The Trickster Riots: An illustrated poetry book (Abalone Mountain Press, 2022)
In this debut illustrated poetry collection, Two Spirit Lakota storyteller Taté Walker steps into the role of a contemporary trickster to continue the purposefully disruptive legacy of a cultural icon: Iktómi, the Spider. The Trickster Riots weaves through the origins of a lost baby queer in love and spiritache to shapeshift into a momma spider exploring what it means to be a good relative, an obliterator of status quo, and a builder of community.
Click here to watch Taté give an interview to ICT Newscast on World Poetry Day about their new book (12:30 mark).
Ohíya Walker (Lakota/Ojibwe/Mvskoke) translates their mother's poems into beautifully quirky and emotionally-driven illustrations, perfectly paring with the provocative wordplay to channel Iktómi as they examine Indigeneity. Buckle up: The Trickster Riots journeys through fury and disaffection, libratic ceremony, and the lightning bolts of a struggling future ancestor.
Released June 1, 2022. Order here, from Abalone Mountain Press, the first Diné woman-owned publishing house.
About the Author: Taté Walker (they/them) is a Lakota citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. They are an award-winning Two Spirit storyteller for various national news and magazine outlets, as well as a contributor for several anthologies.
About the Illustrator: Ohíya Walker (they/them) is a Lakota citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and is also Red Lake Ojibwe and Mvskoke Creek. They are an award-winning 13-year-old trans/nonbinary painter and graphic artist combining contemporary and traditional imagery and mediums.
Read my essay, "Origins," featuring Ptesáŋwiŋ (White Buffalo Calf Woman) in this award-winning anthology.
From Lisa Peet (Library Journal & Bloom): "Thirteen essays spotlight history’s heroines who have slipped under the radar, ranging from the legendary Lakota White Buffalo Calf Woman to pioneering black nightclub owner Ada 'Bricktop' Smith to cross-dressing Revolutionary War soldier Deborah Sampson, offering a glimpse into often-forgotten lives that have potent resonance for today’s activists, rebels, teachers, and dreamers. And their authors’ own interwoven stories offer an affirmation, at a time we need it most, that the boundaries between the personal and the political are always porous. FIERCE is indeed fierce, bursting with erudition, scholarship, and passion."
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