Home Places: Contemporary Native American Writing from Sun Tracks (Sun Tracks #31) (Paperback)

Home Places: Contemporary Native American Writing from Sun Tracks (Sun Tracks  #31) By Larry Evers (Editor), Ofelia Zepeda (Editor) Cover Image

Home Places: Contemporary Native American Writing from Sun Tracks (Sun Tracks #31) (Paperback)

By Larry Evers (Editor), Ofelia Zepeda (Editor)


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This is book number 31 in the Sun Tracks series.

What has nourished native peoples on this continent since time immemorial, say the editors of this volume, are wellsprings of creativity. "Down at the source," Havasupai singer Dan Hanna assures us, "a spring will always be there." The creative wellspring of American Indian culture is well represented in this anthology, a compilation of stories, songs, poems, and other writings taken from twenty-five years of Sun Tracks: An American Literary Series. Editors Larry Evers and Ofelia Zepeda have gathered the contributions of nineteen Native Americans in compiling this collection.

Some are stories from oral traditions, others are autobiographical writings, and some are songs or poems. But all are contemporary, and all have as a unifying element a strong central theme in Native American writing: home places. Some of the contributors define the home place as a center of established values, while others speak of its cultural or physical geography. Healing powers are often found at home places. Home is a place to defend against those who would reduce it to insignificance, a place to reclaim, or a place reclaimed but not yet realized.

One writer recalls a home that must be pulled from deep beneath the waters of the Columbia River. By listening to these stories of home places, the reader can gain a new appreciation of the contemporary verbal expressions of Native American communities. Home Places, note the editors, "asks you to listen to Native American signers, storytellers, and writers, and in this way to celebrate the wellsprings of creativity that continue to flow from the home places in Native America."
Ofelia Zepeda is a poet, regents’ professor of linguistics at the University of Arizona, and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship for her work in American Indian language education. She is the current editor of Sun Tracks, which was launched in 1971 and is one of the first publishing programs to focus exclusively on the creative works of Native Americans.

Larry Evers, a professor in the Department of English at the University of Arizona, produced Words and Place (1979), a series of videotapes of American Indian singers, storytellers, and authors. With Felipe S. Molina, he has published such works as Yaqui Deer Songs / Maso Bwikam (SunTracks series, 1987), Woi' Bwikam / Coyote Songs (1990), and "Hiakim: The Yaqui Homeland" (Journal of the Southwest 34 [1992]" 1-138).
Product Details ISBN: 9780816515226
ISBN-10: 0816515220
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 1995
Pages: 97
Language: English
Series: Sun Tracks