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Bone Dance: New and Selected Poems, 1965-1993 Paperback – Nov 12 2002

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  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press (Jan. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816514283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816514281
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,302,280 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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(0xa2e33edc) out of 5 stars I think a lot of people have a "romantic" view ... April 11 2015
By Nose-in-a-book - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
HASH(0xa2e352d0) out of 5 stars There are some real gems in this collection July 26 2016
By Michelle Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Bone Dance is a collection of poems from other anthologies, written from 1965-1993 by Wendy Rose. Wendy Rose identifies as Hopi/Miwok, yet much of her writing deals with her struggles to find her identity as an American Indian because during her childhood she was raised in a white, urban community and was unable to have access to her Hopi/Miwok family connections. Her mother was mixed raced, including Miwok, but refused to identify with this ancestry and at times discouraged Rose from identifying as well. When Rose began attempting to connect with her father’s Hopi side of the family, she discovered that she would not gain Hopi tribal membership because kinship and identity is determined matrilineally in Hopi society, excluding her from becoming a recognized Hopi tribal member. In order to further explore her identity, Rose later joined AIM and went with the group to occupy Alcatraz, a time during which she became more familiar with her own identity.

Many of the poems in Bone Dance deal with the objectification of indigenous bodies, often including a white concern for profit over the value of human lives and their bodies. One example is “I Expected my Skin and my Blood to Ripen” which includes a description of an art catalog from 1977—the catalog proudly discusses that Indians killed in the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre were stripped of their clothes and dumped into open graves naked so that their personal belongings could be kept as pieces of “art” by the white individuals that looted the bodies. These items were then put in the catalog in 1977 for sale. Rose discusses the “rape” that has occurred in this situation, describing how the bodies were treated and then “shriveled” in the winter elements (19). The poem “Truganinny” is even more horrific, and is inspired by the account of the last Tasmanian, Truganinny [also seen as Truganini], who had to watch as her husband was stuffed, mounted, and put on display. She begged for this not to happen to her when she died, but of course, she was also stuffed, mounted, and put on display [her body was cremated and scattered in April 1976]. Rose writes that Triganinny had pleaded, “Put me where / they will not / find me” (55).

The poem “Plutonium Vespers” has a wonderful example of historical trauma and how it can manifest itself within poetry:

take this offering
of flesh, this color
and this color, take
all the memories,
take the pain,
take it and shake it
everywhere shake it
all of us shaking
I am shaking (104)

Other themes include place, ceremony, language, gender, identity, urban Indian experiences, racism, and nature.
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HASH(0xa2e35294) 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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