Native American Identity Past and Present Book Discussion: There There

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Presented by Humanities Kansas Talk About Literature in Kansas discussion series challenges the stereotypical and fantastical images and stories of Native people as living in a mythical past or as a pure but vanishing race who are isolated to reservations, far removed from the rest of American society. Instead, the books in this series present Native American identity through the lens of Native writers and Native experiences. These writers speak to the diversity and complexity of Native identity. This series was created by Dr. Brian Burkhart (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) in collaboration with the Oklahoma Humanities. 

This discussion will be led by Deborah Peterson and registration is required to attend the event. Books will be available on a first come, first serve basis through registration but you can also attend by accessing this book through our e-content!

This month's book is There There by Tommy Orange:
A multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. It tells the story of twelve characters, each of whom have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow.


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