Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community

Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community

by Heid E. Erdrich, Laura Tohe

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This 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 result is a rich tapestry that contains work by established writers along with emerging and first-time authors. Contributors include Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, Diane Glancy, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Allison Hedge Coke, LeAnne Howe, Roberta Hill, Kim Blaeser, Linda LeGarde Grover, with a foreword by Winona LaDuke.

The writings included range from the personal to the political, from notions of romantic love to the realities of marriage, from finding a place in modern society to incorporating tradition in daily life. Whether it's Louise Erdrich's heartbreaking story "The Shawl," Diane Glancy's tightly distilled poems, or Joy Harjo's elegant and fanciful "How to Get to Planet Venus," all of these works explore both what it means to be a woman and how those realities are complicated by the Native American experience.

The editors have divided these lively and thought-provoking pieces into four sections: "Changing Women," which deals with the stages of a woman's life, awareness of female ancestors, and women's traditions of healing and making art; "Strong Hearts," which shows Indian women enduring with love, defending with fierce judgment, and reaching out across history to protect the people; "New Age Pocahontas," which reveals the humor and complexity of stereotypes and simplified images of Native American women; and "In the Arms of the Skies," which explores the ways in which typical notions about romantic love and marriage are put to the test.

Sister Nations also includes full biographies of all the contributors, commentary from many of the authors on their work, and a bibliography of relevant publications.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873516976
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Series: Native Voices
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Heid E. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibway. Her collection of poetry Fishing for Myth won a Minnesota Voices Award. Erdrich teaches Native American literature and creative writing at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
Laura Tohe was born and raised on the Navajo reservation. Her book No Parole Today received the Poetry of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. She is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University.

Table of Contents

1Changing Women3
First Woman8
Shadow Sisters10
A Woman's Old Age14
Piece Quilt: An Autobiography15
Welcome to the Land of Ma'am23
Picking Indian Tea26
Craving: First Month28
She Dances29
In the Fields30
Choctalking on Other Realities35
Stitch upon Stitch50
One at a Time54
Limp Strings59
Red Hawk Woman61
2Strong Hearts65
A Cousin from California Shows Up at My House, the First Time in Thirty Years67
Doe Season68
The Shawl70
Anna Ghostdancer78
Long Division80
Chi-Ko-ko-koho and the Boarding School Prefect82
Mother's Love84
Tough Audience96
Brother's Passing97
Close to Bone99
In Dinetah100
In Memory of Shame105
3New Age Pocahontas107
Her Pocahontas110
Butter Maiden and Maize Girl Survive Death Leap112
Ikwe Ishpiming133
To the Woman Who Just Bought a Set of Native American Spirituality Dream Interpretation Cards134
Grandmother, Salish Mathematician136
Escape from the Rez on a Saturday Night137
What's an indian woman to do?138
The Frybread Queen140
Love is Blind142
Not Indian Enough143
Alina in Kansas145
After powwow147
4In the Arms of the Skies151
The one who got away153
The Great Spirit's Wife160
The Abandoned Wife Gives Herself to the Lord161
How to Get to the Planet Venus162
Coyote Meets His Match177
Elegy for Bobby179
The Power of Crushed Leaves181
My Books & Your White Women183
Is It Too Much to Ask?184
The Big Rectangle186
Tsoodzia, Mountain to the South187
Ashkii Nizhoni189
The way around losing you195
Information on Tribes219

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