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Amoja Three Rivers Papers

Identifier: Tretter-523

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the writings of Amoja Three Rivers. It includes some of her notes on and drafts of "Cultural Etiquette: A Guide for the Well-Intentioned," along with notes for possible future publications on othering and dismantling racism. The collection also includes Amoja Three Rivers's unpublished personal writings, such as journals, short stories, and poetry, along with a few design sketches and family photographs.


  • 2002 - 2008

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Amoja Three Rivers (1946-2015) described herself as "an american-born African, Choctaw, Tsalagi, Ojibway Jew" and was the author of the book "Cultural Etiquette: A Guide for the Well-Intentioned." She changed her name from Carol Ann Hall to Amoja Three Rivers after experiencing the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival for the first time, and she would go on to help found the Womyn of Colour Tent and Sanctuary at the festival, where she first distributed her book. The book was originally published in 1990 through Market Wimmin, a cultural crafts and merchandising business which she co-founded with her then partner Blanche Jackson. Amoja Three Rivers passed away of complications due to illness the same year that the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival held its final event.


2.5 Linear Feet (2 Paige boxes)

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The collection contains the writings of Amoja Three Rivers, author of "Cultural Etiquette: A Guide for the Well-Intentioned" and one of the founders of the Womyn of Colour Tent and Sanctuary at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. These documesnt include notes for "Cultural Etiquette," creative non-fiction drafts concerning the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, and unpublished short stories and Amoja's personal diary.

Amoja Three Rivers Papers, 2002-2008
January 2023
Kristen Datta
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area