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    Local Writer to Share Novel at University Symposium

    Poet, writer, photographer and activist Corina Roberts has been invited to the Sixth Annual Native American Writers Symposium at the Southeastern Oklahoma University, in Durant, Oklahoma, on November 10 through 12, 2005. This year’s symposium theme is Native American Women in the Arts, Education and Leadership.

    Roberts will present a paper titled “Telling Our Own Stories” and share from her recently completed novel, “The Wisdom Walkers”. Roberts, of mixed European and American Indian ancestry, is also the founder of Redbird, a non profit Native American and environmental organization formed in Simi Valley, California in 1994.

    “The Wisdom Walkers” is a fictional story about two women horse traders who fulfill a destiny left to them by aging parents; a destiny that includes traveling across continents and oceans to meet one another for the first time. It is not that this journey has fallen into the hands of women that is unusual, however. It is that the journey takes place 74,000 years ago, long before popular archeology would have natives on the North American continent, and well before the currently accepted time frame for ocean-going ships.

    According to Roberts, the story isn’t far-fetched. Another incident in real life occurred 74,000 years ago. A massive volcano named Toba erupted in the region of Indonesia. This singular event nearly exterminated the human race, changed the earth’s climate, and destroyed whole civilizations as well as the fragile evidence of their existence. We know very little about the times before Toba.

    “The Wisdom Walkers” explores another controversial matter in evolution; horses. Horses disappeared from the Americas in the last eight to eleven thousand years, not long ago in geological terms. No one knows exactly why they vanished, but recent findings have revealed that they evolved to a great degree on this continent, reaching the height of the modern Arabian horse, with coarser features much like the Przwalski Horse of Mongolia.

    Many Native American peoples do not believe they descended from Mongolians who walked across a temporary land bridge. Their own creation stories often point to an origin in the western hemisphere. The Hopi creation story includes not one, but four “worlds” – four times that the Earth was destroyed, or completely altered and rendered uninhabitable. During this time the people lived underground. According to the Hopi, we are now living in the fourth world.

    “The Wisdom Walkers” is available online at . To learn more about Redbird, “The Wisdom Walkers” or other works by Roberts:

    Corina Roberts, Founder
    Redbird, P.O. Box 702, Simi Valley, CA 93062 (805) 217-0364 email: [email protected]

    Corina Roberts
    Corina Roberts was born in Wurzburg, Germany in 1964, the daughter of a German/Russian mother and Scottish/Welsh/Cherokee father enlisted in the United States Army. Writing, photography, art and poetry are both a professional and a personal passion. Redbird, founded in 1990 and receiving federal recognition as a 501(c)(3) non profit association in 1994, is a Native American cultural awareness and environmental organization created by Corina some 14 years ago. Writing skill came early, with the first recognition at the age of nine and a novel called Red Rover, which won an all-school first place award against many older students.
    Most of Roberts' work today focuses on cultural preservation and environmental education. She has written for a number of non-profit groups as well as doing freelance work. Her new novel, The Wisdom Walkers, available online at on October 1, will be the subject of a presentation titled "Telling Our Own Stories" on November 10-12, 2005 at the Southeastern University of Oklahoma's Sixth Annual Native Writer's Symposium in Durant, Oklahoma.
    Recent poetry includes "Waking Up Screaming" in the July 2005 online edition of Autumn Leaves, collaboration with Virginia Morell on the National Geographic upcoming article "Sea Monsters" slated for publication in December 2005, and inclusion in the International Poetry Society's 2005 Anthology with “The Honesty of Dogs”. Other current online credits include "Jump - Getting Started" an article about writers on writing at Visit Redbird’s new website, available October 1 2005 at and attend the Children Of Many Colors Intertribal Powwow, June 16, 17 and 18 2006 at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California.
    Corina has several other projects in the works as well. Fairy Island, Inc. is a wedding location operation in its early development, with some very innovative goals and ideas, and for which serious partner/investors are being sought. Through her non-profit, she is also working on a project called “Redbird Ranch”, an elder and transitional housing facility focusing on the Native American community, and providing peace and dignity in a culturally appropriate setting for families whose elderly are nearing their end of life.

    Contact Corina Roberts at: (805) 217-0364

    Or via email at:
    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    Mailing Address:

    Corina Roberts, Founder
    P.O. Box 702
    Simi Valley, CA 93062

  • #2
    Another book one might read on this issue, but with facts, is "Red Earth, White Lies" by Vine Deloria, Jr. He meticulously defeats the Bering Strait theory along with the theory the Pan-Indian was responsible for the slaughter of the mammoth and subsequent slaughter of other extinct prehistoric animals. I highly recommend it...


    • #3
      Igniting memory

      Thank you -

      I just read Vone Deloria Jr.'s God Is Red. He is a powerful writer. Yet another book I have not read is American Genesis, which apparently talks about a 70,000 year old human skull fragment found at the La Brea Tar Pits. Having just visited the pits and having some of their literature to study the horses found there, no mention is made of this 70,000 year old skull fragment. They list the earliest human remains as a solitary female dated 11,000 years ago, and the horses dissappearing 8,000 years ago.

      Interestingly, they also found what they believe to be the burial of domestic dogs. I don't recall the exact time frame, but it is before humans were supposed to have begun domesticating animals.

      With regard to the extinction of animal species, there were probably not enough humans at that time to wipe out an entire species, nor would they have wanted to. I do hope to spark disussion with regard to the story, for the simple reason that we have been told for so long that we are immigrants to the western hemisphere, many people have chosen to believe this, even natives. without the cultural upbringing that once bound us to our roots, there is nothing left to fill the void but what we have been taught by others.

      Perhaps, thorugh the debate of a creative work, some shred of genetic memory will be sparked among those who have long been isolated from their own origins. Non natives have a great stake in being able to exploit the notion that natives are simply earlier immigrants. It supports the doctrine of Manifest Destiny and all that it entails.

      I don't expect science, or common understanding, to be easily swayed, but I do believe we have come to a point where the evidence is piling up to such extent that I have seen some of these issues discussed on the Science Channel and the History Channel. We can't ignore the truth forever.

      Wado, again, for your recommendation on Deloria's book.



      • #4
        Your welcome. It would be nice to have an intelligent discussion regarding these issues. If you read some of the other threads you will see that there are quite a few people here who dismiss the Bering Strait theory because of the traditions passed down the generations. You are absolutely correct in the logic of the non-natives. It excuses the injustices and horrific past history in their feeble minds. Try to find the book I mentioned because Mr. Deloria discusses the tar pits as well. Thanks for sharing!


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