-Listening to Native Americans
“This is the United States of Native America at its best…[W]hether you know nothing about Indians or just want to know more, you need to read this book!” –Donald L. Fixico (Shawnee, Sac & Fox, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole), Arizona State University
“Alison Owings must be a brilliant listener. Otherwise she wouldn’t have been able to interview so many native people and have them talk about their lives, their dreams, their accomplishments with such intimacy.” –Jake Page, author of In the Hands of the Great Spirit
In Indian Voices Alison Owings takes readers on a fresh journey across America, east to west, north to south, and around again. Owings’s most recent oral history is engagingly written in a style that entertains and informs, and documents what Native Americans say about themselves, their daily lives, and the world around them.
Young and old from many tribal nations speak with candor, insight, and (unknown to many non-Natives) humor about what it is like to be a Native American in the twenty-first century. Through intimate interviews many also express their thoughts about the sometimes staggeringly ignorant, if often will-meaning, non-Natives they encounter, some who do not realize Native Americans still exist, much less that they speak English, have cell phones, use the Internet, and might attend powwows and power lunches.
Indian Voices, an inspiring and important contribution to the literature about the original Americans, will make every reader rethink the past and present of the United States.
More recommendations from leading Native Americans:
“Vital voices from Indigenous peoples have long been shrouded, interpreted, misinterpreted, or just plain ignored. Owings’s humanity and journalistic instincts lead us where few non-Natives have ventured. Truly a must read.” – Jackie Old Coyote (Apsaalooke), The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
“I loved Indian Voices. And it was great fun to read because it is about real people in contemporary times.” – Jacqueline Johnson-Pata (Tlingit), Executive Director, Congress of American Indians