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Who Would Unbraid Her Hair : the Legend of Annie Mae

Antoinette Nora Claypoole

Editore: Anam Cara Press, 1999
ISBN 10: 096738530X / ISBN 13: 9780967385303
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Titolo: Who Would Unbraid Her Hair : the Legend of ...

Casa editrice: Anam Cara Press

Data di pubblicazione: 1999

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Riassunto: Antoinette Nora Claypoole has unleashed a monster of a book that delves deeper into the mysteries surrounding the murder of Annie Mae Pictou-Aquash than many of her one-time friends and lovers will be comfortable with. The book, _Who would unbraid her hair: The legend of annie mae_, published by anam cara press, was released in November, 1999.

Claypoole's book is, like Anna Mae's life, a harrowing journey into the maze of idealism, paranoia, and blind spots of Indian activism and its nemesis, the miscellaneous COINTELPRO operations run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Claypoole's intentions for the book, as Anna Mae's for her life, are nothing but good: "The continual intention of my work is to encourage a healing of the fear and sorrow, anger and injustice which surround the memory of Annie Mae, and to help her wondering spirit settle into her journey home" (p. xiv). And in the end, both Anna Mae and Antoinette Nora were stymied, through no fault of the! ir own, Anna Mae by a bullet through the back of her head, and Claypoole by a pervasive silence that still blankets Indian Country like a shroud.

L'autore: Direct involvement with political and spiritual American Indian issues has lead me to writing the story of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Annie Mae was a MicMac woman whose unsolved murder on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, in February, 1976 has left many hearts heavy and few remembering her life. Active in the American Indian Movement (AIM) during the 1970's Annie Mae was a significant contributor to the roles women play in changing the course of life on this planet. She was part of the Wounded Knee siege of 1973, worked with Indian children in AIM survival schools and supported elders in their desire to continue to live in traditional Indian ways. Annie Mae's commitment to indigenous people and their continued pursuit of sovereignty was significant, her story haunting.

In the process of working on reviving the life of Anna Mae, I discovered that the U.S. Marshall in Rapid City, South Dakota had reopened an investigation into her murder. Many who knew her found it difficult to speak of Anna Mae, and subsequently the work became one of writing her legend. What began as simple interview and storytelling, hoping to retrieve a semblance of oral tradition, evolved into a story within a story. One sits on the edge of justice waiting to hear if and who of those Anna Mae knew may be indicted for her murder. By my direct contact with these significant people in her life as well as continued communication with her cousin who leads a current investigation into the murder, I offer the reader a resounding sense of how one contemporary Indian woman continues to write the course of her story.

My part of this work begins in a most honored place, being a mother of two nearly grown children. Throughout these child rearing years I have also enjoyed being a freelance writer for regional newspapers and journals, a poet and spoken word artist, and long time activist for the sovereignty of Indian nations.

My publishing credits lie in Northwest regional magazines and journals and the world wide web. Those include THE ALLIANCE, Portland, Oregon, WEST WIND REVIEW, GOLIARDS literary magazine and FRINGES bi-monthly, a publication in which I served as poetry editor. Also, excerpts from this book were published on First Nations Pages, ed. Jordan Dill, on the world wide web.

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