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“Don’t say in the years to come that you would have lived your life differently if only you had heard this story. You’ve heard it now.” —Thomas King, in this volume

Read, Listen, Tell brings together an extraordinary range of Indigenous stories from across Turtle Island (North America). From short fiction to as-told-to narratives, from illustrated stories to personal essays, these stories celebrate the strength of heritage and the liveliness of innovation. Ranging in tone from humorous to defiant to triumphant, the stories explore core concepts in Indigenous literary expression, such as the relations between land, language, and community, the variety of narrative forms, and the continuities between oral and written forms of expression. Rich in insight and bold in execution, the stories proclaim the diversity, vitality, and depth of Indigenous writing.

Building on two decades of scholarly work to centre Indigenous knowledges and perspectives, the book transforms literary method while respecting and honouring Indigenous histories and peoples of these lands. It includes stories by acclaimed writers like Thomas King, Sherman Alexie, Paula Gunn Allen, and Eden Robinson, a new generation of emergent writers, and writers and storytellers who have often been excluded from the canon, such as French- and Spanish-language Indigenous authors, Indigenous authors from Mexico, Chicana/o authors, Indigenous-language authors, works in translation, and “lost“ or underappreciated texts.

In a place and time when Indigenous people often have to contend with representations that marginalize or devalue their intellectual and cultural heritage, this collection is a testament to Indigenous resilience and creativity. It shows that the ways in which we read, listen, and tell play key roles in how we establish relationships with one another, and how we might share knowledges across cultures, languages, and social spaces.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page, Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-ix
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  1. Table of Contents by Decade of Publication
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. Centring Indigenous Intellectual Traditions: Introducing Read, Listen, Tell
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. “The Truth about Stories Is … Stories Are All That We Are”
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. “The Way of the Sword” (2011)
  2. Dawn Dumont
  3. pp. 14-29
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  1. “King of the Tie-snakes” (2001)
  2. Craig Womack
  3. pp. 29-46
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  1. “As It Was in the Beginning” (1899)
  2. E. Pauline Johnson
  3. pp. 46-54
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  1. “Deer Woman” (1991)
  2. Paula Gunn Allen
  3. pp. 54-62
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  1. “‘You’ll Never Believe What Happened’ Is Always a Great Way to Start” (2003)
  2. Thomas King
  3. pp. 62-78
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  1. 2. Land, Homeland, Territory
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. “Like Some Old Story” (2002)
  2. Kimberly Blaeser
  3. pp. 80-85
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  1. “Borders” (1993)
  2. Thomas King
  3. pp. 85-95
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  1. “Rita Hayworth Mexicana” (2002)
  2. M. E. Wakamatsu
  3. pp. 95-97
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  1. “An Athabasca Story” (2012)
  2. Warren Cariou
  3. pp. 98-103
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  1. “The ‘Oka Crisis,’” from The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book(2010)
  2. Gord Hill
  3. pp. 104-108
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  1. “Goodbye, Snauq” (2004)
  2. Lee Maracle
  3. pp. 109-122
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  1. 3. “Reinventing the Enemy’s Language”
  2. pp. 123-124
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  1. “The Son Who Came Back from the United States” (1992, 2001)
  2. Sixto Canul
  3. pp. 124-125
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  1. “Ghost Trap” (1992)
  2. Gloria Anzaldúa
  3. pp. 126-131
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  1. “I’m Not a Witch, I’m a Healer!” (1997, tr. 2007)
  2. Joel Torres Sánchez
  3. pp. 132-136
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  1. “Aunt Parnetta’s Electric Blisters” (1990)
  2. Diane Glancy
  3. pp. 136-141
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  1. “Land Speaking” (1998)
  2. Jeannette Armstrong
  3. pp. 141-156
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  1. 4. Cree Knowledge Embedded in Stories
  2. pp. 157-159
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  1. Chapter 14 from Kiss of the Fur Queen (1998)
  2. Tomson Highway
  3. pp. 160-165
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  1. Excerpt from Darkness Calls (2004)
  2. Steven Keewatin Sanderson
  3. pp. 165-169
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  1. “I’m Not an Indian” (2007)
  2. Solomon Ratt
  3. pp. 170-172
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  1. “The Republic of Tricksterism” (1998)
  2. Paul Seesequasis
  3. pp. 172-177
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  1. “Delivery” (2013)
  2. Lisa Bird-Wilson
  3. pp. 179-186
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  1. “Rolling Head’s Grave Yard” (2006)
  2. Louise Bernice Halfe (Skydancer)
  3. pp. 186-192
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  1. “Einew Kis-Kee-Tum-Awin (Indigenous People’s Knowledge)” (2005)
  2. Harold Cardinal
  3. pp. 193-196
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  1. 5. “Each Word Has a Story of Its Own”: Story Arcs and Story Cycles
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. “Uinigumasuittuq / She Who Never Wants to Get Married” (1999)
  2. Alexina Kublu
  3. pp. 198-208
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  1. “Summit with Sedna, the Mother of Sea Beasts” (1993)
  2. Alootook Ipellie
  3. pp. 208-213
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  1. “Beaded Soles” (1997, 2004)
  2. Susan Power
  3. pp. 213-226
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  1. “The Devil” (1921)
  2. Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin)
  3. pp. 227-228
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  1. “Coyote and the People Killer” (2004)
  2. Tania Willard
  3. pp. 228-235
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  1. “Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective” (1981, 1996)
  2. Leslie Marmon Silko
  3. pp. 236-244
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  1. 6. Community, Self, Transformation
  2. pp. 245-246
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  1. “The Toughest Indian in the World” (2000)
  2. Sherman Alexie
  3. pp. 246-256
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  1. “The Secret of the Zutz’baläm” (1997, tr. 2004)
  2. Isaías Hernández Isidro
  3. pp. 256-259
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  1. “Devotion” (2012)
  2. Richard Van Camp
  3. pp. 259-264
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  1. “Grandma and the Wendigo” (2000, tr. 2017)
  2. Sylvain Rivard
  3. pp. 264-268
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  1. Excerpt from Red: A Haida Manga (2009)
  2. pp. 268-273
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  1. “The Boys Who Became a Killer Whale” (2006)
  2. Ellen Rice White
  3. pp. 273-286
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  1. 7. Shifting Perspectives
  2. pp. 287-288
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  1. “Never Marry a Mexican” (1992)
  2. Sandra Cisneros
  3. pp. 288-300
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  1. “Weegit Discovers Halibut Hooks” (1956)
  2. Gordon Robinson
  3. pp. 300-302
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  1. “The Many Lives of Anakajuttuq” (1969)
  2. Joe Panipakuttuk
  3. pp. 302-305
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  1. Excerpt from Wendy (2014)
  2. Walter K. Scott
  3. pp. 305-309
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  1. “Lullaby” (1974, 1981)
  2. Leslie Marmon Silko
  3. pp. 310-318
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  1. “Notes on Leslie Marmon Silko’s ‘Lullaby’: Socially Responsible Criticism” (2002, 2017)
  2. Jo-Ann Episkenew
  3. pp. 318-324
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  1. 8. Indigenous Fantasy and SF
  2. pp. 325-326
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  1. “Tatterborn” (2017)
  2. Daniel Heath Justice
  3. pp. 327-336
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  1. “Men on the Moon” (1978, 1999)
  2. Simon Ortiz
  3. pp. 337-345
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  1. “Father, Son, Holy Rabbit” (2010)
  2. Stephen Graham Jones
  3. pp. 345-352
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  1. “Terminal Avenue” (2004)
  2. Eden Robinson
  3. pp. 352-359
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  1. “On Drowning Pond” (2010)
  2. Allison Hedge Coke
  3. pp. 360-364
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  1. “The Space NDN’s Star Map” (2015, 2017)
  2. L. Catherine Cornum
  3. pp. 364-372
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 373-376
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 377-382
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  1. About the Editors
  2. pp. 383-386
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  1. Copyright Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 387-390
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  1. Further Series Titles
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781771123013
MARC Record
OCLC
972181900
Pages
410
Launched on MUSE
2017-08-23
Language
English
Open Access
No
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