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Dead Voices: Natural Agonies in the New World
Gerald Vizenor gives life to traditional tribal stories by presenting them in a new perspective: he challenges the idyllic perception of rural life, offering in its stead an unusual vision of survival in the cities-the sanctuaries for humans and animals. It is a tribal vision, a quest for liberation from forces that would deny the full realization of human possibilities. I ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published March 15th 1994 by University of Oklahoma Press
(first published September 1st 1992)
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Native American voices are mingled with urban legends in a series of vignettes that come to us from a crazy woman living by Lake Merritt, Oakland. This woman believes that she can transform into different animals and presents her stories as if these transformations are literal. It's easy to draw parallels between her stories and Native American oppression, but such a reading would miss the larger, more varied picture Vizenor gives us. While the woman who tells the stories says they must never be ...more
Oct 27, 2007 Rah~ri rated it liked it
Recommends it for: nobody with fleas : ) no exterminators either!
Recommended to Rah~ri by: Nated
just is what it is.
His books stay with a person for awhile though,
might read more of his books.
also re-rereading a book by J.Krishnamurti on fear-ish stuff
intresting to read one then see the same sentiments written
with a totally different spin.
the wording and derections may seem strange,
almost disorientating even,
but the sentiment and energy remains.
also like how he plays
with words and rhythms
and therefore creati ...more
Gerald Robert Vizenor is an Anishinaabe writer and scholar, and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation. Vizenor also taught for many years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Director of Native American Studies. With more than 30 books published, Vizenor is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and Professor of Americ ...moreMore about Gerald Vizenor...