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The Dirt Is Red Here: Art and Poetry from Native California

by Margaret Dubin

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Like the glass in Shaunna Oteka McCovey's poem "Black berry Wine, " this collection is an explosion of light and color. It reflects the thousands of years in which native people have enjoyed California landscapes, fragmented by the historical events of the past two hundred years.Drawn from the archives and resources of News from Native California, the quarterly magazine that for nearly fifteen years has documented and celebrated California Indian art and culture, The Dirt is Red Here includes well-known poets such as Wendy Rose and Janice Gould as well as little-known visual artists and those whose work is known internationally, such as Fritz Scholder, Frank LaPena, Harry Fonseca, and Rick Bartow. All are living descendants of the indigenous tribes of California.Sumptuously designed and printed and filled with insight, power, and creativity, this book has a unique scope and universal appeal. A delightful surprise for readers unfamiliar with California art and literature and a long-anticipated treasure,for those who know the field, The Dirt is Red Here not only extends our sense of what it means to be Indian, but also of what it means to be human.… (more)
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Like the glass in Shaunna Oteka McCovey's poem "Black berry Wine, " this collection is an explosion of light and color. It reflects the thousands of years in which native people have enjoyed California landscapes, fragmented by the historical events of the past two hundred years.Drawn from the archives and resources of News from Native California, the quarterly magazine that for nearly fifteen years has documented and celebrated California Indian art and culture, The Dirt is Red Here includes well-known poets such as Wendy Rose and Janice Gould as well as little-known visual artists and those whose work is known internationally, such as Fritz Scholder, Frank LaPena, Harry Fonseca, and Rick Bartow. All are living descendants of the indigenous tribes of California.Sumptuously designed and printed and filled with insight, power, and creativity, this book has a unique scope and universal appeal. A delightful surprise for readers unfamiliar with California art and literature and a long-anticipated treasure,for those who know the field, The Dirt is Red Here not only extends our sense of what it means to be Indian, but also of what it means to be human.

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