Find a copy in the library
Finding libraries that hold this item...
|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Hayes, Ernestine, 1945-
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©2006
|Named Person:||Ernestine Hayes; Ernestine Hayes|
|Material Type:||Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
|ISBN:||0816525382 9780816525386 0816525374 9780816525379|
|Description:||172 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Haa shagoon : our ancestors --
The retreating glacier --
The emerging forest --
The climax forest --
The bog --
|Series Title:||Sun tracks, v. 57.|
"Told in layers that blend Native stories and metaphor with social and spiritual journeys, this enchanting memoir traces the author's life from her difficult childhood growing up in the Tlingit community, through her adulthood, during which she lived for some time in Seattle and San Francisco, and eventually to her return home. Ernestine Hayes's journey away from her native land and back is complicated by her racially mixed heritage. Neither fully Native American nor Euro-American, Hayes encounters a unique sense of alienation from both her Native community and the dominant culture.
We witness her struggles alongside other Tlingit men and women - many of whom never left their Native community but wrestle with their own challenges, including unemployment, prejudice, alcoholism, and poverty." "The author's personal journey, the symbolic stories of contemporary Natives, and the tales and legends that have circulated among the Tlingit people for centuries are all woven together, making Blonde Indian much more than the story of one woman's life. Filled with anecdotes, descriptions, and histories that are unique to the Tlingit community, this book is a document of cultural heritage, a tribute to the Alaskan landscape, and a testament to how going back - in nature and in life - allows movement forward."--Jacket.
Winner of the American Book Award! "Hayes, now an English professor and historian of her mother's Lingit tribe, poignantly relates the sad details of her youth and early adulthood, adroitly