EDGE OF MORNING

Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears

edited by Jacqueline Keeler

June 2017 | Nonfiction | 9781937226718 |165 pp | $19.95

 

JACQUELINE KEELER is a Navajo/Dakota writer who lives in Portland, Oregon. She is co-founder of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, which seeks to end the use of racial groups as mascots, as well as the use of other stereotypical representations in popular culture. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Indian Country Today, Earth Island Journal, Salon.com, and elsewhere.

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

In support of tribal efforts to protect the Bears Ears, Native writers bear testimony to the fragile and essential nature of this sacred landscape in America’s remote red rock country. Through poem and essay, these often-ignored voices explore the ways many native people derive tradition, sustenance, and cultural history from the Bears Ears.

PRAISE FOR EDGE OF MORNING

"Encompassing wisdom and grace, Edge of Morning is a finessed articulation of respect and the simplicity of being human."

—AMY O'LOUGHLIN, FOREWORD REVIEWS

“Edge of Morning will be the latest book among Torrey House releases that invigorate the public policy details of environmental issues and natural conservation with new voices that not only inspire emotionally but also lay out the significant cultural case that compels a new point of view about the stewardship of public lands."
—LES ROKA, THE UTAH REVIEW

“This beautiful collection presents Native American expressions in poems, essays, reflections and interviews. An important read.” 

DESERET NEWS

“This anthology seeks to tell stories by native writers about the Bears Ears and its importance. Storytelling is a way of making sure the importance of the land is known, and can help spread awareness . . . a worthy project.”

SEATTLE REVIEW OF BOOKS 

“Before publication, the collection received a boost last summer when 260 people contributed to a crowd-funding campaign, raising $19,000 toward production costs. Now the Utah publishing house has partnered with Patagonia to sell Edge of Morning in the outdoor recreation company’s Utah and California stores.”

SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part I: Origin Stories

Interviews with Bears Ears Inter–Tribal Coalition Organizers

Regina Lopez Whiteskunk (Ute), Ute Mountain Ute Council

Willie Grayeyes (Diné), Chairman of Utah Diné Bikéyah

Jonah Yellowman (Diné), Utah Diné Bikéyah

Jim Enote (Zuni), director of the Colorado Plateau Foundation and the director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center

Alastair Bitsoi (Diné), journalist, graduate student at New York University

 

 

Part II: For this Land, For the Diné Bikéyah

Navajo Activists and Academia Speak for Bears Ears

Elizabeth Woody (Diné/Warm Springs), Oregon Poet Laureate

Lloyd Lee (Diné), Associate Professor of Native American Studies, University of New Mexico

Louise Benally (Diné), activist

Jacqueline Keeler (Diné/Dakota), writer, producer and activist

Klee Benally (Diné), musician, activist and filmmaker

Andrew Curley (Diné), Deputy Director of Diné Policy Institute

Luci Tapahonso (Diné), professor of English Literature and Language at the University of New Mexico, 2013 poet laureate of Navajo Nation

 

 

Part III: In Our Usual and Accustomed Places

Indigenous leaders on Bears Ears and the Fight for Cultural Preservation and Access to Public Lands in the United States

Morning Star Gali (Pitt River), Tribal Historic Preservation Officer at Pit River Tribe

Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe), poet and author 

Faith Spotted Eagle (Ihanktonwan Dakota), a founding grandmother of the Brave Heart Society and Chair of the Ihanktonwan Treaty Council

Cutcha Risling Baldy (Hupa), professor in the Department of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University

Wayland Gray (Muscogee), activist

Martie Simmons (Hochunk), writer

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