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The Beadworkers

The Beadworkers

by Beth Piatote

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Overview

Beth Piatote's luminous debut collection opens with a feast, grounding its stories in the landscapes and lifeworlds of the Native Northwest, exploring the inventive and unforgettable pattern of Native American life in the contemporary world


Told with humor, subtlety, and beautiful spareness, the mixed-genre works of Beth Piatote's first collection find unifying themes in the strength of kinship, the pulse of longing, and the language of return.


A woman teaches her niece to make a pair of beaded earrings, while ruminating on a fractured relationship. An eleven-year-old girl narrates the unfolding of the Fish Wars in the 1960s, as her family is gradually drawn to the front lines of the conflict. In 1890, as tensions escalate at Wounded Knee, two young men at college, one French and the other Lakota, each contemplate a death in the family. In the final, haunting piece, a Nez Perce/Cayuse family is torn apart as they debate the fate of ancestral remains in a moving revision of the Greek tragedy Antigone.


Formally inventive, witty, and generous, the works in this singular debut collection draw on Indigenous aesthetics and forms to offer a powerful, sustaining vision of Native life in the Americas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640092686
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

BETH PIATOTE is a writer and scholar. She is Nez Perce from Chief Joseph's Band and is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. She holds a PhD from Stanford University and is currently an associate professor at UC Berkeley. She lives in the Bay Area with her two children.

Table of Contents

Part One: wé:tes waX waq’í:swit/land and life

Feast I

Feast II

Feast III

Part Two: Indian Wars

The News of the Day

Fish Wars

Part Three

Beading Lesson

Cicadas

wIndin!

Rootless

Part Three: netí:telwit/human beings

Antíkoni