Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: An Anthology of the American Inidian Holocaust

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MariJo Moore
Running Press, Jun 22, 2006 - History - 406 pages
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As you walk out of your front door tomorrow morning, look down. Look to your left and to your right. Touch the earth: the concrete, the sidewalk, or whatever surrounds you. Undoubtedly you will be touching the layered coverings of the remains of indigenous peoples. Not arrowheads, not broken pieces of pottery — but the very DNA of the first peoples of this continent. For five centuries — from Columbus's arrival in 1492 to the U.S. Army's massacre of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in the 1890s, to the renewed assault in the 1970s — our continent's indigenous people endured the most massive and systematic act of genocide in the history of the world. In Eating Fire, Tasting Blood, twenty established and up-and-coming American Indian writers from disparate nations and tribes offer stirring reflections on the history of their people. This is not a collection of essays about Native Americans but rather a collection BY Native Americans — the story of native holocaust on a tribe-by-tribe level as told by those few who have been fortunate enough to survive. Included are original essays by Vine Deloria Jr., Paula Gunn Allen, Linda Hogan, and Eduardo Galeano.

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MariJo Moore is a novelist and poet of Cherokee, Irish, and Dutch ancestry. She is the editor of Genocide of the Mind: New Writings by Native Americans (Thunder’s Mouth Press) and the author of numerous books including Spirit Voices of Bones, Red Woman with Backward Eyes and Other Stories, and a novel, The Diamond Doorknob. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina.

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