Roanoke and Wampum: Topics in Native American Heritage and Literatures

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Peter Lang, 2001 - Literary Collections - 255 pages
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New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2001. ill. American Indian Studies. Vol. 10 General Editors: Elizabeth Hoffman Nelson and Malcolm A. Nelson. Roanoke and Wampum: Topics in Native American Heritage and Literatures focuses on the discourses about selected legacies and writings predominantly of eastern Native North America. Ron Welburn skillfully approaches diverse subjects through scholarly and personal modes. More specifically, the book begins with the author reflecting on the sign talk of fifties television's Pahoo-Ka-Ta-Wah, and it concludes with a discussion of a narrative by thirties Chippewa author Thomas Whitecloud. Other essays inquire about the southeastern Blackfoot, Jeffrey Amherst, and literary theories. Still others discuss Indian slaves, the Great Seal of the United States, Mildred Haun's Melungeon novel, and nineteenth-century Indian interviewers. A section on William Apess features poetry and a scholarly essay. 'The legacy of our people is one of loss, survival, and hope. Ron Welburn weaves these elements into a powerful, well-researched exploration of the American Indian spirit in 'Roanoke and Wampum.' His thought-provoking essays and poetry not only reflect the musicality and patterns of Native life - past, present, and future - they compel Indian, as well as non-Indian readers to search beyond contradictions, scholarly theories, and cultural boundaries and uncover new perspectives on American Indian literature, history, and oral traditions. Expect to experience a broad spectrum of emotions from X Brands's tongue-in-cheek to the tragedy of the 'American Indian Middle Passage' in this 'must read' book.' (Sierra Adare (Cherokee/Choctaw),Visiting Fellow, Cornell University; Author of 'Takeover of the Andrew Jackson Reading Room')

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The Author: Ron Welburn (Cherokee/Assateague-Gingaskin) is Associate Professor of English and Director of Native American Indian Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A member of MELUS and Wordcraft Circle of Native Authors, he is a widely published reviewer and poet, as well as a veteran jazz critic. Dr. Welburn is active with humanities council teacher workshops.

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