Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir

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					Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir
Becca Gercken
Studies in American Indian Literatures; Summer 2009; 21, 2; Docstoc
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Description: The text is less engaging when Hayes overtly "reads" for us, as when she warns that Tlingit children in the womb are just as likely to hear "the crooning of a drunken woman" or the "angry shouts of a jealous husband" as songs that tell "the history of the clan and the stories of her people" and then states in the next line, "These are the scars with which Raven is now born" (19). Blonde Indian includes little commentary on the education that helped her attain this appointment, an exclusion that prompts readers to credit her eventual success to Tlingit tradition and the hard path Hayes took to return to it rather than any formal training.
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