This collection is an explosion of light and color. It reflects the thousands of years in which native people have enjoyed California landscapes, fragmented by the historical events of the past two hundred years.
Drawn from the archives and resources of News from Native California, the quarterly magazine that for nearly fifteen years has documented and celebrated California Indian art and culture, The Dirt Is Red Here includes well-known poets as well as little-known visual artists and those whose work is known internationally. All are living descendants of the indigenous tribes of California.
Sumptuously designed and printed, and filled with insight, power, and creativity, this book has a unique scope and universal appeal. A delightful surprise for readers unfamiliar with California art and literature and a long-anticipated treasure for those who know the field, The Dirt Is Red Here extends our sense not only of what it means to be Indian, but what it means to be human.
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Margaret Dubin is managing editor of News from Native California, author of Native America Collected: The Culture of an Art World (University of New Mexico Press, 2001), and editor of Spring Salmon, Hurry to Me!: The Seasons of Native California and Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast.Review:
''...a stunning collection of poetry and visual art...that should be read by all students of Native America.'' --Patricia Penn Hilden, author of When Nickles Were Indians: An Urban, Mixed-Blood Story
''The little-known California Indian tribes...are able to transport one into marvelous dreams of atavistic worlds.'' -- Wayne Thiebaud, painter
''To read The Dirt Is Red Here: Art and Poetry from Native California is to experience the thriving and dynamic life of a continuing land and people. No matter the invasion by Spanish conquistadors, no matter the devastation of the Gold Rush, no matter Silicon Valley! These are Chumash, Hupa, Maidu, Miwok, Chukchansi, Achumawe, Atsugewi, Luiseno, Paiute, Yurok, Ohlone, Wintu, Karuk and more, many more, saying, 'This is our home. We are here. This is our art, and this is our poetry.''' ----Simon J. Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo), author of Out There Somewhere, After and Before the Lightning, Men on the Moon
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