14.40508798 Maurice Kenny Backward to Forward

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Backward to Forward

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Controversial and thought-provoking prose pieces from this outspoken Native American writer.

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Maurice Kenny is visiting professor at the State University of New York at Potsdam. He lives in Saranac Lake in New York State's Adirondack Mountains.

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In Backward to Forward, Prose Pieces, poet Maurice Kenny turns his wise attention to the essay, offering a concrete look at early American history from the American Indian perspective (Backward), and examining how the group has fared in literature (Forward). His simple explanations of such seemingly mundane topics as why Europeans and American Indians were able, for a time, to exist amicably ("In the forlorn wilderness, friendship was nothing to toss lightly aside.") belie a deep knowledge of how the subtle elements of history eventually expanded to define the very settlement of our country. With his poet's sense of timing and power, Kenny has a way of holding back, of writing softly and simply, of biding his time and then, at the right moment, shattering the calm with insight, as in the following passage from 'Roman Nose Cheyenne: A Biography': "The white man's gun did not defeat the Indian. It was the death of the buffalo which brought the Cheyenne, the Sioux (Lakota), the Arapaho, and other nations of the plains, to starvation and decline on reservation lands, those empty, sterile enclosures of stagnation and death." The words are all the more powerful, following, as they do, a relatively benign discourse on how each part of the buffalo's dead body was made useful. Though Kenny adds his opinions to history, he isn't at all light on fact. The facts show that Colonel John M. Chivington was an evil, stupid man, and sadly, it was as much stupidity as anything that caused White and American Indian blood to be spread so liberally across the plains and mountains of 1800s America. In Kenny's able hands, this tragic ignorance plods onward as relentlessly as The Oregon Trail, and is populated by several -- From Independent Publisher

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