(On a related note, I just so happen to be reading -- and loving -- a current finalist for this year's Andre Norton Award, Delia Sherman's The Freedom Maze, which also focuses on the topic of U.S. slavery.)
In the midst of my running around like the proverbial headless chicken, my second-quarter undergraduate/graduate seminar kicked off on Monday night. I'm teaching a "Native American Film and Fiction" course (not to be confused with my "Native American Identity" course). In case anyone's interested, here are the required readings:
House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday, 1968 (Pulitzer Prize winner)
Tracks by Louise Erdrich, 1988
Rain Is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith, 2001
Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac, 2003
East of the Sun and West of Fort Smith by William Sanders, 2008
1 novel of each student's choice from a list I've compiled
The students also will be watching a number of films, beginning with 1998's Smoke Signals and ending with 2008's Older Than America. Last night we kicked things off with the 2009 documentary Reel Injun, which I highly recommend.
I hope all is well with you, my friends! I look forward to catching up with you soon.
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