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Genocide of the mind : new Native America writing
Moore, MariJo.
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New York : Thunder's Mouth Press/Nation Books, [2003]

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xvi, 352 pages ; 21 cm
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E98.E85 G46 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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After five centuries of Eurocentrism, many people have little idea that Native American tribes still exist, or which traditions belong to what tribes. However over the past decade there has been a rising movement to accurately describe Native cultures and histories. In particular, people have begun to explore the experience of urban Indians--individuals who live in two worlds struggling to preserve traditional Native values within the context of an ever-changing modern society. In Genocide of the Mind, the experience and determination of these people is recorded in a revealing and compelling collection of essays that brings the Native American experience into the twenty-first century. Contributors include: Paula Gunn Allen, Simon Ortiz, Sherman Alexie, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Maurice Kenny, as well as emerging writers from different Indian nations.

Author Notes

MariJo Moore (Cherokee) is the author of The Diamond Doorknob, Spirit Voices of Bones, Tree Quotes, and Red Woman with Backward Eyes and Other Stories. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including National Geographic and the New York Times Syndicated Press
Vine Deloria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux) is a respected elder, prominent spokesperson for the rights and concerns of indigenous people, and the author of many books

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Booklist Review

Addressing the genocide of Native American cultural identity over the past 100 years, this collection of 35 essays by authors representing more than 25 tribal nations is at once eye-opening, brutally frank, and ultimately optimistic. Established writers such as Paula Gunn Allen, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Maurice Kenny, along with a host of emerging writers, teachers, poets, students, and visual artists, have come together, brilliantly elucidating the overlapping causes of the disappearance of tribal identity. These include the move by 60 percent of Native Americans to urban areas, the dissipation of Native languages, gradual assimilation into the non-Native society and the resulting mixed parentage of many young Native Americans, and media stereotyping and its concomitant racism. Every reader will feel a call to action after finishing this informative volume, whether he or she is a non-Native who realizes the need for the banning of Indian sports mascots or a Native moved to dedicate more time to passing on tribal language and tradition to the next generation. --Deborah Donovan Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Moore, a Cherokee whose works include Spirit Voices of Bones, describes this anthology as "a testament to American Indian consciousness continuing to circulate, regardless of past or present genocidal attempts, whether cerebral, endemic, systematic, or otherwise." The book is divided into five sections-"Keeping the Home Fires Burning in Urban Circles," "American Indian Youth: The Need To Reclaim Identity," "Native Languages: Where Will They Go From Here?" "Indians as Mascots: An Issue To Be Resolved," and "Who We Are, Who We Are Not: Memories, Misconceptions and Modifications." The 33 essays are a stark and direct rendering of the Indian experience in this century and the way it is shaped by whites. For example, in "Invisible Emblems: Empty Words, and Sacred Honor," Steve Russell writes, "From Indian mascots to the Nuager Clan of the Great Wanabi Nation, the yonega (whites) are fascinated with connecting to Indians, Indians understood in some bizarre sense that escapes most of us." The contributors are from different Indian nations and include both well-known and emerging writers. Recommended for all libraries with Native American collections.-Sue Samson, Univ. of Montana, Missoula (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Vine Deloria, Jr.MariJo MooreKathryn Lucci-CooperMary Black BonnetBarbara Helen HillWiley Steve ThorntonMariJo MooreBen GeobeMaurice KennyGabriel HornLee FrancisJoel WatersDave StephensonSimon J. OrtizJoseph DandurandCarol Snow Moon BachofnerJames Aronhiotas StevensNeil McKayH. Lee KaralisSean Lee FahrlanderKimberly RoppoloAlfred Young ManSteve RussellLeslie Marmon SilkoMolly McGlennenTim HaysDavid Bunn MartineEric GansworthMifaunwy Shunatona HinesSteve ElmVirginia Driving Hawk SnevePaula Gunn AllenDavid SealsCarter RevardDiane Fraher
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xv
1 Keeping the Home Fires Burning in Urban Circles
To Carry the Fire Homep. 3
Blood Flowing in Two Worldsp. 13
Home: Urban and Reservationp. 21
Indian in a Strange Landp. 29
Everyone Needs Someonep. 39
Unci (Grandmother)p. 49
From Brooklyn to the Reservation: Five Poemsp. 57
2 Young American Indians: the Need to Reclaim Identity
The Genocide of a Generation's Identityp. 65
We, The People: Young American Indians Reclaiming Their Indentityp. 77
Indians in the Atticp. 85
America's Urban Youth and the Importance of Rememberingp. 93
3 Native Languages: Where Will They Go from Here?
Song, Poetry, and Language--Expression and Perceptionp. 105
X. Alatsep (written down)p. 119
Don't Talk, Don't Livep. 141
Iah Enionkwatewennahton'Se': We Will Not Lose Our Wordsp. 149
The Spirit of Languagep. 159
A Different Rhythmp. 167
Names By Which the Spirits Know Usp. 177
4 Indians as Mascots: an Issue to be Resolved
Symbolic Racism, History, and Reality: The Real Problem with Indian Mascotsp. 187
Indian As Mascots: Perpetuating the Stereotypep. 199
Invisible Emblems: Empty Words and Sacred Honorp. 211
5 Who We Are Who We Are Not: Memories, Misconceptions, and Modifications
Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spiritp. 231
She's Nothing Like We Thoughtp. 243
Manitowac: Spirit Place in Anishinaabep. 251
Pyramids, Art, Museum, and Bones: Some Brief Memoriesp. 257
Identification Pleasp. 269
Raising the American Indian Community Housep. 281
The Secret of Breathingp. 291
The Indians Are Alivep. 297
"Indians," Solipsisms, and Archetypal Holocaustsp. 305
Buffalo Medicine: An Essay and a Playp. 317
Postcolonial Hyperbaggage: A Few Poems of Resistance and Survivalp. 327
About American Indian Artists, Inc.p. 337
Contributorsp. 341