Recently finished reading Louise Erdrich’s Tales of Burning Love again, and saw a resemblance between Gerry Nanapush and Leonard Peltier which was not something I’d noticed the first time I read the novel a year ago. However, having had the opportunity to watch A Good Day to Die during the Cork Film Festival, and then learning about Dennis Banks, I began to read more about AIM, the occupation of Wounded Knee and Peltier. In Erdrich’s novels, Gerry Nanapush is imprisoned several times, is an activist for Indian rights and has a trickster quality similar to his adopted great-grandfather Nanapush.
I enjoyed re-reading Erdrich’s Tracks in preparation for the paper I wrote for the Bookends conference in UCC. The paper was enjoyable to write as it’s a slight divergence from my usual thesis work as it deals with trees and space, instead of urban areas.
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