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duane poncy

Duane Poncy is a lifelong political, social and literary activist. He lives and writes fiction in Portland, Ore­gon, where he lives with his wife, Patricia. His latest novel is Skyrmion: Book One of the Sweetland Quartet. He is also the co-author, with Patricia J McLean, of Bartlett House, A Will Adelhardt/Lucy Hidalgo Mystery, and the forthcoming Ghosts of Saint-Pierre. He is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

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Indigenousness

Writing Native America

As preparation for a presentation at the Eastern Oregon Word Roundup at Pendleton in late October, I am writing a series of essays about “Writing Native America” dealing with indigenousness, identity, and literary authenticity, the latter from the perspective of a publisher.

As those who have followed my earlier essays may know, my personal approach is strongly informed my the idea of “Creolism” as put forward by the Martinique philosopher, Edouard Glissant, as well as my own metis identity. I am hoping these articles will become a source of information for authors, especially those who might consider submitting works to our press. This first article consists of a slightly revised version on an essay I wrote several years ago, entitled “On Becoming Indigenous.”

The essay follows:

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