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by Devon Abbott Mihesuah


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Mihesuah encourages more American Indians to write. Writing from within our own Native culture creates an authentic voice which needs to be heard. Stereotypes of American Indian people are deeply woven into the fabric of America. Authors have tremendous power to perpetuate or dispel these images. As a published author myself, I wouldn't dream of doing this.

and writer Devon Abbott Mihesuah explains the basic steps involved with writing about American Indians.

So You Want to Write about American Indians? provides a concise overview of the different types of fiction and nonfiction books written about Natives and the common challenges and pitfalls encountered when writing each type of book

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Mihesuah's non-fiction work concentrates on stereotypes and misrepresentations of Native American peoples, customs and beliefs in academic writing. Trophy Award for the Best Fiction Book of 2011 presented by the Oklahoma Writers' Federation for Document of Expectations.

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A Guide for Writers, Students, and Scholars. by Devon A. Mihesuah.

So You Want to Write about American Indians? provides a concise overview of the different types of fiction and nonfiction books written about Natives and the common challenges and pitfalls encountered when writing each type of book

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So You Want to Write about American Indians? is the first of its kind—an indispensable guide for anyone interested in writing and publishing a novel, memoir, collection of short stories, history, or ethnography involving the Indigenous peoples of the United States. In clear language illustrated with examples—many from her own experiences—Choctaw scholar and writer Devon Abbott Mihesuah explains the basic steps involved with writing about American Indians. So You Want to Write about American Indians? provides a concise overview of the different types of fiction and nonfiction books written about Natives and the common challenges and pitfalls encountered when writing each type of book. Mihesuah presents a list of ethical guidelines to follow when researching and writing about Natives, including the goals of the writer, stereotypes to avoid, and cultural issues to consider. She also offers helpful tips for developing ideas and researching effectively, submitting articles to journals, drafting effective book proposals, finding inspiration, contacting an editor, polishing a manuscript, preparing a persuasive résumé or curriculum vitae, coping with rejection, and negotiating a book contract.

Comments: (7)

Agrainel
First, in the interest of transparency: I’m a non-native who is writing about indigenous people. A friend, who is of indigenous descent and the director of an indigenous writers’ support and recognition group, recommended this book. About the author, he said, “Be prepared, she’s pretty tough.” And thankfully, he was right. After all, Mihesuah is Comanche for “first to fight.” But if you are going to enter into the indigenous world as a writer or researcher, you need guidance from a firm master…you need tough love and this book is it. Dr. Mihesuah speaks plainly. Listen to her, follow her advice, test your thoughts and your writing against her standards and you have a chance at producing a balanced, realistic and still entertaining (or enlightening) project. Disregard her and you risk nurturing stereotypes and an unbalance that has plagued our (intra)national relationships for centuries. Why four stars instead of five? It is a tiny nit, but there are a few generic sections about book writing that felt out of place--perhaps an editor add that wasn't needed?
Mori
This book makes it clear that and why Native Americans do not appreciate non-natives writing about them. I did it anyway but had several natives read my draft. My readers did exactly what I wanted. They told me about areas of misunderstanding, misinterpretation and unknowing insult.
Dawncrusher
A must read for researchers working or wanting to work with American Indians or other Indigenous Peoples.
Halloween
This author brings up a number of points for authors to keep in mind when writing about Native Americans, and clearly defines sensitive issues revolving this. However, her tone is often sharp and at times I was turned off. Although it may not be the author's intent, I gathered that she doesn't feel non-natives should in fact write about Natives. I have seen this done poorly but I've also read many fine works that to me were respectful and not stereotypical. I wanted to get more from this book but came away feeling like I'd just been preached to by someone assuming the worst.
Wenes
Most non-Indians continue to write about American Indian people with stereotypical assumptions. Many of these authors have never even met an American Indian. The shape-shifting model of the hegemonic stock-story presents an ongoing battle. Devon A. Mihesuah illustrates how many images found in literature today are not authentic and do great damage to American Indian people. Stereotypical books freeze Native people in a pejorative past and strip the self-esteem of American Indian children.

As an American Indian woman, I am often saddened and angered when I read most of what is written by non-Indians today. I am also saddened when I meet authors who feel they are imbued with the authority to write "about" American Indians because they have a great, great, great, great grandmother who was supposedly an Indian. My own great, great, great grandfather was Black. One can only imagine what would happen if I just sat down and wrote an authoritative book on Black people and culture in America today.

Short of spending a few years on a reservation, this book is a good start to understanding more about Indian people.

Devon A. Mihesuah helps non-Indian authors realize the responsibility they have when writing about American Indian people. Native writers can also benefit from this book, for occasionally even we can be blind to images and words that can misrepresent. There is also tremendous diversity between tribal nations. We all have different religions, languages, and cultures. Therefore, it is quite easy to make an intertribal faux pas. Mihesuah encourages more American Indians to write. Writing from within our own Native culture creates an authentic voice which needs to be heard.

Stereotypes of American Indian people are deeply woven into the fabric of America. Authors have tremendous power to perpetuate or dispel these images. If you write about Indians, you have a responsibility to help make these changes. Choose to help build the self-esteem of American Indian children and create a more authentic world for Indian people through your writing. Yakoke, Devon Mihesuah, for your book.
Hunaya
Winner of the Wordcrafter Circle of Native Writers' Research Book of 2005. I wrote this book because of the dearth of instructional books on how to properly write about American Indians and because hundreds of writers continue to churn out flawed fiction and non-fiction books about Indians each year. I use my experience as an author, journal editor and professor to provide information on the basics of how to write, where to find inspiration and how to find a publisher and negotiate contracts. I hope you enjoy it!
Rindyt
Prof Mihesuah has a lot to say about other people's ethics but sees fit to write a 5-star review of her own book using the space provided for reader reviews, even though there is a separate area provided for authors to make their own comments. As a published author myself, I wouldn't dream of doing this. It's completely unethical and undermines any valid arguments she puts forward in her book.
So You Want to Write About American Indians?: A Guide for Writers, Students, and Scholars download epub
Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Devon Abbott Mihesuah
ISBN: 0803282982
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Language: English
Publisher: Bison Books (April 1, 2005)
Pages: 164 pages