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Terra Trevor
Terra Trevor, of Cherokee, Delaware, Seneca descent, is an essayist, memoirist, nonfiction and short story writer of a diverse body of work. She values the collective experience and has collaborated with other Native writers and is a contributing author of 10 books including The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing After Removal, The University of Oklahoma Press. Her memoir Pushing up the Sky, is widely anthologized with excerpts included in Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices On Child Custody and Education, The University of Arizona Press.

Entries by Terra Trevor

Bring Me Hope: Foster Parenting Through Tough Times

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 12:08 PM

The blue dress reminded me of the kind of silk my great grandmother used to trim her blankets. My seventeen-year-old daughter stood at the edge of the dressing room drowsy with possibilities. I bury the thoughts about the sensible everyday clothes we were "suppose" to be buying. The results of...

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Children of the Powwow: Changing The Way We See Native America

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 6:12 AM

When I was invited to lead creative writing classes for elementary school children I discovered that the teachers, the children and their parents had a desire to learn more about American Indians.

Since November is National Native American Heritage month, too often teaching the rich histories of Native Peoples...

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Another Mass Shooting in America: This Time My Town, Santa Barbara

(71) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 8:52 PM

At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014, I was on my way home after attending a lecture at UC Santa Barbara. I drove through peaceful streets filled with people on bicycles, and a steady stream of people walking along the sidewalk, running errands and meeting up with friends at...

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Thankfulness and Rewriting History

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Last November an associate producer at Huff Post Live, the Huffington Post's live streaming network, invited me to be part of a 20 minute conversation hosted about Native Americans' delicate relationship with Thanksgiving.

It was to be a conversation about my article--"Happy Thanksgiving: An American Indian Perspective," and an...

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When a Child Dies: Living With Loss, Healing With Hope

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 2:50 PM

When a child of a loved one dies you may feel helpless and ill at ease. You can help, though.

Following my 15-year-old son's death, my plans for parenthood sat like scenery on an empty stage. I needed to come up with a new life for myself. But how could...

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Project December: Take Back the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 1:16 PM

I sparked my family by taking on a new December holiday tradition -- we began doing less. The arrival of wide open, unplanned hours meant that when a spur of the moment great idea popped into one of my kids' head, I had the freedom to say yes, if I...

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An All-American Korean American 4th of July

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 1:00 PM

An armload of bulgogi covers the grill and a circle of friends surround the barbecue. Everyone has a pair of chopsticks in hand and turns slices of sizzling beef. A picnic table is laden with platters of pindaettok, mandu, heaping bowls of kimchi, chap chae and romaine lettuce leaves with...

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My Year at the Shelter

(4) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 2:38 PM

The year I worked at a group home youth crisis shelter with runaway, homeless and foster youth in transition is strung on a ribbon of memories as if it had been one long unending day.

Although my shift didn't begin until 8 a.m., I always arrived a bit early...

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Thoughts On Adoption Motherhood, In Black, White And Technicolor

(7) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 12:32 PM

When my book was published a Beverly Hills based writer-friend, who also happens to be an adoptee with famous adoptive parents, offered to do a favor for me. Namely allow her publicist to stir up Hollywood celebrity adoptive parent publicity to pair with my memoir Pushing up the Sky. But...

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Happy Thanksgiving: An American Indian Perspective

(71) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 2:28 PM

Native American Heritage Month Braided With Thanksgiving

Wind, smelling of wood smoke rattles the yellow leaves off the peach tree. I adjust my glasses, button my coat. My son bounds from his classroom to greet me. Eyes filled with brown warmth, he peeks out from under a cap of shiny...

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