Telling the Stories: Essays on American Indian Literatures and Cultures

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Since the initial complicated (and some say disastrous) meeting of the European and Native American worlds, both sides have encountered difficulty in communication. These thirteen essays aim to bridge this gap, by bringing together statements on major issues of American Indian identity and literature, some written by authors about their own people, others focus scholarly lenses on Native authors, including James Welch and Leslie Marmon Silko. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

I Stories of Identity: From the Oral to the Written
1 Mother Tongues and Native Voices: Linguistic Fantasies in the Age of the Encounter 3
2 Alaska Haida Narratives: Maintaining Cultural Identity through Subsistence 19
3 The Act of Storytelling and Gender Dynamics in "Kaweshawa": A Study of the Watunna, the Makiritare Creation Myth 29
4 These Were Mari Sandoz's Sioux 39
5 Rewriting Ethnography: the Embedded Texts in Leslie Silko's Ceremony 47
6 Constituting and Preserving Self through Writing 59
Pt. II New Stories: Modern American Indian Literatures
7 Perception in D'Arcy McNickle's The Surrounded: A Postcolonial Reading 71
8 Teaching Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony 83
9 Western Fictions in Welch's Fools Crow: Languages of Landscape and Culture 93
10 Native American Sleuths: Following in the Footsteps of the Indian Guides? 109
11 King and Kodachrome: Green Grass, Running Water's Models for Non-Native Participation 131
12 Dialectic to Dialogic: Negotiating Bicultural Heritage in Sherman Alexie's Sonnets 143
13 Tales of Burning Love: Louise Erdich's "Scarlet Letter" 153
Contributors 169
Index 173
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