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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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The Poetry of Participation: On the Work of Heid Erdrich

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“Perhaps the greatest lesson of Indian poetry” writes Osage scholar Robert Warrior “is that it has often shown us not only how tradition is able to live in new written forms, but that it does not have to dress up in beads and feathers in order to be powerful.” Warrior’s smart observation perfectly captures Native...

Acknowledgments

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pp. xvii-2

I. Chimeras

Thrifty Gene, Lucky Gene

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pp. 5-6

Brain Scan

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pp. 7-28

Mitochondrial Eve

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pp. 8-29

DNA Tribes

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pp. 9-30

Morrisseau Creatures from the Woodland Painters School

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pp. 10-31

Microchimerism

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pp. 11-13

Define Chimera

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pp. 14-35

Now, What Is She?

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pp. 15-36

Blood Chimera

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pp. 16-37

II. Cannibals

Fur Trade Tokens

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pp. 19-20

Now, Where Was She?

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pp. 21-42

Wiindigo Pity

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pp. 22-43

Own Your Own: Cellular Changes

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pp. 23-44

Long Pig

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pp. 24-45

The Love that Dares

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pp. 25-46

Seven Mothers

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pp. 26-47

Tick Check

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pp. 27-48

Bestial

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pp. 28-49

Menu

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pp. 29-50

Embodied

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pp. 30-51

III. Tourists

Indigenous Elvis at the Airport

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pp. 33-54

When They Find Each Other on Facebook

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pp. 34-55

Love Plot

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pp. 35-56

Little Souvenirs from the DNA Trading Post

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pp. 36-37

Thoughts of Kids Interrupt My Work

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pp. 38-59

Own Your Own: The Papergirl

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pp. 39-40

Just off the Highway

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pp. 41-62

Quiet Cupboard

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pp. 42-44

IV. Traffickers

Upon Hearing of the Mormon DNA Collection

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pp. 47-68

Now, Where Was She, Too?

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pp. 48-69

Interrogated Self

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pp. 49-50

Traffic

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pp. 51-72

Sleeper

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pp. 52-53

Again, Today

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pp. 54-75

Cold Climate

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pp. 55-76

Two Sides

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pp. 56-57

Paint These Streets

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pp. 58-60

Uncollected Work (2006–2011)

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pp. 61-62

I. Prose Poems and Translations

The Shapes We Make

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pp. 65-86

The Shapes We Make /Ezhi-Zhibiigeyaang /The Way We Write

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pp. 66-67

How We Walk

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pp. 68-89

How We Walk /Ezhi-bimoseyaang /The Way We Walk

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pp. 69-72

How We Talk

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pp. 73-94

How We Talk /Ezhi-gaagiigidoyaang /The Way We Talk

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pp. 74-77

How We Eat

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pp. 78-99

How We Eat /Ezhi-wiisiniyaang /The Way We Eat

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pp. 79-82

II. Prose Poems

Preeminent Gooseberry Bakwezhiigan

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pp. 85-86

In House

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pp. 87-108

Dancer Origin Story

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pp. 88-89

Dancer in Twin Voices

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pp. 90-91

Utopia Hawk

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pp. 92-113

My Fetal Beatles or an Embryonic Education in Commune

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pp. 93-114

Indigenous Foods Allowed in Utopia

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pp. 94-115

Red Vines: Lines for Deloria

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pp. 95-96

III. Prose Originals

Quiet Cupboard

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pp. 99-100

Two Sides

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pp. 101-102

Selected Work (1997–2008)

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pp. 103-104

from 'National Monuments' (2008)

Guidelines for the Treatment of Sacred Objects

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pp. 107-108

Black and White Monument, Photo Circa 1977

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pp. 109-112

Grand Portage

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pp. 113-134

Post-Barbarian

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pp. 114-135

Some Elsie

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pp. 115-136

In Search of Jane’s Grave

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pp. 116-117

The Theft Outright

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pp. 118-119

Elsie Drops Off the Dry Cleaning

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pp. 120-141

Butter Maiden and Maize Girl Survive Death Leap

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pp. 121-122

The Lone Reader and Tonchee Fistfight in Pages

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pp. 123-144

Full Bodied Semi-Sestina

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pp. 124-125

Body Works

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pp. 126-127

Kennewick Man Tells All

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pp. 128-149

Kennewick Man Attempts Cyber-date

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pp. 129-150

Kennewick Man Swims Laps

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pp. 130-131

Prisoner No. 280

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pp. 132-133

Vial

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pp. 134-155

Girl of Lightning

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pp. 135-136

from 'The Mother’s Tongue' (2005)

Offering: Words

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pp. 139-160

She Dances

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pp. 140-161

Stung

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pp. 141-162

This Body, The River

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pp. 142-163

The Deep

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pp. 143-164

Craving, First Month

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pp. 144-165

Offering: The Child

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pp. 145-166

Kookum

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pp. 146-167

First Rice

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pp. 147-168

What Pregnant Is Like

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pp. 148-169

Young Poets with Roman Noses

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pp. 149-150

Another Touch

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pp. 151-172

Nesting Dolls

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pp. 152-173

Craving Release

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pp. 153-174

Sisters Stay On the Other Side

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pp. 154-175

New Born

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pp. 155-156

Offering: Ojibwe

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pp. 157-178

Craving: Bitter Root

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pp. 158-179

Twin Bugs

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pp. 159-180

Vermillion Hands Petroglyph

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pp. 160-181

Our Words Are Not Our Own

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pp. 161-182

Poem for Our Ojibwe Names

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pp. 162-163

In the Belly

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pp. 164-185

Changeling

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pp. 165-186

Remedy

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pp. 166-187

Wiisah kote: The Burnt Wood People

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pp. 167-188

Basswood

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pp. 168-189

The Good Woman

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pp. 169-170

from 'Fishing for Myth (1997)

True Myth

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pp. 173-194

Breaking and Entering

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pp. 174-195

The Red River of the North

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pp. 175-176

Oxbow

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pp. 177-198

Rich Hour

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pp. 178-199

One Girl

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pp. 179-200

Human Map

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pp. 180-181

The Pond

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pp. 182-203

Fat in America

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pp. 183-204

That Green Night

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pp. 184-205

Flickers

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pp. 185-206

Sex in the Desert

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pp. 186-207

Hopi Prophet Chooses a Pop

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pp. 187-188

Wearing Indian Jewelry

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pp. 189-210

Turtle Rattle

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pp. 190-211

Translation

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pp. 191-212

Animoosh

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pp. 192-213

TV News: Detox Closed

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pp. 193-194

The Visible Woman

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pp. 195-216

Future Debris

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pp. 196-217

Sense

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pp. 197-198

Notes

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pp. 199-203

About the Author

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pp. 225-225