Lite Reads Selection: ‘Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™’ by Rebecca Roanhorse’

Welcome to The Feminist Bibliothecary’s Lite Reads, where we will read a different short story every week, and discuss it here and on social media. Our very first Lite Reads selection is Rebecca Roanhorse’s Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™.

Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ is a story set in a world where people pay to get an “authentic” Indian Experiencethrough virtual reality, with a real indigenous person as their guide. The story brings up questions of identity, cultural appropriation, authenticity, masculinity, traditional ideas of indigenous masculinity, and reality itself. This complex and nuanced (but ultimately accessible) tale has been nominated for many awards, and it has even won a Nebula.

Rebecca Roanhorse is a speculative fiction author from New Mexico who is Ohkay Owingeh and Black. When she isn’t writing, she works as a lawyer. Her novel Trail of Lightning, the first in a new series, was released recently. She also contributed to the Deer Woman anthology, edited by Elizabeth LaPensée and Weshoyot Alvitre, which features stories by indigenous women. Anyone looking to read more after this short story should look to one of these books first.

The story can be read on Apex Magazine’s website in its entirety. If you enjoy audio reads, you can also hear it as read by LeVar Burton in the 25th episode of his podcast LeVar Burton Reads.

Join us in the comments section here, or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, to participate in discussions throughout the week. You can also join in on the discussion at Litsy by following @elizabethlk.

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