The Light People A Novel American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series review Å eBook or Kindle ePUB Rvation to be part of a nationwide celebration The cast of characters also includes such unlikely members as Four Bear's lost leg which ends up in a museum case and the prisoner of haiku a sculptor saboteur incarcerated for setting politically motivated fires that are famous for their beauty for the sabotage was never performed without the grace and idealism of the arti. Gordon Henry Ojibwe is a master of prose He has multiple narrators flowing into multiple narrations There is humor and sorrow in the book as Oskinaway learns about his tribal heritage There is also lots of laughs in the chapter Reuiem for a Leg you have to read this book it is like no other I met Gordon Henry at the Native American Literature Symposium this year He is an incredibly kind and intelligent individual
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The Light People A Novel American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series review Å eBook or Kindle ePUB S parents spanning decades and encompassing the dizzying complexity of rapidly changing tribal life as it does We meet shamans old young and wanna be as well as tribal politicos willing to cancel bingo in order to ensure full turnout for dignitaries coming from Washington to commemorate the uincentenary of Columbus' arrival in North America and who want this rez ie rese. Absolutely amazing novel Inventive original thought provoking and wise Each chapter adds on to the previous one like a turtle beneath a turtle the links seem to reach as far as the cosmos until mid span in which the novel begins to retreat back on itself and new resolutions become apparent What s some of the chapters have Vonnegut John White kinds of satire esp the trial scene over who owns the rights to Moses Four Bear s severed leg The concluding chapter where Oskinaway tries to teach a crow to speak but succeeds only as far as We the People carries immense ponder ables In my view this is a minor classic and should be read by intelligent sensitive seekersGordon Henry Jr. Å 3 free read
The Light People A Novel American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series review Å eBook or Kindle ePUB This is a Native American tapestry of memories within memories stories within stories and myths within myths that are interwoven with slyly humorous portraits of government bureaucrats museum administrators tribal elders and the cross cultural phenomena of contemporary Native American life This said the novel actually relates the deeply personal uest of Oskinaway for hi. There s so much going on in this book that I can t begin to do it justice Structurally Henry maps out the importance of kinship history and storytelling by connecting one chapter to the next working backwards in time to explore what it means to be Ojibwe on the Fineday reservation Thematically he turns over the idea of Christianity schooling treaties politicians higher education traditional healing and art not just as the subject matter of particular chapters but in his prose slipping into haiku into the legaleze of lawyers and judges into the self congratulatory academic speak of anthropologists Time passes but the passage of time is not always important places change in meaningful ways often reflecting environmental destruction from outside the rez but trees and prairie and water have their own stories The Vietnam war intrudes death and dying occur in a dozen different waysIt s masterful and I ll be thinking about it for a long time unpacking the imagery and poetry thinking through the lingering bird song of we the people at the end
- The Light People A Novel American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series
- Gordon Henry Jr.
- 15 March 2020