Canku Ota
(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
Native American Authors
This website provides information on Native North American authors with bibliographies of their published works, biographical information, and links to online resources including interviews, online texts and tribal websites.
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn was born in 1930 in Fort Thompson, South Dakota, and raised on the reservation. She received her doctorate from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1977-78, and is a retired professor from Eastern Washington University, where she founded Wicazo Sa Review, a Native literary journal. She identifies her family's literary and political background, her Dakota heritage, the northern plains landscape, Kiowa novelist N. Scott Momaday's writings as her greatest influences.
Suzette Haden Elgin's Page
Suzette Haden Elgin was born in Missouri in 1936. All sorts of things happened, and in the late 60s she found herself widowed, re-married, mother of five, and a graduate student in the Linguistics Department of the University of California San Diego.
Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich was born in 1954, in Little Falls, Minnesota and grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota where her parents worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She received an M.A. degree from the John Hopkins University in 1979. Erdrich's fiction and poetry, draws on her Chippewa heritage to examine complex familial and sexual relationships among full and mixed blood Native Americans as they struggle with questions of identity in white European American culture. She is a novelist, poet, short story writer, essayist and a critic.
Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo's poems explore some of the reasons Indians drink and why many are trapped in a vicious cycle of alcoholism. She tries to resolve polarities to bring this world into balance. She learned most of her Indian identity from her great aunt. Harjo was born 1951, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She completed a MFA (Creative Writing) at the University of Iowa in 1978. She taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Arizona State University, University of Colorado, and the University of New Mexico. Harjo plays tenor saxophone and has performed with Poetic Justice, a band in Denver.
An Interview with L.Frank Manriquez
Everyone has a voice or two in their head. Cartoonist and artist L. Frank has many and they are the barbed, capricious voices of long-buried Native ancestors. A descendent of the Tongva and Ajachmem people of southern California, Frank listens intently to these voices, and forms their insistent messages into creations that demand a variety of materials. In her hands, soapstone becomes an exquisite bowl, Native grasses weave themselves into a basket, and an intrepid Coyote finds himself formed from an ink pen and deposited on crisp, white paper surrounded by backwards text.
L.Frank Manriquez Gallery
N.Scott Momaday
This site houses a listing of works by this important NA author
MariJo Moore
MariJo Moore, author/artist/poet/journalist, is of Cherokee, Irish and Dutch ancestry. Her writings and collages take integral meaning as they stem from dreams, ancestral memories, and the many voices of Spirit.
Peace Party
Peace Party takes you back to the comic books of the old days, where the story had as much weight as the drawings. They went hand in hand as they took the reader through the struggles the superheroes were going through without the cursing, sex and violence which is mainstream in today's society.
Native American Children's Books, Smith-Leitich…
These on-line resources should be useful to anyone with an interest in books by or about Native people. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. This page is also an introduction to the other Native American children's book pages on this site. They contain original content and bibliographies with related curriculum resources.
Jim Northrup
Jim Northrup writes a monthly newspaper column, the Fond Du Lac Follies which is published in The Circle, The Native American Press, and the News From Indian Country. In his writings, he describes life on the reservation with candor and wry humor.
Greg Sarris
Greg Sarris is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has written about the lives and stories of Native people in the Southwest and West. He is also an elected chief of the Coast Miwok Nation.
Luci Tapahonso
Luci Tapahonso was born in Shiprock, New Mexico where she grew up on a farm within the Navajo culture. Tapahonso received her B.A. and M.A in 1980 and 1983 respectively from the University of New Mexico. She has taught as assistant professor of English at University of New Mexico and the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Tapahonso has served on the Board of Directors at the Phoenix Indian Center, was a member of the New Mexico Arts Commission Literature Panel, steering committee of Returning the Gift Writers Festival, Kansas Arts Commission Literature Panel, Phoenix Arts Commission, Telluride Institute Writers Forum Advisory Board, and commissioner of Kansas Arts Commission. She is a memeber of the Modern Language Association, Poets and Writers, Inc., Association of American Indian and Alaska Native Professors, and New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities.
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