Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, June 05

Pulling Down the Clouds
CD compilation marks fourth season of Native Writers series

WASHINGTON, D.C.-"Pulling Down the Clouds: Contemporary Native Writers Read Their Work at the National Museum of the American Indian" is now available.

This is the first CD anthology of its kind, featuring live readings by 15 contemporary Native writers. Released by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) to celebrate the fourth season of the Native Writers series, the audio compilation features such renowned Native authors as N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa), Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo), Susan Power (Standing Rock Sioux) and Joy Harjo (Mvskoke/Creek).

American Indians have always used expressive, richly detailed stories, speeches and songs to pass their cultures to the next generation, and oral traditions remain a source of Native cultural strength throughout the Americas. In the readings, which were recorded at the museum, some of the most engaging and provocative Native writers working today celebrate their communities' languages, poetry and stories that also speak to contemporary Native realities.

"At the museum, we have always placed central importance on privileging 'the Native voice' in the way we present our programs and exhibitions," said founding director W. Richard West Jr. "I am confident that the roster of poets and fiction writers you hear on this recording ... will give new meaning to that term."

Alternately funny and moving, angry and contemplative, the recorded readings confront and comment on the Native American experience-including relocation, loss of language and community survival-as well as universal themes of love, death and family bonds.

Together, they provide a wealth of Native voices that blend with and shape the literary traditions from which they arise.

Co-produced by the museum's Publications and Cultural Arts departments, "Pulling Down the Clouds: Contemporary Native Writers Read Their Work at the National Museum of the American Indian" is available as a 70-minute audio CD for $15. (Smithsonian and NMAI members receive a discount.)

To place an order, visit and click on "Bookshop," call (202) 633-6687 or e-mail

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