Forty individuals, from 17 different tribes, representing 11 nations, tell their stories in Always a People. Like other Native Americans, the Woodland Nations have tenaciously clung to their sense of community despite 150 years of government policies aimed at destroying their culture. As descendants of people who shaped the history of the North American continent from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, the narrators reveal a close affinity to the land from which most of them have been forcibly removed. The 11 nations represented in this volume are Miami, Potawatomi, Delaware, Shawnee, Peoria, Oneida, Ottawa, Winnebago, Sac and Fox, Chippewa, and Kickapoo.
While all of the tribes have their own particular history, there are shared patterns of experience. All see themselves as people who do not fit the stereotypes often associated with "Native Americans." They speak of the urgency for making room for multiple voices drawn from many traditions.
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"To tribes such as the Hopi, Navajo, and Havasupai, who now face the threat of loss of culture and language, this volume serves not only as a roadmap to survival, but a testimony to the value of those things held sacred by all people--a common identity, a common language, and a cultural continuity." --Navajo Hopi Observer
"What a priceless treasure this book is!" --American Indian Libraries Newsletter
"The makers of this book, the portrait painter and the interviewers, have done something original, beautiful, and useful." --James Alexander Thom, Herald-Times, Bloomington, IndianaAbout the Author:
Rita Kohn is Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis and a senior writer for NUVO. She is co-editor of Long Journey Home: Oral Histories of Contemporary Delaware Indians (IUP, 2007). She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
W. Lynwood Montell is Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies at Western Kentucky University. He is the author of 19 books, including most recently Grassroots Music in the Upper Cumberland. He lives in Oakland, Kentucky.
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Book Description Indiana University Press, 1977. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0253330017