Sales Date: 1991-11-22
211 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in
Fourteen stories by the man N. Scott Momaday has called "the supreme ironist among American Indian writers of the twentieth century."
In these fourteen stories Gerald Vizenor leads his crossblood characters out of romantic thickets into a new tribal world of psychotaxidermy, laser holograms, and urban ceremonies. Dancing with tricksters, animals, and language is never dangerous in this collection. With the comic pleasures of tribal tricksters, Vizenor's fantastic characters arise from the burdens of racialism and noble savagism. Martin Bear Charme, in the title story, owns a reservation and conducts seminars on refuse meditation, pantribal fantasies, and animal languages. He restores the sublime connections between the refuse and the refusers, and earns a fortune at the same time. Almost Browne, another crossblood transformer, was born in the back seat of a hatchback, matured with computers, and projects laser demons over the reservation. Other crossbloods win a summer ice sculpture contest, own sovereign sections of interstate highways, and discover instant coffee.
"Vizenor is one of the premiere Native writers, a Coyote armed with a word processor. His stories are not just entertainment. They are magical charms with which Vizenor creates, destroys, and re-creates the world. If you know anything about Coyote, this alone should scare the hell out of you."~Thomas King