Native American Autobiography: An Anthology

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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 ...

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Overview

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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"Arnold Krupat is the leading scholar in the study of autobiographies, and this collection is one of the most comprehensive representations of life stories by Native Americans."—Gerald Vizenor, University of California–Berkeley

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A critical anthology of autobiographical stories and writings that includes narratives from Native Americans from various periods including pre-contact, Indian removal, resistance between 1830 and 1890, the Native American renaissance in the 1960s, and traditional lives today, with background information on each period and introductions for each autobiographical selection. Contains b&w illustrations. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299140243
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Series: Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 931,537
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 Traditional Lives 19
1 Crows Heart's Reminiscences and Personal Experiences 23
2 Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior 31
3 How Aua Became a Shaman 64
4 Autobiography of FP 70
Pt. 2 The Christian Indians, from the Eighteenth Century to Indian Removal, 1830 91
5 The Letters of Eleazar Wheelock's Indians 95
6 A Short Narrative of My Life 105
7 Memoir of Catharine Brown, A Christian Indian of the Cherokee Nation 114
8 The Experiences of Five Christian Indians of the Pequot Tribe 121
Pt. 3 The Resisting Indians, from Indian Removal to Wounded Knee, 1830-90 139
9 Life of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk 149
10 Wooden Leg, a Warrior Who Fought Custer 171
11 Yellow Wolf: His Own Story 186
12 Geronimo's Story of His Life 203
13 Black Elk Speaks 218
Pt. 4 The Closed Frontier, 1890- 237
14 Plenty-Coups, Chief of the Crows 241
15 From the Deep Woods to Civilization 258
16 Impressions of an Indian Childhood 280
17 My People, the Sioux 298
Pt. 5 The Anthropologists' Indians, 1900- 317
18 The Autobiography of a Winnebago Indian 321
19 Narrative of an Arapaho Woman 343
20 Autobiography of a Papago Woman 353
21 Son of Old Man Hat 376
Pt. 6 "Native American Renaissance," 1968- 399
22 The Way to Rainy Mountain 401
23 The Halfbreed Chronicles 415
24 Crows Written on the Poplars: Autocritical Autobiographies 425
25 The Two Lives 435
Pt. 7 Traditional Lives Today 451
26 Fools Crow 453
27 Big Falling Snow 469
28 My Stories Are My Wealth 491
29 My Life Story and Recent Events: A Dena'ina Legacy 513
Index 527
Titles in Wisconsin Studies in American Autobiography 547
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