Birding While Indian: A Mixed-Blood Memoir


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Ohio State University Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Thomas C. Gannon is an associate professor of English and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a lifelong birder and inhabitant of the Great Plains. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.


"Since time immemorial, Native people have looked for signs from avian beings, and here, Thomas Gannon carries on those traditions in his wry chronicles about growing up and living on the Great Plains. This is a much-needed and much-appreciated addition to Native literature. Birding While Indian is all that and a bag of tobacco." --Tiffany Midge, author of Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's
"Gannon takes us along on his journey through a part of the nation that is often ignored or misunderstood, and despite plenty of heartache and sorrow, he offers much-needed moments of levity. ... Whether recounting his encounters with a great horned owl, sandhill crane, wood duck, field sparrow, bald eagle, white stork, or snowy egret, the author is consistently engaging and thoughtful about his place in a world that we share with a wondrous assortment of other species. A fascinating search for personal and cultural identity." --Kirkus
"Lyrical and evocative ... Gannon's ruminations on his identity crisis hold undeniable power." --Publishers Weekly
"[Tracks] the devastating and far-reaching impacts of colonialism through an interweaving of history, philosophy, poetry and [Gannon's] personal experiences with birds." --Molly Adams, the Washington Post