Saturday, March 12, from 11:00 to 1:00 Paty Jager and I will be at …And Books, Too! and present how we have incorporated American Indian life into fiction.
I will share about two Native American ladies who have either taught or inspired me and how they influenced my writing. One was my mentor. The other I’ve never met as she died years before my birth.
I will also share what Natives like and don’t like when referred to by non-Natives in both fiction and non-fiction. Spupaleena, my character doll, will be available for viewing.
I have lived on the Colville Reservation now for almost three decades. I’ve gleaned cultural knowledge in that time from family and friends, weaving my experiences into four published books. All my fiction includes culture, language and legends.
Within the twelve tries of the Colville Reservation, Paty and I share a tie to one, the Nez Perce. I was able to meet up with Paty a while back and give her a tour of Nespelem and where the tribal agency sits. Nespelem is a town in Okanogan County, Washington that boasts a population of 236 residents. The name Nespelem is derived from a local Salish term meaning “large flat meadow.”
Paty has written a series of mysteries that not only include the Nez Perce of southern Idaho, but the Nez Perce of the Chief Joseph band that came to rest on with the Colvilles. She will be sharing her knowledge of how she tied American Indian life into her books.