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Blonde Indian : an Alaska Native memoir

Author: Ernestine Hayes
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©2006.
Series: Sun tracks, v. 57.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the spring, the bear returns to the forest, the glacier returns to its source, and the salmon returns to the fresh water where it was spawned. Drawing on the special relationship that the Native people of southeastern Alaska have always had with nature, Blonde Indian is a story about returning."
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hayes, Ernestine, 1945-
Blonde Indian.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)607758514
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: Ernestine Hayes
ISBN: 0816525382 9780816525386 0816525374 9780816525379
OCLC Number: 62741447
Description: 172 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Haa shagoon : our ancestors --
The retreating glacier --
The emerging forest --
The climax forest --
The bog --
Acknowledgments.
Series Title: Sun tracks, v. 57.
Responsibility: Ernestine Hayes.
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"In the spring, the bear returns to the forest, the glacier returns to its source, and the salmon returns to the fresh water where it was spawned. Drawing on the special relationship that the Native people of southeastern Alaska have always had with nature, Blonde Indian is a story about returning."

"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.

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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 Read more...

 
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