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There There

by Tommy Orange

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Emphasizing Stories by Indigenous Writers

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According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 5.2 million Native Americans currently live within the United States. But their stories are largely ignored by mainstream literature. In a world where literature is dominated by white male-driven narratives, it is even more important that we popularize and appreciate indigenous stories. I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight two of my favorite Native American authors.

Louise ErdrichLouise Erdrich's debut novel, Love Medicine was published in 1984. She quickly made a place for herself as one of America's great contemporary authors, but is most notable for her detailed and thoughtful portrayals of Native American communities throughout the United States. Part of the Chippewa tribe, Erdrich recognized that a void needed to be filled when it came to shining a spotlight on indigenous stories, and is now one of the most widely-read Native American authors writing today, with over twenty published novels. I suggest beginning your tour of Erdrich&#...

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