Early Native American writing exhibited the struggle they experienced by the authors to find their own voice within the culture of
America, but it was later in the 1960’s that their writing began to express the humiliation felt by Native American peoples over their “less
than human” treatment by the dominant society. These early writers were driven by their awareness of the power of writing as a tool in
changing attitudes, but it would be a long time before this could overcome the deep prejudices shaped during the conflicts between
Euro-Americans and Natives in the bloody Indian Wars of the 18th and 19th centuries.
STUDENT RUBRIC FOR NATIVE AMERICAN WRITING ACTIVITIES by osi33942
Indian oral tradition and its relation to Americanliterature as a whole is one of the richest and least exploredtopics in American studies. The Indian contribution to America isgreater than is often believed. The hundreds of Indian words ineveryday American English include "canoe," "tobacco," "potato,""moccasin," "moose," "persimmon," "raccoon," "tomahawk," and"totem." Contemporary Native American writing, discussed in, also contains works of great beauty.
Joy Harjo, Native American Women Writers
As part of the 40th anniversary of the at Dartmouth, four Native American writers and a scholar of Native writing will take part in a panel discussion next week. Linda Hogan, Helen Hoy, Stephen Graham Jones, Thomas King, and David Treuer will participate in a discussion titled, “Telling Lives: Native American Writing in the 21st Century.” The panel, free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. on April 5 in Moore Hall's Filene Auditorium. There will be a book signing afterward.
Early Native American Writing: New Critical Essays (1994) ..