||This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. (August 2010) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
Cheyenne Madonna (ISBN 978-1-57423-216-5) is a collection of linked short stories by Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee author Eddie Chuculate, published in July 2010 by Black Sparrow Books, an imprint of David R. Godine, Publisher, in Boston.
The seven stories follow the life of Jordan Coolwater, who leaves Oklahoma and goes West to pursue a sculpting career, all the while battling the two constants in his life: alcohol and art. The stories also explore history, myth, interracial relationships, racism and father-son relationships. The first story in the collection, "Galveston Bay, 1826," won a PEN/O. Henry Award in 2007, and was juror Ursula K. Le Guin's favorite story in that year's edition. The second story, "Yo Yo," received a Pushcart Prize citation. Other stories in the book were previously published in the literary journals Manoa, Ploughshares, Blue Mesa Review, the Iowa Review, Many Mountains Moving and the Kenyon Review. On July 19, 2010, Publishers Weekly reviewed: "Chuculate writes forthright prose in a somber key, examining without judgment the lives of Native American characters. ... Memory and will converge here to powerful effect."
- Craig S. Womack, Red on Red: Native American Literary Separatism, University of Minnesota Press, 2009, p.1