Arts in the Valley, September 2012, 1480 KYOS: Guest: author Catherine Robbins

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Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews author Catherine Robbins, author of All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos).  Although All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos) was published by a university press, it is a work of journalism. The many stories that Robbins wrote served as a platform for the book, and the author also spent several years doing additional research and speaking with numerous sources in tribal areas as well as in cities and towns.

To listen to the interview with Catherine Robbins, click onto the link:cathy

 All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos) is about contemporary American Indians and how modernity and a restorative vision of the past have generated a new energy among them.

As quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle: “I hope readers go beyond just jettisoning stereotypes. Over several millennia, Indians have developed valuable databases, and they demand to be seen as contemporary people. We can respect that.”


“As an illustration of modern Native American life, it effortlessly depicts politics, culture, and pride; as a first book it is a marvel.” Publishers Weekly

“Robbins’s ability to take the all-encompassing term Indian, once used to stereotype a myriad of peoples, and show it not as a limiting factor but as describing a larger brotherhood, is inspiring. The capacity of artists and journalists from various tribes to form alliances and bring the Indian voice to the non-Indian public is a monumental step forward in understanding today’s Indian country.”  Indian Country Today

“A solid, insightful overview of the way American Indians live now.” Kirkus Reviews

“Her writing bears all the hallmarks of a seasoned journalist—deep background research conveyed in a compelling manner, a well-constructed narrative, and, above all, a devotion to portraying accurately the stories and voices of the people she interviewed.” New Mexico Magazine

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