When the cover for Rebecca Roanhorse’s debut novel Trail of Lightning was first revealed, the Nebula Award-winning author emphasized how she hadn’t wanted Dinétah monster hunter Maggie Hoskie to be depicted in “the typical trappings non-Natives associate with Native Americans” such as feathers or braids. Yet she still wanted Maggie to be recognizably Navajo, which is why she wears traditional Navajo women’s moccasins alongside her leather jacket and knife.
A similar discussion came out of Roanhorse’s recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on r/fantasy, in which the author of the award-winning short story “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience” explained which aspects of Diné culture she incorporated as Easter eggs, and which were off-limits. It makes for fascinating insights into an already engaging novel that kicks off a new rural fantasy series.
Redditor TerribleReturn asked:
I still haven’t read Trail of Lightning yet, but reading the interviews you’ve done ...