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Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native American Short Stories (1991)

by Craig Lesley (Editor), Katheryn Stavrakis (Editor)

Other authors: Paula Gunn Allen (Contributor), Gloria Bird (Contributor), Beth Brant (Contributor), Joseph Bruchac (Contributor), Elizabeth Cook-Lynn (Contributor)30 more, Michael Dorris (Contributor), Debra Earling (Contributor), Ed Edmo (Contributor), Anita Endrezze (Contributor), Louise Erdrich (Contributor), Tina Marie Freeman-Villalobos (Contributor), Diane Glancy (Contributor), Rayna Green (Contributor), Joy Harjo (Contributor), Kathleen Shaye Hill (Contributor), Linda Hogan (Contributor), Roger Jack (Contributor), Maurice Kenny (Contributor), Thomas King (Contributor), Judith Minty (Contributor), N. Scott Momaday (Contributor), Duane Niatum (Contributor), Carter Revard (Contributor), Mickey Roberts (Contributor), Greg Sarris (Contributor), Vickie Sears (Contributor), Mary TallMountain (Contributor), Clifford E. Trafzer (Contributor), Gerald Vizenor (Contributor), Anna Lee Walters (Contributor), James Welch (Contributor), Roberta Hill Whiteman (Contributor), Darryl Babe Wilson (Contributor), Phyllis Wolf (Contributor), Elizabeth Woody (Contributor)

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Cherokee, Chippewa, Sioux, Navaho, Modoc . . . voices of Native Americans in stories uniquely their own Each of these authors writes of what he or she knows best, of what is in their blood: the traditions of their cultures and the wounds of their hearts. From bestselling authors such as Louise Erdrich and N. Scott Momaday, to new voices such as Diane Glancy and Gloria Bird, the result is a brilliant anthology resonant with feeling and color, as distinctive as the rhythms of a stomp dance, as enduring as stories passed from generation to generation with love. Editor Craig Lesley vividly captures the struggle of Native Americans who hope to preserve the wisdom of their anscestors in the face of a white world. Their writing reverberates with a sense of place, generational family loyalty, with the poverty and despair of the present, the power of old beliefs and the resiliency of a yet proud people.… (more)

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Overall this is a strong collection of stories that represent a wide swath of different work by Native American authors. The stories I enjoyed the most were ones that were bold with language like Debra Earling's "The Old Marriage" or Anita Endrezze's "The Humming of the Stars and Bees and Waves" that are truly arresting in the way they weave their own unique narrative spaces. I also loved the Joy Harjo selections in this book. If you're looking to broaden your literary knowledge I would definitely recommend checking this anthology out in the knowledge that there's some really great stories and also some by that are truly awful, as it is with any hodgepodge. ( )
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Lesley, CraigEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stavrakis, KatherynEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, Paula GunnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bird, GloriaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brant, BethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bruchac, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cook-Lynn, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dorris, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Earling, DebraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edmo, EdContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Endrezze, AnitaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Erdrich, LouiseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freeman-Villalobos, Tina MarieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Glancy, DianeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, RaynaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harjo, JoyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hill, Kathleen ShayeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hogan, LindaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jack, RogerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kenny, MauriceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Minty, JudithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Momaday, N. ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Revard, CarterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberts, MickeyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sarris, GregContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sears, VickieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
TallMountain, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Trafzer, Clifford E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vizenor, GeraldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walters, Anna LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Welch, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Whiteman, Roberta HillContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Darryl BabeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolf, PhyllisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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I like my stories to speak about lives that are usually not found in American literature. I believe this speaking gives something back to the people whose lives have given me the energy and the need to write our stories.
--Linda Hogan
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For Kathryn Ann Stavrakis and our daughters, Elena and Kira.
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Two young men were out snagging one afternoon.
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