Eric Gansworth, an enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation, was born
and raised at the Tuscarora Indian Nation in Western New York. He
received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English fr...
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The first work of fiction published in the MSU Press American Indian
Studies Series, Indian Summers concerns issues of identity for
Native Americans. Set against the backdrop of a contemporary
reservation that has had its own losses to the dominant culture -- a
its total land mass taken earlier in the century for a New York State
water reservoir, its only religious structures Christian churches --
Indian Summers introduces these identity conflicts through
and circumstances of its major characters. This is a time when
belonging to a tribe is difficult, when dominant societal forces
encourage either the acts of abandoning a perceived anachronistic
lifestyle or of embracing one of a number of simplistic, prescribed,
false identities: warrior, environmentalist, crystal-carrying
None of these options is real for the individuals who populate these
pockets of different -- not alternative -- societies. The people who
live these lives do not explore alternatives, nor do they
have the desire to -- inextricably entwined as they are with their
families, culture, history, and land.
American Indian Studies Series
220 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", May 1998