Native American Autobiography: An Anthology

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Arnold Krupat
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 546 pages
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Native American Autobiography is the first collection to bring together the major autobiographical narratives by Native American people from the earliest documents that exist to the present. The thirty narratives included here cover a range of tribes and cultural areas, over a span of more than 200 years.
From the earliest known written memoir—a 1768 narrative by the Reverend Samson Occom, a Mohegan, reproduced as a chapter here—to recent reminiscences by such prominent writers as N. Scott Momaday and Gerald Vizenor, the book covers a broad range of Native American experience. The sections include “Traditional Lives;” “The Christian Indians, from the Eighteenth Century to Indian Removal, 1830;” “The Resisting Indians, from Indian Removal to Wounded Knee, 1830-90;” “The Closed Frontier, 1890-;” “The Anthropologists' Indians, 1900-;” “'Native American Renaissance,' 1968-;” and “Traditional Lives Today.” Editor Arnold Krupat provides a general introduction, a historical introduction to each of the seven sections, extensive headnotes for each selection, and suggestions for further reading, making this an ideal resource for courses in American literature, history, anthropology, and Native American studies. General readers, too, will find a wealth of fascinating material in the life stories of these Native American men and women.

"This is the first comprehensive anthology of American Indian autobiography ever published. It will be of interest to virtually anyone teaching or studying the literatures of the native peoples of North America, as well as to a general audience, because of the informative, literate introductions and the absorbing narratives themselves."—William L. Andrews, series editor

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Traditional Lives
19
The Making of a Crow Warrior
31
How Aua Became a Shaman
64
Autobiography of FP
70
The Christian Indians
91
A Short Narrative of My Life
105
Memoir of Catharine Brown A Christian Indian
114
Impressions of an Indian Childhood
280
My People the Sioux
298
The Anthropologists Indians 1900
317
Narrative of an Arapaho Woman
343
Autobiography of a Papago Woman
353
Son of Old Man Hat
376
Native American Renaissance 1968
399
The Halfbreed Chronicles
415

The Experiences of Five Christian Indians
121
from Indian Removal
139
Life of Makataimeshekiakiak or Black Hawk
149
Wooden Leg a Warrior Who Fought Custer
171
His Own Story
186
Geronimos Story of His Life
203
Black Elk Speaks
218
The Closed Frontier 1890
237
From the Deep Woods to Civilization
258
Autocritical
425
The Two Lives
435
Traditional Lives Today
451
Big Falling Snow
469
My Stories Are My Wealth
491
A Denaina Legacy
513
Index
527
Titles in Wisconsin Studies in American Autobiography
547
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About the author (1994)

Arnold Krupat is an internationally known scholar of Native American autobiography. He has published a study of the genre, For Those Who Come After, and coedited (with Brian Swann) I Tell You Now: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers and the forthcoming Everything Matters: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers. Among his other publications are Ethnocriticism: Ethnography, History, and Literature and, most recently, The Turn to the Native: Studies in Criticism and Culture. He is a member of the Literature Faculty of Sarah Lawrence College.

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