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How to Dress a Fish

By: Chabitnoy, Abigal

0819578495 / 9780819578495
Paperback / softback
811.6
01/05/2020
Published 01/05/2020
United States
152 x 229 mm 152 pages
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In How to Dress a Fish, poet Abigail Chabitnoy, of Aleut descent, addresses the lives disrupted by US Indian boarding school policy.

She pays particular attention to the life story of her great grandfather, Michael, who was taken from the Baptist Orphanage, Wood Island, Alaska, and sent to Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania.

Incorporating extracts from Michael's boarding school records and early Russian ethnologies-while engaging Alutiiq language, storytelling motifs, and traditional practices-the poems form an act of witness and reclamation.

In uncovering her own family records, Chabitnoy works against the attempted erasure, finding that while legislation such as the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act reconnects her to community, through blood and paper, it could not restore the personal relationships that had already been severed.

BIC:

1KBB USA, DCF Poetry by individual poets, JFSL9 Indigenous peoples

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