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Poetry and Memoir. In her first collection of poetry and prose memoir, Dine (Navajo) writer Laura Tohe describes her childhood on the reservation in Arizona and New Mexico, the joys and sorrows of boarding school life, and growing up to a wiser maturity, still capable of radiating things of beauty despite the memory of brutality and loss. When the moon died/ she reminded u ...more
Paperback, 47 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by West End Press
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Apr 07, 2009 Rolf rated it it was amazing
This is one of two awesome books my sister Julia got me for Christmas--it's a collection of prose and poetry by a Navajo writer about her Indian Boarding School experience. Especially since all of the people here I know over 40 pretty much shared her experience or a similar one, it's a fascinating read. Documents a very interesting time when Navajo youth were picking and choosing what parts of white culture to assimilate and what parts of Diné culture to keep around. Thanks, Hoolia!
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Dec 28, 2007 Sheila Rocha rated it really liked it
Contemporary reflection on the Indian boarding school experience with humor and childlike reflections.
She gets in the shadows of street lamps and watches the darkness mixed with the memory of youth in this tender look back at the days.
Sep 10, 2007 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Native American lit. readers; poetry readers
I love Tohe's understanding of institutions and what institutions do to people. Very moving.
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