Indian Country Noir, ed. Sarah Cortez & Liz Martínez (Akashic) $15.95
Akashic’s deservedly famous Noir series features more unusual places each year. This anthology, featuring stories by Mistina Bates, Jean Rae Baxter, Lawrence Block, Joseph, A.A. Hedge Coke, Melissa Yi, and others, uses a cultural landscape as its setting, with short stories set in the Southwest, the Carolinas, and even Canada. Future anthologies include Haiti Noir and Lagos Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat and Chris Abani, respectively.
500 Years of Indigenous Resistance, Gord Hill (PM Press) $10
Gord Hill is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation of America’s Northwest Coast. His chapbook-length thumbnail history summarizes the origins of indigenous resistance, chronicling the 500 years since the arrival of Europeans to the American continent to dismiss the civilization narrative of the contemporary classroom. Hill has managed to incorporate the resistance of indigenous African peoples in America, often an oversight in discussions of Native resistance. The book ends by documenting of indigenous resistance from the early 1990s, leaving the last two decades undocumented, a minor complaint in the face of such excellent summary, undoubtedly addressed by the rest of PM’s catalogue.
The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing After Removal, ed. Geary Hobson, Janet McAdams, & Kathryn Walkiewicz (U Oklahoma P) $24.95
The first anthology to collect the literature of contemporary writers from the supposedly vanished American Indian of the Southeast, relocated after the passage of the Indian Removal Act in 1930, The People Who Stayed collects a wide range of literature—even blog posts. Wide-ranging in its contributors, TPWS is more inclusive than prescriptive, no doubt because it is the first of its nature. Personal favorites include early writings by the Owl siblings of Cherokee North Carolina and poetry by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers.