foods used today are native to the Americas and are part of the first Thanksgiving. As families gather this year, is any thought given to how contemporary recipes often have ancient roots? “Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions” is our Book of the Month and we’re featuring Marlene and Fernando Divina. They designed the menu and the interior of the Mitsitam. Learn how they salute the past and look to the future in their cookbook chock full of essays and delicious recipes.

Wednesday, December 22 - Book of the Month: Rattlesnake Mesa:
The story of a seven-year-old Pawnee girl comes to life in this month’s book, “Rattlesnake Mesa.” It’s based on the author's real life experience. The death of her grandmother changes her life drastically. The young girl is sent to live with a father she barely knows on the Navajo reservation. The youngster must adjust to this change and as well as being placed in a government boarding school. While it’s a story filled with grief, it’s also a story about inner strength, healing, and happiness. Guests include EdNah New Rider, Author of ”Rattlesnake Mesa.”



Music Maker Edition 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

Book of the Month 2008, 2007 ,2006,2005, 2004, 2003

Past Programs: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1995-2000

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