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Chadwick Allen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678181

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678181.001.0001

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Siting Earthworks, Navigating Waka

Siting Earthworks, Navigating Waka

Patterns of Indigenous Settlement in Allison Hedge Coke’s Blood Run and Robert Sullivan’s Star Waka

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Chadwick Allen

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents a third format of sustained juxtaposition of Indigenous literary works connected by genre and theme. Sullivan’s and Hedge Coke’s contemporary texts emphasize waka and earthworks as Indigenous technologies and, more precisely, as Indigenous technologies for settlement. Blood Runemphasizes themes of ancient, ongoing, and possible future histories of Native American construction and trade. It explores the art, engineering, culture, and history associated with the Native American earthworks. Star Waka emphasizes themes of ancient, ongoing, and possible future histories of Polynesian exploration and migration. It explores the multiple meanings of Polynesian waka, a term that indicates any kind of “vessel” but signifies large, ocean-voyaging “canoes”.

Keywords:   Indigenous literary works, waka, earthworks, Robert Sullivan, Allison Hedge Coke, waka, Blood Run, Star Waka, Native American

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