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Follow the blackbirds

Author: Gwen Westerman
Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, [2013]
Series: American Indian studies series (East Lansing, Mich.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Poet Gwen Nell Westerman builds a world in words that reflects the past, present, and future of the Dakota people. An intricate balance between the singularity of personal experience and the unity of collective longing, Follow the Blackbirds speaks to the affection and appreciation a contemporary poet feels for her family, community, and environment. With touches of humor and the occasional sharp cultural criticism,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gwen Westerman
ISBN: 9781611860924 161186092X
OCLC Number: 826016001
Description: 72 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Follow the blackbirds --
A trade --
School days --
Innocent captives --
Mourning song --
Dying of thirst --
Linear process --
Saving scraps --
Dead end --
Early freeze --
Henana epe kte --
Quantum theory --
Genetic code --
Feed them --
This is my explaining ceremony --
Red earth gathering --
Journey --
Flint Hills release --
First flight --
Where the buffalo roam --
No contest --
Linear perspective --
Monet on the Northern Plains --
Road song --
Delisted --
Root words --
At Spirit Lake --
Ḣe Keya Woabdakedan̦ --
Venetian --
Skin essentials --
Why he teaches the language --
Daḳota Odowan̦ --
Morning song --
Winuna --
Wican̦hpi heciya tan̦han̦ un̦hipi (We come from the stars) --
The lesson --
Owotan̦na Sececa --
Going back --
Migration --
Wowicak'u --
Below the surface.
Series Title: American Indian studies series (East Lansing, Mich.)
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Gwen Nell Westerman.

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Poet Gwen Nell Westerman builds a world in words that reflects the past, present, and future of the Dakota people. An intricate balance between the singularity of personal experience and the unity of collective longing, Follow the Blackbirds speaks to the affection and appreciation a contemporary poet feels for her family, community, and environment. With touches of humor and the occasional sharp cultural criticism, the voice that emerges from these poems is that of a Dakota woman rooted in her world and her words. Westerman reflects on history and family from a perspective that connects the painful past and the hard-fought future of her Dakota homeland. Grounded in vivid story and memory, Westerman draws on both English and the Dakota language to celebrate the long journey along sunflower-lined highways of the tallgrass prairies of the Great Plains that returns her to a place filled with "more than history." An homage to the power of place, this book tells a story of cultural survival and the power of language.

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