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Title:
A woman of her tribe
Author:
Robinson, Margaret A.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scribner, [1990]

©1990
Summary:
Fifteen-year-old Annette, whose dead father was a Nootka Indian, travels with her English mother from their country home on Vancouver Island to the city of Victoria and seeks to find her own way in deciding which cultural heritage she should pursue.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780684192239
Format :
Book

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Fifteen-year-old Annette, whose dead father was a Nootka Indian, travels with her English mother from their country home on Vancouver Island to the city of Victoria and seeks to find her own way in deciding which cultural heritage she should pursue.


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Gr. 6-10. Half English and half Nootka Indian, Annette Broadhead has lived all her 15 years in the warmth and isolation of her dead father's Nootka village. But when she receives a scholarship to an English-style academy, her mother is determined that Annette learn about the other half of her heritage. Soon she is facing the challenges of white culture, with its different notion of time, its prejudices, and its intellectual excitement. Although she finds friends and achievement at St. John's, the bond to her Nootka heritage remains strong, and on a visit home she trains for a women's initiation rite under the guidance of her Nootka godmother. However, Annette's biggest task on her way to womanhood is resolving for herself the competing claims of her two heritages. The theme of divided loyalties is a common one, but Robinson handles it with particular complexity and perception. In spare and supple prose, she limns believable characters and gives a balanced account of both cultures' strengths and weaknesses. Especially fine and evocative is her portrait of contemporary Nootka village life. (Robinson has drawn freely on Anne Cameron's popular book of Nootka stories, Daughters of Copper Woman.) The underlying theme of respect for feminine strength and self-reliance adds still more depth to this attractive coming-of-age novel. ~--Leone McDermott


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