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Sun Tracks #35: Speaking for the Generations: Native Writers on Writing


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Now it is my turn to stand. At Acoma Pueblo meetings, members rise and announce their intention to speak. In that moment they are recognized and heard. In Speaking for the Generations, Acoma Pueblo poet Simon Ortiz brings together contemporary Native American writers to take their turn. Each offers an evocation of herself or himself, describing the personal, social, and cultural influences on her or his development as a writer. Although each writer's viewpoint is personal and unique, together they reflect the rich tapestry of today's Native literature. Of varied backgrounds, the writers represent Indian heritages and cultures from the Pacific Northwest to the northern plains, from Canada to Guatemala. They are poets, novelists, and playwrights. And although their backgrounds are different and their statements intensely personal, they share common themes of their relationship to the land, to their ancestors, and to future generations of their people. From Gloria Bird's powerful recounting of personal and family history to Esther Belin's vibrant tale of her urban Native homeland in Los Angeles, these writers reveal the importance of place and politics in their lives. Leslie Marmon Silko calls upon the ancient tradition of Native American storytelling and its role in connecting the people to the land. Roberta J. Hill and Elizabeth Woody ponder some of the absurdities of contemporary Native life, while Guatemalan Victor Montejo takes readers to the Mayan world, where a native culture had writing and books long before Europeans came. Together these pieces offer an inspiring portrait of what it means to be a Native writer in the twentieth century. With passion and urgency, these writers are speaking for themselves, for their land, and for the generations.

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Those who "speak" here--of themselves and their Native American heritage and future--are Simon J. Ortiz, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gloria Bird, Esther G. Belin, Roberta J. Hill, A.A. Hedge Coke, Daniel David Moses, Elizabeth Woody, Jeannette C. Armstrong, and Victor D. Montejo.
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About the Author

Poet, fiction writer, essayist, and storyteller Simon Ortiz is a native of Acoma Pueblo and is the author of numerous books.

Table of Contents

Introduction / Simon J. Ortiz — Interior and exterior landscapes : the Pueblo migration stories / Leslie Marmon Silko — Breaking the silence : writing as "witness" / Gloria Bird — In the cycle of the whirl / Esther G. Belin — Immersed in words / Roberta J. Hill — Seeds / A.A. Hedge Coke — How my ghosts got pale faces / Daniel David Moses — Voice of the land : giving the good word / Elizabeth Woody — Land speaking / Jeannette C. Armstrong — The stones will speak again : dreams of an Ah Tz'ib' (writer) in the Maya land / Victor D. Montejo.

Product Details

Ortiz, Simon J.
University of Arizona Press
Tucson :
Indians of north america
20th century
American literature
Authors, American
Indian authors
Indians of North America -- Biography.
Indian authors -- United States -- Biography.
Native American
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Literature and Essays, Native American Studies
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Sun Tracks: An American Indian Literary
Series Volume:
bk. 2v. 35
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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