Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education

Children of the Dragonfly Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education Sometimes the losses of childhood can be recovered only in the flight of the dragonfly Native American children have long been subject to removal from their homes for placement in residential schools

  • Title: Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education
  • Author: Robert Bensen Terra Trevor
  • ISBN: 9780816520138
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sometimes the losses of childhood can be recovered only in the flight of the dragonfly.Native American children have long been subject to removal from their homes for placement in residential schools and, recently, in foster or adoptive homes The governments of both the United States and Canada, having reduced Native nations to the legal status of dependent children,Sometimes the losses of childhood can be recovered only in the flight of the dragonfly.Native American children have long been subject to removal from their homes for placement in residential schools and, recently, in foster or adoptive homes The governments of both the United States and Canada, having reduced Native nations to the legal status of dependent children, historically have asserted a surrogate parentalism over Native children themselves Children of the Dragonfly is the first anthology to document this struggle for cultural survival on both sides of the U.S Canadian border Through autobiography and interviews, fiction and traditional tales, official transcripts and poetry, these voices Seneca, Cherokee, Mohawk, Navajo, and many others weave powerful accounts of struggle and loss into a moving testimony to perseverance and survival Invoking the dragonfly spirit of Zuni legend who helps children restore a way of life that has been taken from them, the anthology explores the breadth of the conflict about Native childhood Included are works of contemporary authors Sherman Alexie, Joy Harjo, Luci Tapahonso, and others classic writers Zitkala Sa and E Pauline Johnson and contributions from twenty important new writers as well They take readers from the boarding school movement of the 1870s to the Sixties Scoop in Canada and the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 in the United States They also spotlight the tragic consequences of racist practices such as the suppression of Indian identity in government schools and the campaign against Indian childbearing through involuntary sterilization CONTENTSPart 1 Traditional Stories and LivesSevert Young Bear Lakota and R D Theisz, To Say Child Zitkala Sa Yankton Sioux , The Toad and the BoyDelia Oshogay Chippewa , Oshkikwe s BabyMichele Dean Stock Seneca , The Seven DancersMary Ulmer Chiltoskey Cherokee , Goldilocks ThereafterMarietta Brady Navajo , Two StoriesPart 2 Boarding and Residential SchoolsEmbe Marianna Burgess , from Stiya or, a Carlisle Indian Girl at HomeBlack Bear Blackfeet , Who Am I E Pauline Johnson Mohawk , As It Was in the BeginningLee Maracle Stoh lo , Black RobesGordon D Henry, Jr White Earth Chippewa , The Prisoner of HaikuLuci Tapahonso Navajo , The SnakemanJoy Harjo Muskogee , The Woman Who Fell from the SkyPart 3 Child Welfare and Health ServicesProblems That American Indian Families Face in Raising Their Children, United States Senate, April 8 and 9, 1974Mary TallMountain Athabaskan , Five PoemsVirginia Woolfclan, Missing SisterLela Northcross Wakely Potawatomi Kickapoo , Indian HealthSherman Alexie Spokane Coeur d Alene , from Indian KillerMilton Lee Cheyenne River Sioux and Jamie Lee, The Search for IndianPart 4 Children of the DragonflyPeter Cuch Ute , I Wonder What the Car Looked LikeS L Wilde Anishnaabe , A Letter to My GrandmotherEric Gansworth Onondaga , It Goes Something Like ThisKimberly Roppolo Cherokee Choctaw Creek , Breeds and OutlawsPhil Young Cherokee and Robert Bensen, WetumkaLawrence Sampson Delaware Eastern Band Cherokee , The Long Road HomeBeverley McKiver Ojibway , When the Heron SpeaksJoyce carlEtta Mandrake White Earth Chippewa , Memory Lane Is the Next Street OverAlan Michelson Mohawk , Lost TribePatricia Aqiimuk Paul Inupiaq , The ConnectionTerry Trevor Cherokee Delaware Seneca , Pushing up the SkyAnnalee Lucia Bensen Mohegan Cherokee , Two Dragonfly Dream Songs

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    1. Great anthology of stories - autobiographical, fictional, traditional - poems and other texts about growing up Native American. It's a strong reminder of how colonialist behavior by the US & Canada ( esp. the respective governments) against Native American was/is still present in the 20th century. At times the stories are post-colonial in a "writing-back" sense: Using the colonizers language (which in this case English is) to write of distinctly Native American (colonized) experience. More a [...]

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