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Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature combines literary criticism, sociolinguistics, native studies, and poetics to introduce an Anishinaabe way of reading. Although nationally specific, the book speaks to a broad audience by demonstrating an indigenous literary methodology. Investigating the language itself, its place of origin, its sound and structure, and its current usage provides new critical connections between North American fiction, Native American literatures, and Anishinaabe narrative. The four Anishinaabe authors discussed in the book, Louise Erdrich, Jim Northrup, Basil Johnston, and Gerald Vizenor, share an ethnic heritage but are connected more clearly by a culture of tales, songs, and beliefs. Each of them has heard, studied, and written in Anishinaabemowin, making their heritage language a part of the backdrop and sometimes the medium, of their work. All of them reference the power and influence of the Great Lakes region and the Anishinaabeakiing, and they connect the landscape to the original language. As they reconstruct and deconstruct the aadizookaan, the traditional tales of Nanabozho and other mythic figures, they grapple with the legacy of cultural genocide and write toward a future that places ancient beliefs in the center of the cultural horizon.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. N’digo: Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. N’miigwechwiwaag:Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Ziibaaskobiige: To Set a Written Net
  2. pp. xv-xxii
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  1. Chapter One: Anishinaabemowin:The Anishinaabe Language
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Chapter Two: Anishinaabebiige: Anishinaabe Literature
  2. pp. 19-38
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  1. Chapter Three: Gikenmaadizo miinwaa Gikenmaa’aan: Patterns of Identity in the Writing of Louise Erdrich
  2. pp. 39-78
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  1. Chapter Four: Zhaabwii’endam: Conscious Survivalin the Writing of Jim Northrup
  2. pp. 79-110
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  1. Chapter Five: Giizhigomaadiziwin: Universal Life in the Writing of Basil Johnston
  2. pp. 111-146
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  1. Chapter Six: Waninawendamowinan:Stirred Thoughts in the Writing of Gerald Vizenor
  2. pp. 147-180
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  1. Chapter Seven: Ziiginibiige: Poured Writing
  2. pp. 181-186
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  1. Maziniaganan Gii Gindanaanan: Works Cited
  2. pp. 187-206
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  1. Nanaandawaabanjigan: Index
  2. pp. 207-212
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781609173968
Related ISBN
9781611861051
MARC Record
OCLC
873984790
Pages
234
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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