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Rez Road Follies: Canoes, Casinos, Computers, and Birch Bark Baskets
by Jim Northrup
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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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.
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.
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.