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Rudy Yellow Shirt, a full-blooded Oglala Sioux and a criminal investigator with the Pine Ridge Public Safety Department, spends most nights locking up drunk and disorderly Indians, frequently including his own ciye, his older brother Mogie. They live on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the home of Crazy Horse's tribe, where the Indian wars ended with the massacre at Wounded Knee, and where so many Oglala people try to maintain their ancient dignity while living on welfare checks and cans of surplus commodity foods distributed by the government. But when Rudy falls and hits his head on a rock, the spirit of Iktomi, the trickster, starts messing with his life. Soon Rudy finds himself taking on the alter ego of the Avenging Warrior and dispensing swift vigilante justice to unlucky criminals. Then, one night, the Warrior decides to firebomb one of the liquor stores that hug the border of the reservation, and Iktomi plays his most diabolical trick, starting a chain of events that will change Rudy and Mogie's relationship forever.

A frank, powerful first novel by leading American Indian poet, about two brothers whose bond is tested by the realities of contemporary life on the "rez." Rudy Yellow Shirt is a full-blooded Oglala Sioux and a criminal investigator with the Pine Ridge Public Safety Department. When he falls and hits his head, a trickster spirit enters his life and has him dispensing swift justice.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The title of this accomplished first novel by Native American poet Louis is short for ``redskins,'' a common term reservation Indians use for themselves. Set on the Pine Ridge Reservation (S.D.) where the author makes his home, the book tells the story of Rudy Yellow Shirt. Rudy's job, as a tribal policeman, is to protect the Oglala that inhabit the ``rez'' from themselves, and he's reaching the end of his tether. His marriage has fallen apart, the medicine he takes for high blood pressure has ruined his sex life and his rowdy, alcoholic brother Mogie is constantly in trouble with the law. Rudy's fed up with the spousal beatings, the alcohol and the drugs he confronts in his daily routine (``all major crimes'' are the province of the FBI). But everything changes when a knock on the noggin suffered while chasing a suspect causes unusual side effects for the weary cop. First, his sexual prowess returns with more vigor than he bargained for. It also brings out Rudy's alter ego, the ``Avenging Warrior,'' a vigilante bent on dispensing rough justice beyond the bounds of the law. First, he knee-caps a couple of punks who brutally sodomized and murdered a young boy. Then he moves on to torching a liquor store on the reservation border. The question then becomes whether Rudy will be able to achieve the reintegration of self and the comity in personal relations that elude much of Indian society. Employing an incisive blend of satire, fantasy and grim realism, and aided by a good eye for detail and an ear for natural dialogue, Louis presents a picture of contemporary Native American life that is often as funny and warm as it is disturbing. (July)
Janet St. John
Although this novel addresses issues of unemployment, domestic violence, and drug and alcohol addiction as they pertain to American Indians, it is ultimately a tale of two brothers, Rudy and Mogie Yellow Shirt, whose love is the only constant through their tumultuous lives. The brothers carry the baggage of their family's alcoholism and abuse, but react differently. Rudy gains a college education and becomes a policeman on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; Mogie lacks ambition and succumbs to the destructive cycle his parents and grandparents began. After tripping and hitting his head on a rock, Rudy releases a kind of alter ego, a vigilante "avenging warrior." Retribution and removal of negative temptations namely, alcohol are his means to save his people. Tremendously tragic and, unfortunately, highly realistic, this book could easily be another indictment of white people and a reminder of the human capacity to destroy and oppress. Yet, Louis somehow transcends simple blame by examining the many causes, including those self-induced and self-perpetuated, of the serious hardships facing American Indians today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517799581
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/15/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian C. Louis is an enrolled member of the Lovelock Paiute Indian Tribe and was born and raised in Nevada. He is the former managing editor of the Lakota Times, the largest American Indian newspaper in the country. Since 1984 he has taught English at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota. He has written several books of poems, including Fire Water World, honored by the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University as the best book of poems of 1989. He has received fellowships from the Wurlitzer Foundation, the South Dakota Arts Council, the Bush Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2000

    'Skins' is in the tradition of the Native American trickster tale

    'Skins' opens with the protagonist, Rudy, as a boy, getting biten by a black widow spider when he visits the outhouse. In manhood, when he experiences impotence, he overcomes it by invoking the power of Iktomi, the spider-trickster of Lakota tradition. The closest thing to the trickster figure in the western tradition is the picaro, the striving, often foolish, usually vulnerable protagonist like Don Quixote. However, the trickster is a bit more self-indulgent and conniving, a bit more gullible when his self-interest is involved. The trickster perspective challenges the modish, pop-sociological presumptions with which Euro-culture might address this novel. Louis has Rudy Yellow Shirt consciously assuming the role of a trickster when he acts as an avenging warrior. He defecates on the RV floor of a wannabe Indian, but the act is more an upheaval of the bowels than of peurile vengeance. He engages in sexual intercourse with his estranged wife while she firmly says no while thrusting her hips. He helps his brother pull the old Halloween gag on the offending anthropologist by lighting a paper bag of dog dung and throwing the burning missile on his porch. These acts are all done as responses to conditions of reservation life that provides no cultural moorings for the people who live there. Louis uses the traditional trickster story approach to acknowledge the depressing facts of reservation life, and it pursuing that tradition, he transcends the pop-sociology inanities and cliches about why the Indian people live as they do. It may take some orientation into Native American literary traditions to get the gist of this story, but the effort will be rewarded by new dimensions of humor and deeper understandings of what has happened to our indigenous people.

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