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Rachel's Children : Stories from a Contemporary Native American Woman - Steve Beard

Rachel's Children

Stories from a Contemporary Native American Woman

Paperback Published: 16th June 2004
ISBN: 9780759106901
Number Of Pages: 147

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Rachel's Children is a true story, based on real events. It is an engaging and humorous account of a contemporary Ojibwa household and the woman and her children who are at its core. As their lives unfold, we understand how traditional beliefs and oral history help Rachel and her family cope as they encounter racism and educational discrimination in rural northern Michigan. When a white educator arrives in Rachel'¬"s household to learn about "Indians," she discovers the harsh reality of backwoods life. Beardslee is the queen of sucker punches--she writes in an unexpected combination of ethnography, theatrical script, and novel, echoing the Ojibwa style of storytelling. Her absorbing story about survival of the Native American family encourages a greater understanding of cultural diversity, and will be valuable for instructors in Native studies, multicultural education, women'¬"s studies, and anthropology.

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Using contemporary stories that put to test the values of the traditional stories, Rachel's Children is a collection of laugh-out-loud narratives and a searing indictment of racism in the United States.--Beverly Slapin, Oyate

On a Clear Day Indians Can See Foreverp. 1
The Life Expectancy Mythp. 5
The Practical Side of Being Married to the West Windp. 8
Us versus Themp. 13
If You Find Something That Works, Stick with Itp. 17
Maple Syrupp. 28
Jamp. 31
The Sock Pile from Hellp. 36
No Rest for the Wickedp. 39
Flooding the Ice Rinkp. 43
Skatep. 49
The Dog Storyp. 53
Crispy Fishp. 61
The Fine Art of Trashp. 64
Compostp. 68
Community Propertyp. 73
Freezing Rainp. 79
Liars and Fakersp. 84
Dogs, Horses, and Indians Are Defenselessp. 90
Separate Is Not Equalp. 94
Benefit of the Doubtp. 99
The Stalkingp. 102
Cultural Appropriationp. 109
The Social Workerp. 113
Equinoxp. 116
A Single Featherp. 122
Deodorant before Columbusp. 125
Boys Will Be Boysp. 129
Holes-in-the-Skyp. 133
Math and Snakesp. 135
The Wiindigoogp. 141
Manaboozhou's Childrenp. 145
About the Authorp. 147
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ISBN: 9780759106901
ISBN-10: 0759106908
Series: Contemporary Native American Communities
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 147
Published: 16th June 2004
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.18 x 14.28  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.25

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