“As an indigenous person living on this continent, I’ve never found it especially hospitable. It is as if, for some people, our continued survival is a rude reminder of the past.”
Eric Gansworth (Sha-weñ na-sae)
We spoke with Eric Gansworth (Sha-weñ na-sae) whose Young Adult memoir, Apple: Skin to the Core, about his Native American childhood was named one of Time magazine’s “10 Best YA and Children’s Books of 2020,” and was longlisted for the National Book Award.
Written in prose and verse, the book takes its title from a Native American slur-- an “Apple” is someone “red on the outside and white on the inside.” An enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation, Eric Gansworth tells his story of growing up on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in Niagara County, New York, just outside Niagara Falls.
Learn more about Eric in today’s Q&A posted on The Conversation.