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Welcome. Selected works of Native American writers and artists who live in indigenous communities have been published online here since 2015. Soje values direct insight or generational experience among indigenous groups as time-honored ways of knowing and being and reflects this in the works shared here. Soje is primarily an author website for Anna Lee Walters, however, who is an editor, publisher, and writer of fiction and non-fiction, and a long-time writing teacher. She writes most of the content here unless specified otherwise.

All the writers, photographers and artists featured on this website own their creative works. Outside of Fair Use, do not reproduce their work without their prior written permission. 

                      

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Now - "Lizette's Passion"
Cover for short story, "Lizette's Passion"

  Coming Soon - “…a remembrance of the Earth—Maya Suje Mi…” a novel

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Poetry—Symbolism

The following videos can be accessed on this page or through the Soje Channel on You Tube.  If you view them here, it builds Soje visibility and increases our visitor numbers. Manto Thewe Videos is part of Soje oral storytelling.

Poetry — "Maya Suje" is an experimental video.

This video is a part of the Veterans' Stories series.  It tells the true story of an Otoe-Missouria  soldier during WWII and how he received his name.  He was a student at Chilocco Indian School when he entered the war about the age of 17.

"Mother Earth and Father Sky: Teachings" is told by Navajo historian and philosopher, Harry Walters. Viewed it here or on the Soje Channel of You Tube.  This video has been viewed more than 3300 times on this website and You Tube.  A forthcoming five- minute video on the story of the Salt Clan of the Navajo also told by Harry Walters will be available here soon.

Painting of Thunder Being, a decorative page element
Painting of Thunder Being, a decorative page element
Painting of Thunder Being, a decorate page element

 "Chagre Wakan, Sacred Shield" is a modern-day story about spiritual and mystical experiences in the tradition of the Plains people.                     

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Gems

Check out these books dealing with Native people. See what you think!

  • "No Dogs or Indians, a Novel" by Lisa Hare was published in 2016.

  • "The Navajo in Their Different Genius; Living a Long Life in Beauty Has Its Own Reward," by Jennifer Kitchell and Harry Walters, 2023, is a work of non-fiction covering a wide range of topics.

Literature from the Past
From The Sacred: Ways of Knowledge, Sources of Life by P.V. Beck, et al 8, Navajo Community College Press, 1977

Most Native Americans share the follow six concepts:

  1.  A belief in or knowledge of unseen powers or what some people call the Great Mystery

  2. Knowledge that all things in the universe are dependent on each other.

  3. Personal worship reinforces the bond between the individual, community, and the great powers. Worship is a personal commitment to the sources of life.

  4. Sacred traditions and persons knowledgeable in sacred traditions are responsible for teaching morals and ethics.

  5. Most communities and tribes have trained practitioners who have been given names such as medicine men, priests, shamans, caciques, and other names. These individuals also have titles given them by The People which differ from tribe to tribe. These individuals are responsible for specialized, perhaps secret knowledge. They help pass knowledge and sacred practices from generation to generation, storing what they know in memories.

  6. A belief that humor is a necessary  part of the sacred.  And a belief that human beings are often weak—we are not gods—and our weakness leads us to do foolish things; therefore clowns and similar figures are needed to show us how we act and why.

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Young man from Navajo community

Photo by Meisha Walters © 2022

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To submit work for publishing consideration, please use the Contact form at the bottom of page.  Do not send work on first contact. Please inquire first. The process is: Inquiry, Review, Editing, and Publishing.

To request quotes for other purposes, use the contact form at the bottom of page. Inquire first.

Poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction are sought for this website.  We offer a publishing contract and payment for original and creative work, but the work must go through the process described above. The perspective here is direct Native People insight and work is shared online at no cost to website viewers.

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Citation Information (Add date accessed):

APA, Seventh Edition, Website

      Native American Literature/Soje Publishing. (n.d.-b). Soje Publishing: https://www.sojepublishing.com/

MLA, 8, Website

      Walters, Anna L. “Native American Literature.” Soje Publishing, www.sojepublishing.com

Quote from Wolfkiller

 

         "It is ourselves that we must control."

(As told and recorded by Louisa Wetherill, page 40, published by Gibbs Smith, 2007.)

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Front and back cover of "Vows, A Novel"

Please order Ghost Singer from University of New Mexico Press. 

Front cover of "Ghost Singer, A Novel"
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