Genocide of the mind New Native American writing

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Published
New York, NY : Thunder's Mouth Press/Nation Books c2003.
Language
English
Physical Description
xvi, 352 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781560255116
1560255110
Other Authors
MariJo Moore (-)
  • Keeping the home fires burning in urban circles : To carry the fire home / Kathryn Lucci-Cooper
  • Blood flowing in two worlds / Mary Black Bonnet
  • Home: urban and reservation / Barbara Helen Hill
  • Indian in a strange land / Wiley Steve Thornton
  • Everyone needs someone / MariJo Moore
  • Unci (Grandmother) / Ben Geobe
  • From Brooklyn to the reservation: five poems / Maurice Kenny
  • Young American Indians: the need to reclaim identity : The genocide of a generation's identity / Gabriel Horn
  • We, the people: young American Indians reclaiming their identity / Lee Francis
  • Indians in the attic / Joel Waters
  • America's urban youth and the importance of remembering / Dave Stephenson
  • Native languages: where will they go from here? : Song, poetry, and language
  • expression and perception / Simon J. Ortiz
  • X. Alatsep (written down) / Joseph Dandurand
  • Don't talk, don't live / Carol Snow Moon Bachofner
  • Iah enionkwatewennahton'se': we will not lose our words / James Aronhiotas Stevens
  • The spirit of language / Neil McKay
  • A different rhythm / H. Lee Karalis
  • Names by which the spirits know us / Sean Lee Fahrlander
  • Indians as mascots: an issue to be resolved : Symbolic racism, history, and reality: the real problem with Indian mascots / Kimberly Roppolo
  • Indian as mascots: perpetuating the stereotype / Alfred Young Man
  • Invisible emblems: empty words and sacred honor / Steve Russell
  • Who we are, who we are not: memories, misconceptions, and modifications : Yellow Woman and a beauty of the spirit / Leslie Marmon Silko
  • She's nothing like we thought / Molly McGlennen
  • Manitowac: spirit place in Anishinaabe / Tim Hays
  • Pyramids, art, museum, and bones: some brief memories / David Bunn Martine
  • Identification pleas / Eric Gansworth
  • Raising the American Indian community house / Mifaunwy Shunatona Hines
  • The secret of breathing / Steve Elm
  • The Indians are alive / Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
  • "Indians," solipsisms, and archetypal holocausts / Paula Gunn Allen
  • Buffalo medicine: an essay and a play / David Seals
  • Postcolonial hyperbaggage: a few poems of resistance and survival / Carter Revard
  • About American Indian Artists, Inc. / Diane Fraher.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Addressing the genocide of Native American cultural identity over the past 100 years, this collection of 35 essays by authors representing more than 25 tribal nations is at once eye-opening, brutally frank, and ultimately optimistic. Established writers such as Paula Gunn Allen, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Maurice Kenny, along with a host of emerging writers, teachers, poets, students, and visual artists, have come together, brilliantly elucidating the overlapping causes of the disappearance of tribal identity. These include the move by 60 percent of Native Americans to urban areas, the dissipation of Native languages, gradual assimilation into the non-Native society and the resulting mixed parentage of many young Native Americans, and media stereotyping and its concomitant racism. Every reader will feel a call to action after finishing this informative volume, whether he or she is a non-Native who realizes the need for the banning of Indian sports mascots or a Native moved to dedicate more time to passing on tribal language and tradition to the next generation. ((Reviewed November 1, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Moore, a Cherokee whose works include Spirit Voices of Bones, describes this anthology as "a testament to American Indian consciousness continuing to circulate, regardless of past or present genocidal attempts, whether cerebral, endemic, systematic, or otherwise." The book is divided into five sections-"Keeping the Home Fires Burning in Urban Circles," "American Indian Youth: The Need To Reclaim Identity," "Native Languages: Where Will They Go From Here?" "Indians as Mascots: An Issue To Be Resolved," and "Who We Are, Who We Are Not: Memories, Misconceptions and Modifications." The 33 essays are a stark and direct rendering of the Indian experience in this century and the way it is shaped by whites. For example, in "Invisible Emblems: Empty Words, and Sacred Honor," Steve Russell writes, "From Indian mascots to the Nuager Clan of the Great Wanabi Nation, the yonega (whites) are fascinated with connecting to Indians, Indians understood in some bizarre sense that escapes most of us." The contributors are from different Indian nations and include both well-known and emerging writers. Recommended for all libraries with Native American collections.-Sue Samson, Univ. of Montana, Missoula Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A collection of nonfiction pieces written by Native Americans explores the line between traditionalism and urban modernity among Native Americans, including contributions from Sherman Alexie, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Simon Ortiz.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Compelling and filled with stories of struggle and identity, this collection of nonfiction pieces written by native Americans explores the line between traditionalism and urban modernity among Native Americans, including contributions from Sherman Alexie, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Simon Ortiz, among many others. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

After five centuries of Eurocentrism, many people have little idea that Native American tribes still exist, or which traditions belong to what tribes. However over the past decade there has been a rising movement to accurately describe Native cultures and histories. In particular, people have begun to explore the experience of urban Indians -- individuals who live in two worlds struggling to preserve traditional Native values within the context of an ever-changing modern society. In Genocide of the Mind, the experience and determination of these people is recorded in a revealing and compelling collection of essays that brings the Native American experience into the twenty-first century. Contributors include: Paula Gunn Allen, Simon Ortiz, Sherman Alexie, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Maurice Kenny, as well as emerging writers from different Indian nations.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

After five centuries of Eurocentrism, many people have little idea that Native American tribes still exist, or which traditions belong to what tribes. However over the past decade there has been a rising movement to accurately describe Native cultures and histories. In particular, people have begun to explore the experience of urban Indians—individuals who live in two worlds struggling to preserve traditional Native values within the context of an ever-changing modern society. In Genocide of the Mind, the experience and determination of these people is recorded in a revealing and compelling collection of essays that brings the Native American experience into the twenty-first century. Contributors include: Paula Gunn Allen, Simon Ortiz, Sherman Alexie, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Maurice Kenny, as well as emerging writers from different Indian nations.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

After five centuries of Eurocentrism, many people have little idea that Native American tribes still exist, or which traditions belong to what tribes. However over the past decade there has been a rising movement to accurately describe Native cultures and histories. In particular, people have begun to explore the experience of urban Indians?individuals who live in two worlds struggling to preserve traditional Native values within the context of an ever-changing modern society. In Genocide of the Mind, the experience and determination of these people is recorded in a revealing and compelling collection of essays that brings the Native American experience into the twenty-first century. Contributors include: Paula Gunn Allen, Simon Ortiz, Sherman Alexie, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Maurice Kenny, as well as emerging writers from different Indian nations.