Sovereign bones New Native American writing. Volume II Volume II /

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Published
New York, NY : Nation Books c2007.
Language
English
Item Description
"The companion volume to Genocide of the mind"--Cover.
Physical Description
xix, 331 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781568583570
1568583575
Other Authors
Eric L. Gansworth (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This provocative collection of essays follows Genocide of the Mind (2003), which focused on attempts at assimilating indigenous peoples into American culture. Here writers focus on how those indigenous groups maintain their individual identities and on the key role writers and visual artists play in that effort. MariJo Moore writes, It is imperative that American Indians write their own literature so their grandchildren will know the truth. The significance of language in perpetuating tribal identity is addressed by several authors, including Louise Erdrich, who learns a little Ojibwa each day, knowing there are almost no fluent Ojibwa speakers left, and an Oneida lawyer who has been meeting an elder for lunch every day for 10 years to learn the Oneida language. Sherman Alexie, in his typically honest, bare-bones style, shares his thought-provoking take on what it means to be an Indian writer. And a native filmmaker faces incredulity when she attempts to film a documentary about the influence of the Iroquois Confederacy on the U.S. Constitution. A valuable look at the contributions of native artists to native cultural survival. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Emphasizing strategies for maintaining an indigenous cultural identity within the dominant society's constant assault on tradition and memory, this anthology of contemporary Native American writing is a sequel to 2003's Genocide of the Mind , which emphasized the assimilation of indigenous peoples. In more than 30 autobiographical essays and personal reflections, writers, educators and artists representing a wide variety of tribal affiliations address such battlegrounds as history, poverty, language and image-making in contemporary struggles for indigenous identity and self-representation. The volume also includes a selection of artwork that echoes the ideas advanced by these writers. In a spirit of resolve that Simon J. Ortiz describes as "resistance against disappearance," the pieces invariably emphasize intergenerational dependence, as in Scott Richard Lyons's charming firsthand appreciation of the life and career of the late Vine Deloria. Also shown is the individual's need to reconfigure tradition within the present, as in Annabel Wong's reflections on photography and self-portraiture or Sherman Alexie's episodic "unauthorized autobiography." As Alexie notes, "So much has been taken from us that we hold onto the smallest things left with all the strength we have." And yet, as this illuminating volume amply demonstrates, there remain sovereign worlds to discover, reconfigure and repossess. (Nov.) [Page 53]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A volume of original Native American writing is an exploration of the nation's indigenous cultures and their efforts to maintain a separate identity from the broader American society, in a collection of personal essays, memoirs, and historical reflections that describes the ways in which each writer has endeavored to retain a traditional way of life. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.