Deborah Miranda


Catalog Number(s): 20180727, 20171117

Interview Year(s): 2016

Native American poet Deborah Miranda —whose 2020 book from BkMK Press is Alter of Broken Things —reads from her award-winning mixed-genre book Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir. She discusses the historical erasure of California Indians and their almost total decimation at the hands of colonial Spanish missionaries. Using this work as a way to piece together the fragmented culture of the California Indians, Miranda reveals how she researched this collection using her own genealogy and oral histories, as well as newspaper articles, mission records, and letters. This presentation was recorded at the University of Central Missouri’s 2016 Pleiades Visiting Writers Series.