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“Salmon is Everything is an excellent text for many areas of the American Indian studies curriculum. It presents an amazing story and has helped renew and strengthen my faith in the value and importance of theatre as a cultural resource for American Indian people. The centerpiece, the play Salmon is Everything, is ceremonial performance in its most creatively realized and purposeful form.”

—Hanay Geiogamah, Kiowa Tribe Playwright and Professor of Theater, University of California at Los Angeles

"Salmon Is Everything goes to and is the heart of the matter, yet it is not didactic; it distills clarity from complexity, but never aims to concretize or present straightforward solutions. May comments that one of the most frequent questions she receives about the work is “Did it make any difference?” (140). Salmon Is Everything takes a performative spin on the Reclamation Act, for it contains multi vocal acts of reclamation. Together, the salmon are coming home.”

-- Bronwyn Preece, University of Huddersfield, Theatre Journal, Volume 67, Number 3, October 2015, pp. 569-571

"When I first read it, I hoped that Dr. May would be able to expand her engaging short essay into a full-length book. She has, and it does not disappoint. The rich text eloquently articulates her struggles with some of the core challenges in the practice of community-base/applied theatre, while the structure of the book itself embodies the spirit of the project, reflecting May's own sense of what contributes best practices in the field. It is an illuminating case study of a remarkable endeavour. What is particularly admirable about this book is its multivocal structure. The script of the play forms the centrepiece, but the rest of the chapters contributed by May herself and by her collaborates are like a strong ensemble of players in a show that has no star. Each chapter adds another layer, another perspective that enables the reader to glean a robust appreciation of the intention and experience of the project. This is, of course, just as it should be in a book that celebrates different viewpoints as a source of strength."

-- Will Weigler, Ph.D., Theatre Journal (UK)

"Salmon is Everything will appeal to an array of readers. For activists, the book contains useful ideas about how to resist forces that degrade ecosystems. For artists and students, Salmon is Everything extends an invitation to engage a multi-disciplinary vision, one that embraces Native American studies, theatre arts, and environmental studies. Ultimately, the book is a gift for any reader interested in a remarkable reflection on current environmental challenges in the Pacific Northwest."

-- Maria Depriest, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Volume 116, Number 2

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