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The road back to Sweetgrass : a novel

Author: Linda LeGarde Grover
Publisher: Minneapolis ; London : University of Minnesota Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Set in northern Minnesota during the days of the federal termination policy and the struggle for tribal self-determination, this novel follows Dale Ann, Theresa, and Margie, a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing their coming of age and the intersection of their lives as they navigate love, economic hardship, loss, and changing family dynamics on the fictional Mozhay Point  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Minnesota literature (Fiction)
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Named Person: A Andrae
Material Type: Fiction, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda LeGarde Grover
ISBN: 9780816692699 0816692696 9780816699162 081669916X
OCLC Number: 877365099
Awards: Short-listed for Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (Fiction) 2014
Description: 194 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The odissimaa bag --
Bezhig : the frybread makers. The power of frybread ; In her dream, Margie ; The art of dressing a rabbit --
Niizh : termination days. Shades of Through the looking glass ; The veil in the jar --
Nisswi : the wild ricers. Margie-enjiss ; Animoosh ; The ar-bee-see --
Niiwi : Migwechiwendam. Enchanted Agwaching ; The occasional scent of sweetgrass.
Responsibility: Linda LeGarde Grover.

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Set in northern Minnesota during the days of the federal termination policy and the struggle for tribal self-determination, this novel follows Dale Ann, Theresa, and Margie, a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing their coming of age and the intersection of their lives as they navigate love, economic hardship, loss, and changing family dynamics on the fictional Mozhay Point reservation. As young women, all three leave their homes. Margie and Theresa go to Duluth for college and work. There, Theresa gets to know a handsome Indian boy, Michael Washington, who invites her home to the Sweetgrass land allotment to meet his father, Zho Wash, who lives in the original allotment cabin. When Margie accompanies her, complicated relationships are set into motion, and tensions over "real Indian-ness" emerge. Dale Ann, Margie, and Theresa find themselves pulled back again and again to the Sweetgrass allotment, a silent but ever-present entity in the book. Sweetgrass itself is a plant used in the Ojibwe ceremonial odissimaa bag, containing a newborn baby's umbilical cord. Zho Wash tells the story of the first days of the allotment, when the Wazhushkag, or Muskrat, family became transformed into the Washingtons by the pen of a federal Indian agent.

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