Sovereign Bones : New Native American Writing

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Pub. Date: 2007-10-22
Publisher(s): Perseus Books Group
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Summary

Sovereign Bones is an exploration of indigenous peoples and how they have managed to maintain separate identities, in spite of their assimilation into the broader American culture. Edited by Eric Gansworth, this collection of original writing focuses on the key role that writers and visual artists have played in the struggle of native peoples to retain their individual identities. In personal essays, memoir, and historical reflections, each writer explores the ways in which they arrived at their work and how they have retained a traditional way of life in that work. Taken as a whole, Sovereign Bones is a testimony to the resilience of indigenous cultures and the integral contributions artists make to that survival. Featured authors include: Marijo Moore, Louise Erdrich, Alex Jacobs, Heid Erdrich, Maurice Kenny, Diane Glancy, Jeanette Weaskus, Simon Ortiz.

Author Biography

Eric Gansworth is a writer and teacher whose work has been included in many fiction and nonfiction anthologies. He is currently works as Professor of English at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY.

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Foreword: Perspectives
Introduction: Sovereign to the Bonep. 1
An Opening: From Big Medicine from Six Nationsp. 11
Repatriating Ourselves
Taking Aim - New Directions in Tribal Mediap. 23
The Indian Listp. 25
Ridge Notes, Summer 2006p. 33
Why Do I Continue to Write? An Exhaustive Questioningp. 47
In Vine Veritasp. 57
Creation Storyp. 69
From the Reservation to Dawn of the Dead to James Dickey and Back Againp. 79
Haksodp. 89
Speaking through Our Nations' Teeth
From the Prayer of Thanksgivingp. 97
Writers on Writing; Two Languages in Mind, But Just One in the Heartp. 101
Wooden Heart, Dopwin, Language Tablep. 107
The Source of the Drive for My Language Workp. 117
A Ghost Dance for Wordsp. 129
Indigenous Language Consciousness: Being, Place, and Sovereigntyp. 135
Marrow Memoryp. 149
The Meaning of the Music I Singp. 157
Snagging the Eye from Curtis
SAMO = More the Same Ole Samop. 167
The Unauthorized Autobiography of Mep. 171
Head Shotsp. 187
It Won't Play - There's Not Enough Indiansp. 195
Transitions in Haudenosaunee Realities: The Changing World of the Haudenosaunee as Seen in Historic Photographsp. 203
Old Stories from the New Worldp. 219
Marry a Decent Girlp. 225
The Story of a Cultural Arts Worker Artistp. 229
The Bones of the Skyp. 239
Rolling Those Sovereign Bones
A New Enemyp. 251
Comings and Goings in Indian Country: Spiraling from a Blogp. 253
The Native American Moves Into Contemporary Literature: Discovering a Voice Which May Not Be New But Is Authenticp. 265
E-Socials: Cultural Collaboration in the Age of the Electronic Inter-Tribalp. 275
Throwing Moccasinsp. 281
From Betty Creek: Writing the Indigenous Deep Southp. 287
Beyond Repatriationp. 295
Studio Sweeps and Rendering the Fatbackp. 303
Contributorsp. 315
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