Voices from Four Directions: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America

May 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 16-4: International Indigenous Education, Media Reviews

University of Nebraska Press (2004)
617 pages
Cloth binding $70.00
ISBN 0-8032-4300-6
Paperback $27.70
ISBN 0-8032-9310-0

Review by Holly Ristau

This 617-page book is a follow-up to the book called Coming to Light; Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America, also edited by Brian Swan, and published by Random House in 1994. It is organized by geographical location of the originating tribe and includes myth, poetry, and narratives. Both classical and current works are included, along with a thoughtful discussion of the ethics of translation.

This volume is a comprehensive collection that belongs in every tribal college library and would be an excellent text for Native Literature classes. This edition, with the companion text listed above, will give the best representative and affordable sample of North American Native literature available today.

Holly Ristau is the librarian for Mahnomen Public Schools and the Mark Warren Memorial Library at the White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen, MN.

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