9780130116420

Nothing But the Truth An Anthology of Native American Literature

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    9780130116420

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    0130116424

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/16/2000
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

This anthology includes some of the best works of Native American Literature with a good representation of major authors, geographic dispersion, gender balance, and a variety of genres. Its illustrative and popular material promote a deeper appreciation of different themes and approaches. Complete works that have become classics in the field, combined with ones from the modern era, make this collection rich in historical and theoretical context.Selections of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and drama, include works by Paula Gunn Allen, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Carter Revard, Leslie Marmon Silko, Sherman Alexie, Kimberly Blaeser, Peter Blue Cloud, Louise Erdrich, Scott N. Momaday, Simon Ortiz, and many more.An effective introduction to Native American Literature for readers interested in this area of writing.

Table of Contents

Selections by Author x
Preface xiv
Nonfiction
5(185)
Introduction
1(14)
Postmodernism, Native American Literature and the Real: The Silko-Erdrich Controversy
15(8)
Susan Perez Castillo
The American Indian Fiction Writers: Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, the Third World, and First Nation Sovereignty
23(16)
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
Indian Humor
39(15)
Vine Deloria
The Ghost Dance War
54(8)
Charles Eastman Ohiyesa
The Sacred Hoop: A Contemporary Perspective
62(20)
Paula Gunn Allen
The Man Made of Words
82(12)
N. Scott Momaday
Decolonializing Criticism: Reading Dialectics and Dialogics in Native American Literatures
94(26)
David L. Moore
Towards a National Indian Literature: Cultural Authenticity in Nationalism
120(6)
Simon J. Ortiz
History, Myth, and Identity Among Osages and Other Peoples
126(15)
Carter Revard
The Woman Who Loved a Snake: Orality in Mabel McKay's Stories
141(18)
Greg Sarris
Language and Literature from a Pueblo Perspective
159(13)
Leslie Marmon Silko
An Old-Time Indian Attack Conducted in Two Parts: Part One---Imitation ``Indian'' Poems/Part Two---Gary Snyder's Turtle Island
166(6)
Introduction: Only the Beginning
172(18)
Brian Swann
Fiction
190(222)
The Approximate Size of My Favorite Tumor
194(18)
Sherman Alexie
This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona
203(9)
Swimming Upstream
212(6)
Beth Brant
A Good Chance
218(14)
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
The Power of Horses
226(6)
The Red Convertible
232(8)
Louise Erdrich
Unfinished Business
240(10)
Eric Gansworth
Aunt Parnetta's Electric Blisters
250(5)
Diane Glancy
Deer Woman
255(8)
Paula Gunn Allen
Sleeping in Rain
263(3)
Gordon Henry
Aunt Moon's Young Man
266(16)
Linda Hogan
As It Was in the Beginning
282(7)
Pauline E. Johnson
Borders
289(16)
Thomas King
A Seat in the Garden
298(7)
The Hawk Is Hungry
305(8)
D'Arcy McNickle
Veterans' Dance
313(8)
Jim Northrup
The Killing of a State Cop
321(5)
Simon J. Ortiz
Blessed Sunshine
326(7)
Louis Owens
Report to the Nation: Repossessing Europe
333(12)
Carter Revard
How I Got to Be Queen
345(13)
Greg Sarris
The Man to Send Rain Clouds
358(17)
Leslie Marmon Silko
Tony's Story
362(5)
Yellow Woman
367(8)
The Disposal of Mary Joe's Children
375(16)
Mary TallMountain
All the Colors of Sunset
391(5)
Luci Tapahonso
The Warriors
396(10)
Anna Lee Walters
The Soft-Hearted Sioux
406(6)
Zitkala-Sa
Poetry
412(179)
13/16
416(14)
Sherman Alexie
The Business of Fancydancing
417(1)
Capital Punishment
418(4)
Defending Walt Whitman
422(2)
The Exaggeration of Despair
424(1)
How to Write the Great American Indian Novel
425(2)
Crazy Horse Speaks
427(3)
Dear World
430(5)
Paula Gunn Allen
Kopis'taya, A Gathering of Spirits
431(2)
Soundings
433(2)
Living History
435(7)
Kimberly Blaeser
Rewriting Your Life
436(2)
Rituals, Yours---and Mine
438(1)
Where I was That Day
439(3)
Bear: A Totem Dance as Seen by Raven
442(15)
Peter Blue Cloud
The Old Man's Lazy
444(2)
Rattle
446(3)
To-ta Ti-om
449(2)
Turtle
451(2)
Yellowjacket
453(1)
Drum
454(2)
Reflections on Milkweed
456(1)
Above the Line
457(5)
Joseph Bruchac
Blessing the Waters
459(1)
Copal, Red Blood: Chiapas, 1998
460(2)
Today Was a Bad Day like TB
462(1)
Chrystos
Salmon Egg Puller---$2.15 an Hour
463(1)
Nora Dauenhaur
Captivity
464(10)
Louise Erdrich
Indian Boarding School: The Runaways
465(1)
Jacklight
466(1)
Old Man Potchikoo
467(4)
Dear John Wayne
471(1)
Turtle Mountain Reservation
472(2)
She Had Some Horses
474(13)
Joy Harjo
Transformations
476(1)
I Give You Back
477(1)
Call It Fear
478(1)
Eagle Poem
479(1)
The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window
480(1)
Grace
481(1)
The Woman Who Fell from the Sky
482(5)
Blessing
487(13)
Linda Hogan
Song for My Name
488(1)
Bamboo
489(1)
Celebration: Birth of a Colt
490(1)
Drought
490(1)
The New Apartment, Minneapolis
491(1)
The Truth Is
492(1)
Elk Song
493(2)
Geraniums
495(1)
Heritage
495(2)
It Must Be
497(1)
Map
498(1)
Morning: The World in the Lake
499(1)
Akwesasne
500(10)
Maurice Kenny
Legacy
502(1)
Sweetgrass
503(1)
They Tell Me I Am Lost
504(2)
Wild Strawberry
506(2)
Wolf ``Aunt''
508(2)
Who Am I
510(1)
Joyce carlEtta Mandrake
Angle of Geese
510(5)
N. Scott Momaday
The Bear
511(1)
At Risk
511(1)
December 29, 1980: Wounded Knee Creek
512(1)
The Colors of Night
513(2)
The Eagle-Feather Fan
515(1)
Bend in the River
515(5)
Simon J. Ortiz
The Creation, According to Coyote
516(1)
Dry Root in a Wash
517(1)
My Father's Song
518(1)
A Story of How a Wall Stands
518(1)
The Boy and Coyote
519(1)
And Don't Be Deaf to the Singing Beyond
520(11)
Carter Revard
Driving in Oklahoma
521(1)
In Kansas
522(1)
An Eagle Nation
523(4)
What the Eagle Fan Says
527(1)
Wazhazhe Grandmother
528(3)
I Expected My Skin and My Blood to Ripen
531(4)
Wendy Rose
If I Am Too Brown or Too White for You
532(1)
Three Thousand Dollar Death Song
533(2)
Indian Song: Survival
535(18)
Leslie Marmon Silko
Untitled
536(3)
Untitled, From Ceremony
539(5)
Storytelling
544(2)
Story from Bear County
546(2)
Toe'osh: A Laguna Coyote Story
548(3)
When Sun Came to Riverwoman
551(2)
Good Grease
553(3)
Mary TallMountain
The Last Wolf
554(1)
There Is No Word for Goodbye
554(1)
Matmiya
555(1)
Blue Horses Rush In
556(4)
Luci Tapahonso
In Praise of Texas
557(1)
Light a Candle
558(1)
Raisin Eyes
559(1)
Christmas Comes to Moccasin Flat
560(3)
James Welch
Surviving
561(1)
Thanksgiving at Snake Butte
562(1)
Snow Country Weavers
562(1)
Riding the Earthboy 40
563(1)
Dream of Rebirth
563(15)
Roberta Hill Whiteman
For Heather, Entering Kindergarten
564(1)
In the Longhouse, Oneida Museum
565(1)
Black Eagle Child Quarterly
566(12)
The First Dimension of Skunk
578(13)
Ray Young Bear
Winter of the Salamander
581(1)
The Language of Weather
582(2)
Morning Talking Mother
584(1)
The Significance of a Water Animal
585(1)
Nothing Could Take Away the Bear-King's Image
586(5)
Drama
591(29)
Harold of Orange: A Screenplay
591(29)
Gerald Vizenor
Timeline 620(13)
Credits 633(4)
Index 637

Excerpts

PREFACE As the old saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention, and necessity certainly drove the creation of this anthology. As any educator will tell you, one of the difficult duties we face year after year, semester after semester, is the selection of texts for classes. Even in the case of literature courses that cover the writings of "dead white guys" who no longer produce literary works, there is still a continuous stream of secondary books about them and myriad analyses of their writings. In the area of writings by American Indians, this task is even more difficult because of the growing body of secondary sources, of course, but also because of the tremendous increase in the numbers of pieces of literature produced by writers of Native American descent. It is a perplexing quandary when one tries to choose from such a wonderfully rich selection. Such difficulties also arise when one tries to compile an anthology, and there are some very good examples in print today. Some try to provide the widest coverage: an expansive array of writings from as many nations and tribal groups as possible. Some try to provide an all-inclusive sense of history: coverage from the late eighteenth century to the present. Others center on specific thematic concerns--identity issues, political policies--and thus narrow their scope. Some simply opt for the editors'' favorites. This present endeavor, however, cuts across the various attempts of the past, and it has one simple, perhaps obvious, guiding principle. It was our intention to compile the pieces of literature that our colleagues who teach Native American literature use time and time again. To accomplish this task, we surveyed our colleagues around the globe and asked them to give us a list of their "core" texts. The questionnaires--sent by post and also posted on the Internet--covered all genres and eras. Our only stipulation was that we were looking for complete works of literary art and not "excerpts," that is, sections of longer works, like novels, which rarely stand as discrete units of art. (There are short stories included here that became novel chapters later.) The response was wonderful, and although there were some obviously central authors listed on significant numbers of questionnaires, there was also a great diversity in the recommendations they made. This may seem to be a very self-serving effort: to create the anthology we always wanted to have. To a degree, this is true, but primarily this book is an attempt to construct an effective introductory collection to written Native literature. In our questionnaire, we asked for lists of pieces used most often because "they work." We did not get into a lengthy attempt to define this vague qualifier, believing that every educator knows when something has a profound, productive effect on a class, an audience. We simply wanted to bring together literary pieces that have this effect, because we also realize that the students who read these pieces of literature in the myriad courses our colleagues teach at a wide array of public and private institutions around the globe constitute the reading public itself; they come from every element of society, cutting across every group distinction employed in the world today: class, gender, race, and political ideology, to name just a few. Nonetheless, the literature speaks personally and compellingly to them, and that is a remarkable achievement. We truly hope it speaks to you, the current reader, as well. Acknowledgments We want to thank all the people who have made this anthology possible, including all our colleagues around the world who took the time to answer our survey and thus provided the list of works they find most useful in their courses. We would also like to thank Steven Beech, who tracked these works down, and our editor, Carrie Brandon, for helping us realize our goal. Finally, however, our greatest appreciation goes to the Native American writers and storytellers who have made such remarkable contributions to the literary arts and enriched our society with their myriad voices and their illuminating insights. We would also like to thank the reviewers of our manuscript for their input on this anthology: Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, Ph.D., Governors State University; Gloria Lynn Larrieu, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute; Louis Roma-Deeley, Paradise Valley Community College; Patrick Clark Smith, University of New Mexico; and Norma Clark Wilson, University of South Dakota. -- John Purdy, James Ruppert

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