November 2020: Gaining Ground
Our November box features Indigenous/First Nations authors from North America. Scroll down to read a little about each book before making your choice!
Background image is Diné punk couple by Selina Mullen aka Skidskunx. You'll receive a pin of this artwork in your box, along with a bracelet by Holatte Hokte Creations and a sticker from an artist who will be announced shortly!
Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction
ed. Joshua Whitehead
Short Story, Science Fiction, LGBTQ+
This exciting and groundbreaking fiction collection showcases new and emerging 2SQ (Two-Spirit and queer) Indigenous writers from across Turtle Island. Here, readers will discover bioengineered AI rats, transplanted trees in space, the rise of a 2SQ resistance camp, a primer on how to survive Indigiqueerly, virtual reality applications, mother ships at sea, and the very bending of space-time continuums queered through NDN time. These visionary authors show how queer Indigenous communities can bloom and thrive through utopian narratives that detail the vivacity and strength of 2SQness throughout its plight in the maw of settler colonialism's histories. Read more
Postcolonial Love Poem
by Natalie Diaz
Postcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure. In this new lyrical landscape, the bodies of indigenous, Latinx, black, and brown women are simultaneously the body politic and the body ecstatic. Diaz defies the conditions from which she writes, a nation whose creation predicated the diminishment and ultimate erasure of bodies like hers and the people she loves. Postcolonial Love Poem unravels notions of American goodness and creates something more powerful than hope—a future is built, future being a matrix of the choices we make now, and in these poems, Diaz chooses love. Read more
Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Poetry.
As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock
by Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Nonfiction, History, Environment, Social Justice
Through the unique lens of “Indigenized environmental justice,” Indigenous researcher and activist Dina Gilio-Whitaker explores the fraught history of treaty violations, struggles for food and water security, and protection of sacred sites, while highlighting the important leadership of Indigenous women in this centuries-long struggle. As Long As Grass Grows gives readers an accessible history of Indigenous resistance to government and corporate incursions on their lands and offers new approaches to environmental justice activism and policy. Read more
A History of My Brief Body
by Billy-Ray Belcourt
Nonfiction, Memoir, LGBTQ+
Drawing on intimate personal experience, A History of My Brief Body is a meditation on grief, joy, love, and sex at the intersection of indigeneity and queerness. Billy-Ray invites us to unpack and explore the big and broken world he inhabits every day, in all its complexity and contradiction: a legacy of colonial violence and the joy that flourishes in spite of it; first loves and first loves lost; sexual exploration and intimacy; the act of writing as a survival instinct and a way to grieve. What emerges is not only a profound meditation on memory, gender, anger, shame, and ecstasy, but also the outline of a way forward. Read more
Moon of the Crusted Snow
by Waubgeshig Rice
Speculative Fiction, Speculative, Horror
With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn. Read more
Winner of the 2019 OLA Forest of Reading Evergreen Award.
Selina Mullen aka skidskunx
“Recognizing and empowering my Indigenous homies”
Selina Mullen aka Skidskunx is a Navajo Vietnamese Anarchist/Artist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their pronouns are (She/They). They enjoy skateboarding, drawing and punk music. Her artwork stands out for adding their traditional culture, mixed with a bit of modern to it. Inspiring many, she makes it known that her and the indigenous community are resilient, strong and beautiful. She represents indigenous people coming from different interests, bringing them together and representing it through her artwork.
Check out her Instagram for more artwork and jewelry, and her Redbubble for her artwork on many different cool products!
Holatte Hokte Creations
My name is Maddie Lamb. I am 21 years old. I am Mvskoke (Creek) & Mojave. I am from Wotkvlke (raccoon clan). I am currently a senior at Fort Lewis College studying Communication Design. I love the way beads make me feel; I can slow down and appreciate the little things. When I bead I am reminded of my ancestors and our ways and traditions. To me, beading is medicine.
Shop Maddie's beadwork on her website, and follow her across social media!