A Tribal Memoir
Deborah A. Miranda
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
Identity and history at their most dynamic, creative, and personal
''If we allow the pieces of our culture to lie scattered in the dust of history, trampled on by racism and grief, then yes, we are irreparably damaged. But if we pick up the pieces and use them in new ways that honor their integrity, their colors, textures, stories--then we do those pieces justice, no matter how sharp they are, no matter how much handling them slices our fingers and makes us bleed.''
This beautiful and devastating book--part tribal history, part lyric and intimate memoir--should be required reading for anyone seeking to learn about California Indian history, past and present. Deborah A. Miranda tells stories of her Ohlone Costanoan Esselen family as well as the experience of California Indians as a whole through oral histories, newspaper clippings, anthropological recordings, personal reflections, and poems. The result is a work of literary art that is wise, angry, and playful all at once, a compilation that will break your heart and teach you to see the world anew.
Everyone who has ever had to make ( or help with) a California missions project needs to read this book. Heartbreaking and surprisingly hopeful. We all need to connect with these stories and this history!