cover image Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale. Annick (Firefly, dist.), $19.95 (128p) ISBN 978-1-55451-687-2

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.)