Farrar Straus Giroux, January 2000. First Edition. Hardcover. Used - Very Good / Good. Item #237069
A great writer's journey of exploration in an American place that is both strange and deeply familiar.
In Ian Frazier's bestselling" Great Plains," he described meeting a man in New York City named Le War Lance, "an Oglala Sioux Indian from Oglala, South Dakota." In "On the Rez," Frazier returns to the plains and focuses on a place at their center-the Pine Ridge Reservation in the prairie and badlands of South Dakota, home of the Oglala Sioux. Frazier drives around "the rez" with Le War Lance and other Oglalas as they tell stories, visit relatives, go to powwows and rodeos and package stores, and try to find parts to fix one or another of their on-the-verge-of-working cars.
"On the Rez "considers Indian ideas of freedom and community and equality that are basic to how we view ourselves. Most of all, he examines the Indian idea of heroism-its suffering and its pulse-quickening, public-spirited glory. "On the Rez "portrays the survival, through toughness and humor, of a great people whose culture has shaped our American identity.
In this exploration of an American place that is both strange and deeply familiar, Frazier discusses the oppression of history on Indian reservations, where the per capita income is the nation's lowest. As it examines the Oglala idea of heroism--its suffering and pulse-quickening, public-spirited glory--'On the Rez' portrays the survival, through toughness and humor, of a great people whose culture has shaped the American identity. Light shelf wear on the jacket.