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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

"The books have voices. I hear them in the library," writes Diane Glancy in Designs of the Night Sky. "I know the voices are from the books. Yet I know the old stories do not like books. Do not like the written words. Do not like libraries. The old stories carry all the voices of those who have told them. When a story is spoken, ...

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Bleed into Me

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pp. 9-44

His name was Aiche, like the letter. And all he ever meant to do that day was drive down to Great Falls and pawn the rifle, fold the ticket in a piece of plastic and hide it in his wallet for a couple of months. But things happen. Arson. Kidnapping. Gunplay. Aiche, stuck behind an early-morning school bus in residential, ...

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Mending Skins

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pp. 45-70

Thank you. Welcome to the Seventh Annual Conference of the Society for the Protection and Reclamation of Indian Images. "SPRY," as we like to call it, is an organization dedicated to the eradication of clichéd and stereotypical images of Indians in whatever mass-market ways they have crept into the national psyche, ...

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Elsie's Business

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pp. 71-114

Big events happened next over those three days from Saturday night until Tuesday night, three events that set Jackson reeling. First, of course, was the discovery of Elsie's body, but then on Sunday night John Caulfield showed up at the sheriff's office, stinking from a drunk, not that the latter was unusual, but his ...

Hiroshima Bugi: Atomu 57

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pp. 115-164

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Designs of the Night Sky

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pp. 165-196

Outside the library, the leaves are falling. I think they sound like pages turning as I walk through them. It is sound that carries the story, not the particular words. No. It was sound that carried the story. Inside the library, a young man climbs the stairs to Manuscripts and Rare Books. He is looking for a master's thesis on Cherokee ceremony. ...

Contributors

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pp. 197-198