Blood of Our Earth: Poetic History of the American Indian

Blood of Our Earth: Poetic History of the American Indian

by Dan C. Jones
     
 

A collaboration between Ponca poet Dan C. Jones and Comanche artist Rance Hood, this book focuses on American Indian life on the Great Plains. Written while Jones lived with tribes all over the United States, the poems are grounded in American Indian history, mythology, and religion. Nostalgia for the vanished past and anger at the destruction of the environment

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A collaboration between Ponca poet Dan C. Jones and Comanche artist Rance Hood, this book focuses on American Indian life on the Great Plains. Written while Jones lived with tribes all over the United States, the poems are grounded in American Indian history, mythology, and religion. Nostalgia for the vanished past and anger at the destruction of the environment shape his work, a perfect complement to the dramatic imagery of Rance Hood, one of the best known American Indian painters.

Editorial Reviews

Native Peoples Magazine
From the ache left from the Sunday-afternoon departure of a man's kids to the gaiety of "Handgame," Jones and Hood will capture your heart.
Children's Literature - Mary Rand Hess
In this poetry collection the reader is taken on a historical journey of American Indian life on the Great Plains. A Ponca poet and a Comanche artist are the reader's guides. As the reader journeys forward into the poetry, one is struck by the awesome paintings displayed with each poem. It brings the poems to life, along with verse like, "I knew from stories told, / men did walk this way/ before the horse was rode. / Yes the wind does cry way up here, / pray or die." Although there are moments of raw emotion and nice imagery in some of the poems, others lack vivid imagery and an overall sense of the journey. In an interesting note, however, the author writes that he wrote these poems while living among various Indian tribes all over the United States. The "foreword" in this book also gives a brief history of the poet and his people. In the opening, there are black-and-white photographs showing the author's ancestors as well. Because of some of the language and content in the poems, this book is recommended for young adult to adult readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826338105
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
06/30/2005
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.29(d)

Meet the Author

Dan C. Jones, or SaSuWeh, is Chairman of the Ponca Nation. He is a writer, director, and member of the Producers Guild of America, and he is executive producer, Four Directions Entertainment Inc., and producer of The World of American Indian Dance.

Rance Hood's success as a painter began in the 1960s. Today his studio is in Denison, Texas.

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