Luminaries of the Humble

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Elizabeth Woody tells how it is for Native peoples, and out of what past that came to be.

 

 

With exquisite precision, Woody tells how it is for Native peoples, and out of what past that came to be. Her writing is often dense with imagery and layered with meaning. In many ways, Luminaries is a sorrow song, for loss, the death of a river, loss of life, of land—even our very words—our languages, and our identities, how we have been written off. At the same time, Woody gives us ways of seeing ordinary things—the “humble”—that we may never have imagined: “Rolling sand fizzles” is exactly the sound made when the surf rolls in and then pulls back. It fizzles. In the moment of reading those three words, you can hear that sound. This is not a book to read quickly, or only once. The more you read, the more you will know.

 

 

Author: Elizabeth Woody, (Warm Springs/Wasco/Diné)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1994

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Warm Springs, Wasco, Diné