Maurice Kenny, Mohawk, is an internationally renowned writer of
poetry, fiction, and plays. Maurice's book of poems, Blackrobe:
Isaac Jogues, B. March 11, 1607, D. October 18, 1646 was
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Tortured Skins and Other Fictions
This new collection of short fiction from Mohawk writer Maurice
Kenny pushes us to explore truth or what we may perceive as truth,
showing us different truths: truth of character, natural truth,
everyday truth. Tortured Skins and Other Fictions, fourteen
in number, form a cohesive study of characters and the anxiety
provoking landscapes they inhabit—seemingly idyllic settings are
inverted, becoming corrupt backdrops for slaughter and destruction—a
broad metaphor for the relationships between the natives of this
continent and its later colonizers.
The bear, as a
trickster figure, resurfaces in various guises, various "'skins,"
throughout the pieces, confronting oblivious characters with their
relationships to their worlds. These stories reflect today's world,
merging its preoccupations of pop culture and paranormal
occurrences. with the long oral tradition motif of animals existing
as teachers with sometimes dubious methods—the X-Files
colliding with contemporary Native American fiction.
American Indian Studies Series
280 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", January 2000