Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his short story collection, Sacred Smokes.
Van Alst is paired with the artwork Looking for America by Hank Willis Thomas; found in the 1st floor of the Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.
Growing up in a gang in the city can be dark. Growing up Native American in a gang in Chicago is a whole different story. This book takes a trip through that unexplored part of Indian Country, an intense journey that is full of surprises, shining a light on the interior lives of people whose intellectual and emotional concerns are often overlooked. This dark, compelling, occasionally inappropriate, and often hilarious linked story collection introduces a character who defies all stereotypes about urban life and Indians. He will be in readers’ heads for a long time to come.