Native American Writers
Native Americans are proud of their heritage. Their own history was preserved through the spoken word throughout the generations. With the advent of writing in their culture, storytellers began to preserve these stories with the written word and now the whole world can share in their history. Incidentally, many Native American authors do not copyright their work because they believe the whole tribe owns the story. Many tribes have their own phone number and voicemail posted for contact purposes.
Paula Gunn Allen: an inclusive site of Allen’s life and work including links to her writing as well as tributes to her life.
Jeannette Armstrong: a bioneer.
Shonto Begay: link to this very talented artist’s biography, photos of his work and a link to his events.
Gertrude Simmons Bonnin: biography and more information on Gertrude Simmons Bonnin
Joseph Bruchac: this site offers free video and audio files and a link to his events.
Chief Seattle: pictures and information on this important leader of the Puget Sound Indians. He was known for his courage and leadership. He was a gifted orator and diplomat between the local Europeans, other local tribes and his own tribe.
Michael Dorris: anthropologist and author, founded a Native American Studies program. A short biography and list of his works can be found here.
Louise Erdrich: this site talks about her inspiration for her poetry, and includes more Native American writers works.
Janet Campbell Hale: this page talks of how she was inspired to move back to her reservation to write, and gives a review of her autobiography.
John Lamedeer: this site offers insight to his personality and links to the things that are important to him.
Christine Quintasket (Mourning Dove): biography, links, and additional information can be found at this site.
Simon Ortiz: An Acoma Pueblo Native American, he battled alcoholism due to the weight of the plight of his people. This page offers a biography interspersed with quotes from him.
Chief Simon Pokagon: the Longfellow of Native Americans, met with two American presidents and smoked the peace pipe with one. This page offers links to other great Native Americans.
Wendy Rose: a voice for the Native American community as well as a self professed “spy in the camp of anthropologists”. This site has much information about this poet.
Sequoyah: author of the Cherokee language system, he invented 85 symbols to capture his native language. This site also includes the museum dedicated to him.
Leslie Marmon: a Laguna Pueblo storyteller, she uses this page to not only describe her writing but why she uses the techniques she uses.
Standing Bear: story of the Dakota Sioux Chief and his tribe and how he was instrumental in getting back the land taken from them by the government.
John Trudell: a Native American Poet whose work ranges from drama to humor, he shows you the Native American culture through his eyes. This is his personal site where his work may be purchased.
James Welch: Blackfeet author and poet who was able to show life through the Native American’s perspective. This page offers his biography.
Charles Phillip White (Whitedog): an Ojibway poet. His site also gives instructive articles, such as his “16 Powow Rules” and links to other Ojibway writings.
Ray Young Bear: a Meskwaki author whose mission is to educate the world on his people’s culture. This site gives an inclusive interview with this writer.
Written by Jacob C. Herman