An Indigenous artist blends the aesthetics of punk rock with the traditional spiritual practices of the women in her lineage in this journey to reclaim her heritage and unleash her power and voice while searching for a permanent home.
... illuminates the stories and experiences of Indigenous women from the Pacific Northwest for a 21st-century audience. Red Paint offers a poetic narrative of trauma and healing through ancestral rites and punk rock, both of which prove to be potent medicine during LaPointe’s excavation of family legacy and matrilineal power ... For LaPointe, restoring the self to health is entwined with restoring Native women’s voices that have been erased throughout history. She uses her own luminescent voice to tell their stories, wielding language, words, ritual and community as tools of contemporary and ancestral healing.
Throughout the book, the author deftly navigates multiple timelines, weaving in and out of family history, personal narrative, and a host of other tangential topics ... Although the author does not shy away from heartache and sorrow, readers are welcomed on what is ultimately a healing journey that will stick in their memories ... An engaging, poetic, educative examination of the search for home and personal and cultural identity.
... stirring ... LaPointe writes in lucid vignettes that alternate between past and present as she reflects on her ancestors, Salish medicine workers who 'faced violence, disease, and genocide'; her nomadic upbringing with her parents in the 1980s; and her romantic relationships in her 30s ... While LaPointe’s prose falls flat when charting the love triangle that ensued between the three of them, her writing radiates elsewhere—including in a story of her ancestor Comptia, one of the only Chinook Indians to survive a smallpox epidemic. She also displays immense vulnerability when discussing her sexual assaults, and how, through her 'own ritual of healing,' she resisted being defined by them. LaPointe’s fresh and urgent perspective on Indigenous culture is enthralling.