Tag Archives: Native Americans

The Old Way

Picture yourself holding your mother’s hand, as she holds her mother’s hand and each foremother is a link in a human chain. My grandmother died before I was born so my mother is the only link I have to her. … Continue reading

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Reservation Blues. A different world.

Sherman Alexie’s Reservation Blues tells about a foreign world to me, though I have lived in the US for over 40 years. I have known, and taught, Native Americans, but never lived closely enough to be able to know the … Continue reading

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Warriors and immigrants

When I moved from the UK to California I experienced a bit of culture shock. The language was the same, but I had to learn to drive and ride on the right. I had to read labels in the supermarket … Continue reading

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“Where butchers sing like angels.”

The title of this book put me off. The Master Butchers¬†Singing Club? It doesn’t quite have the whimsy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, does it? And I’m a vegetarian! I’m also a pacifist, which turned out to … Continue reading

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The ones who lived here before. Fools Crow by James Welch

This novel makes real the history of “1491” which I blogged in January. The change ¬†when Europeans arrived, the change across all the Americas, is particularised here in one man’s story. We can feel for one person or group in … Continue reading

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