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What others have to say about Taté Walker
*Edits made to reflect correct pronouns and account for space.
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Praise for "The Trickster Riots"
"... [T]his book embodies what a treaty honored world might be - collaboration between parents and children, truthfulness, purpose, cultural grounding, humor and playfulness, intelligence, and continual respect for who and where we come from. Walker dedicates this to queer Indigenous youth and, make no mistake, these poems do not underestimate the high level of critical thinking and insight of our youth today." Layli Long Soldier, "Whereas"
Praise for "The Trickster Riots"
"Taté Walker’s 'The Trickster Riots' reminds me that truth will always make us listen, make us stronger, and guide our path. And if truth is told with biting fact and a penchant for dark humour, all the better. This collection made me giggle with joy, lele with triumph, and sigh with tenderness. Walker invites the reader in, intimately, to remember [their] path with [them], to grow collectively, and to face the light together. " - Tenille K Campbell, "Nedi Nezu"
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“Tlazocamatli! What an exquisite honor it has been to be able to read... “The Trickster Riots” by Taté Walker. All of these poems held in the sacred bundle of imagery by Ohíya Walker. There is magic, there is joy, there are moments that leave you remembering those punches to the gut. I know it ain’t about me, but I feel seen and honored through the storytelling Taté weaves throughout these pages." - Lydia Zulema Martinez Vega
'You are worthy.'
"With your representation in the book you are contributing visibility to your community: you are worthy, and your contribution is valued... Upon reading your essay, I hope that non-Natives and specifically white people will sit with the uncomfortable truths of their complicity—be it unwitting or deliberate—and enact change in a manner respectful to Natives." - Karyn K., Nauset Press
'I was blown away...'
"I was blown away by [their] insights & approach. [They] seamlessly [tie] together current events with an accessible overview of the complex systems of colonialism, racism, & heterosexism impacting Native communities from the past to the present.[Their] generosity shows through as [they are] willing to stay beyond the workshop to answer any questions & have personal conversations about work & life." - Allie F., Colgate University
'... couldn’t be more important.'
Write-up in the Colorado Springs Independent, “Taté Walker: Feminism is not a single story,” by Patience Kabwasa, who participated (alongside her 13-year-old daughter) in Taté’s presentation to the Colorado Trust about violence against Indigenous womxn.
'... growth for all learners...'
"Taté had an extraordinary presence while visiting our institution. [Their] passion & advocacy for inclusivity on the subject of 'Moving Past the Thanksgiving Fairytale' was well said & confidently presented. [They] had a great deal of energy to share this knowledge & provide growth for all leveled-learners. It is incredible to know that [Taté's] voice is paving the way for Native American injustices everywhere. I wish [they] could have stayed longer..." - Brenda M., College of Saint Benedict
'... moving and educational...'
"Several professors came to the presentation, all complimenting [Taté] (to me) afterwards. Everyone who I heard from [found] the presentation to be moving and educational. We had more positive feedback at our meeting the next week and on social media. [Taté] was able to cover so much information in an hour and a half, without compromising our ability to understand [their] points. [Taté] was also really nice and easy to work with..." - Bailey R., Cornell College
'... delivered impeccably.'
"Taté spoke at a PFLAG conference I organized on religion and how it related to and/or affected members of the LGBT community... The panel members took questions at random from conference attendees, with no preparation or idea of what the questions might be. Taté’s answers were thoughtful, thorough and delivered impeccably. [Taté's] responses were often given with a degree of wit that kept everyone engaged and smiling!" - Terri C., Director, Northern Plains PFLAG
'... compelling storytelling voice.'
"You have such a gorgeous and compelling storytelling voice. It made the analysis and the accountability-request really palatable. I cant wait for the world to read this piece." - Jezebel D., Everyday Feminism Editor
'... immensely positive impact...'
"[Taté] wore many hats as far as responsibilities go while [they were] at Volunteers of America. One of the biggest accomplishments that stood out for me was [Taté's] work with at-risk youth in the JDAI program. [They] had an immensely positive impact on the individuals [they] worked with in the JDAI program. [Taté] helped re-shape the lives of many at-risk youth." - Nick F., Volunteers of America colleague
'Taté did a fantastic job...'
"Taté Walker took some author head shots for me in August of 2013. [Taté] did a fantastic job making me feel comfortable and composed in front of the camera and demonstrated a clear, good eye for the composition and posing of the photographs. [Their] high-quality photographs have been a huge benefit to marketing myself as a professional writer as I use them on my website, with my bylines, and in marketing for my book. [Taté's] work is definitely appreciated!" - Dianna A.
'... hundreds of visitors...'
"[T]hanks for the link up and shout out in your recent article at everydayfeminism.com. [I]t has brought many hundreds of visitors to my site. [M]uch appreciated." (And a few days later...) "So that article is still driving people to my site. I hadn't heard of everydayfeminism before... but they must get a lot of traffic. Congrats on getting published there." - Louie G., Native artist and entrepreneur
'... what this college needs...'
"You were phenomenal and exactly what this college needs to hear more of. Thank you for your fierceness!" - Elissa K., Cornell College student
'... new, creative ideas...'
"We always ended up with great photos & had a good time as well. She is wonderful with our kids: They are always excited to see her. Taté also took photos of our entire family (12 people). She was able to get everyone's attention & had fun ideas. I can't say enough about the work she has done for us. [Taté] always has new, creative ideas for us, as well as the patience needed to work with our energetic kids & family dog." - Rose H.
'Professional' & 'Wonderful'
"Taté does a great job at capturing the classic pictures and the behind-the-scenes fun ones, too. You know you are going to get wonderful pictures that everyone likes and enjoys. She is easy to work with, professional, and has a fun sense of humor to make your photo session a blast. My dog is a challenging photo subject, but [Taté] caught great poses of my dog and myself." - Melissa J.
'... Taté is exceptional...'
"Working with Taté is a pleasure because [they] excel in everything [they do]. As Secretary of the Diversity Council Board, [Taté] is exceptional -- staying organized, communicating effectively and remaining fully engaged at all times. I would recommend Taté for any team that wants to succeed." - Clara J., former Sioux Falls Diversity Council member
'...above and beyond...'
"Phenomenal communicator and leader. Taté is more than a mentor, [they are] an advisor and a partner. [Taté] works above and beyond [their] duties in every facet. Always a pleasure and always exceeds my expectations. Thank you Taté." - Big Sister Dana F.
"You are flippin' brilliant!!!!!!!!! I love the pictures!!!! My 14-year-old son was looking over my shoulder and commented about how good your pictures were... and that you could do his photos when he is a senior. I just LOVE the pictures... You are fantastic! Thank you so much." - Kathryn D.
'...pictures were excellent.'
"Taté Walker is an excellent photographer. [They] took pictures at my wedding and the pictures were excellent. I especially loved the photo of my grandson walking down the aisle and I was reflected in the window. I would recommend Taté's services to anyone who is looking for someone to take photographs for any special occasion." - Della M.
'Intelligence' & 'Accountability'
"I can enthusiastically recommend Taté as a highly capable professional. I’ve seen [their] customer service skills at work and have been impressed with [their] intelligence, sensitivity and accountability. [They are] a multi-talented person with great potential and dedication. Any employer would be lucky to have [them] on board." - Karen M., Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor
'Such clever editing...'
"Oh my gosh! Alain and I just watched it and we love it so much. Such clever editing, Taté. Thank you so much for doing this. I particularly like your selection of kids. Mimi is busy and determined, and Gillian is so articulate. May I post it right now [to the e11 homepage & Facebook page]? Thank you! Thank you!" - Maria N., Manitou Springs (Colo.) business owner