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Only approved Indians : stories

Author: Jack D Forbes
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1995.
Series: American Indian literature and critical studies series, v. 12.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In these short stories, Jack D. Forbes captures the remarkable breadth and variety of American Indian life. Drawing on his skills as scholar and native activist, and, above all, as artist, Forbes enlarges our sense of how American Indians experience themselves and the world around them. Though all the main characters are of Indian descent, each is a unique combination of tribal origin, social status, age, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fiction
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Forbes, Jack D.
Only approved Indians.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1995
(DLC) 94024338
(OCoLC)31243455
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jack D Forbes
ISBN: 0585150044 9780585150048
OCLC Number: 44958241
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 175 pages).
Contents: Only Approved Indians Can Play Made in USA --
The Caged --
An Incident in a Tour Among the Natives --
Shaw --
Someone to Love --
A City Indian Goes to School --
My Father's Visit --
The Professor --
Southside --
When Professors Die --
The Dream of Injun Joe: A Page from the Alcatraz Seminars --
South of Hope --
The Sacrifice --
The Laying On of the Hands --
Lendra --
The Edge of Things --
The Cave.
Series Title: American Indian literature and critical studies series, v. 12.
Responsibility: by Jack D. Forbes.
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In these short stories, Jack D. Forbes captures the remarkable breadth and variety of American Indian life. Drawing on his skills as scholar and native activist, and, above all, as artist, Forbes enlarges our sense of how American Indians experience themselves and the world around them. Though all the main characters are of Indian descent, each is a unique combination of tribal origin, social status, age, and life-style - from native elder and college professor to lesbian barmaid and Chicano adolescent. Nevertheless the U.S. government (and perhaps white society as a whole) narrows the definition of "Indian." In the title story, for example, two basketball teams begin fighting when one accuses the other of lacking BIA status - government recognition. When tournament officials disqualify the team that lacks "official" Indian players, the "approved" team celebrates its victory. Forbes's characters want to be unique, but they must struggle for this right, and they must endure pain. Forbes shows how such quests can have personal and political motives and can meet with success or failure and how those who search for individual identity must reckon with the identity of their group. Thus, in retelling the story of the Seminole War, Injun Joe casts the Indians, not the whites, as victors. He cannot rewrite history, but by recreating it he can come to terms with a painful legacy. Imagination is equally important to other characters: even when they cannot achieve change, they can envision it. Forbes's stories open our eyes to the injustices of this world and provide transcendent visions of the world as it might be.

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