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Vizenor, Gerald Robert 1934-

Works: 195 works in 637 publications in 5 languages and 43,008 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Interviews  Fantasy fiction  Poetry  Biographies  Paranormal fiction  Horror tales 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of screenplay, Narrator, Other, Interviewee, Publishing director
Classifications: PS3572.I9, 813.54
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Narrative chance : postmodern discourse on native American Indian literatures by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on published works by novelists N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, D'Arcy McNickle, Louise Erdrich, Gerald Vizenor, and other Native American authors, the critical essays in this collection examine translation and representation in tribal literatures, comic and tragic world views, and trickster discourse
The people named the Chippewa : narrative histories by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

17 editions published between 1984 and 2002 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author "recounts the experiences of ... the Chippewa [also known as Ojibwa and Anishinaabe] as they met missionaries, capitalists, government bureaucrats, and anthropologists."
Dead voices : natural agonies in the new world by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gerald Vizenor gives life to traditional tribal stories by presenting them in a new perspective: he challenges the idyllic perception of rural life, offering in its stead an unusual vision of survival in the cities--the sanctuaries for humans and animals. It is a tribal vision, a quest for liberation from forces that would deny the full realization of human possibilities. In this modern world his characters insist upon survival through an imaginative affirmation of the self. In Dead Voices Vizenor, using tales drawn from traditional tribal stories, illuminates the centuries of conflict between American Indians and Europeans, or "wordies." Bagese, a tribal woman transformed into a bear, has discovered a new urban world, and in a cycle of tales she describes this world from the perspective of animals--fleas, squirrels, mantis, crows, beavers, and finally Trickster, Vizenor's central and unifying figure. The stories reveal unpleasant aspects of the dominant culture and American Indian culture such as the fur trade, the educational system, tribal gambling, reservation life, and in each the animals, who represent crossbloods, connect with their tribal traditions, often in comic fashion. As in his other fiction, Vizenor upsets our ideas of what fiction should be. His plot is fantastic; his story line is a roller-coaster ride requiring that we accept the idea of transformation, a key element in all his work. Unlike other Indian novelists, who use the novel as a means of cultural recovery, Vizenor finds the crossblood a cause for celebration
The heirs of Columbus by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gerald Vizenor's novel reclaims the story of Chrisopher Columbus on behalf of Native Americans by declaring the explorer himself to be a descendent of early Mayans and follows the adventures of his modern-day, mixedblood heirs as they create a fantastic tribal nation
The trickster of liberty : tribal heirs to a wild baronage by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

15 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of stories about the tribal trickster
Griever : an American monkey king in China by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

20 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Griever de Hocus, accompanied by his rooster, Matteo Ricci, plays havoc with the monolithic institutions of the People's Republic of China in Vizenor's inspired retelling of the classic Chinese Journey to the West
Chancers : a novel by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and French and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Centered on the volatile issue of the repatriation of Native American skeletal remains, Chancers follows a group of student Solar Dancers who set out to resurrect native remains housed in the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley." "Possessed by the demonic wiindigoo, a mythic monster, the Solar Dancers, in a gruesome ritual, sacrifice faculty and administrators associated with the collection and storage of native remains. The Dancers replace stored native skulls with those of the academics, and the resurrected natives become the Chancers." "The Round Dancers, humane and erotic trickster figures, are natural opponents of the morbid Solar Dancers. The war between the two groups comes to a comic conclusion at a graduation ceremony attended by Pocahontas; Phoebe Hearst; Alfred Kroeber, the anthropologist; Ishi, the native who actually lived and worked in the university museum; and many Chancers."--Jacket
Earthdivers : tribal narratives on mixed descent by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

14 editions published between 1977 and 2012 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In traditional tribal creation myths, the earthdiver brings up dirt form the primal water to form the earth ... Now they dive in unknown urban areas connecting dreams to earth in the same way that these stories connect metaphor to realities."--Jacket
Bearheart : the heirship chronicles by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bearheart, Gerald Vizenors first novel, overturns "terminal creeds" and violence in a decadent material culture. American civilization has collapsed and Proude Cedarfair, his wife, Rosina, and a bizarre collection of disciples, are forced on a pilgrimage when government agents descend on the reservation to claim their sacred cedar trees for fuel. The tribal pilgrims reverse the sentiments of Manifest Destiny and travel south through the ruins of a white world that ran out of gas
Shadow distance : a Gerald Vizenor reader by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whether focusing on Native American tricksters or legal and financial claims of tribal sovereignty, Vizenor continually underscores the diversities of modern traditions, the mixed ethnicity that characterizes those who claim Native American origin, and cultural permeability of an increasingly commercial, global world.--pub. website
Hotline healers : an Almost Browne novel by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lampoon of white attitudes to the country's native population. The hero is an Indian trickster who makes a living exploiting the romantic stereotype. When not telling anthropology departments at universities what they want to hear, he operates a New Age telephone service which features native healers. By the author of Dead Voices
Summer in the spring : Anishinaabe lyric poems and stories by An ni xu na bei zu ren( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and Chinese and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents annotated retellings of a selection of Chippewa poems and tales, illustrated with tribal pictomyths, and including a glossary of Anishinaabe words
Native liberty : natural reason and cultural survivance by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gerald Vizenor was a journalist for theMinneapolis Tribunewhen he discovered that his direct ancestors were the editor and publisher ofThe Progress, the first Native newspaper on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. Vizenor, inspired by the kinship of nineteenth century Native journalists, has pursued a similar sense of resistance in his reportage, editorial essays, and literary art. Vizenor reveals inNative Libertythe political, poetic, visionary, and ironic insights of personal identity and narratives of cultural sovereignty. He examines singular acts of resistance, natural reason, literary practices, and other strategies of survivance that evade and subvert the terminal notions of tragedy and victimry. Native Libertynurtures survivance and creates a sense of cultural and historical presence. Vizenor, a renowned Anishinaabe literary scholar and artist, writes in a direct narrative style that integrates personal experiences with original presentations, comparative interpretations and critiques of legal issues and historical situations
Hiroshima bugi : Atomu 57 by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ronin draws on samurai and native traditions to confront the moral burdens and passive notions of nuclear peace celebrated at the peace memorial Museum in Hiroshima. He creates a new calendar that starts with the first use of atomic weapons, Atomu One. Ronin accosts the spirits of the war dead at Yasukuni Jinga. He then marches into the national shrine and shouts to Tojo Hideki and other war criminals to come out and face the spirits of thousands of devoted children who were sacrificed at Hiroshima."--Jacket
Chair of tears by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The novel begins with generous stories about Captain Eighty, his young wife, the poker-playing genius named Quiver, and their children and grandchildren who live on a rustic houseboat. Captain Shammer, an extraordinary grandson reared on the houseboat and with no formal education, is appointed the chairman of a troubled Department of Native American Indian Studies at a prominent university. Shammer is a natural enterpriser and ironic showman in the tradition of trickster stories. He arrives at the first faculty meeting dressed in the uniform of Gen. George Armstrong Custer. Native students celebrate his conversion of the department into an academic poker parlor and casino, and a panic radio station. The most sensational enterprise is the training of service mongrels to detect the absence of irony."--Page 4 of cover
Shrouds of White Earth by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bear Island : the war at Sugar Point by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

11 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Weaving together strands of myth, memory, legend, and history, Bear Island lyrically conveys a historical event that has been forgotten not only by the majority culture but also by some Anishinaabe people - bringing back to light a key moment in Minnesota's history with clarity of vision and emotional resonance."--Jacket
The White Earth nation : ratification of a native democratic constitution by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The White Earth Nation of Anishinaabeg Natives ratified a new constitution in 2009, the first indigenous democratic constitution, on a reservation in Minnesota. Many Native constitutions were written by the federal government, and with little knowledge of the people and cultures. The White Earth Nation set out to create a constitution that reflected its own culture. The resulting document provides a clear Native perspective on sovereignty, independent governance, traditional leadership values, and the importance of individual and human rights
Native storiers : five selections( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gerald Vizenor presents in this anthology some of the best contemporary Native American Indian authors writing today. The five books from which these excerpts are drawn are published in the University of Nebraska Press's Native Storiers series
Favor of crows : new and collected Haiku by Gerald Robert Vizenor( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Favor of Crows is a collection of new and previously published original haiku poems over the past forty years. Gerald Vizenor has earned a wide and devoted audience for his poetry. In the introductory essay the author compares the imagistic poise of haiku with the early dream songs of the Anishinaabe, or Chippewa. Vizenor concentrates on these two artistic traditions, and by intuition he creates a union of vision, perception, and natural motion in concise poems; he creates a sense of presence and at the same time a naturalistic trace of impermanence
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The people named the Chippewa : narrative histories
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Gerald Vizenor American writer

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Gerald Vizenor escritor estadounidense

Gerald Vizenor indianisch-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Hochschullehrer

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English (302)

Italian (3)

French (2)

Chinese (2)

German (1)

The people named the Chippewa : narrative historiesDead voices : natural agonies in the new worldThe heirs of ColumbusThe trickster of liberty : tribal heirs to a wild baronageGriever : an American monkey king in ChinaChancers : a novelEarthdivers : tribal narratives on mixed descentBearheart : the heirship chronicles