The Sound of Rattles and Clappers: A Collection of New California Indian Writing

The Sound of Rattles and Clappers: A Collection of New California Indian Writing

by Greg Sarris
     
 

In this anthology of poetry and fiction, ten Native Americans of California Indian ancestry illuminate aspects of their respective native cultures in works characterized by a profound love of place and people, as well as by anger over political oppression and social problemsSee more details below

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In this anthology of poetry and fiction, ten Native Americans of California Indian ancestry illuminate aspects of their respective native cultures in works characterized by a profound love of place and people, as well as by anger over political oppression and social problems

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This volume brings together writings by 10 Californian Native Americans. The work includes stories, performance art texts and an essay on Native American cuisine, but the primary form is poetry. Janice Gould's ``We Exist'' expresses the urgent impulse behind this work: ``Our writers try to counteract the history / that says we are dead, a conquered People. / But our words are like a shout in a blizzard.'' Yet if the recovery and celebration of culture and indictment of the oppressor seem to be drowned out by an uncaring mass culture, Wendy Rose's ``For the Scholar Who Wrote a Book About the `American Indian Literary Renaissance' '' points out the danger of mass appeal, that the mainstream treats Native American literature as if it only abruptly came into existence when non-Native Americans noticed it. Some of the poetry here is complex, lyrical and political, influenced not only by Native American traditions but by the mainstream of English and American poetry. William Oandasan's ``Round Valley Songs I'' (``an emptied bottle of Coors / ditched in moonlight at Inspiration Point / mirrors the faces of drunkards / cold like snow'') evoke present as well as past tragedy, and the nobility of the modern survivor as well as the ancestor. The disappointment of the anthology is that the editor's introduction fails to contextualize or illuminate these complexities for the reader. (Mar.)
Booknews
A collection of poems, fiction, and creative autobiographical stories by ten American Indians of California Indian descent: Janice Gould, Frank LaPena/Tauhindauli, James Luna, Stephen Meadows, William Oandasan, Wendy Rose, Georgiana Valoyce-Sanchez, Greg Sarris, Kathleen Smith, and Darryl Babe Wilson. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816514342
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Series:
Sun Tracks, #26
Pages:
161
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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