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’s grandmother attempts to use storytelling and Okanagan traditions to convince Cogewea that Densmore will take advantage of her. Like most members of the ranch, tthe heritage is Indigenous and Euro-American.

Wendy rated it it was amazing Oct 12, He may be a parody of Owen Wister’s taciturn eponymous hero in The Virginian novel. It’s pretty predictable in its plot and in cpgewea criticisms of white people and of the emphasis on pure blood the protagonist being half white and half Indianbut it is notable for its place as the first novel written by a Native American woman, even if there is some question as to what role Lucullus McWhorter, her collaborator, played in shaping the narrative.

Nov 21, Marie Hurt rated it really liked it. I respect and admire Mourning Ths and the fact that she is the first Native American woman to have published a novel.

Return to Book Page. For example, Fisher makes note of a recurring motif of Okanagan “Spirit Power,” in the novel.

Green-Blanket Feet knows that if she takes the children, her husband will hunt her. I will pop it on my bookshelf and see if I revisit it in another season. First Nations Analysis of Literature. Title page, first edition, University of Nebraska Press, Surprised I enjoyed this as Romance novels aren’t typically my thing. Wikipedia articles with possible conflicts of interest from May Articles that may contain original research from December All articles that may contain original research Articles with multiple maintenance issues.


First, this novel, written by an Indigenous woman, is maddeningly steeped in noble savagism and the myth of the vanishing race. University of Oklahoma Press. However, in this novel, this character decides to reveal his lie out of affection for Cogewea. Mourning Dove finished nlood Cogewea in but it was not published by the Four Seas Press untilafter Mourning Dove’s friend and editor, Lucullus Cogewa McWhorter had threatened to sue the press to have the book released.

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

Cogewea, the eponymous protagonist, is a woman of multi-racial heritage, both Indigenous and Euro-American, who feels cgoewea between her two worlds. Each of her warnings come true. It is one of the earliest novels written by an indigenous woman.

Her grandmother describes her as an impulsive and free-speaking young woman. Her writing style is fun and free-spirited and it was a great adventure to read this book.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. The debate has also been taken up in popular culture, by Okanagan writer Sherman Alexie. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mary and Julia represent the two paths Cogewea could choose. Victoria rated it liked it Jul 20, However, either a third grade education was a lot more political then or he editorialized a lit, especially the first third of the book. She lived as a migrant farmworker and, after ten-hour days in the hop fields and apple bloox, faithfully returned to the battered typewriter in her tent.

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With CogeweaMourning Dove attempted to infuse the western romance with the oral traditions of her Okanagan culture. You bloof her ‘mentor’ helped Cogewea “write” her book, and even she acknowledges that she needed him to get it published. A comical prankster cowboy a stock character in the Dime Western. May 12, Kaily rated it it was amazing.


Brian Leslie rated it it was ok Dec 29, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Retrieved from ” https: Tif rated it liked it Feb 10, Melissa rated it it was ok Jun 24, Cogewea is a character of dual identity, which readers may find a connection with.

Written in by Mourning Dove, it was the first novel published by a Native American woman, and she did it as a migrant farm worker blooc on her rickety old typewriter at night.

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Could Cogewea be as naive as she comes across? 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 At page 76 I choose not to finish reading this book.

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. He ends up taking Cogewea captive, but after he realizes that she has little financial worth, he leaves her to die in the wilderness. Oct 04, Jeannette rated it it was ok.

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