Green Grass, Running Water

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A magical, rollicking tale by Cherokee author Thomas King.



Treaties supposed to last “as long as the grass grows and the water flows” are not worth the paper they were written on, but the water still flows. It puddles up around the tires of a red Pinto. It waits for First Woman to plunge from the Sky World. It overflows the women’s room toilet at the Dead Dog Café. It rocks a small boat of men who beg to be rescued. It soaks through clothing, squishes inside shoes, soothes a world-weary Native Studies professor as she sinks down into a bath. Throughout, things happen that nobody expects. But when the stories are all told, when the tributaries run together, we look back and see with crystal clarity where the border crossings, the interwoven conversations, the tour bus and the John Wayne videos have been carrying us. And Coyote, let’s not forget Coyote. On the final page, we are invited to begin again, to find more humor, more heartache, more layers, more mystery, more Coyote dreams. And of course more water.


Strong, Sassy women and hard-luck hardheaded men, all searching for the middle ground between Native American tradition and the modern world, perform an elaborate dance of approach and avoidance in this magical, rollicking tale by Cherokee author Thomas King. Alberta is a university professor who would like to trade her two boyfriends for a baby but no husband; Lionel is forty and still sells televisions for a patronizing boss; Eli and his log cabin stand in the way of a profitable dam project. These three—and others—are coming to the Blackfoot reservation for the Sun Dance and there they will encounter four Indian elders and their companion, the trickster Coyote—and nothing in the small town of Blossom will be the same again.



Author: Thomas King (Cherokee)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1993

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Cherokee, Blackfoot