By Sidner Larson
This publication embodies the very nature of Indian storytelling, that is round, drawing upon the non-public stories of the narrator at each flip. Larson teaches approximately modern American Indian literature via describing his personal stories as a toddler at the citadel Belknap Reservation in Montana and as a professor on the college of Oregon.
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House Made of Cards Our need to establish intellectual sovereignty by these means and more is made clear by an existing body of work tending largely to suppress the voices of Indians themselves. Review of these older ideas is helpful in considering the contemporary authenticity debate. We need to redefine past debates to make them more useful for our consideration of the future. For example, in the past Indian people were typically called natives, Native Americans, American Indians, aboriginal people, Indians, original inhabitants, and tribal people, among other names.
Other stories were not funny, such as the time two ne' er-dowells were turned away but returned after dark to lure my grandfather outside. They were on horseback and had taken their ropes down, which meant they intended to take their revenge by roping my grandfather and dragging him. He knew what they were up to, however, and told them to move on or he would shoot them. My aunt's legendary mistreatment of potential daughters-in-law was harder to understand. Being related to certain families was enough to provoke instant disapproval of some young ladies, and those who made it through the front door were subjected to intense scmtiny.
For example, Andrew Wiget's Native American Literature, published in 1985, discusses Oral Narrative, Oratory and Oral Poetry, The Beginnings of a Written Literature, Modern Fiction, and Contemporary Poetry. In 1990, in a bibliographic text, A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff added sources to each of Wigefs basic categories and included sources for new categories, such as Life History and Autobiography, 1eaching American Indian Literatures, Women's Studies, Films and Journals, and American Indian Journals.