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Children of the dragonfly : Native American voices on child custody and education

Bensen, Robert, 1947- (Added Author).

Summary: This collection of works by Native American writers reveals the political use by the U.S. and Canadian governments of schooling, adoption, and child welfare services to erase tribal identity and sovereignty. Seven tales in part 1 reflect various Native perspectives about the value and place of children in Native cultures. They provide background for understanding the struggles of those whose personal reflections appear in this anthology: Native people who were subject to forced cultural assimilation through education, child welfare, and other impositions in the United States and Canada. The boarding school experience is examined in part 2. The first piece presents the White perspective of the ideal assimilated boarding school graduate. The other six pieces explore the emotional, physical, and spiritual damage inflicted by boarding schools, as well as the strength and resilience of Indian students. After 1950, the child welfare system replaced the residential school system as the instrument of colonial control. In part 3, the more damaging aspects of Native American child welfare practices emerge in testimony, autobiography, and fiction. The stories, poems, and autobiographical essays in part 4 intend to break various silences, whether imposed through the suppression of language, culture, family history, or parentage, or created through the agency of law, education, or foster and adoptive homes. The destructiveness of such adoptions and the promise that adoption need not be practiced in those terms are made clear.

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  • ISBN: 0816520127 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780816520121 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0816520135 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780816520138 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: print
    xviii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2001.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-271).
Formatted Contents Note: pt. 1. Traditional stories and lives. To say "child" / Severt Young Bear (Lakota) and R.D. Theisz ; The toad and the boy / Zitkala-S̈a (Yankton Sioux) ; Oshkikwe's baby / Delia Oshogay (Chippewa) ; The seven dancers / Michele Dean Stock (Seneca) ; Goldilocks thereafter / Mary Ulmer Chiltoskey (Cherokee) ; Two stories / Marietta Brady (Navajo) -- pt. 2. Boarding and residential schools. From Stiya: or, a Carlisle Indian girl at home / Embe (Marianna Burgess) ; Who am I? / Black Bear (Blackfeet) ; As it was in the beginning / E. Pauline Johnson (Mohawk) ; Black robes / Lee Maracle (Stoh:lo) ; The prisoner of Haiku / Gordon D. Henry, Jr. (White Earth Chippewa) ; The snakeman / Luci Tapahonso (Navajo) ; The woman who fell from the sky / Joy Harjo (Muskogee) -- pt. 3. Child welfare and health services. Problems that American Indian families face in raising their children, United States Senate, April 8 and 9, 1974 ; Five poems / Mary TallMountain (Athabaskan) ; Missing sister / Virginia Woolfclan ; Indian health / Lela Northcross Wakely (Potawatomi/Kickapoo) -- From Indian Killer / Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene) ; The search for Indian / Milton Lee (Cheyenne River Sioux) and Jamie Lee -- pt. 4. Children of the dragonfly. I wonder what the car looked like / Peter Cuch (Ute) ; A letter to my grandmother / S.L. Wilde (Anishnaabe) ; It goes something like this / Eric Gansworth (Onondaga) ; Breeds and outlaws / Kimberly Roppolo (Cherokee/Choctaw/Creek) ; Wetumka / Phil Young (Cherokee) and Robert Bensen ; The long road home / Lawrence Sampson (Delaware/Eastern Band Cherokee) ; When the heron speaks / Beverley McKiver (Ojibway) ; Memory lane is the next street over / Joyce carlEtta Mandrake (White Earth Chippewa) ; Lost tribe / Alan Michelson (Mohawk) ; The connection / Patricia Aqiimuk Paul (Inupiaq) ; Pushing up the sky / Terry Trevor (Cherokee/Delaware/Seneca) ; Three dragonfly dream songs / Annalee Lucia Bensen (Mohegan/Cherokee).
Subject: Indians of North America Cultural assimilation
Interracial adoption North America
Indians of North America Education
Child welfare North America
Indians of North America Ethnic identity

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Northwest Indian College.


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