Thursday, August 19, 2021

Deep Hanging Out: Wanderings and Wonderment in Native California by Malcolm Margolin - BOOK BEGINNINGS


It's late summer and I settled the big trial I was preparing for, so I am all about hanging out. That's not exactly what this book is about, but we will all have to read it to learn more. 

For now, let's all share the opening sentences of the books we are reading this week, or the books that captured our attention. 


From Deep Hanging Out:

Several years ago, I was invited by members of the Kashaya Pomo tribe of Sonoma County to be a guest at their annual acorn harvest celebration.

-- from the Introduction to Deep Hanging Out: Wanderings and Wonderment in Native California by Malcolm Margolin (2021, Heyday Books). Malcolm Margolin has long been a fixture in California's Native American community. Although he is not Native American, Margolin has been “deep hanging out” – immersing himself in an informal, social way – in California’s Indian country since the 1970s.

Margolin cofounded  and published a quarterly magazine called News from Native California in 1987. This new book from Heyday Books is a collection of 30 articles and other pieces, mostly collected from the magazine.

Margolin Margolin lives in Berkeley, California where he is the executive director of the California Institute for Community, Art, and Nature. His prior books include The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the Fan Francisco-Monterey Bay Area and The Way We Lived: California Indian Stories, Songs, and Reminiscences.  


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From Deep Hanging Out:
It was as if the idea of getting their chins tattooed was perfectly ordinary, an idea that found a place in their minds, settled in for a while, and finally made itself quite comfortable. With disarming matter-of-factness, they insisted that they were simply doing something that they had long thought about and that now seemed right.
OK. I want to read more about the chin tattoos. 

And now I want to settle in for some deep hanging out of my own. What are your weekend plans?

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