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Gerald Vizenor's Publications in Journals

Are those real? According to the Internet, he made them up, but they sound like something I need. Other parts are quoted directly from research sources; still other parts are farce. For Vizenor, the trickster is language and imagination, not morality, and certainly not theory.


The book is full of strange sideways jokes and references I caught on the fly. The healing of the children in this strange sovereign pavilion between two colonialist nations — healing through science, stories, and manicures — almost glowed with weird love. I want to read it again and see what happens to me this time. Wow what an interesting book.

We watched last night. Some very interesting new facts historians know now.

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Great point! This is a novel rather than a documentary, but it has a lot of seriousness behind the trickster laughter. I think readers coming at it from straight history would be confused, but coming at it from a place of imagination is enlightening. Sounds fascinating! Many thanks for the headsup. It was also used by deaf members of these tribes.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. His point is to make the world tribal, a universal identity, and return to other values as measures of human worth, such as the dedication to heal rather than steal tribal cultures" This is a fascinating idea, one that is tempting in its appeal and in its dangers.

The "racist arithmetic measures of tribal blood," as he describes it, may be limiting and may even function to reinforce divisions between white and Indian and between various tribal groups relying on the old divide and conquer bit , but these measures also protect tribal groups from specific forms of appropriation. If "Germans, at last, could b genetic Sioux, and thousands of coastal blondes bored with being white could become shadow tribes of Hopi, or Chippewa, with gene therapies" , what does this say about the specificity of tribal identity and experience?

Even more than being about racial identity, The Heirs of Columbus is about trickster stories and their function. Judge Lord, trying to understand their significance, says, "Stories, then, are at the core of tribal realities, not original sin, for instance, or service missions. Comic situations rather than the tragic conclusions of an individual separated from culture, lost and lonesome in a wilderness" Lappet continues, saying, "The comic mode is as much an imposed idea as the tragic; the comic is communal nonetheless, and celebrates chance as a condition of experience, over linear prevision, but at the same time myths, rituals, and stories must summon a spiritual balance, an imaginative negotiation in a very dangerous natural world" This works as a defense of the kind of story Vizenor tells here.

The comic trickster tale he tells is about chance, community, and spiritual balance. It is, in fact, liberatory in its re-imagining of historical figures and in its ability to question everything. The conversation between Judge Lord and Lappet continues: "Even languages must have rules," said Lord. Vizenor's story is an attempt to liberate the mind, to liberate history and culture, through language games.

Feb 23, Delia rated it really liked it. At first, this is a hard read. Not because of language but because it takes a while to start up. Once you've read the whole thing through, you have to read the first chapter again to understand the story. Jan 10, elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , university-reading.

I'm still not sure I understood it all.

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Nov 14, Michelle Boyer-Kelly rated it it was ok Shelves: american-indian-fiction , american-indian-literature , american-indian-studies , fiction , historical-fiction , magical-realism , oral-tradition , pan-indian-literature , ph-d-books , retellings. Vizenor reinvents history by reclaiming Christopher Columbus as a man of Mayan heritage. This allows for new inventions of storytelling involving trickster figures, satire, mythopoetic motifs, magical realism, and enchantments.

But mainly--it involves satire. I cannot say that I "loved" this novel. In fact, I found it hard to get through once I was about halfway through because of how "new-history" it becomes. If you don't know anything about Columbus or Native American history, you might not fo Vizenor reinvents history by reclaiming Christopher Columbus as a man of Mayan heritage. If you don't know anything about Columbus or Native American history, you might not follow all of the elements of the novel including lots of the satirical elements and therefore I must admit the novel is not very inclusive.

Momaday discussion p --flag representing survivance p Sovereignty and Policy --"fortune on sovereign bingo" p6 --commentary on Native American gaming p7 --recognizing tribal sovereignty p7 including definitions of sovereignty as "tribal connection to sovereignty as a homestead, mineral rights, the sacred cedar, and the nest of a bald eagle" --NAGPRA Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act discussed p8, 14, 63 --further sovereignty discussions and heir issues p78 --blood quantum issues and "causative binaries" p82 --blood quantum "creeds" p p --Welfare agencies and supposed child abuse allegations p, Apr 06, Nahrin rated it liked it.

I recently joined a book club at my workplace, Northwest Indian College. The club is intended for instructors, who are new to the Native community, to deepen their understanding of Native American cultures and experiences. He blends history, with fantasy and science fiction. But the author does expect the reader to already be very knowledgeable about Native American history. Not many context clues to I recently joined a book club at my workplace, Northwest Indian College.

Not many context clues to figure out all of the references. Therefore, not the best choice, in my opinion, for my book club to select as our first book. The book does bring to light fascinating ideas, such as the difference between ownership and possession.

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I'll most likely have re-read this one once I've read other more beginner-friendly books on Native Americans in order to fully understand its meaning and implications. Apr 11, Dixon rated it really liked it. I can't really put into words how this book changed my perception of things. To call the ideas in this book holistic would not fully describe the beauty of its conceptualization.

Right-Brain thinkers must read this.

Nov 10, Matteo rated it liked it Shelves: native-american , novels. We read this book as part of our book club at work. Reading it as a white person, i shared the reaction of several other people: this must be at least a small taste of what it's like to be a Native person navigating mainstream society's alien culture - and perhaps that 's part of the author's point. It was funny and interesting, very clever, but hard to follow.

Conquistador Club pp. Bone Courts pp. Miigis Crow pp. Wooden Head pp. Genome Pavilion pp. Mute Child pp. Parthenos Salon pp. Blood TIthes pp. Moccasin Game pp. Epilogue pp. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.