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Sister nations : Native American women writers on community
Erdrich, Heid E. (Heid Ellen)
Publication Information:
St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxi, 230 pages ; 23 cm

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PS508.I5 S57 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

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Library Journal Review

In this anthology, 49 women share their experiences as Native Americans through poetry, essays, and short fiction. Divided into four sections "Changing Women," "Strong Hearts," "New Age Pocahontas," and "In the Arms of the Skies" the selections focus on the centrality of the Native experience. Writers including Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, and Roberta Hill tell of harsh mothers, gentle mothers, drunken fathers, strong fathers, and children growing up in a white world. The range of the collection is represented by the titles "First Woman," "Shadow Sisters," "Piece Quilt: An Autobiography," "Red Hawk Woman," "Grandmother, Salish Mathematician," and "The Frybread Queen," among others. The end material includes brief biographies of each contributor and information about the tribes they represent. These are strong, well-written stories of very real experiences and emotions. Recommended for all types of libraries. Sue Samson, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xx
1 Changing Womenp. 3
Sleepwalkerp. 5
First Womanp. 8
Shadow Sistersp. 10
A Woman's Old Agep. 14
Piece Quilt: An Autobiographyp. 15
Welcome to the Land of Ma'amp. 23
Picking Indian Teap. 26
Craving: First Monthp. 28
She Dancesp. 29
In the Fieldsp. 30
Choctalking on Other Realitiesp. 35
Stitch upon Stitchp. 50
Sippingp. 51
One at a Timep. 54
Termp. 57
Limp Stringsp. 59
Red Hawk Womanp. 61
Vicksp. 63
2 Strong Heartsp. 65
A Cousin from California Shows Up at My House, the First Time in Thirty Yearsp. 67
Doe Seasonp. 68
The Shawlp. 70
Anna Ghostdancerp. 78
Conjurep. 79
Long Divisionp. 80
Chi-Ko-ko-koho and the Boarding School Prefectp. 82
Mother's Lovep. 84
Tough Audiencep. 96
Brother's Passingp. 97
Close to Bonep. 99
In Dinetahp. 100
In Memory of Shamep. 105
3 New Age Pocahontasp. 107
Her Pocahontasp. 110
Butter Maiden and Maize Girl Survive Death Leapp. 112
Fleur-de-Lisp. 114
Untitledp. 121
Miraclep. 122
Ikwe Ishpimingp. 133
To the Woman Who Just Bought a Set of Native American Spirituality Dream Interpretation Cardsp. 134
Grandmother, Salish Mathematicianp. 136
Escape from the Rez on a Saturday Nightp. 137
What's an indian woman to do?p. 138
The Frybread Queenp. 140
Love is Blindp. 142
Not Indian Enoughp. 143
Alina in Kansasp. 145
After powwowp. 147
4 In the Arms of the Skiesp. 151
The one who got awayp. 153
Emergencep. 154
Smilep. 159
The Great Spirit's Wifep. 160
The Abandoned Wife Gives Herself to the Lordp. 161
How to Get to the Planet Venusp. 162
Coyote Meets His Matchp. 177
Husbandsp. 178
Elegy for Bobbyp. 179
The Power of Crushed Leavesp. 181
My Books and Your White Womenp. 183
Is It Too Much to Ask?p. 184
The Big Rectanglep. 186
Tsoodzia, Mountain to the Southp. 187
Ashkii Nizhonip. 189
The way around losing youp. 195
Contributorsp. 197
Information on Tribesp. 219
Notesp. 226