More from The Circuit Writer

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From the Introduction…

“As I acquired an Army-surplus parka and fur-lined boots, the Minnesota literary arts were vying with hockey for a place in the regional logo.”

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Teaching in the Native American Spirit

“Recently… [my sponsoring teacher] said a Dakota girl had committed suicide in the bathroom at school… My lack of knowledge about the Dakota people seemed suddenly dangerous… Searching for something I could use with her class, I happened on W. M. Ransom’s ‘Statement on Our Higher Education, for Ron Lampart, Nisqually,’ about the ethic of the hunt. For Native Americans, Random suggested hunting was more than a blood sport; it entailed an elaborate code of honor: ‘We learned that you don’t shoot/things that are wiser than yourself/ cranes, crippled bear, mountain beaver, toads…’”