'Rez Life' author wanted to present an insider view

By Shondiin Silversmith
Navajo Times

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Feb. 27, 2014

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Native author David Treuer was one of dozens of Native American authors invited to speak at the Indigenous Book Festival last week. At the festival, he discussed his non-fiction book “Rez Life.”




Reservations have been the subject of countless books and articles — most by people who have never experienced life on a reservation.

"I didn't want to think about reservations simply as these basins of suffering. Which is how they're often thought about," said Native author David Treuer during his presentation "Authenticity and the Written Word" at the Indigenous Book Festival.

Beverly R. Singer, a professor of anthropology and Native American Studies, agrees.

"He's a beautiful writer (and) he speaks with the truth. He has direct first-hand experience of what it's like to live on a reservation. His voice and words carry a lot of strength," said Singer, who introduced Treuer at the festival on Feb. 21.

Treuer was one of dozens of Native American authors invited to speak at the Indigenous Book Festival at UNM last week, and his during his keynote presentation he discussed his non-fiction book "Rez Life."

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