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Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir (Sun Tracks #57)

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Publisher Comments:

In the spring, the bear returns to the forest, the glacier returns to its source, and the salmon returns to the fresh water where it was spawned.

Drawing on the special relationship that the Native people of southeastern Alaska have always had with nature, Blonde Indian is a story about returning. Told in eloquent layers that blend Native stories and metaphor with social and spiritual journeys, this enchanting memoir traces the author’s life from her difficult childhood growing up in the Tlingit community, through her adulthood, during which she lived for some time in Seattle and San Francisco, and eventually to her return home. Neither fully Native American nor Euro-American, Hayes encounters a unique sense of alienation from both her Native community and the dominant culture. We witness her struggles alongside other Tlingit men and women — many of whom never left their Native community but wrestle with their own challenges, including unemployment, prejudice, alcoholism, and poverty. The author's personal journey, the symbolic stories of contemporary Natives, and the tales and legends that have circulated among the Tlingit people for centuries are all woven together, making Blonde Indian much more than the story of one woman's life.

Filled with anecdotes, descriptions, and histories that are unique to the Tlingit community, this book is a document of cultural heritage, a tribute to the Alaskan landscape, and a moving testament to how going back—in nature and in life — allows movement forward.

Review:

"One of the most important books to come out of Alaska. There have been other great memoirs by Alaska Natives, but few if any have been made with such disarming humor, such bravery and such warmth." Anchorage Press

Review:

"This sometimes raw, consistently honest memoir is a rewarding, evocative, ultimately uplifting view of Native life." Booklist

Book News Annotation:

Born in Juneau, Alaska, Ernestine Hayes (English, U. of Alaska Southeast) is a member of the Wolf House of the Kaagwaantaan clan of the Lingt. In this memoir, she uses vivid dialogue to tell the story of her girlhood, her travels as a young woman, and her return home as an adult. She also reveals her inner struggle as an individual who is neither fully Native American nor Euro-American. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In the spring, the bear returns to the forest, the glacier returns to its source, and the salmon returns to the fresh water where it was spawned. Drawing on the special relationship that the Native people of southeastern Alaska have always had with nature,

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816525379
Author:
Hayes, Ernestine
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans
Subject:
Tlingit Indians
Subject:
Native Americans
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Alaska Social life and customs.
Subject:
Hayes, Ernestine
Subject:
Literature and Essays, Native American Studies
Subject:
Biography-Native Americans
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Sun Tracks: An American Indian Literary
Series Volume:
57
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 200 pages University of Arizona Press - English 9780816525379 Reviews:
"Review" by , "One of the most important books to come out of Alaska. There have been other great memoirs by Alaska Natives, but few if any have been made with such disarming humor, such bravery and such warmth."
"Review" by , "This sometimes raw, consistently honest memoir is a rewarding, evocative, ultimately uplifting view of Native life."
"Synopsis" by , In the spring, the bear returns to the forest, the glacier returns to its source, and the salmon returns to the fresh water where it was spawned. Drawing on the special relationship that the Native people of southeastern Alaska have always had with nature,
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