Winter 2016

The Continuing Saga of Louise Erdrich

Did the wrong Minnesotan win this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature? Some in Indian Country think the honor is overdue for Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa), the Minneapolis-based writer whose 15 novels weave together families, tribe and Ojibwe land over several generations in a way compared to William Faulkner’s chronicles of Yoknapatawpha County.

Pueblo Style Takes New York

Long a leader in Southwest design, Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) made a national breakthrough, for herself and for indigenous designers, as a star of the television competition show Project Runway. She recently returned to Manhattan, along with Diné designer Orlando Dugi, with a spectacular Style Fashion Week presentation in the elegant Hammerstein Ballroom.

Winter 2016

The Messenger, the headpiece and cape ensemble on the cover, reminds us that Story-telling, the occupation of Winter, is not just a matter of the written word, such as the lyrical novels of Louise Erdrich, or the oral tradition that emerged in the Vinland sagas. It can also take shape in fabric, bead-, quill-, feather- and metal-work, clothing and regalia.