Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First North American Native Writers' Festival

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Joseph Bruchac
University of Arizona Press, 1994 - Literary Collections - 369 pages
An unprecedented gathering of more than 300 Native writers was held in Norman, Oklahoma, in 1992. The Returning the Gift Festival brought more Native writers together in one place than at any other time in history. In compiling this volume, Joseph Bruchac invited every writer who attended the festival to submit new, unpublished work; he then selected the best of the more than 200 submissions to create a collection. The anthology includes works from every corner of the continent, representing a wide range of tribal affiliations, languages, and cultures. In addition to contributions by 92 writers are two introductory chapters: Joseph Bruchac comments on the current state of Native American literature and the significance of the Festival, and Geary Hobson traces the evolution of the event itself.
 

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Contents

Sherman Alexie SpokaneCoeur dAlene
1
Lorenzo Baca Apache
15
Diane E Benson Tlingit
30
Gloria Bird Spokane
38
Tracey Bonneau Okanagan
48
Charles Brashear Cherokee
57
Barney Bush Shawnee
65
Bobbie Bush Chehalis
71
Evelina Zuni Lucero IsletaSan juan Pueblo
188
Daniel David Moses Delaware
196
Jim Northrup Anishinabe
206
nila northSun ShoshoneChippewa
216
Juanita Pahdopony Comanche
222
Perea Ogala LakotaSioux
226
Suzanne Rancourt Abenaki
232
Wendy Rose HopiMiwok
240

Kateri Damm Ojibway
86
Forbes RenapeLenape
102
Garza Blue Heron CoahuiltecaApache
114
Diane Glancy Cherokee
120
Roxy Gordon Choctaw
126
Richard Green Mohawk
134
Raven Hail Cherokee
141
Gordon Henry Anishinabe
147
Linda Hogan Chickasaw
155
Andrew Hope Tlingit
163
Alex Jacobs Mohawk
170
Maurice Kenny Mohawk
178
Mary Lockwood Inupiaq
185
Ralph Salisbury Cherokee
246
Carol Lee Sanchez LagunaSioux
253
Cheryl Savageau Abenaki
261
Jean Starr Cherokee
268
Denise Sweet Anishinabe
275
Luci Tapahonso Navajo
278
Earle Thompson Yakima
284
Gail Tremblay OnondagaMicmac
297
Judith Mtn Leaf Volborth BlackfootComanche
310
Roberta Hill Whiteman Oneida
320
Greg Younglng Cree
338
Writers Attending the Returning the Gift Festival
363
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