The Cold-and-Hunger Dance by Diane Glancy

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The Cold-and-Hunger Dance is an imaginative and honest account of Diane Glancy's journeys to and from the margins of memory, everyday life, and different cultural worlds that combine her Cherokee heritage and her Christian faith. Along the way, familiar images and concepts are juxtaposed to create a literary terrain that is both engaging and unsettling: the Bible and Black Elk Speaks converse; Glancy's dispute with a local bakery is played out as if on a world stage of warring nations; eggs and cultural identity implicate each other; and lost Native languages speak powerfully through their silences to modern Native writers. The creative twists and darting metaphoric excursions engendered by this journey provide an intimate glimpse into the process and problematics of language for modern Native authors.

About Diane Glancy

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Diane Glancy is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, an Oklahoma Book Award, a Minnesota Book Award, an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and the Native American Prose Award. Her previous books includeThe Cold-and-Hunger Dance, a collection of essays, andStone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea. She teaches Native American Literature and Creative Writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Published September 1, 1998 by University of Nebraska Press. 109 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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If, in fact, ""many Native American writers say that our words are our most important possession,"" then one would think a writer of Cherokee descent would be more cautious with the possessions she shares with the world.

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