The Turtle's Beating Heart: One Family's Story of Lenape Survival


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Bison Books
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5.54 X 8.9 X 0.86 inches | 0.86 pounds

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About the Author

Denise Low is an adjunct professor for the Master of Liberal Arts program at Baker University, former Kansas poet laureate, and former dean of humanities and arts at Haskell Indian Nations University. She is the author of numerous creative works, including Jackalope, Melange Block: Poems, Natural Theologies: Essays about Literature of the Middle West, Words of a Prairie Alchemist: The Art of Prairie Literature.


"Readers interested in the 20th-century American Indian experience will find this to be a valuable account."--John R./I>

--John R. Burch "Library Journal "
"Low does Americans with Indian ancestry a valuable service by illuminating the unique and often terrible circumstances and choices their forebears faced."--Pamela Miller, Star Tribune--Pamela Miller"Star Tribune" (01/06/2017)
"Denise Low's memoir weaves together Native American history, meditations on the western landscape, and intimate stories about her family in a most compelling fashion."--Blake Allmendinger, professor of American literature at the University of California at Los Angeles and author of The Melon Capital of the World: A Memoir--Blake Allmendinger (02/23/2016)
"This book is a deep and important gift from a master wordcrafter."--Kim Shuck, World Literature Today--Kim Shuck "World Literature Today "
"An engagingly written mix of research, reportage, and memoir, infused with the passion of discovery."--Kirkus--Kirkus
"The Turtle's Beating Heart pierces the veil of anonymity and mystery surrounding [Denise Low's] Delaware grandfather. As she examines his life and times, she not only discovers much about his identity; she also learns a great deal about herself and the rest of her family and other Delaware-descended people. . . . As she learns, so, too, does the fortunate reader."--Geary Hobson, professor of English and Native American Literatures at the University of Oklahoma

-- (02/23/2016)
"A beautifully layered history of Delaware diaspora and continuance. The memoir is an act of honoring to Low's own family, to be sure, but it also crucially assesses the intricate meanings of Native peoples' displacement and resistance for any contemporary reader."--Molly McGlennen, author of Fried Fish and Flour Biscuits-- (02/23/2016)
"In this important book, Low speaks powerfully and poignantly of the plight of mixed-blood families plagued by once-justified fear and its resultant secrecy and the troubling confusion and aching absence this leaves for the grand- and great-grandchildren."--Linda Rodriguez, author of Every Broken Trust and Heart's Migration

-- (02/23/2016)
"In this loving tribute [Frank Bruner's] granddaughter Denise Low pieces together his painful and elusive story out of a tangle of migrations, historic traumas, and family silences. . . . We see this long-established Native American poet replanting her family and tribal history, re-indigenizing these people, their lands, and their stories."--Siobhan Senier, editor of Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England
-- (02/23/2016)
"Low addresses the generational problems that coincide with this attempted elimination of heritage, and her story powerfully uncovers memories while reclaiming her family's cultural identity."--Katie Wolf, Transmotion--Katie Wolf "Transmotion "
"Candid, compelling, and thoughtful personal stories of resilience are interlaced with poetic prose and occasional wry humor. Low generously shares a deep exploration into her family's ancestry."--Shirley Braunlich, Lawrence Public Library-- (01/29/2019)
"A beautiful memoir, The Turtle's Beating Heart demonstrates the pain and relief of this kind of recovery work and the importance of making Indigenous people and their stories visible in a country that would rather forget its Indigenous history and its consequences."--Lisa King, Western American Literature--Lisa King "Western American Literature "