An Irritable Métis

Chris La Tray
Email newsletter from Chris La Tray, enrolled member of the the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, author of "One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large," and the forthcoming "Becoming Little Shell" from Milkweed Editions.
Created 01 May 2019
  • Just a Re-Branding
    11 Oct 2021 • 13 min read • 39 15
    The Old Crossing of the Red Lake River near Huot, MN The Red Lake River is wide and slow where it passes by the site of the Old Crossing Treaty Park near Huot, Minnesota. The park, established in 1933...
  • For Which Little Shell so Steadfastly Fought
    04 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 49 11
    Line 3 pipeline to the left proceeds down the hill, and then under the river barely visible in the upper right of the image This morning I rise before dawn and walk maybe half-a-mile out into the prai...
  • No One Wants to Work!
    24 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 28 48
    Council Grove. Even dried-out and not nearly full of water, I love this place. One of my favorite reads of 2021 has been Smoke Hole: Looking to the Wild in the Time of the Spyglass by Martin Shaw. He'...
  • Another Kind of Eden
    18 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 22 8
    Friends, this is one of those occasional “promotional” posts I try not to do too often. A topic I have been kicking around for a newsletter piece involves elders; our relationship to them, what they m...
  • For the Birds Who Own Nothing
    10 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 37 32
    This beautiful fly was traipsing about on top of my garbage can yesterday morning when I prepared to roll it out onto the street. When I leaned in to take a picture, the fly flipped itself over onto i...
  • It's All Connected
    07 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 71 36
    I think before we get started this time around I should mention, for the benefit of folks sensitive to it, that there is discussion of domestic violence and some vague descriptions pointing to a grues...
  • A Different Now
    27 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 33 19
    Mark Gibbons reading, with me, Gillian, and Melissa awkwardly waiting our turns, April 2019 at Wave & Circuit, Missoula, photo by the magnificent Glenda Bradshaw Apologies for another round-up post. I...
  • Descended from a Travel-worn Satchel
    25 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 29 23
    I’m taking a break from the usual doom and gloom around here to report some exciting (*cough*) personal news: I have a new book coming out!1 And now you can preorder it! It’s called Descended from a T...
  • We're Number Four!
    20 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 52 43
    Last February when I received my COVID vaccine I felt like I was participating in something momentous. It was the closest thing to a “patriotic” act that I could remember being part of; I was doing it...
  • Marvel at Our Stupidity
    06 Aug 2021 • 13 min read • 61 47
    Al Wiseman, Métis elder, Teton Canyon, Lughnasadh, August 1, 2021 To the left of my writing desk at home, just in front of the window facing the bird feeders I blather on about so often during my effo...
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