Synopses & Reviews
This anthology includes some of the best works of Native American Literature — with a good representation of major authors, geographic dispersion, gender balance, and a variety of genres. Its illustrative and popular material promote a deeper appreciation of different themes and approaches. Complete works that have become classics in the field, combined with ones from the modern era, make this collection rich in historical and theoretical context. Selections of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and drama, include works by Paula Gunn Allen, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Carter Revard, Leslie Marmon Silko, Sherman Alexie, Kimberly Blaeser, Peter Blue Cloud, Louise Erdrich, Scott N. Momaday, Simon Ortiz, and many more. An effective introduction to Native American Literature for readers interested in this area of writing.
AN ANTHOLOGY THAT features both classic and contemporary Native American Literatures, Nothing But The Truth is a healthy collection of the best works of Native American Literature. The pieces of literature selected for this anthology are core texts used in classrooms and are conductive to discussion in the classroom. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Drama are included as well as some theoretical discussion and introductions by various scholars and teachers of the literature.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Susan Pérez Castillo, Postmodernism, Native American Literature and the Real: The Silko-Erdrich Controversy. Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, (Crow Creek Dakota) The American Indian Fiction Writers: Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, the Third World, and First Nation Sovereignty. Vine Deloria, Jr., (Sioux) Indian Humor. Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa), (Sioux) The Ghost Dance War. Paula Gunn Allen, (Laguna Pueblo, Sioux) The Sacred Hoop: A Contemporary Perspective. N. Scott Momaday, (Kiowa) The Man Made of Words. David L. Moore, Decolonializing Criticism: Reading Dialects and Dialogues in Native American Literatures. Simon J. Ortiz, (Acoma Pueblo) Towards a National Indian Literature: Cultural Authenticity in Nationalism. Carter Revard, (Osage) History, Myth, and Identity Among Osages and Other Peoples. Greg Sarris, (Miwok-Pomo) The Woman Who Loved a Snake: Orality in Mabel McKay's Stories. Leslie Marmon Silko, (Laguna Pueblo) Language and Literature from a Pueblo Perspective. An Old-Time Indian Attack Conducted in Two Parts: Part One—Imitation “Indian” Poems/Part Two—Gary Snyder's Turtle Island. Brian Swann, Introduction: Only the Beginning.
Sherman Alexie, The Approximate Size of My Favorite Tumor. This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona. Beth Brant, (Mohawk) Swimming Upstream. Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, (Crow Creek Dakota) A Good Chance. The Power of Horses. Louise Erdrich, (Anishinaabe) The Red Convertible. Eric Gansworth, (Onondaga) Unfinished Business. Diane Glancy, (Cherokee) Aunt Parnetta's Electric Blisters. Paula Gunn Allen, (Laguna Pueblo, Sioux) Deer Woman. Gordon Henry, (Anishinaabe) Sleeping in Rain. Linda Hogan, Aunt Moon's Young Man. Pauline E. Johnson, (Mohawk) As It Was in the Beginning. Thomas King, (Cherokee) Borders. A Seat in the Garden. D'Arcy McNickle, (Métis) The Hawk is Hungry. Jim Northrup, (Anishinaabe) Veterans' Dance. Simon J. Ortiz, (Acoma Pueblo) The Killing of a State Cop. Louis Owens, (Choctaw, Cherokee) Blessed Sunshine. Carter Revard, (Osage) Report to the Nation: Repossessing Europe. Greg Sarris, (Miwok-Pomo) How I Got to Be Queen. Leslie Marmon Silko, (Laguna Pueblo) The Man to Send Rain Clouds. Tony's Story. Yellow Woman. Mary TallMountain, (Koyukon Athabaskan) The Disposal of Mary Joe's Children. Luci Tapahonso, (Navajo) All the Colors of Sunset. Anna Lee Walters, (Pawnee-Otoe) The Warriors. Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin), (Sioux) The Soft-Hearted Sioux.
Sherman Alexie, (Spokane, Coeur d'Alene) 13/16. The Business of Fancydancing. Capital Punishment. Defending Walt Whitman. The Exaggeration of Despair. How to Write the Great American Indian Novel. Crazy Horse Speaks. Paula Gunn Allen, (Laguna Pueblo, Sioux) Dear World. Kopis'taya, A Gathering of Spirits. Soundings. Kimberly Blaeser, (Anishinaabe) Living History. Rewriting Your Life. Rituals, Yours—and Mine. Where I was That Day. Peter Blue Cloud, (Mohawk) Bear: A Totem Dance as Seen by Raven. The Old Man's Lazy. Rattle. To-ta Ti-om. Turtle. Yellowjacket. Drum. Reflections on Milkweed. Joseph Bruchac, (Abenaki) Above the Line. Blessing the Waters. Copal, Red Blood: Chiapas, 1998. Chrystos, (Menominee) Today Was a Bad Day Like TB. Nora Dauenhauer, (Tlingit) Salmon Egg Puller—$2.15 an Hour. Louise Erdrich, (Anishinaabe) Captivity. Indian Boarding School: The Runaways. Jacklight. Old Man Potchikoo. Dear John Wayne. Turtle Mountain Reservation. Joy Harjo, (Muskogee) She Had Some Horses. Transformations. I Give You Back. Call It Fear. Eagle Poem. The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window. Grace. The Woman Who Fell from the Sky. Linda Hogan, (Chickasaw) Blessing. Song for My Name. Bamboo. Celebration: Birth of a Colt. Drought. The New Apartment, Minneapolis. The Truth Is. Elk Song. Geraniums. Heritage. It Must Be. Map. Morning: The World in the Lake. Maurice Kenny, (Mohawk) Akwesasne. Legacy. Sweetgrass. They Tell Me I Am Lost. Wild Strawberry. Wolf “Aunt.” Joyce carlEtta Mandrake, (Anishinaabe) Who Am I. N. Scott Momaday, (Kiowa) Angle of Geese. The Bear. At Risk. December 29, 1980: Wounded Knee Creek. The Colors of the Night. The Eagle-Feather Fan. Simon J. Ortiz, (Acoma Pueblo) Bend in the River. The Creation, According to Coyote. Dry Root in a Wash. My Father's Song. A Story of How a Wall Stands. The Boy and Coyote. Carter Revard, (Osage) And Don't Be Deaf to the Singing Beyond. Driving in Oklahoma. In Kansas. An Eagle Nation. What the Eagle Fan Says. Wazhazhe Grandmother. Wendy Rose, (Miwok-Hopi) I Expected My Skin and My Blood to Ripen. If I Am Too Brown or Too White for You. Three Thousand Dollar Death Song. Leslie Marmon Silko, (Laguna Pueblo) Indian Song: Survival. Untitled. Untitled, From Ceremony. Storytelling. Story from Bear County. Toe'osh: A Laguna Coyote Story. When Sun Came to Riverwoman). Mary TallMountain, (Koyukon Athabaskan) Good Grease. The Last Wolf. There is No Word for Goodbye. Matmiya. Luci Tapahonso, (Navajo) Blue Horses Rush In. In Praise of Texas. Light a Candle. Raisin Eyes. James Welch, (Black Feet-Gros Ventre) Christmas Comes to Moccasin Flat. Surviving. Thanksgiving at Snake Butte. Snow Country Weavers. Riding the Earthboy 40. Roberta Hill Whiteman, (Oneida) Dream of Rebirth. For Heather, Entering Kindergarten. In the Longhouse, Oneida Museum. Black Eagle Child Quarterly. Ray Young Bear, (Mesquakie) The First Dimension of Skunk. Winter of the Salamander. The Language of Weather. Morning Talking Mother. The Significance of a Water Animal. Nothing Could Take Away the Bear-King's Image.
Gerald Vizenor, (Anishinaabe) Harold of Orange: A Screenplay.