Maps of Reconciliation: Literature and the Ethical Imagination

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University of Hawaiʻi Press, Nov 1, 2007 - Fiction - 226 pages
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"The ice is melting in the north," writes Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper, Turtle Clan, Onanadaga Nation, in an oration to world leaders that begins this collection. His words are a call for humanity to heal a wound in our relationship to the natural world. They are also a powerful metaphor expressing the fragility and uncertainty of the future in general, the result of global declines in justice, equality, and civility, alongside rising local and national enmity, and the partition of peoples along religious, ethnic, racial, and cultural lines. In this collection, the editors turn to some of the world's most thoughtful authors--in fiction, essay, poetry, drama, and a traditional folk parable--to ask important questions about the future, to give us moral direction, individual courage, and a map toward reconciliation.

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Contents

ESSAYS
13
POEtRY
42
Two Poems
105
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Frank Stewart grew up amid the p;in forests & red clay of East Texas--a land not unlike the home of the early Cherokees in present-day Georgia. Intrigued by the true history of the Native Americans from an early age, Stewart felt inspired to write River Rising after a deeply moving experience with a full-blood Cherokee medicine man in the remote hills of Eastern Oklahoma. It was only years later that Stewart learned that, like the novel's character William Drummond, his great-great grandmother was Cherokee. Stewart holds degrees in art, languages, English & American literature & film production from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, St. Mary's University in San Antonio & the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He currently resides in Ventura, California with his wife, Gill & their two cats, We-si & Sa-lo-li.

Barry Lopez's books include" Light Action in the Caribbean" Barry Lopez's books include" Light Action in the Caribbean" (stories), "About This Life" (essays and memoir), the novell(stories), "About This Life" (essays and memoir), the novella-length fable "Crow and Weasel", and "Arctic Dreams" (nonfia-length fable "Crow and Weasel", and "Arctic Dreams" (nonfiction), for which he received the National Book Award. He haction), for which he received the National Book Award. He has traveled extensively in remote regions of the world, and hs traveled extensively in remote regions of the world, and his work has been widely translated and anthologized. He is ais work has been widely translated and anthologized. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and N recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science foundations; the Award in Literature from thational Science foundations; the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the John Burroughs ae American Academy of Arts and Letters; the John Burroughs and John Hay medals; and other honors. He lives in rural westnd John Hay medals; and other honors. He lives in rural western Oregon. ern Oregon.

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