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Red Paint

The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk

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ON SALE: March 8, 2022 | Hardcover | 5 x 8, 208 pages | ISBN 9781640094147
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An indigenous artist blends the aesthetics of punk rock with the traditional spiritual practices of the women in her lineage in this bold, contemporary journey to reclaim her heritage and unleash her power and voice while searching for a permanent home.

Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe, a Coast Salish indigenous woman, has always longed for a sense of home. As a child, her family moved around frequently, often staying in barely habitable church attics and trailers, dangerous places for young Sasha. As an adolescent who was determined to escape the poverty and abuse of her childhood and build a better future for herself and her people, Sasha throws herself headlong into the world.

With little more to guide her than a passion for the thriving punk scene of the Pacific Northwest, all she desires is to live up to the responsibility of being the namesake of her beloved great-grandmother, a linguist who helped preserve her indigenous language of Lushootseed and one in a long line of powerful ancestors.

Set against a backdrop of tour vans and the breathtaking beauty of Coast Salish ancestral land and imbued with the universal spirit of punk—an ethos that challenges us to reclaim what’s rightfully ours: our histories, our power, our traditions, and our truths—Red Paint is ultimately a story of the ways we learn to heal while fighting for our right to a place to call home.

Examining what it means to be vulnerable in love and in art while offering an unblinking reckoning with personal traumas—and the collective historical traumas of colonialism and genocide that continue to haunt native peoples—Red Paint is an intersectional autobiography of lineage and resilience that chronicles Sasha’s struggles navigating personal trauma while answering the call to greater purpose.

About Sasha LaPointe

Sasha LaPointe is a Coast Salish author from the Nooksack and Upper Skagit Indian tribes. She received a double MFA in Creative Nonfiction and Poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.


Red Paint is a miraculous book. Sasha LaPointe walks us through the sites of her evisceration while rebuilding a home within her body using sturdy materials: rose quartz, cedar bark, red clay, and the words of her ancestors. With each potent sentence, she shows us what access to power looks like. She shows us how to become whole.” —Elissa Washuta, author of White Magic—

"As luminous as the morning sun over the fir forests, Red Paint is a story of where strength takes us. Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe goes looking to the past to help heal from terrible traumas, finding inspiration in her ancestors, the Salish people. This is a book destined to be a classic. Read it." —Rene Denfeld, bestselling author of The Child Finder

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