COVER FEATURE

New Native Writing

Dyani White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota / German / Welsh), Self-Reflection (2011), oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist (dyaniwhitehawk.com)

The cover of this issue features the photo “No Spiritual Surrender,” by Alaska Native photographer Zoë Marieh Urness. About the photo, Zoë writes: “On December 5th, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, military veterans march in support of the water protectors. As a native photographer from the Tlingit and Cherokee tribes, being able to witness history unfold an array of events only predicated through prophesy has left me Forever Changed and reunited with my cultural roots, like the ones that were instilled in me as a child. Power of prayer and council. Belief in the spiritual workings from ancient times is a weapon that doesn’t need violence to win. History has been made in the unity of us all, spreading healing all around” (December 5, 2016, #1/15, metallic print mounted with plexiglas, 40 x 32 in.).

Guest-edited & introduced by 

JEANETTA CALHOUN MISH

“Conceptualizing the explosion of Native literature since 1992, for the purposes of curating this issue, was a challenge. Efforts by scholars and writers to categorize Native writing after ‘the Renaissance’ vary in approach: some define aesthetics/thematics, some group writers by period or influence—or both.

  • December 5th 2016 / No Spiritual Surrender by Zoë Marieh Urness (zoeurnessphoto.com), taken at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota there are persons who delight in human suffe...
  •    By Karenne Wood
    “Vets Stream into Standing Rock.” Photo: Joe Brusky/Flickr for Zhooniyah Ogitchida, with gratitude He walked to the frontline in his Army combat shirt.On it, his sergeant badge, name tape, U...
  • America Meredith (Cherokee Nation), Current (2005), acrylic on steel, 18 x 18 in, part of the Greater Vehicle series The innovator isn’t important. It’s whoever has the watershed moment....
  • Dyani White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota / German / Welsh), Self-Reflection (2011), oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist (dyaniwhitehawk.com) In Spring 1992 World Literature Today...
  • Many Native writers working today are known for their spoken-word and/or multi-genre performances. To complement their work in the print edition, we’ve gathered the following sampling. Kimberly Blaese...

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