Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City

Urban Tribes Native Americans in the City Young urban Natives powerfully show how their culture and values can survive and enrich city life Much of the popular discourse on Native Americans and Aboriginals focuses on reservation life But the

  • Title: Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City
  • Author: Lisa Charleyboy Mary Beth Leatherdale
  • ISBN: 9781554517503
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • Young, urban Natives powerfully show how their culture and values can survive and enrich city life.Much of the popular discourse on Native Americans and Aboriginals focuses on reservation life But the majority of Natives in North America live off the rez How do they stay rooted to their culture How do they connect with their community Urban Tribes offers unique insightYoung, urban Natives powerfully show how their culture and values can survive and enrich city life.Much of the popular discourse on Native Americans and Aboriginals focuses on reservation life But the majority of Natives in North America live off the rez How do they stay rooted to their culture How do they connect with their community Urban Tribes offers unique insight into this growing and often misperceived group Emotionally potent and visually arresting, the anthology profiles young urban Natives from across North America, exploring how they connect with Native culture and values in their contemporary lives Their stories are as diverse as they are From a young Dene woman pursuing a MBA at Stanford to a Pima photographer in Phoenix to a Mohawk actress in New York, these urban Natives share their unique perspectives to bridge the divide between their past and their future, their cultural home, and their adopted cities.Unflinchingly honest and deeply moving, contributors explore a wide range of topics From the trials and tribulations of dating in the city to the alienating experience of leaving a remote reserve to attend high school in the city, from the mainstream success of Electric Pow wow music to the humiliation of dealing with racist school mascots, personal perspectives illuminate larger political issues An innovative and highly visual design offers a dynamic, reading experience.

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    1. "The only way to counter the invisibility we often feel is to truly see others, and let them see us." -- Dr. Adrienne KeeneIndigenous peoples in contemporary culture tend to be exoticized, marginalized, or both. There's a pervasive sense that to "really" be Native American, you have to forswear all modern culture. As Lisa Charleyboy, one of the editors of Urban Tribes puts it:"[We've] grown up being told that we can't really be Native if we are living a "modern" life in the city. There's this de [...]

    2. I found Urban Tribes displayed on the shelf at my local library, the beautiful cover art standing out to me. I picked it up knowing that it would be the book I needed to read when I was much younger, and I was definitely right in that.Urban Tribes is a beautifully put together work. It features interviews, essays, poetry, art, tweets from people in the aboriginal communities in the United States and Canada who reside in cities. It powerfully displays indigenous cultures in a modern light, and sh [...]

    3. Last year, Charleyboy and Leatherdale gifted us with DREAMING IN INDIAN. This year they offer another terrific look at Native life. URBAN TRIBES.Inside you'll find art, and stories, and poems written by Native people. There's joy, for example, in the photographs of actor Tatanka Means. You may have seen him in Tiger Eyes, the film adaptation of Judy Blume's story. Photographs of him in Urban Tribes include one of his dad, Russell Means, braiding his hair, and several of him holding a mic.Talong [...]

    4. Too many still think of Native American/First Nations/Indigenous persons as a stereotype something from the past. And I purposefully wrote something instead of someone because objectification is common too. Just look at the racist mascots that still exist! So this book is important to me as a Native person. It's personal. I grew up in a city and went to urban public schools and even to a state university. But at all levels the ignorance was the same. It's easily forgiven from my childhood peers, [...]

    5. Most of our posts are focused on novels, so for this month we decided to take a little time with a different format for a change. A few of us were able to get review copies via Netgalley and will share some of our thoughts about Urban Tribes here.Crystal: Lisa Charleyboy (’Tsilhqot’in from Tsi Del Del), one of the editors, explains, “We’re diverse in our opinions, lived experiences and points of cultural connection but similar in our desire for defining our identity and creating cultural [...]

    6. I have only been able to find this book in paperback, but would love to see it in hardcover. . . an incredible book that focuses on the preconceived judgements systemic to our society. The voice for our Indigenous youth has not been amped up high enough for the struggles to be heard. This book helps youth to understand the struggle of unfairness First Nation people go through.In comparison to poorly represented black and Latino youth, our Indigenous youth are suffering the same lack of access to [...]

    7. This is a mixed bunch, birth literally and figuratively. I'm so glad that this book exists to give voice to to urban natives/aboriginals/preferred term. I particularly enjoyed the artwork and representation of a diverse set of Native Americans living in cities (age, tribal affiliation, careers), but I felt like it was heavily weighted toward a certain type of personality. In some sense, this makes sense, since the youth willing to participate and contribute to a book like this have self-selected [...]

    8. Review copy: Digital ARC provided by publisherThis is another great collection from Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale. They have gathered together voices and artwork from many young people to share the diversity of urban Natives across Canada and the U.S. I will write a more complete review later and we will have a book discussion over at Rich in Color in a few weeks too.

    9. Really good book but wish had more of an Oklahoma representation. Very cool design and will appeal to the YA audience.

    10. As another reviewer said, I'm very glad this book exists and I think it was well done. It was awesome to see and learn about lots of different Indigenous Canadians, and I thought some of the art and poetry shared was especially beautiful and thought-provoking. Many of the essays, though, left me feeling like there could have been so much more beneath the surface for these people to share with the reader - more specific stories as opposed to a common-thread message of 'we're connected to our cult [...]

    11. I wanted to read this to gain a better view of Native Americans who choose to live off the reservations and in an urban environment. It was an interesting book, though with so many stories in Canada, hard for an American to relate to as much (though the examples and life stories still resonate). I wish they had found a way to include more of a variety of cities & towns, but it was a very enlightening and interesting read nonetheless.

    12. This compilation is a very quick read, but no less worthwhile for all that. The stories, struggles, and successes contained were enlightening, both in the traditional sense and literally, because they cast light upon subjects that are not as often acknowledged, let alone contemplated, as they should be.

    13. Wonderful book that challenges preconceived notions about indigenous people. With content that includes interviews, tweets, art, personal essays, photography, poetry, and more, this is a powerful compilation that addresses cultures, identity, racism, and colonialism in First Nations people who do not live on reservations. Highly recommended.

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