Studies in American Indian Literatures

Studies in American Indian Literatures

Edited by June Scudeler and Siobhan Senier

ISSN 0730-3238

eISSN 1548-9590

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Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL) is the only journal in the United States that focuses exclusively on American Indian literatures. With a wide scope of scholars and creative contributors, this journal is on the cutting edge of activity in the field. SAIL invites the submission of scholarly, critical pedagogical, and theoretical manuscripts focused on any aspect of American Indian literatures as well as the submission of bibliographical essays, review essays, and interviews. SAIL defines "literatures" broadly to include all written, spoken, and visual texts created by Native peoples.

SAIL is the official journal of the Association for the Study of American Indian Literature and members receive the journal as a benefit of membership.

Table Of Contents

Volume 32, Numbers 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2020)

From the Editors

Re-Framing, De-Framing, and Shattering the Frames: Indigenous Writers and Artists on Representing Residential School Narratives
Sophie McCall

U nojil a ch’i’ibal: Briceida Cuevas Cob’s Poetic Empowerment of Yucatec Maya Women
Hannah Palmer

“Language to Reach With”: Layli Long Soldier’s WHEREAS Connects Words to Reality
Rachel B. Griffis

What Looks like a Grave: Native and Anarchist Place-Making in New England
Theresa Warburton

“Now for the Indian Story”: Reconceiving George Bent as a Warrior-Writer
Rachel Linnea Brown

Unghosting Bones: Resistant Play(s) versus the Legacy of Carlisle Indian Industrial School
Jen Shook

The Necessity of Lived Resistance: Reading Leslie Marmon Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes in an Era of Rapid Climate Change
Rebecca Tillett

Getting on with Things: Ontology and the Material in Louise Erdrich’s The Painted Drum
Janet Dean

Book Reviews
Melissa K. Nelson and Dan Shilling, eds. Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability
Geoff Hamilton

Ofelia Zepeda, ed. When It Rains: Papago and Pima Poetry/mak hekid o ju, o’odham, ha-cegĭtodag
Geary Hobson

Sean S. Sell and Nicolás Huet Bautista, eds. Chiapas Maya Awakening: Contemporary Poems and Short Stories
Denisa Krásná

Smokii Sumac. you are enough: love poems for the end of the world
James Mackay

Cynthia Leitich Smith. Hearts Unbroken
Mandy Suhr-Sytsma

Submissions & Book Reviews

Submission Guidelines
The editorial board of Studies in American Indian Literatures invites the submission of scholarly manuscripts focused on all aspects of Indigenous literatures, including bibliographical essays, review essays, and interviews. We define “literatures” broadly to include written, spoken, and visual texts created by Indigenous people in what are
currently known as the Americas. Submissions should demonstrate critical engagement with the fields of Native American and Indigenous literary studies; we are especially
interested in publishing work on lesser-known and non-canonical authors and texts. Manuscripts of roughly 5000-7000 words should be prepared according to the most
recent edition of the MLA Handbook and emailed as an attachment. SAIL observes a “blind reading” policy to maintain academic integrity, so do not include any identifying
information anywhere in the document. All submissions are read by outside reviewers, and the entire peer-review process from submission to publication can take up to a full
year. Manuscript submissions and any queries should be sent to .

Special Issue Proposal Guidelines
SAIL invites proposals for special sections of the journal, particularly those addressing lesser-discussed authors, texts and genres. A special section may include between 3-5 article-length essays (5000-8000 words each), with a shorter introductory piece (1000-5000 words) by the section editor(s).

Potential special section editors should send a 250-word proposal to . Include the rationale for the special section and a listing of the essays and their authors to be included. We request that special section editors undertake a first round of peer review with their authors. SAIL will also submit the entire special section to two external readers for peer review. Because the process of finding reviewers for special sections can be more time-consuming than for individual essays, special section editors will want to plan for a full year from initial submission to final publication.

Call for Reviews
The field of American Indian literature includes poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction, critical theory, cultural theory, history, and all forms of story in the shape of comics, movies, videos and games. Tell us what makes you think, answers your questions, or asks for response and revision. What are you reading, watching, playing, scrolling through? Studies in American Indian Literatures welcomes reviews of scholarly and creative works relevant to the field of American Indian literature. Reviews should be at least 500 words and no longer than 1000 words. To submit a review contact SAIL Review Editor, Margaret Noodin.

Editorial Board

General Editors
June Scudeler, Simon Fraser University
Siobhan Senier, University of New Hampshire

Book Review Editor
Margaret Noodin

Editorial Board
Scott Andrews
Birgit Brander Rasmussen
Jodi Byrd
Cari Carpenter
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Laura Furlan
Daniel Heath Justice
Sarah Henzi
Penelope Kelsey
Molly McGlennen
Kenneth Roemer
Jace Weaver
Paul Worley

Editorial Assistants
Shanae Aurora Martinez
Jeremy M. Carnes

Editors Emeritus
Chadwick Allen
James Cox
Daniel Heath Justice
Helen Jaskoski
Karl Kroeber
Robert M. Nelson
Malea Powell
John Purdy
Rodney Simard



Article Sales
Single articles from SAIL are now available for purchase through Project MUSE.

Frequency Change
Beginning with Vol. 30, No. 3-4,  SAIL will be issued twice a year in a double issue format. The increased page length of a double issue offers the editors the opportunity to "create lengthier and richer conversations around Indigenous literatures, as well as to make room for more special sections."

Sponsoring Society

The Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures (ASAIL) is a professional academic organization created to promote the study, criticism, and research of American Indian written and oral literary traditions. ASAIL holds an annual business meeting at the Native American Literature Symposium. ASAIL is an affiliate with the Modern Language Association (MLA). ASAIL sponsors panels at the MLA’s annual meeting, the Native American Literature Symposium, the American Literature Association (ALA), and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) conferences. Its conference participation, along with its journal, Studies in American Indian Literatures, ensures that members have multiple opportunities to present, publish and debate innovative research on American Indian and Aboriginal languages, literature, culture and aesthetics.

Members receive the journal as a benefit of membership.


Syllabus Builder: Social Media

Our Syllabus Builder resource sheets are intended to assist instructors looking for supplemental materials and students seeking ideas for research papers by providing links to a variety of peer-reviewed articles online.

Syllabus Builder: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Our Syllabus Builder resource sheets are intended to assist instructors looking for supplemental materials and students seeking ideas for research papers by providing links to a variety of peer-reviewed articles online.

Syllabus Builder: Migration

Our Syllabus Builder resource sheets are intended to assist instructors looking for supplemental materials and students seeking ideas for research papers by providing links to a variety of peer-reviewed articles online.

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