This novel follows the stories of twelve Native people as they travel to the Big Oakland Powwow, each for personal reasons.
Portland has the 9th largest urban Native population in the U.S.; 78% of Indigenous, Native American and Alaska Native people live outside of reservations, and yet many Americans say they have never met a Native American. Reading and studying this book will provide students with the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding about Native culture, history and identity. Orange said of his inspiration, "I just haven't seen reflected in literature or film anything resembling the kind of Indian I am, the kind of Indian from the city."
Tommy Orange will speak on Thursday, March 5th, 2020, 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Thanks to the support of The Library Foundation, copies of There There will be provided to select 9th–12th grade students from around Multnomah County. Schools with the greatest educational and financial need will receive first consideration. Applicants who commit to reading and discussing the book during the project, January through March, 2020, will receive a classroom set of There There, with links to discussion guides and further reading. If your school has a book group or other group of students who would be interested in reading the book, they are also eligible to apply. We hope that offering this opportunity will support your efforts to meet the new Oregon Department of Education curriculum requirements of Tribal History/Shared History.
Students will also have the opportunity to attend for free, an author event presented in partnership with Literary Arts on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 7:30 p.m., at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland. Funding support for student group transportation is available, courtesy of The Library Foundation.
Applications must be received no later than October 11, 2019.