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Muscogee Daughter : My Sojourn to the Miss America Pageant - Susan Supernaw

Muscogee Daughter

My Sojourn to the Miss America Pageant

By: Susan Supernaw, Geary Hobson (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2010
ISBN: 9780803229716
Number Of Pages: 264

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How American is Miss America? For Susan Supernaw, a Muscogee (Creek) and Munsee Native American, the question wasn't just academic. Throughout a childhood clouded by poverty, alcoholism, and abuse, Supernaw sought escape in school and dance and the Native American Church. She became a presidential scholar, won a scholarship to college, and was crowned Miss Oklahoma in 1971. Supernaw might not have won the Miss America pageant that year, but she did call attention to the Native peoples living largely invisible lives throughout their own American land. And she did at long last earn her Native American name. Chronicling a quest to escape poverty and find meaning, Supernaw's story is revealing, humorous, and deeply moving. "Muscogee Daughter" is the story of finding a Native American identity among the distractions and difficulties of American life and of discerning an identity among competing notions of what it is to be a woman, a Native American, and a citizen of the world.

Industry Reviews

"A unique story, but also an iconic American story, it is inspiring and heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive. Susan Supernaw is living testimony to the triumph of the human spirit as well as the strength of Native American culture." Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie "This is a riveting story about resilience and strength. Susan Supernaw opens the door into the beauty of the Native American spirit as a young girl who triumphs in spite of tough circumstances. It's also the best of the Miss America story---not about who wins a crown but about who is helped to become all she is called to be." Jane Jayroe, author of More Grace than Glamour: My Life as Miss America and Beyond "The publication of Susan Supernaw's Muscogee Daughter establishes this former beauty queen as a powerful storyteller. We hear the unlikely tale of how a rowdy, barefoot girl growing up in Indian country made it to the Miss America pageant. What remains most striking is the unexpected gift of the heavy understory of Supernaw's spiritual tests. Throughout the telling, she remains straightforward and mesmerizing. This story is a giveaway, in honor of all those who assisted her in her journey of becoming." Joy Harjo, Mvskoke poet and musician

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Family Genealogyp. xix
Blessings Inside a Tipip. 1
Jimmyp. 5
Bozop. 24
Horse Crazyp. 31
A New Namep. 42
Metamorphosisp. 53
Sewer Ratsp. 70
Beef Noodlep. 75
Susie Qp. 83
Super Suep. 90
Tomorrow's Leaderp. 101
Coming Homep. 115
Scorpio Suep. 124
Superstar Supernawp. 143
The Barefoot Queenp. 157
The Indian Queenp. 171
Dancing Feetp. 186
Ellia Ponnap. 200
Notesp. 203
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ISBN: 9780803229716
ISBN-10: 0803229712
Series: American Indian Lives
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.46