Woman Who Watches Over the World by Linda Hogan
A Native Memoir

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The powerful story of one woman's family and the way in which tribal history informs her own past. "I sat down to write a book about pain and ended up writing about love," says award-winning Chickasaw poet and novelist Linda Hogan. In this book, she recounts her own difficult childhood as the daughter of an army sergeant, her love affair at age fifteen with an older man, the legacy of alcoholism, and the troubled history of the two daughters she adopted. She shows how historic and emotional pain are passed down through generations while revealing her own struggles with physical pain, and she blends personal history with stories of important Indian figures of the past such as Lozen, the woman who was the military strategist for Geronimo, and Ohiyesha, the Santee Sioux medical doctor who witnessed the massacre at Wounded Knee. Ultimately, Hogan sees herself and her people whole again and gives us an illuminating story of personal spiritual triumph.

About Linda Hogan

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Linda Hogan--a Chickasaw writer whose work draws heavily on Native American culture--was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1947. A poet, novelist, screenwriter, and playwright, Hogan writes about topics related to the experiences of Native Americans as well as the relationship between humans and the environment. Her acclaimed first novel, Mean Spirit, focused on violence in the Osage Indian community during the Oklahoma oil boom of the 1920s. She has also published volumes of poetry and essays. Hogan has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and has taught at University of Colorado, University of Denver, and the University of Minnesota.
Published June 1, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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One of the most intriguing thoughts is touched on in the last chapter, a discussion of the phenomenon of phantom pain spun into thoughts on phantom lands and phantom memory.

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In a Cree Indian story, Wolverine convinced the animals of the world to keep their eyes closed, so humans wouldn't see their "inner fire" and try to steal it.

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Hogan tries to put into words her anguished feelings over the terrible treatment of her people in America, which reverberates in the consciousness of every Native American.

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