Studies in American Indian Literatures

Studies in American Indian Literatures

Edited by Kiara M. Vigil

ISSN 0730-3238

eISSN 1548-9590


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 35, Numbers 1 & 2 (Spring-Summer 2023)


From the Editor

1 The Hermeneutics of Starvation: Alienation, Reading, and Fish in James Welch’s Winter in the Blood
Lloyd Alimboyao Sy

The Suspense Novel as Persuasion: Survivance and Subversion in Louise Erdrich’s The Round House
Cortney Smith

Snake Eyes: Linda Hogan’s Monumental Serpentine Embodiment of Justice in “The Snake People”
Catherine Kunce

Locating Sacajawea
Melissa Adams-Campbell

“As Long as it Gets Read”: The Lakota As-Told-To Genre, Authenticity, and Mediated Authorship in Mary Brave Bird’s Lakota Woman and Ohitika Woman
Lindsay Stephens

Five Poems
“The Knife My Father Gave Me at Eight”
“Plead the Blood”
“Beneath the Berry Moon”
“Found Recipe, Mikinaak Dibaajimowin”
Kimberly Blaeser

Four Poems
“Love Song to the Man Announcing Pow Wows and Rodeos”
“With Thirteen Moons on Your Back: For the Desert Tortoise”
“even the word Oneida / can’t be written in Oneida”
“Red Woman”
Kenzie Allen

The Intellectual Evolution of Sherman Coolidge, Red Progressivism’s Neglected Voice
Tadeusz Lewandowski

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 Chicago Manual of Style, utilizing endnotes as preferred by SAIL, and emailed as an attachment. Submissions should include a brief 100-150 word abstract that provides a clear overview of the article and is accompanied by a list of 5-10 key terms that are repeated in the abstract. 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, Jeremy M. Carnes.

Editorial Board

General Editors
Kiara M. Vigil, Amherst College

Book Review Editor
Jeremy M. Carnes

Editorial Board

Mandy Suhr-Sytsma, Emory University
Matthew Herman, Montana State University
Tammy Wahpeconiah, Appalachian State University
Drew Lopenzina, Old Dominion University
Julianne Newmark, University of New Mexico
Kate Shanley, University of Montana
Shanae Aurora Martinez, Cal Poly
Anne Jansen, University of North Carolina - Asheville
Martha Viehmann, unaffiliated
Brian Twenter, Fort Lewis College
Alyssa Hunziker, Oklahoma State University
Grace Dillon, Portland State University
Jenna Hunef, University of Saskatchewan - Saskatoon
Chris Pexa, Harvard University
Daniel Heath Justice, University of British Columbia 
Jenny Davis, University of Illinois 
Dan Radus, SUNY Cortland 
Phillip Round, University of Iowa
Caroline Wigginton, University of Mississippi

Editorial Assistants
Ty Smart

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



Call for Papers
SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literature announces a call for submissions for a special issue to honor and celebrate the Oceti Sakowin literary tradition, with a deadline of May 15, 2023. This special issue of SAIL not only celebrates the Oceti Sakowin literary tradition but also corresponds with and celebrates the Oak Lake Writers’ Society’s 30th anniversary. More information can be found here.

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.


Reading List: Social Media

As online communities continue to widen their reach, so too does our list of peer-reviewed articles on various subjects including Journalism, Communal Narrative, Activism, Marketing, and Image Rehabilitation.

Reading List: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

This reading list is full of academic articles for both instructors & students seeking peer-reviewed materials on Rape Culture, Sexual Help, Models of Resistance, and other areas of study.

Reading List: Migration

This list of peer-reviewed materials features articles on many topics spanning Globalization, Genocide, Religion, Diaspora Communities, and other aspects on the topic of Migration.

Reading List: Climate Change

Check out this list of peer-reviewed articles focusing on Critical Theory, Environmental Ethics, Economics & Business, and other areas of study on Climate Change.

Reading List: Latin American Studies

Articles on a variety of topics related to the field of Latin American Studies.

Useful Links

The SAIL Review

he SAIL Review is a quarterly, open-access publication focused on reviews and important announcements pertaining to the community of Indigenous literary scholars. The SAIL editorial team believes publishing reviews in this manner will free up more space within the pages of SAIL for important literary scholarship as well as make the reviews of new and important texts more readily available.

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