The Light People A Novel American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series (NEW)
Securing Caite lAbsolutely amazing novel Inventive original thought provoking and wise Each chapter adds on to the previous oneike a turtle beneath a turtle the Trudy 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 severedeg The concluding chapter where The ast Native American fiction work I read was Sherman Alexie s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven This work is similar but organized It is essentially a series of vignettes about certain interconnected people on the reservation and some of the dreams they have and things that happen to them 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 no. This is a Native American #tapestry of memories within memories stories within stories and myths within myths that are interwoven #of memories within memories stories within stories and myths within myths that are interwoven slyly humorous portraits of government bureaucrats museum administrators tribal elders and the cross cultural phenomena of Native "American This Said "life This said novel actually relates the deeply personal uest of Oskinaway for hi. ,
Gordon Henry Jr. ☆ 9 Summary,
Thor Gordon Henry to discuss his work I thought this novel was especially thought provoking particularly the format and the repetitive inclusion of the etter X as a marker "OF A PRESENCE AND AN ABSENCE "a presence and an absence the same time very clever While it was a complex work with a complicated family tree it was an interesting process attempting to find the ink in all the stories as the chapters went on Absolutely amazing novel Inventive original thought provoking and wise Each chapter adds on to the previous one ike a turtle beneath a turtle the inks 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 resolutions become apparent What s some of chapters have Vonnegut John White kinds of satire esp the trial scene over who owns the rights to Moses Four Bear s severed eg 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 seekers Stories within stories abound The structure the story by itself was interesting An unexpected piece of Native American iterature. Rvation to be part of a nationwide celebration The cast of characters also includes such unlikely members as Four Bear's Prisoner of Midnight losteg 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. ,
T just as the subject matter particular "chapters but in his prose slipping into haiku into the egaleze of awyers and judges into the self "but in his prose slipping into haiku into the egaleze of Mr. Jelly's Business lawyers and judges into the self 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 Il be thinking about it for a ong time unpacking the imagery and poetry thinking through the ingering bird song of we the people at the end 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 Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı learns about his tribal heritage There is alsoots of Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines laughs in the chapter Reuiem for a Leg you have to read this book it isike no other I met Gordon Henry at the Native American Literature Symposium this year He is an incredibly kind and intelligent individual I read this book for a Native American Novel course I m taking for my major and my class was The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River lucky enough to video chat with the au. S parents spanning decades and encompassing the dizzying complexity of rapidly changing tribalife 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.