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The Bird is Gone

A Manifesto

Stephen Graham Jones

Publication Year: 2003

Imagine a world where the American government signed a conservation act to "restore all indigenous flora and fauna to the Great Plains," which means suddenly the Great Plains are Indian again. Now fast-forward fourteen years to a bowling alley deep in the Indian Territories. People that bowling alley with characters named LP Deal, Cat Stand, Mary Boy, Courtney Peltdowne, Back Iron, Denim Horse, Naitche, and give them a chance to find a treaty signed under duress by General Sherman, which effectively gives all of the Americas back to the Indians, only hide that treaty in a stolen pipe, put it in a locker, and flush the key down the toilet. Ask LP Deal and the rest what they will trade to get that key back--maybe, everything.

Published by: The University of Alabama Press


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-13

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Ten Little Indians

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pp. 13-39

LP DEAL, five-ten in boots, but then he can't wear boots at work, either, as part of his job is traipsing down the alleys to retrieve busted pins, motionless balls, the occasional beer ...

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The Only Good Indian

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pp. 43-51

PINK EYE was all the rage. It was the new strain: only Indians could get it. Everyone else was white-eyes, pale face, headlights; not to

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Indian Corn

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pp. 53-61

They were probably Sioux. It was the right area, at least: South Dakota, before there was a South Dakota. Fourteen of them, splintered off from their tiospaye, sulking through the ...

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Skin Deep

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pp. 63-73

PINK EYE was all the rage. You could get it in the community center swimming pools, from eye-liner pencils, at the right taco stands, supposedly from buffalo. It was the ...

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Indian Burn

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pp. 75-97

This was a long time ago. Well, seven years, maybe eight. It was the Moon of the Popping Bud. So maybe January or February or April or September or October or December or November ...

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Birds of a Feather

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pp. 101-109

PINK EYE was all the rage. It was a heathen condition, the second since Conservation. The first had been teeth, because Indians have a different kind of root, don't come from the same ...

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Roses are Red

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pp. 111-117

'like that and the whole way there rusting in the ditches and up on blocks where theyd been stripped and turned over in the ...

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A Good Day to Die Again

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pp. 121-130

PINK EYE was all the rage. It started in the backrooms and bathrooms of all the bars, the dirty places IHS had left it, because they know Indians. It was supposed to help us. This was back ...

Make Him Dance

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pp. 131-136

Blue Moons

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pp. 137-143

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Red Dawn

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pp. 145-160

PINK EYE was all the rage. All the Councilmen had it for the tournament. They were so Indian the anthropologists launched themselves past with catapults, shutters clicking. It was ...


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pp. 163-173


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pp. 175-179

E-ISBN-13: 9781573668347
E-ISBN-10: 1573668346
Print-ISBN-13: 9781573661096
Print-ISBN-10: 1573661090

Page Count: 180
Publication Year: 2003

Edition: 1st ed.

OCLC Number: 823738673
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