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Walking the Rez Road contains forty short stories and poems featuring Luke Warmwater as a central character Luke i. Walking the Rez Road is an insightful journey into parts of this country that are essentially hidden in plain sight Rez of course refers to the reservations that many of our Native American citizens live on Northrup has a pull no punches writing style that depicts in vivid poetry and prose both the darkness and the humor which are inextricably woven together of day to day life as a reservation dwelling native son His forays back into the time he and others spent in Vietnam are grim reminders of the horrors that our first televised war inflicted upon its participants and of the scars that they and we who are old enough to recall still carry At the same time this is a tale of a year that includes ricing basket weaving pow wows fishing and hunting and always storytelling Behind the darkness the poverty there is a beautiful soul of culture that lives on passed from one generation to the next in a way that most of those of us of European ancestry can only admire if we give it a thought at all This one is a keeper I ll keep it as the artistic work that it is to read again and hope that one day my grandchildren will have the opportunity to read it as well It s ironically fitting that I finished it just before the Independence Day we celebrate each year Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers year that includes ricing basket weaving pow wows fishing and hunting and always storytelling Behind the darkness the poverty there is a beautiful soul of culture that lives on passed from one generation to the next in a way that most of those of us of European ancestry can only admire if we give it a thought at all This one is a keeper I ll keep it as the artistic work that it is to read again and hope that one day my grandchildren will have the opportunity to read it as well It s ironically fitting that I finished it just before the Independence Day we celebrate each Devoted to Drew year

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One is broke and where the tribal government seems to work against the interests of the reservation folk Throughou. This is a must read for those who want to know what Indian life in the 21st Century is like If what Paul Chaat Smith associate curator of the National American Indian Museum a Smithsonian Museum says Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong his book title is true then this book Walking the Rez Road small and lyrical packed with fun to read and revealing stories each paired with a strong poem is mandatory reading for Americans and Canadians There are plenty of crusty and edgy stories here but the one I like best Stories and Stories not only underscores the Ojibwe love of story telling but favors Luke Warmwater s strongly developed domestic side We see the Indian man as a family man loving his kids as only a father can It isn t a brand new image of Indian men but what is remarkable is the tenderness of Northrup s portrayal Here is an icon every American should see when American Indians are mentioned after his storytelling Luke Warmwater looked around His kids were either sleepy or asleep He got up and carried them to bed Get to know your neighbors Northrup is one worthy of knowing

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S a Vietnam veteran who has survived the war but is having troublesurviving the peace on a reservation where every. I really enjoyed this collection of stories and poetry I have rarely ever highlight books basically only if they were assigned for classes but I found myself reading so many of Northrup s hilarious and witty one liners as well as astute observations that I had to highlight them so that I can go back and find my favorites Northup s poetry is emotional and thought provoking whereas his narration is simple and observational The two balance out the pace and depth of the whole collection This is the rare book that actualizes it s name Northrup has invited me to go walking with him down the rez road and I feel like I am He shares the good family tradition laughter the bad prison infidelity addiction and the ugly internal Indian bureaucratic bullshit systemic oppression by the American government powers at be And of course some stories are perfectly hilarious every one of Northrup s jokes sticks its landing eg Holidays Inndians sic and We re dependable we don t lie cheat or steal we respect motherhood we salute the flag we re kind to puppies and Rod here is so strong he has muscles in his shit I took this book down a star because the collection of newspapers columns sometimes left a sour taste When I read his columns across 3 years of journalism I noticed some inflammatory and inconsistent viewpoints As a journalistwriter I realize his opinion column is supposed to stir up shit and get people thinking but I felt surprised when he took the hostile path a couple times For example when the game wardens took eagle feathers from people until they could prove they were Indians and owned the feathers as part of their religious rights he drove around with his eagle feathers as he says trolling for game wardens to see if he could stir up shit I won t judge his actions all I m saying is that it surprised me and didn t make me want to align with his path so I took off a star it felt like an incorrect pairing of medium and purpose to pair the opinion articles with all the short stories and poetry Devoted to Drew years of journalism I noticed some inflammatory and inconsistent viewpoints As a journalistwriter I realize his opinion column is supposed to stir up shit and get people thinking but I felt surprised when he took the hostile path a couple times For example when the game wardens took eagle feathers from people until they could prove they were Indians and owned the feathers as part of their religious rights he drove around with his eagle feathers as he says trolling for game wardens to see if he could stir up shit I won t judge his actions all I m saying is that it surprised me and didn t make me want to align with his path so I took off a star it felt like an incorrect pairing of medium and purpose to pair the opinion articles with all the short stories and poetry

  • Paperback
  • 176
  • Walking the Rez Road
  • Jim Northrup
  • English
  • 07 February 2019
  • 9780896583214

About the Author: Jim Northrup

Jim Northrup was a Native American columnist author poet and playwright



10 thoughts on “Walking the Rez Road

  1. says:

    Pretty straightforward account of day to day adventures of Ojibway denizens of the Fond du Lac rez in Minnesota Alternately poignant and funny this collection of some 40 stories and poems chronicles the misadventures of Vietnam War Veteran Luke Warmwater and his relatives as they drink carouse and connive to survive in the impoverished land of sky blue waters It's a long way from the beautiful prose of Louise Erdrich but

  2. says:

    The stories are very loosely connected While the blurb on the back puts a lot of emphasis on the effects of the protagonist's experiences in Vietnam on his post service life I found that only the first third of the book deal

  3. says:

    Walking the Rez Road is an insightful journey into parts of this country that are essentially hidden in plain sight Rez of course refers to the reservations that many of our Native American citizens live on Northrup has a pull no punches writing style that depicts in vivid poetry and prose both the darkness and the humor which are i

  4. says:

    I love this book of short stories and poems by Anishinaabe writer Jim Northrup His humour is just sparkling and the tales of the characters on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota are not just funny culturally interesting and beautifully but sparsely written they reveal about what Native Americans have endu

  5. says:

    I really enjoyed this collection of stories and poetry I have rarely ever highlight books basically only if they were assigned for classes but I found myself reading so many of Northrup's hilarious and witty one liners as well as astute observations that I had to highlight them so that I can go back and find my favorites Northup's poetry is emotional and thought provoking whereas his narration is simple and observational

  6. says:

    Some of the stories in this book continue the stereotypes of Indians and it really bothered mebut a LOT of it really makes you think Just be glad that you don't have to live on a reservation The end of the book is very interesting as it is articles from various newspapers on Indian issuesand the last is a very cleverironic play written by th

  7. says:

    This is a must read for those who want to know what Indian life in the 21st Century is like If what Paul Chaat Smith associate curator of the National American Indian Museum a Smithsonian Museum says Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong his book title is true then this book Walking the Rez Road small and lyrical pa

  8. says:

    Since reading several books of the genre I have become to feel like what I would be classified as the white enemy But I still can empathize with the characters and appreciate the writing Even white people are victims of the government they created and their own societyThere is beauty in the telling of the everyday life bingo harvesting rice and even the sad drunk has its beauty These are peopleCourage is garnered in reading each new chapte

  9. says:

    0513 page 145 820% Very funny and an interesting look at attitudes towards the law on the part of Native Americans Some things have been left out which confused me Could be clear but still a good read 0509 page 120 680% It

  10. says:

    I am thoroughly enjoying this book of short stories interspersed with prose poems The short windows into Native life on the Fon du Lac reservation in Minnesota whether fiction or semi autobiographical in addition to occasional ruminations on a veterans' mind scape are all clear crisp and refreshing There is much humor character culture The bearing of despair in the face of the native plight in the USA poor choices combi

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