Postindian Conversations

Postindian Conversations

Postindian Conversations

Postindian Conversations

Synopsis

Postindian Conversations is the first collection of in-depth interviews with Gerald Vizenor, one of the most powerful and provocative voices in the Native world today. These lively conversations with the preeminent novelist and cultural critic reveal much about the man, his literary creations, and his critical perspectives on important issues affecting Native peoples at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The book also casts new light on his sometimes controversial ideas about contemporary Native identity, politics, economics, scholarship, and literature.

Excerpt

A. Robert Lee

Crossbloods are a postmodern tribal bloodline. “Crossbloods,” in Crossbloods: Borte Courts, Bingo, and Other Reports (1976, 1990)

I was a crossblood on the natural margins of a cultural contradance.

“Envoy to Haiku,” in interior Landscapes: Autobiographical Myths and Metaphors (1990)

The Indian became the other of manifest manners, the absence of real tribes, the inventions in the literature of dominance.

“Double Others,” in Manifest Manners: Postindian Warriors of Survivance (1994)

The Indian is a simulation, the absence of natives; the indian transposes the real, and the simulation of the real has no referent, memory, or native stories. the postindian must waver over the aesthetic ruins of indian simulations.

Fugitive Poses: Native Amencan Indian Scenes of Absence and Presence (1998)

Much as they turn upon America's Native legacy, the conversations that make up this volume can claim a quite truly international birthing.

On the one hand, they highlight the views of Gerald Vizenor as leading Native American novelist, poet, and essayist; enrolled Anishinaabe (or Chippewa-Ojibway) member of Minnesota's White Earth Reservation; currently a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, whose life and voluminous interests and writings have as frequently led him across Europe and Asia as America.

On the other hand, Vizenor's interlocutor is a British scholar of American culture with an academic berth for more than two decades in the medieval city of Canterbury, a frequent visiting teacher to American campuses from Princeton to Berkeley . . .

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