Native American Literature, Anthologies

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Anthologies (Arranged Chronologically)

1. I Am an Indian. Toronto: Dent (1969). An anthology of writings by Canadian Indians. Includes poetry, stories, and traditional tales, some from historical sources but many of them credited to contemporary Indian authors, making this an early anthology of contemporary Native writing. Most anthologies of Indian stories and tales published prior to the late 1960s had focused on historical tales, and the specific "authors" were usually not credited, only the tribal origins of the tales. The "renaissance" in Native American writing that occurred after 1968 -- the year that N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn won the Pulitzer Prize, and a watershed year in Native American literature -- marked the first time that specific, individual Indian writers were accorded the kind of recognition and acknowledgement of their artistic accomplishments and contributions to culture that have long been assumed in Western societies. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Near fine.

2. The American Indian Speaks. Vermillion: U. of South Dakota, 1969. Edited by John R. Milton. An important collection of writings and art by Indians, including poems by Simon Ortiz, James Welch and Janet Campbell and an interview with, and artwork by, R.C. Gorman, among many other contributors. Spine-tanned, light crease to rear cover; about near fine in wrappers.

3. Four Ways with Life. Santa Fe: Institute of American Indian Arts, 1969. A literary magazine from this Indian arts college, which was founded in 1962 and has been a significant cultural institution in educating numerous Indian writers, artists, designers, etc. Tapebound photocopied pages with cardstock covers. A well-read copy; very good only, with pencilled reader's marks in the margins throughout. A fragile, low-budget production and likely quite scarce, dating from very early in the history of the Institute.

4. Alcatraz is Not an Island. Berkeley: Wingbow Press, 1972. A book arising out of the occupation of Alcatraz Island by a group of Indians in the early 1970s, who took over the island and established it, for a time, as an Indian city. Authorship is credited to "Indians of All Tribes," and the book was edited by Peter Blue Cloud, his first book. Includes poetry, artwork, essays, personal accounts and photographs. Gift inscription on flyleaf; one edge-stained page. Quarto; very good in wrappers.

5. The Man To Send Rain Clouds. NY: Viking (1974). Edited by Kenneth Rosen. The first anthology of fiction by contemporary Native American writers to be published by a mainstream New York publisher, and to bring the work of a number of young Indian writers to a wide general readership. Includes seven stories by Leslie Silko, including the title story; five by Simon Ortiz; and contributions by Anna Lee Walters, the painter R.C. Gorman, and others. This book went out of print shortly after publication and remained that way until some years later when it was reissued in paperback; now it is considered one of the standard introductory books to the field of Native American literature or multicultural studies. This is a review copy, with a publicity photo of Leslie Marmon Silko laid in. Near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. A very nice copy of a landmark volume in the field of American Indian literature, and scarce as a review copy.

6. Carriers of the Dream Wheel. NY: Harper & Row (1975). A review copy of this seminal anthology of Native American poetry, which probably got wider distribution at the time than did the Viking/Seaver production, Voices of the Rainbow. The fifth book in the Harper Native American Publishing Program. Edited by Duane Niatum and inscribed by him in the year of publication. With an introduction by N. Scott Momaday, and collections of poems by Momaday, Bruchac, Jim Barnes, Lance Henson, Niatum, Wendy Rose, Simon Ortiz, Leslie Silko, James Welch, and others. Dusty top edge; else fine in a near fine dust jacket.

7. Voices of the Rainbow. Contemporary Poetry by American Indians. NY: Viking (1975). Edited by Kenneth Rosen, a companion volume to the fiction anthology he edited, The Man to Send Rain Clouds, published a year earlier. Contributors are practically a "who's who" of contemporary Native American writing, although for many of them this constitutes a very early appearance in print. Includes Silko, Gerald Vizenor, Anna Lee Walters, Lance Henson, Peter Blue Cloud, Ray Young Bear, Janet Campbell Hale and others. Owner signature front flyleaf; boards and spine cloth sunned; very good in a very good, slightly edgeworn dust jacket creased on the spine and front flap. Again, a book that has, over time, become a standard in the field.

8. The Indian Rio Grande. (Los Cerrillos): (San Marcos Press) (1977). Subtitled "Recent Poems from 3 Cultures" -- i.e., Indian, Chicano and Anglo. The Native Americans represented include Leslie Marmon Silko, Simon Ortiz, Harold Littlebird and Joy Harjo, among others. An early appearance by Harjo; her first book had been published the year before. Also a relatively early Silko appearance, just after her first novel, Ceremony, had been published. This copy is inscribed by one of the contributors, Robert Lloyd, on the page his poem is printed on. Remainder mark (?) to top edge; soiling to covers; very good in wrappers.

9. The Magic of Names. Three Native American Poets. Marvin: Blue Cloud Quarterly (1978). Three interviews, with Jim Barnes, Lance Henson, and Norman Russell, plus poems by each of the interviewees. Blended stain front cover; near fine in stapled wrappers.

10. This Song Remembers. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980. "Self Portraits of Native Americans in the Arts." Twenty Indian artists speak about their lives and their work. Writers include Silko, Momaday, Ortiz, Vizenor and Jamake Highwater. Artists include Gorman, Allan Houser and many others. An important collection of personal statements that do not appear elsewhere and which shed light on the artists' views of the sources of their work. Bookplate front pastedown; fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket.

11. Coyote's Journal. Berkeley: Wingbow Press, 1982. A review copy of this collection edited by James Koller, Carroll Arnett, Peter Blue Cloud and Steve Nemirow. With contributions on the coyote theme by 55 authors including Arnett and Blue Cloud, Joseph Bruchac, Jim Barnes, Wendy Rose, Joy Harjo, Norman Russell, Barney Bush, Louis Oliver, and many others. Corner crease to front cover; near fine in wrappers, with promotional sheets laid in.

12. Earth Power Coming. (Tsaile): Navajo Community College Press (1983). Edited by Simon Ortiz. A major collection of short fiction by Native American writers, including Silko, Bruchac, Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan, Maurice Kenny, Duane Niatum, Robert Conley, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Mary TallMountain, Paula Gunn Allen and many others. An important volume, which collects fiction by more than 30 writers, many of whom have achieved a substantial degree of mainstream critical and literary recognition in the years since this volume was published. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

13. Wounds Beneath the Flesh. Marvin: Blue Cloud Quarterly Press, 1983. A short anthology of selected works by fifteen Native American poets, including Paula Gunn Allen, Peter Blue Cloud, Joseph Bruchac, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Duane Niatum, Simon Ortiz, Wendy Rose, Leslie Marmon Silko, Roberta Hill Whiteman, and others. Also includes work by four Native artists. Edited and introduced by Maurice Kenny. Fine in stapled wrappers.

14. Sinister Wisdom 22/23: A Gathering of Spirit. (Amherst): (Sinister Wisdom) (1983). A special issue of this feminist magazine, devoted to Native American women writers. Includes prose and poetry by such writers as Linda Hogan, Joy Harjo, Wendy Rose, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Mary TallMountain and others. Contains an interview with Winona La Duke. Reissued by Firebrand in 1988 as A Gathering of Spirit. Staining to the lower front cover; otherwise near fine.

15. Rocky Boy Poems. (Sacaton): Rocky Boy School, 1984. Poetry, with animal themes, by students of the Rocky Boy Elementary School in Arizona. Fine in stapled wrappers.

16. That's What She Said. Bloomington: Indiana U. Press (1984). Poetry and fiction by Native American women, edited by Rayna Green. With work by Louise Erdrich, Paula Gunn Allen, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Wendy Rose, Mary TallMountain and others. This is the scarce hardcover issue; there was also an issue in wrappers. Fine, without dust jacket, probably as issued. An important collection and early book appearances for a number of these authors who are now well-established.

17. Survival This Way. Tucson: Sun Tracks/U. of Arizona Press (1987). Joseph Bruchac interviews 21 Native American poets, including Erdrich, Momaday, Vizenor, Welch, Ortiz, Hogan, Harjo, Cook-Lynn, Niatum, Rose, Littlebird, Paula Gunn Allen, Lance Henson, Peter Blue Cloud, Carter Revard, Roberta Hill Whiteman, Ray Young Bear and others. A key volume, collecting many of the foremost Native American poets and their thoughts and comments on writing that have not appeared elsewhere in print. Fine in a fine dust jacket and signed by N. Scott Momaday.

18. Harper's Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry. (NY: Harper & Row, 1988.) Photocopied sheets of this massive and ambitious anthology, with an introduction by Duane Niatum, who edited Harper & Row's Carriers of the Dream Wheel over a decade earlier. Approximately 300 sheets: photocopies of both typescript and typeset pages, with work by Duane Niatum, Paula Gunn Allen, James Welch, Jim Barnes, Ray A. Young Bear, Simon Ortiz, Lance Henson, Joy Harjo, Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, N. Scott Momaday, Maurice Kenny, Mary TallMountain, and many others. This copy is marked in ink "H&R's copy" and has no title page, beginning with page 2, the first page of Niatum's introduction.

19. Dancing on the Rim of the World. Tucson: Sun Tracks/U. of Arizona Press (1990). A collection of Northwest Native American writings by James Welch, Janet Campbell Hale, Duane Niatum, Mary TallMountain and many others. This is the simultaneous issue in wrappers. Fine.

20. Winged Words. Lincoln: U. of Nebraska Press (1990). Interviews by Laura Coltelli, with Paula Gunn Allen, Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, N. Scott Momaday, Simon Ortiz, Wendy Rose, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, and James Welch. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket bumped at the spine base.

21. Columbus and Beyond. (Tucson): (Southwest Parks and Monuments Association) (1992). A collection issued on the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Columbus. Essays by Linda Hogan, Simon Ortiz, Paula Gunn Allen, Carter Revard, Ray A. Young Bear and Lee Francis III. Quarto; issued in wrappers. This copy is signed by Hogan, Ortiz, and N. Scott Momaday, who provides the cover art. Fine.

22. An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English. Toronto: Oxford U. Press, 1992. Collecting work by such authors as Joseph Brant, George Copway, Pauline Johnson, Lee Maracle, Beth Brant, Annharte, Thomas King and many others. Fine in wrappers.

23. Neon Pow-Wow. New Native Voices of the American Southwest. (Flagstaff): Northland Publishing (1993). A collection of poetry and prose by younger Native American writers including Raven Hail, Floyd Yazzie and many others. Edited by Anna Lee Walters. Fine in wrappers.

24. A Circle of Nations. Voices and Visions of American Indians. (Hillsboro): Beyond Words (1993). Large quarto. An attractively printed and bound collection of "North American Native Writers and Photographers," edited by John Gattuso. With an introduction by Leslie Marmon Silko, and contributions by Michael Dorris, Joy Harjo, Simon Ortiz, Linda Hogan, Paula Gunn Allen, Elizabeth Woody and others. Signed by Dorris, Harjo and Woody at their contributions. There is a small gift inscription on the front flyleaf. Fine in a fine dust jacket with trace wear at the corners.

25. Our Tellings. Vancouver: UBC Press (1996). Interior Salish Stories of the Nlha7kápmx people. A collection of tribal stories from this southwest British Columbia tribe, told and translated by tribe members themselves. The Nlha7kápmx people were also know as the "Couteaux" or "Knife" Indians. This is the issue in wrappers. Fine.

26. The Telling of the World. NY: Stewart, Tabori & Chang (n.d.)[c. 1993-1997]. A large quarto, heavily illustrated, collecting traditional and contemporary Native American stories and art, thematically arranged. Edited by W.S. Penn. Storytellers include Peter Blue Cloud, Leonard Crow Dog, Jaime De Angulo, Barry Lopez, Simon Ortiz, and others. Also includes artwork by several dozen Indian artists. This is a review copy, with a letter from the publisher laid in to a prominent Native American author and publisher. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

27. Native Heritage. Personal Accounts by American Indians, 1790 to the Present. (NY): Macmillan (1995). The uncorrected proof copy of this collection of thematically arranged essays. Collects Ella Deloria, Paula Gunn Allen, Charles Eastman, Simon Ortiz, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Janet Campbell Hale, Linda Hogan, and many, many others. The contents of this volume were dramatically changed between the proof state and the final, published version: one change is the deletion of a Michael Dorris essay, "The First American According to European Myth," (from 1987), which appears only in the proof. Rear cover corner creased; else fine in wrappers.

28. Reinventing the Enemy's Language. NY: Norton (1997). Writings by Native American women, edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird. Signed by contributors Harjo, Nora Yazzie Hunter, Debra Haaland Toya and assistant editor Valerie Martínez. With additional work by Janet Campbell Hale, Paula Gunn Allen, Leslie Marmon Silko, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Wendy Rose, Linda Hogan, Susan Power, Louise Erdrich, and many others. Fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket.

End Anthologies.

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