Indian Singing

(Revised Edition)

by Gail Tremblay

This revised collection includes new poetry, new artwork, and an introduction from Joy Harjo. Indian Singing is not a quiet book; the musical poetry of Gail Tremblay demands to be read, sung, out loud. Her poetry is a visionary quest, a work of hope presenting enduring lessons to accommodate change in our troubled times.



“Gail Tremblay is a singer of eminent power and grace. And we are compelled to listen, to sing with her.” —Joy Harjo

“Tremblay is a poet with a message: that the ancestral ways...can show our millennial world how to save itself.... The political melds seamlessly with the spiritual.” —Booklist

“…a beautiful collection of intimate and profound songs for a world in desperate need of songs. It is not just the lament of yesterday; it is the prophecy of tomorrow.” —The Western Star

“Gail Tremblay’s work sings with the bone-shilling beauty of a siren’s song. Like that song, these poems pull on ancient chants as surely as the sea might pull us back to out watery beginnings.” —Colleen McElroy

“In her lyrical, rhythmic text, Tremblay sings the stories Leslie Silko says we must tell in order to survive.” —Belles Lettres

“These poems are fluid and ripple with the language of our Longhouses…. Gail Tremblay offers a delicate but perceptive experience that heals, and like the clan mothers, she watches and remembers.” —Elizabeth Woody

“Gail Tremblay is a poet of power and clarity. Her work sends a voice not as often heard in these United States as it should be, a voice we need to hear.” —Paula Gunn Allen


Gail Tremblay is Onondaga/Mic Mac. She is a professor at The Evergreen State College (Olympia, Washington) and an artist and poet. Her art and writing have been widely exhibited and published, including two other books of poetry, Night Gives Woman the Word and Talking to the Grandfathers (The American Poetry Series, University of Nebraska, Omaha).