Spring Salmon, Hurry to Me!: The Seasons of Native California

California Indian writers and storytellers celebrate the seasons

Spring Salmon, Hurry to Me! offers a literary calendar at once ancient and yet in some ways more relevant than the markers of time we are accustomed to. Combining old-time stories and sacred myths with contemporary poems and short stories, this collection articulates the cyclical changes in the natural world that occur each year.

Originally a feature series of Heyday’s magazine News from Native California, this expanded collection includes tales of discovery, reflections on family, and explorations of personal history. Poems, myths, and stories from the Karuk, Shasta, Maidu, Yana, Wintu, Atsugewi, Nomlaki, Yokuts, and Chumash tribes of California are included, as well as accounts by historical figures such as Francisco Patencio, Ishi, and Lucy Thompson, and the work of contemporary writers Darryl Babe Wilson, Janice Gould, Stephen Meadows, Gordon Johnson, Greg Sarris, Shaunna Oteka McCovey, and Roberta Cordero. Accompanying the text are four seasonal woodcuts by Frank LaPena.

From fall to winter and through spring and summer, this anthology celebrates the ever-changing faces of life through the eyes of some of California’s best Indian writers.

About the Editors

Margaret Dubin was the managing editor of News from Native California. She is the author of Native America Collected: The Culture of an Art World (University of New Mexico Press, 2001), and editor of The Dirt is Red Here: Art and Poetry from Native California, Spring Salmon, Hurry to Me!: The Seasons of Native California and Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast.
Kim Hogeland has an M.A. in history from U.C. Davis and is a regular contributor for News from Native California. She lives in Oakland and works as a freelance writer and historian.