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Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writings of North America Paperback – September 17, 1998
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Coeditors Harjo (The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, LJ 11/15/94) and Bird (Full Moon on the Reservation, Greenfield Review, 1994) have put together a one-of-a-kind anthology of fiction, poetry, and memoir from over 80 Native women writers representing over 50 nations. Although nationally known writers such as Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan, and Leslie Silko are included, many others are being published here for the first time. More than a collection of literature, this work is divided into four sections?genesis, struggle, transformation, and returning?to illuminate the writing process. Each writer introduces herself and her philosophical perspective about writing, and the willingness to share personal stories makes this a work of rare beauty, truth, and power. In addition, the anthology also highlights the writers' views on universal concerns such as violence against women, poverty, alcoholism, depression, government/Native American relations, and, especially, identity and place. Recommended for all libraries.?Vicki Leslie Toy Smith, Univ. of Nevada, Reno
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Harjo and Bird explain that the idea for this unprecedented and invaluable anthology grew out of a cycle of conversations among Native American women about their experiences as members of tribal nations, as Americans and Canadians, and as writers and community leaders. As editors, Harjo and Bird hoped to preserve the positive energy of these candid dialogues, and they have succeeded admirably, collecting more than 80 voices from Maui to Alberta, New Mexico to Michigan. Well-known writers such as Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan, Leslie Silko, and Janet Campbell Hale are present, and so are the poetry, fiction, and memoirs of native women writers who will be new to most readers. Harjo and Bird have also gone beyond the purely literary realm and published the writings of such activists as Wilma Mankiller, Bea Medicine, Sonlatsa Jim-James, and Winona LaDuke. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
No matter. YOU WILL LOVE this book.
I got this INDIAN story book for my sister in
law... a Creek Indian for her birthday.
SHE LOVES IT!
EDITOR--MS J. HARJO ( OKLA Creek) ..
is a great poet, singer, writer and musician
on her own.. I have several of her other books.
Also she has a column in the CREEK INDIAN
She lives in ALBQ. NM now.
This book contains:
80 Indian women's memoirs, anthology's
and poems. The LADY contributors are from
50 different nations.
Buy it as a gift for yourself and a gift to your
best women friends. Buy used on Amazon.
bette b prater 62 okc ok retired
I only regret that an anthology of similar quality of organization, focus, and selection does not exist for male and female Native writers.