Introduction: diving into deep waters -- The oral impulse, the graphic impulse, and the critical impulse: reframing signification in American Indian literary studies -- N. Scott Momaday’s The way to Rainy Mountain: vision, textuality, and history -- Trickster leads the way: a reading of Gerald Vizenor’s Bearheart: the heirship chronicles -- Transforming "eventuality": the aesthetics of a tribal "word-collector" in Ray A. Young Bear’s Black eagle child and Remnants of the first earth -- Interpreting our world: authority and the written word in Robert J. Conley’s Real people series -- Epilogue: building ground in American Indian textual studies.
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