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"That the people might live" : loss and renewal in Native American elegy /

Arnold Krupat.

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Main Author: Krupat, Arnold.
Published: Ithaca [N.Y.] : Cornell University Press, 2012.
Topics: Indian literature - United States - History and criticism. | Folk literature, Indian - History and criticism. | American literature - Indian authors - History and criticism. | Elegiac poetry, American - Indian authors - History and criticism. | Indians of North America - Funeral customs and rites. | Loss (Psychology) in literature. | Death in literature. | Grief in literature. | Elegiac poetry, American - Indian authors - History and criticism. | LITERARY CRITICISM - Native American. | LITERARY CRITICISM - American - General.
Regions: United States
Genres: Electronic books. | Criticism, interpretation, etc.
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Physical Description: 1 online resource (xii, 242 pages) : illustrations
Includes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 0801465850 (electronic bk.)
9780801465857 (electronic bk.)
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Summary: "Surveys the traditions of Native American elegiac expression over several centuries. Krupat covers a variety of oral performances of loss and renewal, including the Condolence Rites of the Iroquois and the memorial ceremony of the Tlingit people known as koo'eex, examining as well a number of Ghost Dance songs, which have been reinterpreted in culturally specific ways by many different tribal nations. Krupat treats elegiac "farewell" speeches of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in considerable detail, and comments on retrospective autobiographies by Black Hawk and Black Elk. Among contemporary Native writers, he looks at elegiac work by Linda Hogan, N. Scott Momaday, Gerald Vizenor, Sherman Alexie, Maurice Kenny, and Ralph Salisbury, among others. Despite differences of language and culture, he finds that death and loss are consistently felt by Native peoples both personally and socially: someone who had contributed to the People's well-being was now gone. Native American elegiac expression offered mourners consolation so that they might overcome their grief and renew their will to sustain communal life"--
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More Details for: "That the people might live" : loss and