Category: Book of the Week

Team Spirits Edited By C. Richard King and Charles Fruehling Springwood – 11/8

Team Spirits Edited By C. Richard King and Charles Fruehling Springwood – This is the first comprehensive look at the Native American mascots controversy.  In  this work activists and academics explore the origins of Native American mascots, the messages they convey, and the reasons for their persistence into the twenty-first  century.  The essays examine hotly contested uses of mascots, including the Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Indians, and the University of Illinois’s Chief Illiniwek, as well as equally problematic but more complicated examples such as the Florida State Seminoles and the multitude of Native mascots at Marquette University.  Also showcased are examples of successful opposition, including an end to Native American mascots at Springfield College and in Los Angeles public schools.

Power and Place: Indian Education in America By Vine Deloria, Jr. and Daniel R. Wildcat – 11/02

Power and Place: Indian Education in America by Vine Deloria, Jr. and Daniel R. Wildcat – This work examines the issues facing Native American students as they progress through schools, colleges, and on into professions.  This collection of sixteen essays is at once philosophic, practical, and visionary.  It is an effort to open discussion about the unique experience of Native Americans and offers a concise reference for administrators, educators, students and community leaders involved with Indian education.

God Is Red By Vine Deloria, Jr. – 10/27

God Is Red – This book discusses traditional Native American religious views, particularly their relation to Western Christianity. It also details the hardships faced by Native Americans as their country was quickly flooded with foreigners eager for land and other resources. Deloria links the anthrocentrism of Christian orthodoxy and subsequent American economic philosophies with increasing environmental upheaval. Deloria also explains how religious views are rooted to “place” as opposed to being universal.

Iguana Dreams: New Latino Fiction – 10/18

Iguana Dreams – Edited by Delia Poey and Virgil Suarez, samples in a single volume the wide range of cultures and experience that mark the Latino community. United most strikingly by a bilingualism that makes it possible to think and feel in two languages, Latino writers have long been enriching the American language and making an invaluable contribution to the culture of the United States. Gathered together for the first time are stories, sketches, and selections from in-progress works by newly recognized talents as well as authors of landmark works of Latino literature. As a composite, these works evidence a vital and flourishing literature that explores the universal themes of coming of age, war, death, and love, as well as the more particular experiences of assimilation and cultural survival by Latinos in the United States today.

Iguana Dreams: New Latino Fiction is a collection of works from both established and emerging authors, and is the first anthology of Latino fiction to be published in this country.

Featuring Fiction by:  Julia Alvarez, Ana Castillo, Cristina Garcia, Gustavo Perez-Firmat, and more.

Hispanic Firsts By Nicolas Kanellos – 10/06

Hispanic Firsts – 500 years of Extraordinary Achievements By Nicolas Kanellos: Did you know that a successful 1945 lawsuit against the segregation of Mexican children in Orange County, (Mendez vs. Westminster), paved the way for the “Brown v. Board of Education” Supreme Court Decision? Arranged chronologically within subject areas, the short entries concentrate on achievements rather than individuals. Especially useful are the foldout timeline and the monthly calendar of firsts.