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Paul Chaat Smith On The Complex Truth Of Native American History

To see the full picture of Indians — as people who have had a continuing, complex relationship with all aspects of American culture — is just too much for some people. They want to put Indians in a box.

Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Geronimo’s Cadillac

I suggest that a powerful antidote to the manufactured past now being created for us is the secret history of Indians in the twentieth century. Geronimo really did have a Cadillac and used to drive it to church, where he’d sign autographs.

First Place

Three months before his third birthday, his Italian grandfather (on his mother’s side) set him on a proper bicycle, pushed him forward, and shouted, “Spingi, spingi, spingi!” Just like that, he rode down the driveway.

Fiction

Drowning For Beginners

Upon arriving at the bungalow, he learned something else about himself: if there was a 5 percent chance that fucking his ex-wife’s hairdresser might kill him, he was perfectly willing to take that risk.

Photography

On The Shore

I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.

Helen Keller

Poetry
Readers Write

Childhood

Flunking a driver’s test, frightening a bully, grown up at fourteen

Personal Stories By Our Readers ▸
One Nation, Indivisible

August 2019

Featuring Tim Wise, Vine Deloria Jr., Sun Bear, and more.

Political Excerpts From Our Archives ▸
The Dog-Eared Page
A Classic from the Bookshelf ▸
Quotations

Sunbeams

When questioned by an anthropologist on what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, “Ours.

Vine Deloria Jr.

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