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Chancers

Chancers

by Gerald Vizenor
     
 

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Centered on the volatile issue of the repatriation of Native American skeletal remains, Chancers follows a group of student Solar Dancers who set out to resurrect native remains housed in the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Possessed by the demonic wiindigoo, a mythic monster, the Solar Dancers, in a gruesome

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Centered on the volatile issue of the repatriation of Native American skeletal remains, Chancers follows a group of student Solar Dancers who set out to resurrect native remains housed in the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Possessed by the demonic wiindigoo, a mythic monster, the Solar Dancers, in a gruesome ritual, sacrifice faculty and administrators associated with the collection and storage of native remains. The Dancers replace stored native skulls with those of the academics, and the resurrected natives become the Chancers.

The Round Dancers, humane and erotic trickster figures, are natural opponents of the morbid Solar Dancers. The war between the two groups comes to a comic conclusion at a graduation ceremony attended by Pocahontas; Phoebe Hearst; Alfred Kroeber, the anthropologist; Ishi, the native who actually lived and worked in the university museum; and many Chancers.

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Library Journal
In this darkly comic and satiric novel, academics in the Native Studies Department of the University of California are being sacrificed in the name of Native remains repatriation, their skulls exchanged for Native bones to let the spirit chancers (resurrected Natives) return. Demons and tricksters, solar dancers and round dancers, irony and victimization, death and eroticism--all do battle in the department, leading to a graduation conflagration, complete with guest appearances by Pocahontas and the spirit of a bawdy hand puppet. Vizenor (Native American literature and studies, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Griever: An American Monkey King in China) weaves together characters from his other novels, along with shamanism and the works of Samuel Beckett, to capture the dilemmas of modern Native life without succumbing to rage or despair. Sexy, violent, and bitingly funny, this book is not for everyone, but readers of Tom Robbins looking for another author will want to give this a try--as will anyone interested in fiction that doesn't play it safe.--Ellen Flexman, Indianapolis-Marion Cty. P.L. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806133881
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Series:
American Indian Literature Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
7.84(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.16(d)

Meet the Author

Gerald Vizenor is Professor of American Studies and Native American Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Griever: An American Monkey King in China (winner of the American Book Award); Dead Voices: Natural Agonies in the New World; and Chancers: A Novel. He resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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