Filled with powerful imagery, this poem relates the tragic story of Indios, a native woman falsely accused of the death of her children. As it echoes the plight of other women like Indios—including Malinche, Pocahontas, La Llorona, and Medea—this narrative conveys the truth of a history twisted to suit the needs of a conquering power. Weaving Native American history with contemporary situations, this evocative poem focuses on the concept and consequences of the oppression of women.
Linda Hogan is a writer-in-residence for the Chickasaw Nation, a poet, a former professor at the University of Colorado, and the author of numerous books, including Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World, People of the Whale, and Rounding the Human Corners. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She lives in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Lois Beardslee is an Ojibwe artist and the author of Lies to Live By and Rachel’s Children. She also teaches communications at Northwestern Michigan College. She lives in Maple City, Michigan.
“An obsidian blade carving a tragic story of the exploitation of indigenous women. . . . As heartbreaking in its intensity as it is honed by superior craft, Indios is bound to become a classic.” —Pamela Uschuk, author, Crazy Love
“Sacks colonialism in the New World, giving it a black-eye and a bad headache. . . . Hogan changes history!” —LeAnne Howe, author, Evidence of Red
“Indios is like the ocean, a part of the life-force of the planet. We must honor that when we come into the presence of such a work. We are blessed, humbled, and empowered by her words.” —Simon J. Ortiz, author, From Sand Creek