Urban tribes Native Americans in the city

Book - 2015

Young, urban Natives share their diverse stories, shattering stereotypes and powerfully illustrating how Native culture and values can survive -- and enrich -- city life. --Publisher

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Toronto, Ontario : Annick Press [2015]
Physical Description
136 pages : illustrations, color, black and white ; 25 cm
Issued also in electronic format
Includes bibliographical references.
  • Roots
  • Editors' Notes
  • Tribal Citizens
  • Rooted in Culture: Tyson Atleo (Nuu-chah-nulth, Ahousaht First Nation) on his life in Vancouver
  • *City Quote: Halifax - Savannah uSawy" Simon (Mi'kmaq)
  • Food with Thought: Chantal Rondeau (Hanjek Hudan Clan) and Thosh Collins (Pima) on how food connects them to culture, even in the city
  • Ceremony in the City: Tasha Spillett (Cree/Trinidadian), born and raised in Winnipeg, about the importance of ceremony in her life
  • Mohawk in Manhattan: Kawennahere Devery Jacobs (Mohawk) on pursuing an acting career in New York City
  • City Quote: New York - Christian Allaire (Ojibway)
  • Community within a Community: Charlene Johnny-Wadsworth (Quw'utsun' Tribes, S'amuna') on living on an urban reserve in Vancouver
  • Long-Distance Rez Romance: Breanna Doucette-Garr on making a city-rez relationship work
  • Shattering Stereotypes
  • Perception Photo Series: Oji-Cree artist K.C. Adams combats the stereotypes of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people in her powerful photo series
  • Reading, Writing, and Racism: Neebin Ishkoday (Oji-Cree) on leaving her remote northern Ontario community to attend high school in Thunder Bay
  • Stealing Health: Jessica Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) shares a poem about life in academia
  • City Quote: Winnipeg - Maggie Moose (Cree)
  • Mob Bounce: Red Rage: Mob Bounce's Heebz the Earthchild (Travis Hebert, Cree/Métis) and Craigy Craig, a.k.a the Northwest Kid (Craig Edes, Gitxsan Nation) on music as modern-day Native culture
  • Love You Some Indians: Roanna Shebala (Diné) tackles the insult and prejudices that Natives face every day in her spoken word piece
  • City Quote: Phoenix - Talon Long (Sicangu Lafcota, Diné)
  • Artistic Freedom: Artist Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Unangax) on the politics of Native art
  • Building Bridges
  • City Girls: Dene photographer Tenille Campbell's images of BFFs Maggie and Michaela (Cree/Dene) hanging out in their town of Saskatoon
  • What It Means to Be an Aboriginal Student Today: Stephanie Willsey (Chippewa), a McGill University student in Montreal, on her modern Indigenous identity
  • City Quote: Calgary - Imajyn Cardinal (Cree, Dene)
  • Dear Native College Student: You Are Loved: A letter/blog post from Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee) after a Native student at Stanford University committed suicide
  • Native Networker: Gabrielle Scrimshaw (Dene) on building a professional community in Toronto that helped bring her success in business
  • City Quote: Toronto - Sarain Carson-Fox (Ojibwe)
  • Telling Our Stories: Michael Woestehoff (Navajo) on how he found his grounding in identity in Washington, DC
  • Native Renaissance
  • Art and Activism in Indian Alley: Graffiti artists' murals in Los Angeles, honoring Skid Row's tragic past
  • #Dear NativeYouth: Across Turtle Island (North America), messages of pride and inspiration to and from Natives connected by social media
  • In Our Way: Saffron Thomas (Squamish Nation) on dealing with racism at a party
  • City Quote: Vancouver - Seth Armitage (Secwepmec)
  • One World: Skaruianewah Logan (Mohawk) on finding her Native network
  • Speaking Up: Cree/Dene musician iskwe's spotlight on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada
  • NDN Innovator: Tatanka Means (Oglala Lakota/Omaha/Navajo) on how traversing many-different career paths is natural for Natives adapting to survive
  • City Quote: LOS Angeles - Crystle Lightning (Enoch Cree)
  • Edgewalkers: Jessica Bolduc (Anishinaabe) on tire new generation of Native leaders
  • Urban Natives: By the Numbers
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Learn More
  • The Editors and Acknowledgments
  • Contributors and Credits
Review by Booklist Review

A total of 56 percent of Native Americans now live in urban settings, both in the U.S. and Canada. How do their lives differ from those who live on the Rez, and how connected are they to their roots? These are questions editors Charleyboy and Leatherdale address in their kaleidoscopic, if sometimes spotty, survey of urban Natives. Their answers are found in the interviews and profiles they feature of indigenous persons, 13 to 35, living and working in cities. Though urban Natives are no strangers to stereotyping and racism, the profiles included here work to demonstrate the happy truth of what one of the interviewees says: Being Aboriginal is so much more than being a victim. Occasionally the editors presume too much knowledge on the part of their readers. What, for example, is Idle No More? And what about #SpeakMikmaq? Or RBC? And the organization of the heavily illustrated material is not always obvious. Nevertheless, this is a useful survey of the lives and conditions of a wide variety of urban Natives.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2015 Booklist

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-This sequel, of sorts, to Dreaming in Indian (Firefly, 2014) dispels stereotypes of what it means to be Indigenous in a postmillennial world. This compact book explodes with text and graphics that echo the lives of 40-plus Indigenous contributors, all of whom live in cities such as New York, Toronto, Los Angles, and Calgary and tell stories that are realistic, raw, and unique yet have a common theme: the undeniable connection to Indigenous ways of knowing, learning, and being. A variety of formats are presented, from prose, poetry, hashtags, and song lyrics to murals, mixed-media collages, and color and black-and-white photographs. The contributors are artists, actors, designers, innovators, scientists, researchers, writers, web surfers, hip-hop performers, teachers, parents, and middle, high school, and university students. All are activists who tell their amazing stories. Though the collection addresses difficult subjects, such as racism, stereotype, and suicide, a tone of hope runs through it. VERDICT A refreshingly authentic, edgy, and captivating work that will appeal to young people.-Naomi Caldwell, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Dozens of young Native Americans who have made cities their homes offer glimpses of their lives, dreams, work, and attitudes toward themselves and others. It's a busy whirl of street art and portrait photos, testimonials, interviews, miniprofiles, tweets, poetry, statistics, pull quotes, and editorial commentary. There are some commonalities: nearly all of the contributors are Canadians, living (with a few exceptions) in Canadian cities, and many express a desire to live in the modern world without losing track of their tribal heritage and values. The relationship to that heritage varies. Russell Means' actor/activist son Tatanka writes of the importance of getting away from the rez, while two Saskatoon teenagers declare, "We hang out with both Native and Non-Native kids." Cree-Trinidadian Tasha Spillett embraces both "Ceremony" and elaborate ceremonial regalia, Din Roanna Shebala wryly offers the caustic lyric "Love You Some Indians," and, beyond issues of identity and assimilation, Cherokee doctor Adrienne Keene pens a passionate blog post in the wake of a Native student's suicide at Stanford. Whether or not the students, artists, professionals, and academics here are a true cross section of the rapidly growing Native American urban population, they are, as social organizer Jessica Balduc (Anishinaabe, Batchewana First Nation) puts it, "Edgewalkers," poised to work changes in the world. A stereotype-dispelling companion to Dreaming in Indian (2014). (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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