New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
6,2Jjerald-Zeitung g Thursday, July 27,1995Author captures Native American heart
^ By Sail Rabin
i ( Copley Newt Service
When word reached the Cherokee reservation in North Carolina that actor-director Kevin Costner wanted to see her, Lee Miller thought at first it was a joke.
. When she called back, she realised it wasn’t Costner was putting together a production team for an eight-hour, $8-million documentary of North American Indian tribes palled “500 Nations.”
He had been impressed with an interview Miller did for a Library of Congress special on the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage to-America.
. Miller was flown out to Los Angeles and within three days was hired as the project’s associate producer as well as a writer. She traveled more than 26.000 miles in * four-wheel-drive, visiting 60 latvian reservations to gather research for the four-part series, which recently aired on CBS.
\ Since she finished the project fall, she has hardly slowed down. Instead, the 33-year-old author with Cherokee and Kaw heritage has been writing seven days a week with no sign of letting up. ler first book, “From the Heart: of the American Indian” if) was just released. She has written two other books she to have published and four iplays.
“I just love it I want to keep ig and writing,” she says dur-a brief midweek break at a toga, Calif., coffee shop. “I thousands of ideas, and I just rwant to get them all out there. I Hst don’t want to stop.” f ’ She gets up every morning and ites for a few hours. Then she a walk, collecting an assort-it of dogs along the way that into formation behind her. it’s back for more writing ] vhell into the evening.
Topanga might seem like a quiet (refuge for some writers, but not for
J * “There are too many people hare,” she says with a laugh.
She grew up in rural upstate New York and went on to earn an ^anthropology degree from Johns >Hopkins University.
< * Then she set out for North Carolina to search for documents relet-•Jag to a lost American Indian tribe. PKen you ask ber what tribe, she ifoiwi that even after only three :4mn in Los Angeles, she knows :«ew this town works. She won’t
Author Lee Miller worked with director Kevin Costner on Dances With Wolves.
The saga of the lost tribe is a great story, she says, and she's already writing the screenplay.
For “From the Heart," Miller compiled hundreds of speeches by American Indians dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. They represent more than 300 tribes and include the famous and the not-so-famous. These short observations are interspersed with comments from non-Indians as well as Miller's own narrative, which puts the quotes in an historical context.
She says the book is intended as a work that can be picked up and put down in a leisurely fashion. Readers can open to any section and get right into it.
“I have a hard time myself getting through a lot of nonfiction books,” she says. “I want people to feel it. I want it to have an impact.”
For the book. Miller searched for heroic voices that would inspire other American Indians.
She’s very concerned with how American Indian children are being taught on reservations, so much so that she’s formed a nonprofit foundation that she hopes
will one day build special elementary schools on reservations that will teach American Indian culture as well as mainstream education.
“A lot of Indian education is focused on how do we get Indian kids comfortable with the mainstream,” she says. “What I want to do is get Indian kids comfortable with their own culture, because once you do that, you end up with really strong kids. The kinds of decisions they’ll make will be based upon the value systems of their own culture.”
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