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How shall people of conscience knowing our history live today? This is the awkward practical question implicit in this volume of thoughtful essays by six highly respected Native American writers. As they address the European occupation of America a recurrent theme emerges: a sadness for opportunities lost -- a personal sadness for the loss of their cultures and people and a broader sadness for opportunities lost to entire nations in that failed chance for partnership. They also affirm those lost opportunities that can still be regained, those that await our diligent efforts to create work and a more society.
In this work by Simon Ortiz, Sand Creek shines like a dark star over a continent of pain, and gives the poet a powerful vision which is alternately personal, social-political and historical: a vision of damnation and resistance which is nevertheless understanding and even hopeful. Thomas McGrath
A member of the Acoma Pueblo in Arizona, Ortiz's poems evoke love and family and ceremony, the strains of disenfranchisement and the beautiful dry land.
Po'pay led the Pueblo revolt of 1680, which ousted the Spanish from New Mexico until 1692. In conjunction with the 2005 placing of a statue of the leader in the US Capitol's National Statuary Hall, a historian and tribal leader from New Mexico Pueblos present the first book on this leader and his legacy from a Pueblo perspective. It includes a foreword by New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, a chronology, images of the statue, and commemorative statements. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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