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Rez Road Follies: Canoes, Casinos, Computers, and Birch Bark Baskets

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  100 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The author relates his own life experiences to offer a view of contemporary Native American life.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 15th 1999 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published December 1st 1997)
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Sep 11, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
Jim Northrup won a Minnesota Book Award for Walking the Rez Road, but he should have won it for this book. He has maintained the same direct writing style as in the earlier work, but his natural gift for story-telling is more apparent in this collection of essays. He skillfully informs, sometimes startles, and entertains the reader with his commentary on being an American-American. This book should be required reading in Minnesota history classes.
Jul 17, 2014 Francesca rated it liked it
I really liked this book because I wanted to learn more about Native American life and culture in the US. I am sad though that the author Jim Northrup, in his chapter on fighting in Vietnam, completely misses the link between the oppression of people of color in the US by white people--which he documents thoroughly--and the oppression of third world people by the US government via its military.
Mar 22, 2008 Jeremiah rated it it was ok
This guy lives on my reservation and I found this book in Berkley, CA at a small book store there, new. I read a some portions of this book and laughed my head off (mostly indian humor that most people might not think is as funny, but it is!). Unfortunately, Northrup is either hit or miss in this book and when he misses even the part of me that wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt couldn't give even smirk. Good effort but better luck next time.
Mar 01, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Whites
Shelves: novels
Jim Northrup is funny and political and honest and amazing!!

I love his narrative and storytelling. I appreciated his stance on the use of the word Indian (not referring to peoples of India).

Good stuff!
Andrea Riley
Jul 07, 2007 Andrea Riley rated it it was amazing
please read this book right now---the combination of Ojibwe humor and history is so important.
Jan 07, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
A funny look at "immigrant communities" (white Americans) by a Native American author.
May 09, 2010 Leiune rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-school
I'm reading this for my Minnesota History class and so far it's pretty good.
Avis Black
Has serious attitude. A likeable book.
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