Sister Nations: Native American Women Writing on Community

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This lively and accessible anthology of fiction, prose, and poetry celebrates the rich diversity of writing by Native American women today. Editors Heid E. Erdrich and Laura Tohe have gathered stories from across the nation that celebrate, record, and explore Native American women's roles in community. The end result is a rich and heartfelt tapestry that contains work by established writers along with emerging and first-time authors.
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Overview

This lively and accessible anthology of fiction, prose, and poetry celebrates the rich diversity of writing by Native American women today. Editors Heid E. Erdrich and Laura Tohe have gathered stories from across the nation that celebrate, record, and explore Native American women's roles in community. The end result is a rich and heartfelt tapestry that contains work by established writers along with emerging and first-time authors.
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In the Dakota tongue Minnetonka means "big waters," and there's no doubt that Minnesota's largest lake lives up to its name. From its early days as an Native American outpost and local fishing hideaway, to its 1880s grand hotel heydays, to its recent, heartwarming renaissance, Minnetonka brims with history. For this wondrous pictorial tribute, Wayzata resident James W. Ogland has utilized daguerreotypes, cartes de visite, stereoviews, view cards, and postcards (including some hand-tinted beauties.) One early travel manual boasted that "The long luxurious porches with their easy chairs and entrancing views cast a Circes' spell over time." Now time returns the favor.
Library Journal
In this anthology, 49 women share their experiences as Native Americans through poetry, essays, and short fiction. Divided into four sections "Changing Women," "Strong Hearts," "New Age Pocahontas," and "In the Arms of the Skies" the selections focus on the centrality of the Native experience. Writers including Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, and Roberta Hill tell of harsh mothers, gentle mothers, drunken fathers, strong fathers, and children growing up in a white world. The range of the collection is represented by the titles "First Woman," "Shadow Sisters," "Piece Quilt: An Autobiography," "Red Hawk Woman," "Grandmother, Salish Mathematician," and "The Frybread Queen," among others. The end material includes brief biographies of each contributor and information about the tribes they represent. These are strong, well-written stories of very real experiences and emotions. Recommended for all types of libraries. Sue Samson, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Although including some fiction and a few essays, the majority of this collection presents poetry. All of the contributions are written by Native American women and in some way reflect on the relations of women to their community. The writings reflect on transformation in the female experience, the theme of inner strength, reactions to stereotypes and simplified images, or love and sex. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873514286
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Native Voices Series
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 287,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Sleepwalker 5
First Woman 8
Shadow Sisters 10
A Woman's Old Age 14
Piece Quilt: An Autobiography 15
Welcome to the Land of Ma'am 23
Picking Indian Tea 26
Craving: First Month 28
She Dances 29
In the Fields 30
Choctalking on Other Realities 35
Stitch upon Stitch 50
Sipping 51
One at a Time 54
Term 57
Limp Strings 59
Red Hawk Woman 61
Vicks 63
A Cousin from California Shows Up at My House, the First Time in Thirty Years 67
Doe Season 68
The Shawl 70
Anna Ghostdancer 78
Conjure 79
Long Division 80
Chi-Ko-ko-koho and the Boarding School Prefect 82
Mother's Love 84
Tough Audience 96
Brother's Passing 97
Close to Bone 99
In Dinetah 100
In Memory of Shame 105
Her Pocahontas 110
Butter Maiden and Maize Girl Survive Death Leap 112
Fleur-de-Lis 114
Untitled 121
Miracle 122
Ikwe Ishpiming 133
To the Woman Who Just Bought a Set of Native American Spirituality Dream Interpretation Cards 134
Grandmother, Salish Mathematician 136
Escape from the Rez on a Saturday Night 137
what's an indian woman to do? 138
The Frybread Queen 140
Love is Blind 142
Not Indian Enough 143
Alina in Kansas 145
after powwow 147
the one who got away 153
Emergence 154
Smile 159
The Great Spirit's Wife 160
The Abandoned Wife Gives Herself to the Lord 161
How to Get to the Planet Venus 162
Coyote Meets His Match 177
Husbands 178
Elegy for Bobby 179
The Power of Crushed Leaves 181
My Books & Your White Women 183
Is It Too Much to Ask? 184
The Big Rectangle 186
Tsoodzil, Mountain to the South 187
Ashkii Nizhoni 189
the way around losing you 195
Contributors 197
Information on Tribes 219
Notes 226
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