New Voices From the Longhouse-limited quantities

Greenfield Review PressSKU: 0912678682

Joseph Bruchac
Grade Levels:
Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, College, University
Cayuga, Iroquois, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, Tuscarora, Woodland
Book Type:
Greenfield Review Press
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New Voices From the Longhouse: An Anthology of Contemporary Iroquois Writing contains the poetry, short stories, essays by 30 Six Nations Iroquois writers. Published in 1989 by Joseph Bruchac's Greenfield Review, this collection stands the test of time and remains important and relevant. It is a remarkable collection of writing by various Six Nations Iroquois men and women, who live on reserves in Canadian and US reservations as well as Canadian and American cities. They express their deep love and respect for Iroquois traditional culture and history and comment on the contemporary world. Essays from well-known scholars such as John Mohawk (Origins of Iroquois Political Thought), Oren Lyons (Power of the Good Mind and Water is a Sacred Trust), Richard Hill (Skywalkers), and Pam Colorado (“Indian Science” from Fire and Ice: Natives, Alcohol and Spirituality) express the importance of Iroquois traditions. Well-known poets such as Maurice Kenny, Roberta Hill Whiteman, Peter Blue Cloud, Beth Brant, and Gail Tremblay contribute thought-provoking poems. Duwayne Leslie Bowen continues a storytelling tradition by recounting modern witch stories from his Seneca community. Francis Boots express his concern with leaning about knowing in the Iroquois tradition and contributes a brief article about wampum. Mohawk midwife Katsi Cook writes about the traditional role of plant medicines and women's health, and Stephen Fadden writes about the history of maple sugar from an Iroquois perspective. Among the emerging poets Germaine General-Myke writes in Cayuga and provides an English translation alongside. She also explores the way her home community (Six Nations) has changed after she returns from years spent living in Buffalo. Other themes explored in poetry, essay and short story include beadworking, art, ceremonies, basketmaking, the Peacemaker, family, and the environment. All writers draw on their cultural traditions and personal history. A short biographical sketch and photograph accompany each writer's work. The writers include David Black, Salli Benedict, Peter Blue Cloud (Aroniawenrate), Francis Boots (Ateronhiatakon), Duwayne Leslie Bowen, Beth Brant, Pam Colorado, Katsi Cook, Melanie M. Ellis, Ray Fadden (Tehanetorens,) Stephen Fadden, Germaine General-Myke, Richard Hill, Tom Huff, Alex Jacobs (Karoniaktatie), Maurice Kenny, Bruce King, William T. Laughing (Atonwa), Oren Lyons, David McDonald, John Mohawk, Audrey Shenandoah, Carol Snow, Debra E. Stalk, Amber Coverdale Sumrall, Tahnahga, Daniel Thompson (Rokwaho), Gail Tremblay, Roberta Hill Whiteman, and Ted C. Williams. This is an excellent resource for understanding contemporary Iroquois writing in all its forms.

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