Vol.VII, No.2                             June 1989



is published by the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures. Material for submission for fall 1990 issue should be sent to:

Susan Scarberry-Garcia
Department of English
Fort Lewis College
Durango, CO 81301


        As I write this word to you, the sun is setting over the juniper and sage-covered foothills of the San Juans of southwestern Colorado. Two nights ago the crickets returned, and my three-year-old daughter asked, "What is that sound in the sky?" So, as summer approaches and it's time to travel, it's also appropriate to mail out our second newsletter. This issue of ASAIL Notes was assembled and produced at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, with financial support from the English Department.
        John Purdy will be returning to the States this summer from Der Universität Mannheim, West Germany. I'm sure he'll be anxious to resume editorship of ASAIL Notes, especially since there is so much interesting correspondence associated with the job. I want to extend a personal thanks to those of you who took time out from your busy schedules to send important newsworthy items for our members. Also, again thanks to LaVonne Ruoff and Helen Jaskowski who keep us all abreast of the latest events and developments in the field of American Indian literary study.
        This year -- 1990 -- promises to be a peak year for new creative and scholarly publications that enlarge the scope of our studies. As we move toward fall, we need to consider the possible "merger" of ASAIL Notes and SAIL. See the "Modern Language Association" section of this newsletter for details and direct any correspondence on this subject to:
                          Franchot Ballinger
                          ASAIL President
                          University of Cincinnati
                          Mail Location 205
                          Cincinnati, Ohio 45221

        Thanks to Sean Cridland and to Dr. Red Bird of Fort Lewis College for assisting with this issue. It has been my pleasure to guest-edit the Notes. Best wishes for a lovely summer and for safe travels. Thank you all.

Susan Scarberry-García


        At our annual ASAIL business meeting at the Modern Language Association convention in Washington, D.C. on December 29, 1989, Jim Ruppert presided as our out-going President. He ran a thoughtful, tightly-organized meeting that dealt with a number of pressing issues for our organization. After congratulating Helen Jaskowski for her fine job of publishing Volume 1 of our journal SAIL, Ruppert raised the question as to whether or not we should, in 1991, establish a lump-sum fee that would entitle a subscriber to membership in ASAIL and to both the SAIL journal and ASAIL Notes, the newsletter. This issue will be discussed further at our December 1990 meeting in conjunction with MLA, in Chicago. Jim Ruppert also raised the question: "Is there life for ASAIL beyond MLA?" He would like to see us develop our own conference -- perhaps in a rural setting -- in a few years or less.
        Franchot Ballinger, our newly-elected President for two years, spoke and said that he would spearhead an effort to rewrite the ASAIL Charter based on documents in Andy Wiget's possession and on informally gathered oral histories of ASAIL.
        Andrea Lerner was elected Vice-President for a one-year term and Elizabeth McDade-Nelson was elected Secretary-Treasurer. Our ASAIL-sponsored programs "Reconstructive Encounters: American Indian Literatures and American Classics" and "Encounters in the Oral Tradition: Native American Stories of Cultural Contact" were good solid sessions. And the Discussion Group on American Indian Literature presented fine "Readings by Emerging American Indian Poets." Among those reading were Elizabeth Woody, Gail Tremblay, and Joe Dale Tate. Joy Harjo also read at MLA.


-- SAIL Subscriptions Renewal --

        SAIL editor Helen Jaskowski wants to remind us that several 1989 subscribers have not renewed for 1990.
        SAIL Vo.2, No. 1 is now out; Vol.2, No.2 "Poetry and Fiction" is being printed.
        Renew now to make sure you receive all copies of Vol.2. Mail check for $8 ($12 out- side U.S.) to:
                 Robert Nelson
                 Box 112
                 University of Richmond
                 Richmond, Virginia 23173


*     On three consecutive days in late March 1990, N. Scott Momaday and Kenneth Roemer presented a series of readings and lectures at the University of Central Florida for the symposium: "Native Writers in American Lit- erature," sponsored, in part, by the Florida Endowment for the Humanities.

*      At the 1990 MELUS Conference held this year April 20-21 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, ASAIL members A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff, Gretchen Bataille, Amy Ling, Arnold Krupat, Paul Lauter, Helen Jaskowski, Kay Sands, Susan Scarberry-Garcia and Kate Vangen participated. LaVonne Ruoff organized and directed the conference.

*      Victor Golla of Humboldt State University is continuing to exchange newsletters with us. His publication of the Society for the Study Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) announces two summer conferences of special interest.
        **   The University of Arizona, Tucson, will host the 12th annual American Indian Language {3} Development Institute, June 4-29, 1990. "A program for teachers, teacher aides and parents of American Indian youth, AILDI provides training in American Indian linguistics, bilingual-bicultural teaching strategies, and culture-based materials development." institute faculty and speakers include Ofelia Zepeda, Joy Harjo, Leanne Hinton, Felipe Molina, Larry Evers and Luci Tapahonso. Call Ofelia Zepeda at (602) 621-7108 for further information.
        **   Arizona State University, in Tempe, will offer an institute an American Indian language, literature, culture and history -- "Renewing Traditions Through the Humanities -- June 4-22, 1990. "The purpose of the institute is to provide training to teachers, parents, and community members in tribal language develop- ment, tribal language policy and planning, language and revitalization, history and oral literature, materials in tribal languages, materials for the teaching and learning of history and culture, Native American literature and writing." Faculty will include Paul Platero, Luci Tapahonso, Ramson Lomatewama and Gary Nabhan. Contact Betsy Brandt (602) 965-5992 for further information.

*      Robert Black, Co-Editor of American Indian Quarterly is pleased to announce the publication of a special 221 page issue on California Indians. "The theme of this issue is the re-assertion of tribal identity, personal identity and sovereignty of native California Indians. The sixteen articles provide a broad historical, legal and cultural perspective of California Indians, based on recent research." Copies are available for $20 each from:
        American Indian Quarterly
        University of California
        3415 Dwinelle Hall
        Berkeley, California 94720 3

*      Jeannette Armstrong is director of Penticton, British Columbia's En'owkin International School of Writing, the first Canadian credit-granting, creative writing school run by and for native people. The Okanagan Nation is operating the school in conjunction with Okanagan College and the University of Victoria. Native writers Tom King and Joy Harjo are on the school's steering committee.

*      Alanna K. Brown's article "Legacy Profile: Mourning Dove (Humishuma) 1888-1936" was published by Legacy, A Journal of Nineteenth Century American Women Writers, 6.1, Spring 1989. "Mourning Dove's Canadian Recovery Years, 1917-1919," also by Brown, will be published June 1990 by Canadian Literature in a special volume featuring Indian writers.


        The Native American Scholarship Fund has been established "to assist and encourage qualified American Indians in pursuing graduate education in the field of American archaeology. Brian Swann of the executive committee of "The Society for American Archaeology" requests that scholars writing about American themes consider donating a portion of their royalties to the Native American Scholarship Fund. Contact:
            David Hurst Thomas
            Department of Anthropology
            American Museum of Natural History
            Central Park West at 79th St.
            New York, N.Y. 10024


        Assistant Professor English/Indian Studies: Fall 1990. Ph.D. desired, ABD or MA with teaching experience acceptable. Publications desired. Background in Indian Studies, American literature and writing courses desired. Term contract, renewable. Review will begin on May 1, 1990. Position opened until filled. Contact:
            Robert B. Olafson, Chair, English, MS#25 &
            Cecil Jose, Director, Indian Studies,
            MS#183 Eastern Washington University
            Cheney, Washington 99004         AA/EOE


Recently Published

In Mad Love and War. Joy Harjo. Wesleyan University Press, 1990. A new collection of poetry.
*  Medicine River. Tom King. Penguin or Canada, 1990. Will be released Fall 1990 in U.S.
*   Interior Landscapes: Autobiographica Myths and Metaphors. Gerald Vizenor. University of Minnesota Press, 1990.
*   Kuna Ways of Speaking: An Ethnographic Perspective. Joel Sherzer. University of Texas Press, 1990.
*   Mourning Dove: A Salish Autobiograpy. Jay Miller, ed. American Indian Lives Series. University of Nebraska Press, 1990.
*   Multiethnic Literature of the United States: Critical Introductions and Classroom Resources. Cordelia Candelaria ed. University of Colorado, 1989. {6} Candelaria's volume contains essays on American Indian literature by Lucy Lippard and Margo Lukens. Poems by Suzanne Benally.
*   Word Ways: The Novels of D'Arcy McNickle. John Lloyd Purdy. University of Arizona Press, 1990.
*   The Ethnic American Woman: Problems, Protests, Lifestyle. Edith Blicksilver. Originally published 1979. Expanded printing Kendall/ Hunt Publishing Co., 1990. Features commentary on the work of Joy Harjo, Buffy St. Marie, Leslie Silko and others.


*   Mean Spirit. Linda Hogan. Antheneum, 1990. The long-awaited novel.
*   American Indian Literatures: An Introduction, Bibliographic Review and Selected Bibliography. A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff. Modern Language Association of America, Summer 1990.
*   Inter/View: Talks with America's Writing Women. Mickey Pearlman and Katherine Usher Henderbon, eds. University Press of Kentucky, Summer 1990. Contains an interview with Louise Erdrich.
*   Landmarks of Healing: A Study of House Made of Dawn. Susan Scarberry-García. University of New Mexico Press, Summer 1990.
*   Drawings of the Song Animals: New and Selected Poems. Duane Niatum. Holy Cow! Fall 1990.


*   Verbal Art in San Blas: Kuna Culture Through Its Discourse. Joel Sherzer. Cambridge University Press, Fall 1990.
*   Winged Words: Native Writers Speak. Laura Coltelli, ed. University of Nebraska Press, Fall 1990.
*   Redefining American Literary History. A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff and Jerry W. Ward Jr., eds. Modern Language Association of America, Winter 1990.
*   Bearbeart. Gerald Vizenor. University of Minnesota Press, 1990. A reprint of Darkness in Saint Louis Bearheart, 1978
*   Tribal Scenes and Ceremonies. Gerald Vizenor. University of Minnesota Press, 1990. A reprint of the 1976 edition. Now expanded with new essays.
*   Dictionary of Native American Literature. Andrew Wiget, ed. Greenwood Press, Spring 1991.


Edith Blicksilver is editing a new book on how women from different ethnic backgrounds cope with stress. She is "seeking short stories, poems, essays and biographical sketches of three to five pages. Submissions should describe how people have coped with the loss of a loved one, divorce, disappointment, etc. and include specific ways in which cultural traditions and ethnic origins have helped or hindered recovery." Submissions to:
           Edith Blicksilver
           Georgia Tech/English Department
           Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0165


        N. Scott Momaday is lecturing at the University of Moscow in May and June 1990.

        Canadian scholar John Nichols' "The Wish-Bone Cycle": A Cree Ossian"? appeared in the International Journal of American Linguistics 55: 155-178 (1989). Also Robert Brightman's "Tricksters and Ethnopoetics" appeared in the issue, pp. 179-203.

Laura Coltelli's Native American Literatures. Forum 1/ 1989, a collection of critical essays that she has edited, is now available. Essays by: Momaday, Evers and Molina, Kroeber, Sands, Volbroth, Schöler, Lutz, Castro, Forbes, Ruppert, Owens, Ruoff, Lincoln, Costa, Coltelli, Wiget and Giordano.
            Contact: SEU-PISA,
            1989 Vicolo della Croce Rossa 5
            56126 PISA, ITALY

        Fedora Giordano writes that her book was published December 1988. Ethnopoetica. Le avanguardie americans e la tradizione orale indiana. (Ethnopoetics: American avant-garde and Native American oral tradition) was published in Rome by Bulzoni, 1988, pp.170. The book, which contains information on early recorders of native cultures (such as Fletcher, Densmore, Curtis, Boas, Rasmussen and Underhill) also discusses D.H. Lawrence, Jaime de Angulo and Mary Austin.