Under the Dawn Star Charles Brashear

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Published: December 16th 2011

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Under the Dawn Star  by  Charles Brashear

Under the Dawn Star by Charles Brashear
December 16th 2011 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 245 pages | ISBN: | 7.34 Mb

Under the Dawn Star, a California-Indian-FamilyStory, 1832–1973by Charles Brashear“I know you don’t feel like an Indian,” says Grandmother Doe-in-the-Dawn to her grandson, Charlie. “All that education does thatto you. All those books cut you offMoreUnder the Dawn Star, a California-Indian-FamilyStory, 1832–1973by Charles Brashear“I know you don’t feel like an Indian,” says Grandmother Doe-in-the-Dawn to her grandson, Charlie.

“All that education does thatto you. All those books cut you off from your roots, from what youreally are. But I’m going to make an Indian out of you yet.”Doe-in-the-Dawn, acculturated half-blood Koru Indian andlong-time widow of a Caucasian, becomes activist as a result of theRed Power invasion of Alcatraz in 1969. She pressures hergrandson, Charlie Stonecrist, who teaches school in their town,Colusa, CA, to join the Indians of All Tribes on the island. Charlieloves his grandmother dearly and would do almost anything for her,almost anything— except “become an Indian.”The book is about Granny’s campaign to Indianize Charlie,which includes arts and crafts activities, the tribe’s history, alawsuit in Federal Court, trips to Indian country, Charlie’sunconventional vision quest to Onolai, the sacred mountain, and,finally, a fund-raiser for Wounded Knee, 1973.Comments about Under the Dawn Star:“a memorable narrative of cross cultural misunderstanding andcontemporary searching for a reasonable means of living in anillogical modern world.”-- Vine Deloria, Jr, Lakota author of CusterDied for Your Sins and several other best-selling books“....

pointed, funny, moving, and VERY real....”-- Paula Gunn Allen,noted Laguna Pueblo poet, storyteller, and Indian activist“Well written and rich in historical detail, Under the Dawn Star is atouching account of the generational struggle of the AmericanIndian between the culture and morals of their past and modernday society. One man’s poignant look into his heart through theinfluence of his Grandmother Doe-in-the-Dawn.”-- Barbara Truax,past-president of California Writer’s Club (founded in 1909 by Jack London)Portions of the book have appeared in Denver Quarterly, BlueCloud Quarterly, American Indian Quarterly, and Callaloo.



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