Book Review: Tommy Orange’s There There

I’ve long been fascinated by Native American stories. More precisely, by Native American history and literature and the effective, vigorous personal narratives that emerge as a result of that history.

But, as I realized when I first began reading true Native American stories (read: those written, performed, and authored by those of Native American descent) I saw that there are many blind spots perpetuated by whiteness. More specifically, by the ways in which white, European leaders (whether intentionally or not) have incorrectly portrayed, and even stereotyped…