I am getting my cup of coffee ready and will be answering the first question in a moment.
So great to be online with you all.
I am quite pleased and proud at the reception my book has been given in your country.
I know there is much tension around cultural, religious, and ethnic identity there. Which is, I imagine, why my book resonates with many of you.
Junior is much smarter than I was at the same age.
He is much more self-aware and introspective than I was.
I was a more typical hormonal, impulsive teen.
I do regret leaving the reservation on a cultural level. I missed a lot of ceremonies. My friendships with my tribe suffered.
I've been answering questions with nobody reading!
Well, Lisa Hundley, I'm a small town guy. Grew up in a town of 1,000 people. So my book's success in other countries feels like fantasy. LIke I'm a character inside a science fiction novel writing a novel about being an Indian. Strange and wonderful.
I am an official member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians but I am also Coeur d'Alene, Salish-Kootenai, Colville, with British, French, and Russian thrown in there for seasoning.
The book is 73.9% autobiographical...
Junior is much smarter and more self-aware than I ever was. Maybe than I am now.
I regret leaving the reservation for cultural and personal reasons. I missed a lot of ceremonies, dances, and birthday parties.
But my life off the reservation has been an amazing adventure. So, in total, no, I don't regret leaving.
I have friends from too many tribes to count.
And most every Indian has the blood of many tribes, as well.
So when somebody is friends with me they are friends with 4 different tribes (since I've got the blood of 4 tribes).
When you're friends with me you're also friends with a guy whose great-great-grandfather was Russian.
In my view, Indians is the casual term while Native American is the academic one.
And since "Native" means "born to" that is just as inaccurate as Indian.