Tonight we kick off Episode 21 of the weekly Guest Post series: Medium Cool with BGinCHI.
In case you missed the introduction to the series: Culture as a Hedge Against this Soul-Sucking Political Miasma We’re Living In
You can find the whole series here: Medium Cool with BGinCHI
Tonight’s Topic: Native America Culture
Take it away, BG!
Since I was a kid I’ve been interested in Native American culture. I grew up very near an 18th-century trading post on the Wabash River, which has a yearly festival called The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon. In the ’70s there were lots of Native Americans who came and played drums and sang. Every year we’d sneak down there and hide in the woods nearby and listen long into the night. It made a huge impression on me. I always rooted for Indians in movies, and have read many, many books (fiction and non-fiction) on Native American culture.
As a professor I occasionally teach some Native American lit, which I love. The novels and stories of Louise Erdrich, James Welch’s fabulous novel Fools Crow, Tommy Orange’s recent, brilliant novel There There, and Layli Long Soldier’s terrific book of poetry Whereas. There are others, but these are the ones on my mind right now.
For this week’s Medium Cool, tell us about your experience with Native American culture. It could be literature, or history, or perhaps something personal. If it’s part of your heritage, tell us about it.
Now that we are past 20 episodes of Medium Cool, I am going to stop counting! Thanks so much for Medium Cool, BG! ~WaterGirl