Muscogee Daughter: My Sojourn to the Miss America Pageant

Muscogee Daughter: My Sojourn to the Miss America Pageant

by Susan Supernaw
Muscogee Daughter: My Sojourn to the Miss America Pageant

Muscogee Daughter: My Sojourn to the Miss America Pageant

by Susan Supernaw

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Overview

How American is Miss America? For Susan Supernaw, a Muscogee (Creek) and Munsee Native American, the question wasn’t just academic. Throughout a childhood clouded by poverty, alcoholism, abuse, and a physical disability, Supernaw sought escape in school and dance and the Native American Church. She became a presidential scholar, won a scholarship to college, and was crowned Miss Oklahoma in 1971. Supernaw might not have won the Miss America pageant that year, but she did call attention to the Native peoples living largely invisible lives throughout their own American land. And she did at long last earn her Native American name.

Chronicling a quest to escape poverty and find meaning, Supernaw’s story is revealing, humorous, and deeply moving. Muscogee Daughter is the story of finding a Native American identity among the distractions and difficulties of American life and of discerning an identity among competing notions of what it is to be a woman, a Native American, and a citizen of the world.
 


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ISBN-13: 9781496220363
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 05/01/2020
Series: American Indian Lives
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 264
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Susan Supernaw is a computer software, education, and technology consultant. Her manuscript for this book won the First Book Award for Prose from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. Geary Hobson is a professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and the author of, most recently, The Last of the Ofos.

Table of Contents





List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Family Genealogy
1. Blessings Inside a Tipi
2. Jimmy
3. Bozo
4. Horse Crazy
5. A New Name
6. Metamorphosis
7. Sewer Rats
8. Beef Noodle
9. Susie Q
10. Super Sue
11. Tomorrow's Leader
12. Coming Home
13. Scorpio Sue
14. Superstar Supernaw
15. The Barefoot Queen
16. The Indian Queen
17. Dancing Feet
18. Ellia Ponna
Notes

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