Reinventing the Enemy’s Language: Contemporary Native Women’s Writings of North America


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About this book

This long-awaited anthology celebrates the experience of Native American women and is at once an important contribution to our literature and an historical document. It is the most comprehensive anthology of its kind to collect poetry, fiction, prayer, and memoir from Native American women. Over eighty writers are represented from nearly fifty nations, including such nationally known writers as Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan, Leslie Marmon Silko, Lee Maracle, Janet Campbell Hale, and Luci Tapahonso; others — Wilma Mankiller, Winona LaDuke, and Bea Medicine — who are known primarily for their contributions to tribal communities; and some who are published here for the first time in this landmark volume.

Reader's Thoughts


I vote for kitchen tables as an excellent place to generate collaborative works such as this--a collection from various tribes and women discussing the challenges of integrating the Indian culture with the modern American culture and the outcome of these clashes and celebrations of gender roles. The Editors have assembled a comprehensive collection of authors and writings.

Steven Salaita

A good anthology. As the title indicates, the editors use a political aesthetic. Some of the pieces are clunky and didactic, others are excellent.

Andrea Riley

an excellent selection of writings...very important.

Sam Poole

I can't put into words how great this is. Essential, varied, undeniable, painful, funny, enlightening, outstanding. Every page kept me wanting more. Couldn't put it down. Everyone should read this anthology. Understanding the wreckage caused by colonialism that is so relentlessly ignored is crucial; ignoring it is not just inappropriate, it's foolish. These women are strong, inventive and brilliant. The whole anthology is strong and unrelenting




A beautiful blend of poetry and short stories from various Native women across Turtle Island (North America). The work of over 80 Native women's work is in this anthology. Writers share experiences on poverty, alcholism, drug abuse, Native American issues such as identity, race and culture in modern society, nature, connection with Mother Earth, language, depression and place. It is incredibly rich and I recommend this book to anyone!

Saya Hashimoto

Read half but even taking into account that the women weren't professional writers, I found it a bit clunky.

Cutcha Risling Baldy

Am gonna write this one up for my website also. Have a question about the decision on "identity" in this book and representation of "federally recognized" versus "non recognized." More to come at

Ryan Mishap

Contemporary native women's writing (well, the 90's) featuring stories, essays, and all manner of amazing works.

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