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No Parole Today
     

No Parole Today

by Laura Tohe
 

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ISBN-10: 0931122937

ISBN-13: 9780931122934

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: West End Press

This first collection, in prose memoir and poetry, of the work of a Navajo poet and teacher describes attending a government school for Indian children and the challenge it presented to her socially, culturally, and expressively. Laura Tohe says this of her experience:

"I was born in Fort Defiance, Arizona, and raised on the Diné (Navajo) Reservation

Overview

This first collection, in prose memoir and poetry, of the work of a Navajo poet and teacher describes attending a government school for Indian children and the challenge it presented to her socially, culturally, and expressively. Laura Tohe says this of her experience:

"I was born in Fort Defiance, Arizona, and raised on the Diné (Navajo) Reservation in Arizona and New Mexico. I grew up speaking Diné as my primary language. For a while we lived near Coyote Canyon with my grandparents while my parents operated the Tohe Coal Mine, a family business. After the mine closed, my mother moved us to Crystal, New Mexico, where she worked at the boarding school. I grew up without television in the beautiful Chuska Mountains, where only a dirt road connected us to the rest of the world.

"While growing up I heard stories all around me. As we drove down the dusty reservation road, my mother told many Diné stories. I liked to listen to her and Grandma gossip. Sometimes she would catch me eavesdropping and make me leave. My first publication originates from a story given to my mother by her great-grandmother."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780931122934
Publisher:
West End Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Pages:
63
Sales rank:
472,489
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Letter to General Prattix
Prologue: Once You Were Signed Upxiii
Part I"Kill the Indian, Save the Man"
Our Tongues Slapped into Silence2
The Names4
Cat or Stomp6
She's Real Quiet, a Letter from the Indian School I7
Joe Babes8
The Mane Story10
Christianity Hopping11
The Sacrament13
Popeye's Kitchen, A Letter from the Indian School II14
Woolworths15
Sometimes Those Pueblo Men Can Sure Be Coyotes16
Mennen Skin Bracer18
Dancing Boots20
Visiting Cabbage Ears, A Letter from the Indian School III22
Covert Lover or How My Naa'ashood Days Ended23
So I Blow Smoke in Her Face25
Collage30
Part IINo Parole Today
Conversations in passing32
My Brother Shakes the Bottle34
Body Identified35
Newspaper Deaths36
The Shooting37
No Parole Today38
Sometimes She Dreams39
Little Sister40
Half-Light41
Oil42
When the Moon Died43
Easter Sunday45
At Mexican Springs47

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