Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education (Paperback)

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    Sometimes the losses of childhood can be recovered only in the flight of the dragonfly.Native American children have long been subject to removal from their homes for placement in residential schools and, more recently, in foster or adoptiv...

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    Robert Bensen is coeditor of Iroquois Voices, Iroquois Visions: A Celebration of Contemporary Six Nations Arts and has authored numerous essays on Native literature and child custody. He is Professor of English and Director of Writing at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, where he also teaches American Indian law and literature.
    Sometimes the losses of childhood can be recovered only in the flight of the dragonfly.Native American children have long been subject to removal from their homes for placement in residential schools and, more recently, in foster or adoptive homes. The governments of both the United States and Canada, having reduced Native nations to the legal status of dependent children, historically have asserted a surrogate parentalism over Native children themselves. Children of the Dragonfly is the first anthology to document this struggle for cultural survival on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. Through autobiography and interviews, fiction and traditional tales, official transcripts and poetry, these voices? Seneca, Cherokee, Mohawk, Navajo, and many others? weave powerful accounts of struggle and loss into a moving testimony to perseverance and survival. Invoking the dragonfly spirit of Zuni legend who helps children restore a way of life that has been taken from them, the anthology explores the breadth of the conflict about Native childhood. Included are works of contemporary authors Sherman Alexie, Joy Harjo, Luci Tapahonso, and others; classic writers Zitkala-Sa and E. Pauline Johnson; and contributions from twenty important new writers as well. They take readers from the boarding school movement of the 1870s to the Sixties Scoop in Canada and the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 in the United States. They also spotlight the tragic consequences of racist practices such as the suppression of Indian identity in government schools and the campaign against Indian childbearing through involuntary sterilization.

    CONTENTS
    Part 1. Traditional Stories and Lives
    Severt Young Bear (Lakota) and R. D. Theisz, To Say "Child"
    Zitkala-Sa (Yankton Sioux), The Toad and the Boy
    Delia Oshogay (Chippewa), Oshkikwe's Baby
    Michele Dean Stock (Seneca), The Seven Dancers
    Mary Ulmer Chiltoskey (Cherokee), Goldilocks Thereafter
    Marietta Brady (Navajo), Two Stories
    Part 2. Boarding and Residential Schools
    Embe (Marianna Burgess), from Stiya: or, a Carlisle Indian Girl at Home
    Black Bear (Blackfeet), Who Am I?
    E. Pauline Johnson (Mohawk), As It Was in the Beginning
    Lee Maracle (Stoh:lo), Black Robes
    Gordon D. Henry, Jr. (White Earth Chippewa), The Prisoner of Haiku
    Luci Tapahonso (Navajo), The Snakeman
    Joy Harjo (Muskogee), The Woman Who Fell from the Sky
    Part 3. Child Welfare and Health Services
    Problems That American Indian Families Face in Raising Their Children, United States Senate, April 8 and 9, 1974
    Mary TallMountain (Athabaskan), Five Poems
    Virginia Woolfclan, Missing Sister
    Lela Northcross Wakely (Potawatomi/Kickapoo), Indian Health
    Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene), from Indian Killer
    Milton Lee (Cheyenne River Sioux) and Jamie Lee, The Search for Indian
    Part 4. Children of the Dragonfly
    Peter Cuch (Ute), I Wonder What the Car Looked Like
    S. L. Wilde (Anishnaabe), A Letter to My Grandmother
    Eric Gansworth (Onondaga), It Goes Something Like This
    Kimberly Roppolo (Cherokee/Choctaw/Creek), Breeds and Outlaws
    Phil Young (Cherokee) and Robert Bensen, Wetumka
    Lawrence

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    ISBN 9780816520138
    Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
    Format Paperback
    Pages 280
    Publisher Date 2001-05-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Univ of Arizona Pr
    Copyright Year 2001
    Height 9.0 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 0.5 in
    Unit weight 0.95 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education
    Audience College/higher education

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