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Native Voices - featuring the Essayists of the 2020 Graton Writing Project

The Graton Writing Project is a series of writing workshops open to middle- and high-school Native students from Sonoma, California, that culminates in a published youth anthology. This year, students were asked to write on the theme of…
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Rattlesnake Wins Hummingbird's Heart: A Word for Word Performance

FREE — Experience indigenous legends the way they were passed down—through oral tradition. Word for Word Performing Arts Company is an ensemble whose mission is to tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic…
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The Once and Future Forest: The Mighty Redwood

Ancient and mysterious as they are beautiful, the redwoods are an essential part of the California landscape. What are the inner workings of these giants, and what does the future hold? Save the Redwoods League and Heyday Books have produced…
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Straddling Worlds: Native Writers Reinvent Identity

What does it mean to be a modern indigenous person, particularly when indigenous identity has been so riddled with stereotypes and when the category is so wide-reaching? Join Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Susan Devan Harness, Tommy Pico, and Rebecca…
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Digging Up The Roots: Transracial Adoptees Seek Truth

Separated from their birth families and raised by white parents, these writers were left to unravel their identities on their own, nursing the ache of loss as they put the pieces of their origin stories together. They have handled their experiences…
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Timeless Wisdom: Greg Sarris on Telling Tales and Native American Literary Tradition

Greg Sarris wears many hats: award-winnning author, screenwriter, scholar, professor, and tribal chief of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. His latest book, "How a Mountain Was Made," is a collection of stories inspired by traditional…
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Murder and Survival: The Remarkable Story of Indian Rebirth in the Wake of Genocide

The attempted extermination of the indigenous peoples of the United States is a vital history too little known in its bloody details. Two eminent historians, Peter Cozzens and Benjamin Madley, describe how the Indian Wars were carried out in…
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The Graton Writing Project

As part of a comprehensive program to celebrate Native heritage and writing, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the Bay Area Book Festival launched the Graton Writing Project, an essay contest open to middle- and high-school Native…