The Morning the Sun Went Down

Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5,
200 pages.
ISBN: 9781597143622.

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By Darryl Babe Wilson

Through this lyrical and richly textured memoir we experience both the beauty and the struggles of Darryl Babe Wilson’s journey through childhood. Born into the Achumawi and Atsugewi tribes (often called the Pit River Nation) of northeastern California, Wilson spent his early years with his family in a life rich in tradition, until tragic events forced him to learn to survive among the assimilation policies of the 1950s. In The Morning the Sun Went Down, Wilson infuses stories of youthful innocence and experience with his spiritual journey that echoes across generations.

Winner of the 1999 PEN Oakland–Josephine Miles Literary Award


A gifted poet, writer, and storyteller, as well as a cultural and political activist, Darryl Babe Wilson (1939–2014) earned a PhD from the University of Arizona at Tucson. His essays, stories, and poems were published in News from Native California, The Way We Lived: California Indian Stories, Songs, and Reminiscences (Heyday, 1993), and The Sound of Rattles and Clappers: A Collection of New California Indian Writing (University of Arizona Press, 1994), and he coedited Surviving in Two Worlds: Contemporary Native American Voices (University of Texas Press, 1997). Wilson taught Native American Studies at de Anza College and at California State University, Hayward.