Returning the Gift
Poetry and Prose from the First North American Native Writers' Festival
The anthology includes works from every corner of the continent, representing a wide range of tribal affiliations, languages, and cultures. By taking their peoples' literature back to them in the form of stories and songs, these writers see themselves as returning the gift of storytelling, culture, and continuance to the source from which it came. In addition to contributions by 92 writers are two introductory chapters: Joseph Bruchac comments on the current state of Native literature and the significance of the festival, and Geary Hobson traces the evolution of the event itself.
"This collection presents some of the best known Native writers, and a host of new voices to be alert for." —Library Journal
"Returning the Gifts is a valuable work clearly in touch with native patterns of perception as the indispensable guide to adaptation within the changing environment." —World Literature Today