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MASTERPIECES OF AMERICAN INDIAN LITERATURE

Regier, Willis G. - Editor

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ISBN 10: 1567310354 / ISBN 13: 9781567310351
Published by MJF Books, New York, 1993
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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623pp Preface by the editor and an introduction to each of the authors. Five classics: Chronicle of an Indian's conversion to Christianity - cultural conflict in the mid-19th century - by Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh (George Copway). Ohiysea's (Charles Alexander Eastman) THE SOUL OF THE INDIAN portrays the life of an American Indian before he knew the white man. Regarded as the best ever written on this subject. AMERICAN INDIAN STORIES is the first attempt by a woman to write her own story sans editor, interpreter or ethnographer. The old ways in the voice of Zitkala-Sa, a Yankton Sioux. COYOTE STORIES centering on the trickster figure Coyote and the Indian legendary past by Mourning Dove. BLACK ELK SPEAKS John G. Neihardt relates the vision of the Oglala Sioux holy man Black Elk. A thoughtful learning experience to read these stories. (loc 1031/1). Bookseller Inventory # 24399

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Title: MASTERPIECES OF AMERICAN INDIAN LITERATURE

Publisher: MJF Books, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition Thus

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The five complete and unabridged works collected here are parts of a long and passionate testimony about American Indian culture as related by Indians themselves. Deep emotions and life-shaking crises converge in these pages concerning identity, family, community, caste, gender, nature, the future, the past, solitude, duty, trust, betrayal, leadership, war, and apocalypse. Each work is also regarded as a classic of Native literature and has much to teach. The Life of Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh (1847) by George Copway, a Canadian Ojibwe writer and lecturer, describes his unique and difficult cultural journey from the tiny village of his youth to the legislatures of the world, speaking for the rights and sovereignty of Indians. The Soul of the Indian (1911) by Charles Eastman, a physician and mixed-blood Sioux, depicts “the religious life of the typical American Indian as it was before he knew the white man.” American Indian Stories (1921) by Zitkala-Ša, one of the most famous Sioux writers and activists of the modern era, includes legends and tales from oral tradition, childhood stories, and allegorical fiction. Coyote Stories (1933) by Mourning Dove, an Okanagan writer, retells the popular trickster tales of Coyote, the most resilient character in all of American literature. Black Elk Speaks (1932) as told through John G. Neihardt, is the spacious religious vision and candid life story of a Lakota holy man. Neihardt and Black Elk collaborated to produce a unique and inspirational work.

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Willis G. Regier is the director of the University of Illinois Press and the author of Book of the Sphinx (Nebraska 2004) and In Praise of Flattery (Nebraska 2007).

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