One of the first known novels by a Native American woman, Cogewea () is the story of a half-blood girl caught between the worlds of Anglo ranchers and. The ranch foreman, James “Jim” LaGrinder, is also a half-breed, who dotes on Cogewea. He affectionately calls her “Sis” and “squaw. COGEWEA THE HALF-BLOOD. Grew up like the prairie lilies,. Grew a tall and slender maiden,. With the beauty of the moonlight,. With the beauty of the starlight .

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Cogewea, The Half Blood: A Depiction of the Great Montana Cattle Range

This is an important book from a historical perspective. However, either a third grade education hslf a lot more political then or he editorialized a lit, especially the first third of the book. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Fiction can shine light on dark times and places, reveal human circumstances otherwise opaque and hidden but in this story the characters often disappear to make room for scolding didactic arguments that would be better delivered either by one clear narrative voice or the characters themselves.

In the end, a rancher named Jim rescues Cogewea. He ends up taking Cogewea captive, but after he realizes that she has little financial worth, he leaves her to die in the wilderness. Understanding the American Indian Novel. Her grandmother describes her as an impulsive and free-speaking young woman. Oct 08, Dragonfruit rated it liked it Recommends it for: Cogewea’s grandmother attempts to use storytelling and Okanagan traditions to convince Cogewea that Densmore will take advantage of her.


Also a good source for Indigenous liminality, though the differences between white, Indigenous, and “breeds,” are hhalf entirely defined by blood quantum and not cultural identity.

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Cogewea is torn between the world of her white father and that of her Okanagan spelled “Okanogan” in cpgewea novel grandmother, Stemteema. Victoria rated it liked it Jul 20, Cogewea, The Half Blood: Mourning Dove was accused by one Indian agent of falsely claiming she authored the novel.

Still, the book exists and probably would not have without these two helping each other. Scholars have debated the extent to which McWhorter was an editor or collaborator.

blood Scholars agree that this plot line is a re-writing of the Silyx Okanagan oral story of Chipmunk and Owl Woman where Owl Woman is the devourer and Chipmunk barely survives her encounter.

Densmore insists on a traditional indigenous marriage ceremony between himself and Cogewea, but Cogewea’s grandmother believes their union will lead to abuse. This book is kind of hard to follow, even with a background in Native history and a love of Harliquin Romances.

I will pop it on my bookshelf tthe see if I revisit it in another season. Selected pages Title Page. He is told by Silent Bob as a prank that Cogewea possesses a fortune in land and capital, which is not true.


You know her ‘mentor’ helped Cogewea “write” her book, and even she acknowledges that she needed him to get it published. Katlyn Kraft rated it really liked it Jan 04, Open Preview See a Problem? Cogewea’s sister who has married a white man who owns the HB Ranch.

First Nations Analysis of Literature. Jan 11, Travis rated it liked it. While some scholars believe his edits were typical for the genre and his time, others consider McWhorter to be a second author of the novel, though Tue himself denied this. She is headstrong but charming and loved by many at the HB Ranch.

Syilx Okanagan Oraliture and tmixwcentrism. She ends up marrying Frenchy, who is a European but respects Indigenous culture and identity. Wendy rated it it was amazing Oct 12, Other editions – View all Cogewea, the half blood: For example, Fisher makes note of a recurring motif of Okanagan “Spirit Power,” in the novel.

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