Killing Us Quietly


Killing Us Quietly

Native Americans and HIV/AIDS

Irene S. Vernon

147 pages


September 2001


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About the Book

Over the past five centuries, waves of diseases have ravaged and sometimes annihilated Native American communities. The latest of these silent killers is HIV/AIDS. The first book to detail the devastating impact of the disease on Native Americans, Killing Us Quietly fully and minutely examines the epidemic and its social and cultural consequences among three groups in three geographical areas. Through a series of personal narratives, the book also vividly conveys the terrible individual and emotional toll the disease is taking on Native lives.
Exploring Native urban, reservation, and rural perspectives, as well as the viewpoints of Native youth, women, gay or bisexual men, this study combines statistics, Native demography and histories, and profiles of Native organizations to provide a broad understanding of HIV/AIDS among Native Americans. The book confronts the unique economic and political circumstances and cultural practices that can encourage the spread of the disease in Native settings. And perhaps most important, it discusses prevention strategies and educational resources.
A much-needed overview of a national calamity, Killing Us Quietly is an essential resource for Natives and non-Natives alike.

Author Bio

Irene S. Vernon, of Mescalero Apache, Yaqui, and Mexicana descent, is an associate professor in the English department and Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity, Colorado State University. She is the author of the Native American AIDS Video Resource Manual.


"This book by Vernon (Colorado State Univ.), the first of its kind, addresses the critical topic of Native Americans and HIV/AIDS with the goal of educating the general audience as well as sharing information with health officials and health care workers. . . . The material will serve as an essential resource for HIV prevention."—Choice

"This is a major contribution to studies of HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention, education, and more."—Sue-Ellen Jacobs, coeditor of Two-Spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality

"It should be required reading by lay people who work in the field of HIV/AIDS and on Native American reservations."—Wesley K. Thomas, consultant for the Native American AIDS Project, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention