So You Want to Write About American Indians?


So You Want to Write About American Indians?

A Guide for Writers, Students, and Scholars

Devon Abbott Mihesuah

164 pages


April 2005


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About the Book

So You Want to Write about American Indians? is the first of its kind—an indispensable guide for anyone interested in writing and publishing a novel, memoir, collection of short stories, history, or ethnography involving the Indigenous peoples of the United States. In clear language illustrated with examples—many from her own experiences—Choctaw scholar and writer Devon Abbott Mihesuah explains the basic steps involved with writing about American Indians.
So You Want to Write about American Indians? provides a concise overview of the different types of fiction and nonfiction books written about Natives and the common challenges and pitfalls encountered when writing each type of book. Mihesuah presents a list of ethical guidelines to follow when researching and writing about Natives, including the goals of the writer, stereotypes to avoid, and cultural issues to consider. She also offers helpful tips for developing ideas and researching effectively, submitting articles to journals, drafting effective book proposals, finding inspiration, contacting an editor, polishing a manuscript, preparing a persuasive résumé or curriculum vitae, coping with rejection, and negotiating a book contract.

Author Bio

Devon Abbott Mihesuah is a professor of applied Indigenous studies and history at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of Indigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism and the coeditor of Indigenizing the Academy: Transforming Scholarship and Empowering Communities, both published by the University of Nebraska Press.


"The text is exceptionally informative, and the author's extensive credentials add credibility to her voice. . . . Most impressive about this text is the author's clarity and information about confusing issues . . . This is both a handy guide and an informative text for readers and writers of Native studies."—ForeWord Magazine

“Directed toward anyone writing about the Indigenous peoples of the United States, Choctaw scholar and writer Devon Abbot Mihesuah explains step by step how to do it. . . .This is as informative and interesting a book on writing as I have read in a long time. I recommend it unreservedly.”—Roundup Magazine


2005 Arizona Authors Association Contest, published non-fiction honorable mention

2005 Gustavus Myers Book Award, sponsored by Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry & Human Rights, honorable mention

2005 Writer of the Year Award, sponsored by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, research category winner

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