I Am Where I Come from : Native American College Students and Graduates Tell Their Life Stories

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I Am Where I Come from : Native American College Students and Graduates Tell Their Life Stories

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 279 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9781501706912
  • DDC分類 378.19829707423

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"The organizing principle for this anthology is the common Native American heritage of its authors; and yet that thread proves to be the most tenuous of all, as the experience of indigeneity differs radically for each of them. While many experience a centripetal pull toward a cohesive Indian experience, the indications throughout these essays lean toward a richer, more illustrative panorama of difference. What tends to bind them together are not cultural practices or spiritual attitudes per se, but rather circumstances that have no exclusive province in Indian country: that is, first and foremost, poverty, and its attendant symptoms of violence, substance abuse, and both physical and mental illness.... Education plays a critical role in such lives: many of the authors recall adoring school as young people, as it constituted a place of escape and a rare opportunity to thrive.... While many of the writers do return to their tribal communities after graduation, ideas about 'home' become more malleable and complicated."-from the IntroductionI Am Where I Come From presents the autobiographies of thirteen Native American undergraduates and graduates of Dartmouth College, ten of them current and recent students. Twenty years ago, Cornell University Press published First Person, First Peoples: Native American College Graduates Tell Their Life Stories, also about the experiences of Native American students at Dartmouth College. I Am Where I Come From addresses similar themes and experiences, but it is very much a new book for a new generation of college students.Three of the essays from the earlier book are gathered into a section titled "Continuing Education," each followed by a shorter reflection from the author on his or her experience since writing the original essay. All three have changed jobs multiple times, returned to school for advanced degrees, started and increased their families, and, along the way, continuously revised and refined what it means to be Indian.The autobiographies contained in I Am Where I Come From explore issues of native identity, adjustment to the college environment, cultural and familial influences, and academic and career aspirations. The memoirs are notable for their eloquence and bravery.

Table of Contents

Foreword                                           ix
K. Tsianina Lomawaima
Preface xiii
Introduction: Coming Home 1 (18)
Melanie Benson Taylor
PART I BROKEN: RACIAL MIXTURE AND CULTURAL
HYBRIDITY
1 Seeking to Be Whole 19 (17)
Shannon Joyce Prince
2 Bringing Back a Piece of the Sky 36 (16)
Blythe George
3 Chahta hattak sia, "I Am a Choctaw Man" 52 (17)
Preston Wells
PART II AN INDIAN EDUCATION: LEAVING AND
FINDING HOME AT DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
4 Nihalgai Bahane', A Fourth-World Story 69 (16)
Jerry Watchman
5 Bracelets Upon My Soul 85 (15)
Ma'Ko'Quah Jones
6 My Journey to Healing 100 (17)
Kalina Newmark
PART III FULL CIRCLE: RETURNING AND REMAKING
HOME
7 Little Woman from Lame Deer 117 (20)
Cinnamon Spear
8 Village Girl 137 (14)
AlexAnna Salmon
9 Future Ancestor 151 (21)
Hilary Abe
10 An Unpredictable Journey 172 (19)
John Around Him
PART IV CONTINUING EDUCATION: NADS REFLECT ON
THEIR JOURNEYS
11 I Walk in Beauty 191 (28)
Davina Ruth Begaye Two Bears
12 The Good OL' Days When Times Were Bad 219 (24)
N. Bruce Duthu
13 Why Didn't You Teach Me? 243 (30)
Bob Bennett
Notes 273 (4)
About the Editors and Author of the Foreword 277