Published on December 25, 2013 by Amy
Influenced by her rich Cherokee heritage & Christian faith, this author’s writing, like her multicultural background, is simultaneously liminal & transcendent. Being a “marginal voice in several worlds” does not victimize her but empowers her “to tell several stories at once.” She describes this migratory process of Native storytelling & the narrative multivocality it produces as a “cold-&-hunger dance.” The Cold-&-Hunger Dance, her boldest & most stimulating collection of essays to date, is an imaginative & honest account of journeys to & from the margins of memory, everyday life, & different cultural worlds. Along the way, familiar images & concepts are juxtaposed to create a literary terrain both engaging & unsettling: the Bible & Black Elk Speaks converse; the author’s dispute with a local bakery is played out as if on a world stage of warring nations; eggs & cultural identity implicate each other; lost Native languages speak powerfully through their silences to modern Native writers. The creative twists & darting metaphoric excursions engendered by this journey provide an intimate glimpse into the process & problematics of language for modern Native authors.
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