Native Writers: Voices of Power

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Learn about the life events and aspirations that shaped the voices of ten influential Native writers, whose novels, short stories and plays encompass the soul of Native life. Learn how these writers draw from personal experience to create situations and characters that are entertaining and poignant. Featured writers include:

Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene) Marilyn Dumont (Cree/Métis)
Joseph Boyden (Cree/Métis) Louise Erdrich (Ojibwa)
Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki) Tomson Highway (Cree)
Maria Campbell (Métis) N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa/Cherokee)
Nicola Campbell (Interior Salish of Nle7kepmx Tim Tingle (Choctaw)
[Thompson] and Nsilx [Okanagan]/Métis)

Many individuals portrayed in the Native Trailblazers series surmounted adversity and humble beginnings in their journey for personal success. The Trailblazer books feature positive role models for Native students while providing non-Native students with a view of Indigenous people today.