Notebooks of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

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Overview

An eclectic collection of poetry, prose, and politics, Notebooks of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn is a text, a narrative, a song, a story, a history, a testimony, a witnessing. Above all, it is a fiercely intelligent, brave, and sobering work that re-examines and interrogates our nation’s past and the distorted way that its history has been written. In topics including recent debates over issues of environmental justice, the contradictions surrounding the Crazy Horse Monument, and the contemporary portrayal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as one of the great American epic odysseys, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn stitches together a patchwork of observations of racially charged cultural materials, personal experiences, and contemporary characterizations of this country’s history and social climate. Through each example, she challenges the status quo and piques the reader’s awareness of persistent abuses of indigenous communities. The voices that Cook-Lynn brings to the texts are as varied as the genres in which she writes. They are astute and lyrical, fierce and heartbreaking. Through these intonations, she maintains a balance between her roles as a scholar and a poet, a popular teacher and a woman who has experienced deep personal loss. A unique blend of form and content that traverses time, space, and purpose, this collection is a thoroughly original contribution to modern American Indian literature. Moreover, it presents an alternative narrative of the nation’s history and opens an important window into the political challenges that Natives continue to face.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816525836
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 2/23/2007
  • Series: Sun Tracks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Fort Thompson, and lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Since her retirement from Eastern Washington University, she has been a visiting professor and consultant in Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis, and at Arizona State University in Tempe, and a writer-in-residence at several universities.

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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
I
What about Art?     3
When we talk of     5
The Inadequacy of Literary Art     17
This Story     18
The Woman Who Wrote Poems     19
In This     20
There Is Something Off-Stage     21
Written in Kindness...     22
Books in Missoula     23
Messages as I Pass a Car     25
Hearing Spiders Pray...     28
People who read my work     30
Surrounded by Serbs on Rapid Creek     31
Birds, Yellow Jackets, the Sun, and an Old Man     33
II
Who Owns the Past?     37
Thoughts While Driving across a Bridge on Interstate 90     38
A Younger Sister, I Try to Believe in Myself     39
Another Place to Walk Back From     40
Who Are You, Tim McVeigh?     42
III
June 2004     47
Reading Guide to Aurelia     48
The Old Couple     54
Another Commencement Address     55
What I Really Said...     56
IV
Omnipresence/Thunder     71
A Mixed Marriage     73
Writing Is a Hard Thing to Do     74
A Gentle Heart     76
A Poem     78
When I did graduate work     79
Whatever Happened to D'Arcy McNickle?     80
Going Away     91
When Scott Momaday     92
V
The Riverpeople     95
September 5/2004     96
Irony's Blade     101
Democracy in 2002 and the Free Press     105
Murder at the Nebraska Line     106
Change     107
October 2004     111
At Churchside, 1995     113
Contradictions...     114
A Commutative Poem about Graduate School     116
Exile     117
The condition     120
There is the widespread notion     122
In the Summer     124
VI
There are few vocations     127
The Way It Is     129
Colonization     130
Trying to Make a Difference     131
Rabbit Dance     132
December Twenty-Eight     133
Sitting Beside an American Woman...     134
Out of the Mouths of Babes     137
A Cynic Assumes the Right...     141
Restless Spirit     142
Culture Wars     144
While Watching a Prairie Bird     145
VII
Great literary events     149
Phyllis Schlafly says this     150
The Sioux say     151
The Morning World Is Like This     152
November 19, 2005     153
Must We Go to Delphi...?     155
Dakota Iapi Tewahi(n)da     157
There is a man     158
Metaphor     160
Anangoptan (Listen!)     166
Make Believe     168
New Myths of Feminism     170
What is a feminist?     171
Snowy Days and Nights     177
Rejoice, Rejoice     178
Below the Poverty Line     179
In Defense of Politics and Ethical Criticism     186
Acknowledgments     191
Notes on Sources     192
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