Native American Literature: A Selection

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Date(s) - 10/06/2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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The class is full.  Please call Bob Traczyk at 715-561-3098 to get on the waiting list for the next one.

Course Title:  Native American Literature: A Selection

Dates:  October 6,13, 20,27

Time:  10:00 a.m. – noon

Location:  Online Zoom

Fee: $20 + $5 for the anthology

Class size: Limited to 15 

Objectives:  The objective of this course is to introduce participants to a variety of modern and contemporary Native American writers. We will discuss the readings and develop a better understanding of the history, themes, innovations, and genres of this rich literary tradition rooted in cultural identity, oral history, and storytelling.

Course structure:  The course will be given in four sessions, each 120 minutes long.  We will read the following authors: Thomas Whitecloud, Kimberly Blaeser, James Welch, Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, Sherman Alexie, Joy Harjo, Adrian C. Louis and Natalie Diaz.

Requirements: Adequate internet service to participate in online class. Purchase of the anthology Earth Song, Sky Spirit (edited by C.E. Trafzer). The Mercer Library has several copies that may be bought for $5 or borrowed. Participants will also need to access some readings online or via email. For homework, participants will be expected to read one or two works of short fiction for each session, and/or a selection of poems.  They will also be expected to participate in class discussion. 

For the first class, participants will read “Blue Winds Dancing” by LdF author Thomas Whitecloud, which will be emailed ahead of time to all who are registered.

Instructor:  Beth Tornes, a retired grant writer and longtime LdF resident, has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Utah, and has taught Native American Literature classes as an Assistant Professor at Beloit College.  She’s also taught creative writing and poetry workshops at Beloit, Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation, and UW-Madison’s “Write by the Lake.”  She has published three collections of poetry and edited a collection of oral histories, Memories of Lac du Flambeau Elders. Other classes Beth may teach at Fe U. include Ojibwe literature and poetry writing. 


This event is fully booked.