How did the men in Love Medicine lose their power and get it back?
Actually, they never really did....
One common vein in this anthology is the leit motif of disillusionment, which, etymologically speaking, means "the state or condition of not not-seeing." A certain ideal (blindness) is lost as the price to pay for confronting situations as they really are instead. Focusing on how relationships are rather than wasting time on speculating about how they should be is at the core of this work. In this sense, the historical "emasculation" of a whole tribal identity is the real issue here, as the Chippewa Indians reveal how they first flourished, then succumbed to a "might is right" political ethic:
In the late...
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