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A look into the fraught world of Native American-themed romance novels

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Monday, October 2, 2023 - 10:53am
Updated: Monday, October 2, 2023 - 4:24pm

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Let’s talk about Indian romance novels — or so goes the title of a recent piece in High Country News by Indigenous journalist Taylar Dawn Stagner.

In it, she writes about her love of the sometimes corny, sometimes raunchy genre — and how a boom of Native American-themed romance novels that were popular not all that long ago made her think twice.

It all started in a supermarket book aisle where she saw novel covers featuring white men in feather headdresses and unconvincing long black wigs. The Show spoke with Stagner about it.

Taylar Dawn Stagner portrait
Taylar Dawn Stagner
Taylar Dawn Stagner

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