Beth Piatote - The Beadworkers - Rediscovered Books - Caldwell
Rediscovered Books - Caldwell is pleased to welcome Caldwell born author Beth Piatote as she discusses her latest book, The Beadworkers on Saturday, 2/15, 7 - 8:30 p.m..
This riveting debut collection of poetry and prose draws on Indigenous aesthetics and forms to offer a powerful, sustaining vision of Native American life in the contemporary world focusing on the strength of kinship, the pulse of longing, and the language of return.
A woman teaches her niece to make a pair of beaded earrings while ruminating on a fractured relationship. An eleven-year-old girl narrates the unfolding of the Fish Wars in the 1960s as her family is propelled to its front lines. In 1890, as tensions escalate at Wounded Knee, two young men at college–one French and the other Lakota–each contemplate a death in the family. In the final, haunting piece, a Nez Perce-Cayuse family is torn apart as they debate the fate of ancestral remains in a moving revision of the Greek tragedy Antigone.
Beth Piatote is an associate professor of Native American studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a PhD from Stanford University, is the author of numerous scholarly essays and creative works, and is the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships. She is Nez Perce enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two children.
Beth will be signing books after the event.
Event is free and open to the public.