Reviews and Blog Posts: Native Americans

The cold dish

by Craig Johnson

Reviewer Rating:
4

The strong sense of place in this book's Wyoming setting reminds me of Tony Hillerman's mystery series set on the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners area - both bring the landscape to life and make me feel I am actually there with the characters, really seeing what they are...

Music Honoring Our Native American Heritage

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by taking note of tremendous music honoring the traditions and experiences of the indigenous peoples of North America. Native American music often features flute and drums and can be spiritually healing or provide a rousing rhythm to move to.

Native Americans on Film

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by enjoying one of the many great films about the Native American experience. For far too long Native Americans were portrayed as the "bad guys" of Western films, I am thankful that Hollywood has adopted a more sympathetic attitude toward these heroic peoples.

Sherman Alexie is a prolific author who has written many stories and novels based on some of his own experiences and has had a few made into films, including  The Business of Fancydancing and Smoke Signals.

Colorado Author Series: Margaret Coel

New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel will discuss the latest novel in the Wind River mystery series, The Spider's Web, on Saturday, October 23 at 2 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Desserts and beverages provided by Panera Bread.

Set among the Arapahos, The Spider's Web features Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Jesuit priest Father John O'Malley. Fellow author Tony Hillerman has called Coel "a master," and critics say her novels are "chock full of intrigue and imagination," and are "engaging blends of history, mystery, sexual tension and present-day life on the reservation." The books in the Wind River series do not have to be read in order.

Smoke signals

Reviewer Rating:
4

Based on The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, this film follows stoic Victor and storyteller Thomas who leave the Coeur D'Alene Indian Reservation and travel cross-country to pick up the ashes of Victor's father, who abandoned his family years before. Well-acted, funny and moving.

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