This page is a parent for what will become a collection of referrals and reviews of the work of wonderful authors who have inspired me and I hope will also inspire you.
The first is Carl Hiaasen, soon to come will be Derrick Jensen, Vine Deloria, Sherman Alexie and Emma Restall Orr.
November 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm
This is the wiki page listing indigenous authors, each author’s name is a clickable link to the page about them.
A quick reference for those who have read the plastic shamans article, and would like to find some real Native authors to read instead.;-)
Not all of these write about spirituality directly, but some, like Vine Deloria, are acclaimed scholars in that field. ( I am working on a bio and reading list page about him now)
Along with Deloria, a few others I can recommend reading are:
Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, Mohawk Nation, Canada, b. 1964 is a scholar and author who writes about applying ancestral worldviews, knowledge and structures to solving modern/current problems and co creating a sustainable and positive future for all people. (his web site is listed on the blogroll on the front page here at 2012SpiritIn Action)
Sherman Alexie, Spokane-Coeur d’Alene, born 1966
Somewhat controversial fiction author, one of my personal favourite short story writers. Reading his work is not only good for all the reasons fiction is read, but also whenever I read his work it makes me want to write-on top of being entertaining and interesting, he is regularly inspiring as well;-)
Louise Erdrich, Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, born 1954
Very deservedly world famous fiction writer. The ability to use the magical realism style in a totally current setting always entrances me, and she is a master.
Winona LaDuke, White Earth Band of Ojibwe,[
This author is one of my personal heroes in life, someone I have admired and looked up to for many years. Her writing is non-fiction and often on topics that most would want to avoid, but her writing is lyrical and beautiful. She helps make becoming aware and informed about painful things a lot less painful-and even better as a long time activist she does not drown you in negativity even when discussing harsh things, as she shares solutions, actions and hope in even the most dire cases.
Rigoberta Menchú, K’iché Maya, Guatemala, b. 1959
If you ever wondered what all the fuss was about Central America in the 1980’s, this author is the one to read for the personal perspective on it. She won a Nobel Peace prize for her efforts to bring attention to the situation of her people. Those like her who had the courage to speak out and act against the corruption and violence helped to create real change in Guatemala-she is not the only one, just the most well known, and it is easy to find her books.
Haunani-Kay Trask, Native Hawaiian, b. 1949
I have not yet read any of her books, but the articles I read in college(on feminism and Hawaiian sovereignty) left a big impression. Not sure how hard her work is to find, but worth checking out if you do find some.