Red Dirt: Growing Up Oakie
W hat else can you do but to tell about the travails and hardships, fears and violence, the joys and discoveries and affirmations, and the mysteries and revelations when you tell the story about your land, people, heritage, and your innermost self. Because that's the way you've known your life, that's the way you know how to tell the story, the truth. Red Dirt is such a story, and Roxanne Dunbar affirms this by acknowledging and expressing such a truth about her life--and we come to realizesuch a story is always a truth about oneself, whether you tell it as a historian, poet, or storyteller.
AND ALSO FROM ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ
A MEMOIR OF THE WAR YEARS, 1960-1975
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Available from City Lights Books, March 2002
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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is Professor of Ethnic and Women's Studies at California State University, Hayward. She is the author of Roots of Resistance: Land; Tenure in New Mexico, The Great Sioux Nation and Indians of the Americas. She is currently working on a historical novel based on the life of Belle Starr, the "Bandit Queen" from Oklahoma.