Dreaming in Indian Contemporary Native American voices

Book - 2014

In a graphics-intensive, magazine-style format, 50 Native/Indian contributors from Canada and the United States present visual art (photography, drawings, paintings), poems, interviews and remembrances to show what it means to be Native/Indian today. Topics range from stereotypes and discrimination to discussions of the contributors' careers in activism, modeling, music, visual arts and more.

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2nd Floor 970.1/Dreaming Due Jul 16, 2022
Toronto ; New York ; Vancouver : Annick Press [2014?]
Physical Description
128 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits (chiefly colour) ; 29 cm
Issued also in electronic format
  • Roots
  • Battles
  • Medicines
  • Dreamcatchers.
  • Foreword / by Lee Maracle
  • Part I: Roots : I remember / Nicola Campbell ; 4 reservation food groups / Keesic Douglas ; The place I call home / David Kilabuk ; Home / Zach Medicine Shield, Lia Hart, Julia Shaw, Abigail Whiteye ; To those who bullied me / Tanya Tagaq Gillis ; NDN lady / Martin Sensmeier ; Lakota thunder / Dana Hillestad ; Silenced no more / Isabelle Knockwood ; Leaving home / Priscella Rose ; Indians in the city / Henry Heavy Shield ; Concrete Indians / Nadya Kwandibens
  • Part 2: Battles : Growing up with Pocahontas / Kelli Clifton, Alida Kinnie Starr, Charlotte "Skaruianewah" Logan ; What is gender? / Aja Sy ; My reality / Karina Rain Dominguez ; Culture clashes / Tom Greyeyes ; The only place she knows / Tonya-Leah Watts ; Reappropriation / Anthony "Thosh" Collins and Ashley Callingbull ; Hey, Mr. GQ! Building my own runway on the reserve / Christian Allaire ; Indian giving / David Groulx ; Shapeshifter gets a job offer / Courtney Powless ; Super Indian / Arigon Starr ; Stand up and say something / Ryan McMahon ; Poverty / Faith Turner ; Shedding my own skin / Joseph Boyden.
  • Part 3: Medicines : Watersong / Christi Belcourt ; Why I hunt: hitting the reset button / JP Gladu ; The power of the land / Duke Redbird ; Music is the medicine / Derek Miller ; Opening my eyes ... The sun dance changed my life / Chayla Delorme Maracle ; Culture matters / Derek Nepinak ; What gives you strength? / Youth from Horse Lake First Nation ; Sokolum on the small screen / Heather Hills ; Art outside the box / Louie Gong ; The power of sport / Waneek Horn-Miller ; Modern warrior / Bunky Echo-Hawk
  • Part 4: Dreamcatchers : Life lessons / Jade Willoughby ; Adventure in art / Ruthie, Sierra, Chamisa and Santana Edd ; Reunited / Sharai Mustatia ; The road to the red carpet / Michelle Thrush ; Tips from the musical trenches / Conlin Delbaere-Sawchuk ; Idle no more / Kelli Clifton, Raquel Simard, Kris Statnyk ; Salish geek / Jeffrey Veregge ; First nation flavor / Aaron Joseph Bear Robe ; Hoop breaking / James Jones ; Grad: just the beginning / Tenille Campbell ; Weaving dreams / Patricia Stein.
Review by Booklist Reviews

The voices and lived experiences of young contemporary Native Americans are brought to the fore in this much-needed collection of art, prose, poetry, song, and memoir. These are poignant voices indeed, redolent with not only the pain of racism and the isolation of stereotyping but also the sheer raw confidence of youthful expression. The talent of these young artists is as impressive as the range of ways in which they explore it. Louie Gong reinvents popular shoe brands with traditional Northwest Salish designs, Aja Sy's poem asks us to imagine a world without gender norms, Nadya Kwandibens' photographs capture the Indian urban experience, and Joseph Boyden recounts the feelings of teenage worthlessness that he shed like the skin of his pet python. These and 42 other stories are as far removed as can be from the usual stereotypes of generic "Indians" in children's and YA literature, and they are well served by a large trim size and a glossy but gritty photo-heavy design. It's hard to imagine a middle- or high-school classroom that wouldn't benefit from having this. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Charleyboy and Leatherdale assemble a wide-ranging and emotionally potent collection of poems, photography, interviews, and artwork featuring dozens of indigenous artists and writers from across North America. The graphics-intensive format gives the project the feel of a magazine or yearbook as the contributors tackle stereotypes (three girls offer perspectives growing up with Disney's Pocahontas); discuss their careers in the arts, activism, and other areas; and reflect on their place in the culture at large, despite ongoing discrimination and other challenges. In the final poem, Patricia Stein writes, " ‘Broken hoop.'/ Oh, but I see it whole./ Every bend breaks a barrier that's held us below." Ages 12–up. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 6 Up—This dynamic, creative work is an interactive portal that introduces readers to the lives of 64 indigenous Native American young people. The writers include an award-winning throat singer, a fashion model, a hip-hop dancer, a tribal leader, an activist, a graphic designer, a comic book creator, a chef, a dancer, a musician, a makeup artist, and a rapper, and the contributors communicate powerfully who they are in their own words and images. The visuals are a blend of bold, contemporary digital graffiti and indigenous art at its best, and the end result is a collage of profound, sometimes gritty photos and digital images. The text is a combination of awe-inspiring poetry, prose, and poignant captions. No topic is left untouched—identity, racism, gender, bullying, abuse at boarding schools, adoption, mixed heritage, runaways, suicide, drug, poverty, coming of age, death, and sex, though the tone is positive and success stories are emphasized. This slim book effectively presents honest portrayals of strong, hopeful, and courageous indigenous youth living nonstereotypical lives. Not to be missed.—Naomi Caldwell, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL [Page 133]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Profiles over fifty emerging and established contemporary Native American artists and provides samples of their work.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A powerful and visually stunning anthology from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today. Truly universal in its themes, Dreaming In Indian will shatter commonly held stereotypes and challenge readers to rethink their own place in the world. Divided into four sections, ‘Roots,’ ‘Battles,’ ‘Medicines,’ and ‘Dreamcatchers,’ this book offers readers a unique insight into a community often misunderstood and misrepresented by the mainstream media.