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Sister Nations

Native American Women Writers on Community

Edited by Heid E. Erdrich and Laura Tohe

Publication Year: 2002

This anthology of fiction, prose, and poetry celebrates the rich diversity of writing by Native American women today. Editors Heid E. Erdrich and Laura Tohe have gathered stories from across the nation that celebrate, record, and explore Native American women's roles in community. The result is a rich tapestry that contains work by established writers along with emerging and first-time authors. Contributors include Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, Diane Glancy, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Allison Hedge Coke, LeAnne Howe, Roberta Hill, Kim Blaeser, Linda LeGarde Grover, with a foreword by Winona LaDuke. The writings included range from the personal to the political, from notions of romantic love to the realities of marriage, from finding a place in modern society to incorporating tradition in daily life. Whether it's Louise Erdrich's heartbreaking story "The Shawl," Diane Glancy's tightly distilled poems, or Joy Harjo's elegant and fanciful "How to Get to Planet Venus," all of these works explore both what it means to be a woman and how those realities are complicated by the Native American experience. The editors have divided these lively and thought-provoking pieces into four sections: "Changing Women," which deals with the stages of a woman's life, awareness of female ancestors, and women's traditions of healing and making art; "Strong Hearts," which shows Indian women enduring with love, defending with fierce judgment, and reaching out across history to protect the people; "New Age Pocahontas," which reveals the humor and complexity of stereotypes and simplified images of Native American women; and "In the Arms of the Skies," which explores the ways in which typical notions about romantic love and marriage are put to the test. Sister Nations also includes full biographies of all the contributors, commentary from many of the authors on their work, and a bibliography of relevant publications.

Published by: Minnesota Historical Society Press

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Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-x

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xii

The women are telling stories, the women are singing, listen, listen. Read, read. Remarkable memories spill forth through pens held in the hands of dishwashers, hands of baby carriers, hands of loved ones and lovers, and the hands of those who hold the almighty bingo dauber. ...

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xix

Writing the introduction to this anthology is like a naming ceremony. All the relatives have come together to celebrate this new thing that is just now going out into the world to make her voice—voices—known. We pause to wish her well on her way and to pray for her journey. The name has been dreamed and ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xx-xxi

For assistance in editing this anthology, we must acknowledge our debt to the Loft Inroads program and the Native Arts Circle Writers founding members: Jon Bell, Pauline Brunette Danforth, Roberta Hill, Franklin Firesteel Lenor Scheffler, and Kim Wensaut. Without you we would not have known how to ...

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1. Changing Women

In the oral tradition of the Din

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pp. 5-7

Esther Belin

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pp. 8-9

Kimberly Blaeser

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pp. 10-13

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

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pp. 14-

Pauline Danforth

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pp. 15-22

Susan Deer Cloud

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pp. 23-25

Nicole Ducheneaux

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pp. 26-27

Heid E. Erdrich

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pp. 28-29

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

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pp. 30-34

LeAnne Howe

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pp. 35-49

Linda Noel

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pp. 50-

Suzanne Rancourt

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pp. 51-53

Margo Tamez

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pp. 54-60

Karenne Wood

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pp. 61-62

Evangeline Parsons Yazzie

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pp. 63-64

2. Strong Hearts

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

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pp. 67-

Susan Deer Cloud

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pp. 68-69

Louise Erdrich

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pp. 70-77

Lorena Fuerta

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pp. 78-

Revah Mariah S. Gover

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pp. 79-81

Linda LeGarde Grover

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pp. 82-83

Debra Haaland

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pp. 84-95

In

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pp. 96-98

Linda Noel

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pp. 99-

Laura Tohe

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pp. 100-104

Karenne Wood

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pp. 105-106

3. New Age Pocahontas

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pp. 107-109

Susan Deer Cloud

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pp. 110-111

Heid E. Erdrich

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pp. 112-113

Lise Erdrich

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pp. 114-120

Lorena Fuerta

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pp. 121-

Terry Gomez

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pp. 122-132

Linda LeGarde Grover

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pp. 133-135

Teresa Iyall-Santos

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pp. 136-

Sara Littlecrow-Russell

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pp. 137-

Marcie Rendon

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pp. 138-139

Annie Cecilia Smith

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pp. 140-144

Kimberly Wensaut

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pp. 145-146

Venaya Yazzie

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pp. 147-150

4. In the Arms of the Skies

kateri akiwenzie-damm

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pp. 153-

Esther Belin

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pp. 154-158

Vee F. Browne

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pp. 159-

Diane Glancy

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pp. 160-161

Joy Harjo

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pp. 162-176

Heather Harris

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pp. 177-178

Roberta Hill

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pp. 179-182

Sara Littlecrow-Russell

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pp. 183-185

Laura Tohe

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pp. 186-188

Eulynda Toledo-Benalli

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pp. 189-194

Kimberly Wensaut

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pp. 195-196

Contributors

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pp. 197-218

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Information on Tribes

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pp. 219-225

The following is provided by the editors to give readers some idea of the historical and current locations of groups represented. Contributors have supplied their own tribal designations. Many of the web sites listed are official tribal sites; others are hosted by museums or academic organizations. The sites ...

Notes

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pp. 226-230


E-ISBN-13: 9780873516976
E-ISBN-10: 0873516974
Print-ISBN-13: 9780873514286
Print-ISBN-10: 0873514289

Page Count: 252
Publication Year: 2002

Edition: 1

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  • American literature -- Women authors.
  • Communities -- Literary collections.
  • Communities.
  • Indian women -- United States -- Literary collections.
  • Indians of North America.
  • Indian women -- United States.
  • American literature -- Indian authors.
  • Indians of North America -- Literary collections.
  • Women -- United States -- Literary collections.
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