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Between Two Knees Media List

Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, films, and music to enhance your experience of Between Two Knees, playing at Seattle Rep March 3 - 26, 2023.


Probably Ruby: A Novel
by Bird-Wilson, Lisa
Book - 2022

Lisa Bird-Wilson's (Cree-Metis) novel is a funny and tender look at a 30-something Métis woman raised by adoptive white parents, and her journey to reconnect with her Indigenous heritage through a series misadventures and discoveries.


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Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance
by Estes, Nick
Book - 2019

Activist, scholar, and Lower Brule Sioux citizen Estes traces the history of Indigenous resistance to colonization and environmental degradation from first contact to the present day in this spirited account.


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First Nations Comedy Experience - Season 1
Streaming Video - 2018

This show aims to shine a light on Native comedy, bringing these amazing comics into the mainstream! -publisher's copy


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Web Resource

This digital history project explores the history of the Trail of Broken Treaties, newspaper coverage, and the American Indian Movement's use of media in crafting their image.


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From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter's Journey
Streaming Video - 2019

In this documentary, a rookie NPR reporter defies a media blackout and travels to the 1973 American Indian Movement (AIM) occupation of Wounded Knee. 40 years later, he has a chance meeting with a Yurok man, an AIM member who was also there. Together they begin a new investigation into a murder and the growing occupation at Standing Rock that echoes Wounded Knee decades prior.


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One More Saturday Night
by Halluci Nation (Musical group)
Music CD - 2021

First Nations hip hop/electronica group Halluci Nation (formerly A Tribe Called Red) currently consists of Tim "2oolman" Hill (Mohawk, of the Six Nations of the Grand River), and Ehren "Bear Witness" Thomas (of the Cayuga First Nation). 


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The 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book
by Hill, Gord
Book - 2021

A groundbreaking illustrated history of Indigenous activism and resistance in the Americas over the previous 500 years, from contact to present day, newly revised and updated in full color by author Gord Hill (Kwakwaka'wakw). -publisher's copy


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Calling for A Blanket Dance: A Novel
by Hokeah, Oscar
Book - 2022

Author Oscar Hokeah (Cherokee/Kiowa) weaves a kaleidoscope of a story spanning multiple generations and perspectives within one Native American family, threads which converge on young Ever Geimausaddle and the choices he must make for his future.


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Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's
by Midge, Tiffany
Book - 2019

Midge (Hunkpapa Lakota) brings a healthy dose of humor to her thoughtful explorations of Indigenous identity, contemporary politics and pop culture in this collection of personal reflections on life as a Native woman in 21st century America.


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Web Resource
Native Land is a resource to learn more about Indigenous territories, languages, lands, and ways of life.


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We Had A Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans in Comedy
by Nesteroff, Kliph
Book - 2021

From renowned comedy journalist and historian Kliph Nesteroff comes the underappreciated story of Native Americans and comedy. Profiles important events and humorists from the 1880s to the present. -publisher's copy


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Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance
by Peltier, Leonard
Book - 1999

A prisoner for forty-six years, Leonard Peltier (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) reflects on his childhood, his years with the American Indian Movement (AIM), being accused of the murder of two FBI agents, and the infamous trial that followed.


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Medicine Songs
by Sainte-Marie, Buffy
Music CD - 2017

Buffy Sainte-Marie (Piapot Cree) was blacklisted from the American airwaves in the 1970s for her advocacy for First Nations rights with the Red Power movement and anti-war messages. Essential listening for her influence on modern folk music.


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The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen
by Sherman, Sean
Book - 2017

Chef Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota) shares his modern take on Native American cuisine in this flavorful, informative and beautifully illustrated cookbook that showcases ingredients indigenous to North America.


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Like A Hurricane: The Indian Movement From Alcatraz to Wounded Knee
by Smith, Paul Chaat
Book - 1996

Learn about three Indian protests in the late 1960s and early 1970s that re-defined the relationship between Indigenous people and the United States Government: the occupation of Alcatraz Island; the seizure of the Beaureu of Indian Affairs building in Washington D.C., and the occupation of Wounded Knee, North Dakota.


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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America From 1890 to the Present
by Treuer, David
Book - 2019
Drawing on history, memoir and profiles of contemporary North American Indigenous people, Treuer (Ojibwe) has produced a broad, compelling, and forcefully argued counter-narrative to mainstream "tragic mode" histories of Native America.

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Between Two Knees runs at Seattle Rep from March 3 - 26, 2023. Get your tickets today!