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I can t put into words how great this is Essential, varied, undeniable, painful, funny, enlightening, outstanding Every page kept me wantingCouldn t put it down Everyone should read this anthology Understanding the wreckage caused by colonialism that is so relentlessly ignored is crucial ignoring it is not just inappropriate, it s foolish These women are strong, inventive and brilliant The whole anthology is strong and unrelenting Reinventing the Enemy s Language is the ultimate compilation of indigenous women s writings and their respective works that span from numerous authors capturing a number backgrounds each providing a unique and profound take on issues and themes prevalent in Indigenous cultures that would often go marginalized or unnoticed entirely in a modern American society While the authors here are an eclectic bunch from numerous corners of America, they all emphasize common themes of identity and the prese Reinventing the Enemy s Language is the ultimate compilation of indigenous women s writings and their respective works that span from numerous authors capturing a number backgrounds each providing a unique and profound take on issues and themes prevalent in Indigenous cultures that would often go marginalized or unnoticed entirely in a modern American society While the authors here are an eclectic bunch from numerous corners of America, they all emphasize common themes of identity and the preservation of culture in an era where these voices are simply not heard or fall upon deaf ears Poems featured here range from light hearted and humorous to ones that will make you question the good of humanity but each and everyone has a message to share and a story to tell The fascinating thing about this anthology is that each one is an act of cultural preservation These author s experiences are translated into writing where they ll be forever , exposed to the public in all of their glory and honesty Like all works of literature, they lead themselves to interpretation, everyone will get something different or latch onto a particular theme or idea unlike anyone else Just as these authors have accumulated and composed experiences themselves, you as a reader will experience something all to yourself By sharing their stories, those of us who have no foot in Native tradition can get a glimpse into the joy, sorrow, and struggles that are prevalent in the livelihoods of indigenous peoples from all over This book helped me step outside myself and embrace the complexities of a culture outside my own and I m aworldly person for it I would highly recommend this anthology, my personal favorite is Confession , this is one of those poems that makes you squirm in your seat throughout its duration Don t fight or deliberately avoid that squirm sensation, allow yourself to conceptualize and empathize with the stories these author s so graciously shared with us, if you re open to it, you too will experience something profound that has been so often glossed over and lost to the passage of time While it is difficult to contend with a title and certain contributions that bristle with such fierce and territorial exclusion, it is perhaps important to note that this is precisely the experience of so many Native American women in our society Other footing the shoe initiates the beginnings of a communicative balance and, I found, helps to bridge the distance between two very disparate encounters with life in the United States This collection of work is, for the most part, quite superb and While it is difficult to contend with a title and certain contributions that bristle with such fierce and territorial exclusion, it is perhaps important to note that this is precisely the experience of so many Native American women in our society Other footing the shoe initiates the beginnings of a communicative balance and, I found, helps to bridge the distance between two very disparate encounters with life in the United States This collection of work is, for the most part, quite superb and I would recommend it to any brave soul struggling for survival in what seems, at times, to be a coldly pre determined world Reinventing the Enemy s Language is the first time a collection of Native American Women s writing has been published Every poem, story, essay has been carefully thought out and put together with a deep respect for the Nations This book is a must read for all who are interested in America s original people. [ DOWNLOAD KINDLE ] ☦ Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writings of North America ♲ This long awaited anthology celebrates the experience of Native American women and is at once an important contribution to our literature and an historical document It is the most comprehensive anthology of its kind to collect poetry, fiction, prayer, and memoir from Native American women Over eighty writers are represented from nearly fifty nations, including such nationally known writers as Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan, Leslie Marmon Silko, Lee Maracle, Janet Campbell Hale, and Luci Tapahonso others Wilma Mankiller, Winona LaDuke, and Bea Medicine who are known primarily for their contributions to tribal communities and some who are published here for the first time in this landmark volume Full disclosure I haven t read all of this book cover to cover I m in college, what is free time , but from the sections that I have read, I can confirm that this is a thoughtfully and expertly curated collection It s the type of book that could keep a person occupied for years, because there s so much great work contained in this collection I love how the authors recognize and acknowledge that this book is written in the enemy s language English , because language can be such an important Full disclosure I haven t read all of this book cover to cover I m in college, what is free time , but from the sections that I have read, I can confirm that this is a thoughtfully and expertly curated collection It s the type of book that could keep a person occupied for years, because there s so much great work contained in this collection I love how the authors recognize and acknowledge that this book is written in the enemy s language English , because language can be such an important part of culture, and many Indigenous people have been forced to lose their original languages The very language which they speak is a reminder of the wrongs their ancestors suffered due to Colonialism I also found the title to help me frame the collection better as a white American, it s sometimes easy to view Colonialism as a thing of the past, and think that the conflict between the two cultures is over and done with, while for a lot of Native American people, the conflict is still a daily struggle and the psychological and structural effects of Colonialism are an enemy they still face.Some of the writers in this collection such as Jennifer Pierce Eyen, who wrote Wuski A Baw Tan A New Dream , and Laura Tohe, who wrote She was Telling it This Way , find ways to highlight this conflict by weaving their ancestral languages into their work, thereby preserving the part of their culture that exists in that language Both Eyen and Tohe reinvent the enemy s language by making English the non privileged language in their poems, which creates a cultural experience that non Native readers may be very unused to, since they find they are unable to understand the full meaning of the poems presented to them due to a cultural difference By highlighting the cultural difference, the conflict between the two cultures is revealed.Others write purely in the English language, but reinvent the language in other ways, using it as a vehicle to criticize Colonialism and embrace their Native cultures All strategies work effectively, and all of the work I ve read in this collection is exceptional I look forward to further reading of this collection This anthology is an amazing and impactful representation of Native stories from all different walks of life The excerpts I read from Reinventing the Enemy s Language were extremely impactful I d say there was two that stuck out to me the most, those being The Housing Poem and Confession The Housing Poem gives you so much substance in such a small amount of words It really shows you the amount of punch words really do have Being a middle class white person, I can t say I have any ounce of This anthology is an amazing and impactful representation of Native stories from all different walks of life The excerpts I read from Reinventing the Enemy s Language were extremely impactful I d say there was two that stuck out to me the most, those being The Housing Poem and Confession The Housing Poem gives you so much substance in such a small amount of words It really shows you the amount of punch words really do have Being a middle class white person, I can t say I have any ounce of an idea what life is like for a Native family living in unfortunate circumstances We get a glimpse into the lives of a family living together in a small apartment that is very under developed We also learn a lot about the definition of family in regards to different people Everyone has a different definition of family, and we get to see here what it can mean to other people in difference to us readers Confession also really packs a punch A Native woman is recalling an experience she had as a young child basically confessing to an assault that happened to her at a very young age The ways she tells the story shows that she is ashamed, and that it is something she shouldn t talk about She feels immense guilt from the situation, even though she was just five years old These are just two of the many stories this book tells I also really like the fact that most of the essays and poems showcased have a bit of history about the author beforehand If you re reading, those are not something you want to skip over A lot of times, they can give a lotcontext into the purpose of the writing itself Not only are so many Native voices represented, but they all have stories very different yet they all have universal truths I think it s really important for something like this to be read and understood by everyone The sovereignty present in this book is important for everyone to hear Reinventing The Enemy s Language edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird with help from Patricia Blanco, Beth Cuthand, and Valerie Martinez Out of these readings, there were a couple that stuck out to me 99 things to do before you die by nila northSun and The Constellation of Angels by Anita Endrezze Both of these, a poem and an essay, had so much depth to them, leaving our readers filled with interesting insights and questions With 99 things to do before you die by nila northSun the tex Reinventing The Enemy s Language edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird with help from Patricia Blanco, Beth Cuthand, and Valerie Martinez Out of these readings, there were a couple that stuck out to me 99 things to do before you die by nila northSun and The Constellation of Angels by Anita Endrezze Both of these, a poem and an essay, had so much depth to them, leaving our readers filled with interesting insights and questions With 99 things to do before you die by nila northSun the text is set up as a bucket list of sorts, jotting down what the author believes should be done before she dies, but as the list goes on we see a change in perspective from the author as she decides the wishes she had in the beginning were not practical The list continues by the author now recordingsmall scale desires,realistic such as curl up in a bed with a good indian novel and the author shows her humor with the line following this wish stating better yet, curl up in bed with a good indian novelist The main lesson or overall message from this poem we agreed was that happiness can come in everyday tasks and that bigger desires doesn t always mean better However, with The Constellation of Angels by Anita Endrezze, readers dive into an essay filled with surprises about a Native girl named Mary Readers see Mary s strength throughout this text as she endures physical, mental, and emotional damage from her husband and his actions With such serious content, the text is put together rather poetically creating a beautiful, realistic series of events that can be relatable to many different kinds of audiences Both of these excerpts from this book unravel life truths and realities for Native women, and I highly suggest all women to read this since it showed important life lessons A theme of loss of life and one s self is common in this book, and most people who have lost someone or struggle with their identity can get something from these readings I am a current student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln taking a class called Intro to Native American Literature When looking at the assigned passages it looked too confusing and I didn t think I was going to like or learn much from it, I was wrong There was one passage in Reinventing the Enemy s Language Contemporary Native Women s Writings of North America by Joy Harjo that changed my whole perspective on the lives of Native Americans and it was The Border State Patrol by Leslie M I am a current student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln taking a class called Intro to Native American Literature When looking at the assigned passages it looked too confusing and I didn t think I was going to like or learn much from it, I was wrong There was one passage in Reinventing the Enemy s Language Contemporary Native Women s Writings of North America by Joy Harjo that changed my whole perspective on the lives of Native Americans and it was The Border State Patrol by Leslie Marmon Silko 1994 Leslie Silko made many good points and informed me that Native Americans DO NOT have the same rights that Americans do and that is what angers me You can easily tell by just reading it that us, her audience, is trying to get through our heads that we are not treating Native Americans with the kind of respect that we treat others with My step dad and I have been face to face with Native Americans on the reservation when we built them a new library They were so kind that they would come to us everyday with sandwiches and drinks and asked us if we need anything else to just call them, now why would they do that They would do that because they are good people Everybody thinks they are the enemy because of the rumors that have gone around our society and we as kids have been raised to think that they are bad people when they actually are not That is exactly what the Border Patrol is doing in the passage, discriminating and it is so hard to read I know I only talked about one passage in the book but all together I am glad that I got to learnabout the lives that the Native Americans have to live and Leslie Marmon Silko did a great job at teaching it to me That is why I would recommend this book to anybody who wants to learn the story of Native Americans and learnabout their lives Reinventing the Enemy s Language is a powerful collection of works from many different Native American women authors These women write about what they know and are able to show the reader some of the problems they face in everyday life Most of the stories and poems are beautifully written and intensely thought provoking One of my favorites is The Constellation of Angels which tells the story of a woman who faces violence and racism on a daily basis Violence and poverty are apparent in many Reinventing the Enemy s Language is a powerful collection of works from many different Native American women authors These women write about what they know and are able to show the reader some of the problems they face in everyday life Most of the stories and poems are beautifully written and intensely thought provoking One of my favorites is The Constellation of Angels which tells the story of a woman who faces violence and racism on a daily basis Violence and poverty are apparent in many of the stories throughout the book Many of the authors come from rough backgrounds and this shows in their raw, open style of writing that makes it hard not to let out some feeling while reading Because these women are writing about what they know, the unfiltered storytelling creates a collection that sends a message of survival and defiance The anthology as a whole is an act of rhetorical sovereignty All the stories are about trying to stay alive in a world where they are not accepted for who they are These women are writing from their experiences and knowledge and showing anybody who reads their words that what was done to their ancestors is still having adverse effects on the present The racism and sexism that is still present is made apparent in many of these stories and paints a horrific picture of what these women are forced to go through However, by writing about these experiences and leaving nothing out, they are performing an act of defiance against the people that put them into their current predicament in the first place This book is for anybody that wants to get a look into the harsh life many Native American women go through With the whole thing being short stories and poems, there are many different perspectives and styles of writing on display that help keep the reader turning pages Reinventing the Enemy s Language is well worth the read