Idea: This illuminating memoir tells the multi-generational story of a “family/activist band” whose members travel the country playing music, sharing stories, and advocating for vulnerable communities.
Prose: The co-authors write in a style that is both highly readable and informative. Polished descriptive language heightens the country-traversing appeal of the story, allowing readers to gain a clear sense of place and circumstance. Quotations and dialogue read naturally.
Originality: Original in scope and approach, this book is thoroughly researched and tells a unique story of a fascinating set of activist entertainers. Photos and discographic information chronicle the history of the group, while offering fans greater insight into their dynamics and musical contributions.
Execution: Part tribute, part history, this well-executed memoir admirably contextualizes biographical and historical details, while focusing on the spirit of activism and power of music.
Date Submitted: October 03, 2019
"Reading with an effortless literary ease that is like listening to an extended conversation, "When the Creator Moves Me: A Story about Music, Resistance, and Creative Activism" is impressively informative, thought-provoking, emotionally evocative, and a valued contribution to the growing body of literature with respect to 20th Century Native American History. A deftly written and detailed account from the first page to last, "When the Creator Moves Me" is an extraordinary, erudite, and unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library collections."