Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir
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by Deborah Miranda
Newly expanded, a memoir hailed as essential by the likes of Leslie Marmon Silko and ELLE magazine
Bad Indians—part tribal history, part lyric and intimate memoir—is essential reading for anyone seeking to learn about California Indian history, past and present. Widely adopted in classrooms and book clubs throughout the United States, Bad Indians—now reissued in significantly expanded form for its 10th anniversary—plumbs ancestry, survivance, and the cultural memory of Native California.
In this best-selling, now-classic memoir, Deborah A. Miranda tells stories of her Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen family and the experiences of California Indians more widely through oral histories, newspaper clippings, anthropological recordings, personal reflections, and poems. This anniversary edition—the first time the book has seen release in hardcover format—includes new poems and essays, as well as an extensive afterword. Wise, indignant, and playful all at once, Bad Indians is a beautiful and devastating read, and an indispensable book for anyone seeking a more just telling of American history.