The Tao of Raven: An Alaska Native Memoir
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About the Author
Ernestine Hayes (Tlingit) is professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast and the 2016-18 Alaska State Writer Laureate.
The Tao of Raven is likely the most thoughtful book you'll read all year, memoir or otherwise.--Addley Fannin "Fairbanks Daily News-Miner "
The Tao of Raven is beautifully written, both thoughtful and thought-provoking.--Mary Catherine Martin "Capital City Weekly "
A multilayered narrative of remarkable creativity, historical understanding, philosophical insight, and empathy for all those who share the earth with us. . . . The Tao of Raven should be widely read, in and out of schools, if Alaskans are to understand something of what it means to belong to this place and the history that brings us to this moment in time and our relationships with one another. Ernestine Hayes is a gifted and gifting teacher, opening for us a box of light.--Nancy Lord "Alaska Dispatch News "
In a lyrically intoxicating style, Ernestine Hayes crafts a . . . mesmerizing storytelling, an alternative world, that reveals as much, if not more, about how our society works, or does not work, for today's Alaskan Native citizen. . . . Her bold study marries the tragedies of her life with the greater horrors perpetrated upon Alaskan Natives. . . . Hayes manages to wrangle a promising, optimistic tinged message as she closes out her autopsy of what has gone awry. In her inimitable, metaphorical style she voices cause for hope - a prayer that all is not forsaken.--David Fox "Anchorage Press "
The Tao of Raven: An Alaska Native Memoir is a beautifully written and almost hypnotic narrative. . . . Hayes artfully weaves Indigenous creation stories and the mischievous trickster figure of Raven, creating a type of magical realism. Her writing style is musical in nature, and when reading her work aloud, the timbre and cadence of the words are like a song.--NAIS Journal