Ruby Hansen Murray

There’s the Indian!” a story

Ruby Hansen Murray is a writer and photographer living in the lower Columbia River estuary. Her work appears in As/Us, World Literature Today, CutBank, The Rumpus, Yellow Medicine Review, Apogee, About Place Journal and American Ghost: Poets on Life after Industry. She’s the winner of the Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction. She’s been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook, Ragdale, Playa, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Storyknife in Homer and the Island Institute in Sitka, AK. She is a fellow of the Jack Straw Writers Program, Fishtrap: Writing the West and VONA, who studied at Warren Wilson College and received an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She’s a citizen of the Osage Nation with West Indian roots. 


“Tse Wah Zha Zhi,” Allotment Stories: Indigenous Responses to Settler Colonial Land Privatization (University of Minnesota Press)
“The Great Elk,” Shapes of Native Nonfiction (University of Washington Press)
“The Dark Mother,” Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversations, (Tupelo Press)


1.An Osage Dictionary from the Osage Nation.

2. A brief history of Osage ribbonwork and traditional dress.