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Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: An Anthology of the American Indian Holocaust

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As you walk out of your front door tomorrow morning, look down. Look to your left and to your right. Touch the earth: the concrete, the sidewalk, or whatever surrounds you. Undoubtedly you will be touching the layered coverings of the remains of indigenous peoples. Not arrowheads, not broken pieces of pottery — but the very DNA of the first peoples of this continent. For f ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 22nd 2006 by Running Press (first published June 21st 2006)
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Stacy
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thought-provoking and insightful, this collection of essays took me by surprise. I was not expecting such a diverse collection of genres, ranging from poetry and personal memoir to scholarly sociological studies. Full disclosure - I did not read all of every essay. Some were a little thick for me, considering I was more interested in the personal stories. However, this collection had something for everyone. If you are at all interested in an alternate view of the American history you learned in ...more
Bart
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
Some essays in Marijo Moore's anthology are really insightful and taught me quite a bit about the (past/present) American Indian holocaust. Many of the other pieces are boring (poetry) or shallow. Most of the essays that lack depth do have critical analysis on many issues; however, there are some issues - romanticization of indigenous life, matriarchy, and the Jewish Holocaust - that authors consistently bring up with weak or no critiques.
Some authors romanticize indigenous life to a point of et
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Fei
Some of the beginning essays were very academic and dry, but the latter few, esp the ones about women's lives, were much more personal. I think it's overall an important read for Americans but it can be emotionally difficult to get through at times.
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Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is a must-read for anyone who lives in North America. It addresses everything American history books have omitted.
Erika
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
some of these narratives were not interesting at all and the ones that were well written or intriguing were much too short
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MariJo Moore (Cherokee/Irish/Dutch) is the author of a dozen books including Spirit Voices of Bones, Confessions of a Madwoman, Red Woman With Backward Eyes and Other Stories, The Diamond Doorknob, The Boy With A Tree Growing From His Ear and Other Stories, and the editor of four anthologies including Genocide of The Mind: New Native Writings and Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Sile ...more
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