Margo Tamez

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Margo Tamez (born 28 January 1962 in Austin, Texas, USA) is Hada'didla Nde' (“Lightning Storm People”), Konitsaii Nde'(“Big Water People”) and a citizen of Lipan Apache Band of Texas.

A scholar, poet, and human rights defender, she is recognized as an Indigenous ambassador to the United Nations who has represented the Konitsaaíí Ndé ("Big Water People") and Cúelcahén Ndé ("Tall Grass People") of Konitsaii gokiyaa ('Lipan Apache home land').

She was born and grew up in the territory of Lipan Apache peoples in South Texas, the Lower Rio Grande Valley and along the Texas-Mexico border. Tamez's 2007 work, Raven Eye, is considered the first Apache-authored literary work which fuses creative non-fiction, biography, poetry and criticism of the colonization and militarization of Indigenous peoples in the U.S.-Mexico border region.[1]

As an Indigenous human rights advocate, an educator, poet and critic, Tamez has made social and intellectual contributions to Indigenous communities in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, as well as to Indigenous teaching at college and university level. She is a social justice and human rights advocate and intellectual, focusing on U.S.-Mexico Indigenous peoples impacted by border bifurcations, treaties, war, conflict and militarization.[2]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Poetry and criticism[edit]

  • Naked Wanting (University of Arizona Press, 2003).
  • Raven Eye (University of Arizona Press, 2007).
  • "Open Letter to Cameron County Commission," 2 Crit 110 (2009).
  • "My Mother in Her Being--Photograph ca. 1947," Callaloo, Vol. 32, No. 1, Winter 2009, pp. 185–187.
  • "Restoring Lipan Apache Women's Laws, Lands and Strength in El Calaboz Rancheria at the Texas-Mexico Border," Signs, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2010, pp. 558–569.
  • "Our Way of Life is Our Resistance": Indigenous Women and Anti-Imperialist Challenges to Militarization along the U.S.-Mexico Border," Works and Days, Invisible Battlegrounds: Feminist Resistance in the Global Age of War and Imperialism, Susan Comfort, Editor, 57/58: Vol. 20, 2011.


  • Dance the Guns to Silence: 100 Poems Inspired by Ken Saro-Wiwa
  • Sister Nations, Heid Erdrich and Laura Tohe (Editors), New Rivers Press.
  • Stories from Where We Live: The Gulf Coast, Sara St. Antoine (Editor), Milkweed Editions.
  • Southwestern Women: New Voices, Caitlin L. Gannon (Editor), Javelina Pr.


  1. ^ Poetry Foundation. "Margo Tamez". 
  2. ^ Huang, Hsinya (2011). "Towards Transnational Native American Literary Studies". Comparative Literature and Culture 13 (2). 

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