Earthdivers: Tribal Narratives on Mixed Descent

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U of Minnesota Press, 1981 - Literary Criticism - 191 pages
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These narratives compare earthdivers in myths who brought dirt up from the watery earth to form land, with present-day earthdivers, mixed bloods, who dive into urban areas connecting dreams to the earth
 

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Contents

The Chair of Tears
3
Sand Creek Survivors
33
Retake on Colonialism
47
Blue Moon Ceremonial
67
Mouse Proof Martin
77
Natural Tilts
88
Paraday Chicken Pluck
95
Rubie Blue Welcome
105
Sorrie and the Park Fountain
113
The Decembers
125
The Sociodowser
141
Dowsing the Students
148
Spacious Treeline in Words
165
Urban Shamans
174
Terminal Creeds
183
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Page viii - No matter how well educated an Indian may become, he or she always suspects that Western culture is not an adequate representation of reality. Life, therefore, becomes a schizophrenic balancing act wherein one holds that the creation, migration, and ceremonial stories of the tribe are true and that the Western European view of the world is also true.
Page xiv - Despite the lack of a great number of actual excremental myths, the existence of any at all would appear to lend support to the hypothesis that men do think of creativity in anal terms, and further that this conception is projected into mythical cosmogonic terms.

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About the author (1981)

GERALD VIZENOR is Professor of Native American Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. His books published by Wesleyan are Shadow Distance: A Gerald Vizenor Reader (1994), Manifest Manners: Postindian Warriors of Survivance (1993), Landfill Meditation: Crossblood Stories (1991), and The Heirs of Columbus (1991). His second book, Griever: An American Monkey King in China, won the 1988 American Book Award.

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