By Steven Otfinoski
Local American Writers covers the validated and newly rising authors who've made major contributions to American literature. Sherman Alexie, Michael Dorris, Louise Erdrich, pleasure Harjo, Rigoberta Menchu, N. Scott Momaday, Carter Curtis Revard, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, and James Welch are profiled with their crucial works more often than not assigned in latest school rooms.
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As one character in the novel says, “the Blackfeet must cut the best bargain they can. They owe it to their children. ” How high the price of that survival is for contemporary Native Americans is a theme explored in other books and by other authors. In Fools Crow, Welch chooses to celebrate the past not as a dead end but as a bridge for his people to the present and the future. Human History as Divine Plan In the last part of Fools Crow, Welch turns to the mythic figure of the Feather Woman to guide Fools Crow.
The narrator agrees to the plan and then goes to find Agnes who he sighted in front of a saloon. He tries to make amends with Agnes, but she is noncommittal and warns him that her brother Dougie is looking for him with the intention of beating him up. There seems to be little motive for Dougie’s actions, other than to get the narrator before he gets him. Their conversation is interrupted when someone, presumably Dougie, arrives and delivers a crushing punch to the narrator, leaving him in the street with a bloody nose.
He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 30, 1945, to a Modoc father and a mother of Irish and French ancestry. ) While still a child, his father committed suicide, and Michael was raised by his mother and an aunt. A. degree in 1967. He went on to earn a master’s of philosophy degree from Yale University in 1970. Dorris taught briefly at Franconia College in New Hampshire before being hired by Dartmouth College to run their new Native American studies department in 1972. The previous year, Dorris, at age 26, became the first unmarried man in the United States to adopt a child, a three-year-old Lakota boy, Reynold Abel, who was later diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a chronic condition that severely limited his mental and physical abilities.