The Alaska Literary Series
“There are only a handful of people on this planet who could write a book like this one. X̱'unei Lance Twitchell’s is a voice of healing, one that shows us what is possible, one that provides for the next generation a sense of history and connection, plus a sense of freedom. The kids will use cell phones and will carve cedar. There’s no contradiction there. They are citizens of this moment as well as descendants of thousands of generations of people who lived and loved in Lingít Aaní.”
—Peggy Shumaker, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Identity and understanding are fluid and plural, yet the histories of violence and oppression influence and shape everything in the world because the past, present, and future exist in the same plane and at the same time. G̱agaan X̱ʼusyee / Below the Foot of the Sun is a unique collection of Indigenous cultural work and Lingít literature in the tradition of Nora Marks Dauenhauer and in the broader contemporary company of Joy Harjo and Sherwin Bitsui. Focused on the history of place and the Lingít and Haida people, who recognize little separation between life and art, these forty-six poems reach into the knowledge of the past, incorporate visions currently received, and draw a path for future generations.
The collection is divided into four sections based on how the Lingít talk about g̱agaan—the sun. Featuring some poems in English, some in Lingít, and some that combine the beauty of the two, G̱agaan X̱ʼusyee / Below the Foot of the Sun displays an equal dignity in both languages that transcends monolingual constrictions.