Magazine article World Literature Today


Magazine article World Literature Today


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A mark across the body. The morning I watched my beloved uncle disappear down the alley. His car leftsitting in our yard for thirty days. This tattoo we cover with shame. The stories my mother whispered as if gitchi-manidoo was a child who should not be told of the troubles of humans. All those taken. Visits made on dusty trains. Letters adorned like birch-bark art with lines and tiny holes. My shriveled grandma "an accessory" hiding my cousin from the interchangeable uniforms of civil pursuit. Her white hair another flag of truce.


This is how we look over our shoulder. This is how we smile carefully in public places. This is how we carry our cards, our identities. This is how we forget-and how you remind us.


Mary Rowlandson made it big in the colonial tabloids. Indian captivity narrative a seeming misnomer. But ink makes strong cultural bars of bias. …

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