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American Indian Art and Literature Today: survivance and tragic wisdom

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Abstract

Gerald Vizenor, a member of the Chippewa tribe (Anishnaabe), White Earth Reservation (Minnesota), offers some reflections on the theme of ‘American Indian Art and Literature Today: Survivance and Tragic Wisdom’. He discusses the concept of ‘survivance’, which he distinguishes from mere survival as ‘an active presence’– a struggle against the forgetting, uprooting and eradication that have affected certain groups, in particular, the Amerindians. Through literature and the use of irony and derision he attempts to transcend the victimization and stereotypes that continue to cling to the image of Native Americans.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-09-01

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