Sovereign Bones: New Native American Writing

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Eric Gansworth
PublicAffairs, Nov 2, 2007 - Political Science - 331 pages
Sovereign Bones is an exploration of indigenous peoples and how they have managed to maintain separate identities, in spite of their assimilation into the broader American culture. Edited by Eric Gansworth, this collection of original writing focuses on the key role that writers and visual artists have played in the struggle of native peoples to retain their individual identities. In personal essays, memoir, and historical reflections, each writer explores the ways in which they arrived at their work and how they have retained a traditional way of life in that work. Taken as a whole, Sovereign Bones is a testimony to the resilience of indigenous cultures and the integral contributions artists make to that survival. Featured authors include: Marijo Moore, Louise Erdrich, Alex Jacobs, Heid Erdrich, Maurice Kenny, Diane Glancy, Jeanette Weaskus, Simon Ortiz.

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Contents

HAKSOD
89
FROM THE PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
97
WOODEN HEART DOPWIN LANGUAGE TABLE
107
THE SOURCE OF THE DRIVE FOR MY LANGUAGE WORK
117
A GHOST DANCE FOR WORDS
129
MARROW MEMORY
149
Rolling Those Sovereign Bones
247
THE NATIVE AMERICAN MOVES INTO CONTEMPORARY
265
CULTURAL COLLABORATION IN THE AGE
275
THROWING MOCCASINS
281
BEYOND REPATRIATION
295
STUDIO SWEEPS AND RENDERING THE FATBACK
303
CONTRIBUTORS
315
Copyright

About the author (2007)

Eric Gansworth is a writer and teacher whose work has been included in many fiction and nonfiction anthologies. He is currently works as Professor of English at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY.

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