Two Native Americans took home Pulitzer Prizes this year and a third was a finalist. It’s remarkable since the last time a Native American won a Pulitzer was Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday for the “House Made of Dawn in 1969.” Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) got top honors in fiction for her novel “The Night Watchman.” Natalie Diaz (Mojave) won for her work “Postcolonial Love Poem.” Cartoonist Marty Two Bulls (Lakota) was a finalist in the editorial cartooning category, but no award was given in that category. It’s widely considered one of the top honors in the areas of literature and journalism. We’ll revisit our previous shows with Diaz and Erdrich as well as talk with Two Bulls about his work.
Marty Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota) – artist who does editorial cartoons and finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize
Natalie Diaz (Mojave) – poet, essayist and linguist and the 2021 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, for her book Postcolonial Love Poem
Tommy Orange (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma) – author and finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in literature for his book There, There
Break 2 music: Mewasin Oma (song) Cree Confederation (artist) Kihtawasoh Wapakwani-Beautiful Flower (album)