The Understory Book Club

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 5:30pm

Ernestine HayesThe first reading selection for the group will be a memoir by Ernestine Hayes called Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir, winner of the American Book Award in 2007.

The author's personal journey, the symbolic stories of contemporary Natives, and the tales and legends that have circulated among the Tlingit people for centuries are all woven together, making Blonde Indian much more than the story of one woman's life. Filled with anecdotes, descriptions, and histories that are unique to the Tlingit community, this book is a document of cultural heritage, a tribute to the Alaskan landscape, and a moving testament to how going back—in nature and in life—allows movement forward.

Notes from the first couple of meetings are available by contacting Review some suggested study questions here:

The group reading of this selection will be facilitated by one of Bark's newest volunteers, Ryan Sotomayor. Ryan has a background in social and conservation work. He studied creative writing with Ernestine Hayes at the University of Alaska Southeast. He is married and also records and plays music.

When: Wednesday January, 13th 2016 from 5:30-8pm
Where: Bark's office - 351 NE 18th Ave. Portland, OR 97232
What to bring: Copy of the book if you have it. It is not a problem if you don't!

This event is FREE!

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