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Bone Dance: New and Selected Poems, 1965-1993 Paperback – Jan 1 1994

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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press (Jan. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816514283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816514281
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,138,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Too city-stupid to know any better, I am left with the paper and pen for my magic," Rose, a Hopi, writes as she realizes, at 45, that the old Native American teachings and ceremonial ways are strong. Her poems trace her evolving linkage not only to Native American issues but to related concerns on a global level. She explores her "half breedness" not as a condition of genetics, ancestry, or race but as a condition of history, a result of cross-cultural experience, of dislocations, reunions, and choices. She sees "no more important movement than that of indigenous peoples and their supporters around the earth" and accordingly laments the $3,000 sale of 19 American Indian skeletons to a museum and howls in horror at skulls and bones excavated from a mission's adobe walls: "They built the missions with dead Indians." Brutally powerful in all ways political and personal. Whitney Scott --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"[Rose] weaves a seamless tapestry, an exquisite melding of image, language, and rhythm with an irrepressible sense of urgency." —Chris Faatz, Seattle Weekly

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Wendy Rose's "Bone Dance" has been an inspirational insight into the life of Native Americans. Imagery and musicality combine to elicit an internal competition for the reader. In comparison to her other works, such as "Halfbreed Chronicles" and "Going to War with All My Relations," "Bone Dance" shows that her strength grows with age. She speaks with truth and vigor, but at times lacks the edge of her earlier poems. Wendy Rose serves as a competive force in the voice of Native Americans and I recommend this book for all who have an interest in both Native American Literature and personal struggles in finding their identity.
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HASH(0xa975e900) out of 5 stars I think a lot of people have a "romantic" view ... April 11 2015
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I think a lot of people have a "romantic" view of Native American life pushed at us through media. These poems are real life - a real woman's experiences of the life Native American live - it jars your soul and you know the pain she and her people feel. Never again will I look at auctions selling "actual" Native American clothing, beads or weapons, knowing how they were taken from them. Wendy Rose is my new hero.
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HASH(0xa95f3f6c) out of 5 stars Competive Force March 25 2000
By Christina Buu - Published on Amazon.com
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Wendy Rose's "Bone Dance" has been an inspirational insight into the life of Native Americans. Imagery and musicality combine to elicit an internal competition for the reader. In comparison to her other works, such as "Halfbreed Chronicles" and "Going to War with All My Relations," "Bone Dance" shows that her strength grows with age. She speaks with truth and vigor, but at times lacks the edge of her earlier poems. Wendy Rose serves as a competive force in the voice of Native Americans and I recommend this book for all who have an interest in both Native American Literature and personal struggles in finding their identity.


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