Native American Authors
Ray Young Bear
(Ka ka to)
Ray Anthony Young Bear was born in Iowa in 1950 and grew up at the Mesquakie Tribal Settlement. His poetry has been influenced by his maternal grandmother Ada Kapayou Old Bear and his wife, Stella L. Young Bear. Young Bear attended Claremont College in California, as well as Grinnell, University of Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa. He has been a visiting faculty member at Eastern Washington University and the University of Iowa. Young Bear and his wife co-founded the Woodland Song and Dance Troupe of Arts Midwest in 1983. Young Bear’s group has performed traditional Mesquakie music in this country and the Netherlands.
Online resources by or about Ray Young Bear:
Modern American Poetry: Ray A. Young Bear
Author: Robert Dale Parker
Description: Site contains the texts of an number of essays about and interviews with Ray A. Young Bear.
Ray A. Young Bear
Author: Ray A. Young Bear, Karen Strom
Description: Ray Young Bear biography and bibliography. Includes a photo of the author.
Books by Ray Young Bear:
Young Bear, Ray. Black Eagle Child : the Facepaint narratives
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, 1992.
ISBN: 0877453578 (pbk.)
Young Bear, Ray. The invisible musician
Duluth, Minn. : Holy Cow! Press, 1990.
ISBN: 0930100336 (pbk.)
Young Bear, Ray. Remnants of the First Earth
Young Bear, Ray. The Rock Island Hiking Club
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, 2001.
Young Bear, Ray. Winter of the salamander : the keeper of importance
San Francisco : Harper & Row, 1980.
ISBN: 0064527514 (pbk.)
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