The Sound of Rattles and Clappers

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In this excellent anthology of poetry and fiction, edited by Sarris, ten California Indian poets and storytellers.

Available in paperback only.  Sarris, Greg (Kashaya Pomo/Coast Miwok), ed., The Sound of Rattles and Clappers: A Collection of New California Indian Writing. 1994.

In this excellent anthology of poetry and fiction, edited by Sarris, ten California Indian poets and storytellers—Janice Gould, Frank La Pena/Tauhindault, James Luna, Stephen Meadows, William Oandasan, Wendy Rose, Georgiana Valoyce-Sanchez, Greg Sarris, Kathleen Smith and Darryl Babe Wilson—write about the importance of place and community for the peoples that outsiders often regard as “disappeared.” In his introduction, Sarris writes, “California Indian peoples are still dancing, singing, telling stories. You can hear the sharp clacking of elderberry clappers in the central regions of the state, and in the south the steady rhythm of gourd-rattles. Skirts with abundant and beautiful shells shake and sound on the women of the northwest. All of us California Indians come from a place, a tribal tradition…. These places and the stories associated with them anchor us no matter how far we travel.”