Great Plains Book of the Month

Each month the Center for Great Plains Studies features one book as its "Great Plains Book of the Month." We carefully choose books that are accessible and on topics of interest and importance for our region. They may be on any subject, of any genre, published within the last couple of years; occasionally we may feature a book published by or written at the Center. Mainly we want to bring attention to what we consider exceptional works both to learn from and enjoy.

June Book of the Month

kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly

Edited by Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber

Details: Literature, Saskatchewan, First Nations

Publisher: University of Regina Press, 2018

This anthology comes from the territory now known as Saskatchewan, Canada. kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly explores some of the richest and oldest stories from these lands, including voices from Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, Dene, and Métis nations. The book includes speeches and letters by Treaty Chiefs, early writings from spiritual leaders, traditional stories from Elders, archival discoveries, and contemporary literary works from many genres. You will find entries by Starblanket, Big Bear, Sitting Bull, Eleanor Brass, Alice Ahenakew, Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and many others.

Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber is from oskana kâ-asastêki and is an associate professor and Department Head of Indigenous Languages, Arts and Cultures at First Nations University of Canada in Regina. He is also the editor of Performing Turtle Island: Indigenous Theatre on the World Stage (forthcoming).

kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly

Past Great Plains Books of the Month:

American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains, Dan Flores

A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World, Paul Johnsgard

Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930, Karen Hansen

Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-Footed Ferret, David Jachowski

A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor, Joe Starita

Natives of a Dry Place: Stories of Dakota Before the Oil Boom, Richard Edwards

Towards a Prairie Atonement, Trevor Herriot

Walking the Llano, Shelley Armitage

Barnstorming the Prairie, Jason Weems

Homesteading the PlainsRichard Edwards, Rebecca Wingo, Jacob Friefeld

Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867-2017, Edited by Daniel Simon

This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm, Ted Genoways

Grasses of the Great Plains, By James Stubbendieck, Stephan L. Hatch, Cheryl D. Dunn

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, Ann Weisgarber

The Trans-Mississippi and International Expositions of 1898–1899: Art, Anthropology, and Popular Culture at the Fin de Siècle by Wendy Katz