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How We Go Home

Voices from Indigenous North America

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In myriad ways, each narrator’s life has been shaped by loss, injustice, and resilience—and by the struggle of how to share space with settler nations whose essential aim is to take all that is Indigenous.

Hear from Jasilyn Charger, one of the first five people to set up camp at Standing Rock, which kickstarted a movement of Water Protectors that roused the world; Gladys Radek, a survivor of sexual violence whose niece disappeared along Canada’s Highway of Tears, who became a family advocate for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; and Marian Naranjo, herself the subject of a secret radiation test while in high school, who went on to drive Santa Clara Pueblo toward compiling an environmental impact statement on the consequences of living next to Los Alamos National Laboratory. Theirs are stories among many of the ongoing contemporary struggles to preserve Indigenous lands and lives—and of how we go home.

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Sara Sinclair

Sara Sinclair is an oral historian, writer, and educator of Cree-Ojibwe and mixed settler descent. Sara teaches in the Oral History Masters Program at Columbia University. She has contributed to the Columbia Center for Oral History Research’s Covid-19 Oral History, Narrative and Memory Archive, Obama Presidency Oral History, and Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project. She has conducted oral histories for the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and the International Labor Organization, among others. Sara is co-editor of Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History, published with Columbia University Press in 2019.

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Sinclair states her intentions for the project How We Go Home to offer oral histories of living Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States and how her personal experiences have shaped her … 9 $0.90

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Gladys Radek of Gitxsan/Wet’suwet’en First Nations shares about life journey with sexual abuse and violence around her during childhood, and how her experiences led to her involvement … 17 $1.70

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Wizipan Little Elk, who is Rosebud Lakota, tells his story. He is the Executive Director of the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation, where he manages development projects to create jobs for … 22 $2.20

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Geraldine Manson, of Snuneymuxw First Nation, shares her story about being an Elder in Residence at the Nanaimo campus of Vancouver Island University. She was in a residential school as a child … 18 $1.80

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Robert Ornelas, who lives in New York City, and is of the Lipan Apache / Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, is a retired substance abuse counselor. He shares how he understood and felt about being native as … 17 $1.70

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Ashley Hemmers of Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, is the Tribal Administrator, shares her story of her family’s experiences in residential schools, a pivotal moment in her childhood with her … 21 $2.10

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Ervin Chartrand, of Selkirk, Manitoba is of Métis/Salteaux descent. He describes his childhood characterized by a lack of belonging, and joining a street gang at the age of fourteen. He … 19 $1.90

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James Favel, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is of the Peguis First Nation. He describes his childhood in Winnipeg and his reaching out to his father as teenager, and reconnecting with his culture. He … 19 $1.90

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Marian Naranjo, of Santa Clara Pueblo, is the founder of Honor Our Pueblo Existence. She shares about the challenges the Pueblo people have had in working to steward their land in the face of … 17 $1.70

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Blaine Wilson, of Tsartlip First Nation on Vancouver Island, is a hunter and fisherperson, one of the few remaining who know how to live off the land. He describes his childhood and family at … 12 $1.20

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Althea Guiboche, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is of Métis/Ojibwe/Salteaux descent. She is a respected community advocate for homeless in the North End of Winnipeg, an experience she understands … 22 $2.20

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Vera Styres is of the Six Nations of the Grand River and she is of Mohawk/Tuscarora descent. She is a retired social worker. She speaks of her childhood in residential schools, and of coming to … 20 $2.00

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The glossary defines the key terms appearing throughout the book. 9 $0.90

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This historical timeline maps out key dates and events in Indigenous North America, tracing the impact of colonialism, and ends in 2020. 20 $2.00

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These contextual essays provide a framework for understanding treaties in the US and Canada with First Nations, on Indigenous perspectives on historical and intergenerational trauma in an … 13 $1.30