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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Julia rated it really liked it Jan 16, The greenhorn easterner a stock western character whom Cogewea hires.

Scholars agree that this plot line is a re-writing of the Silyx Okanagan oral story of Chipmunk and Owl Woman where Owl Woman is the devourer and Chipmunk barely survives her encounter. When first published, audiences found the novel’s style awkward.

Like most members of the ranch, her heritage is Indigenous and Euro-American. Throughout the book, characters with indigenous ancestry have correct intuitions about the future, which they attribute to guidance from their ancestors. It was a fun throwback read. Kristen rated it liked it Mar 09, 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.

This is an important book from a historical perspective. Fisher argues that Mourning Dove’s fear was that an American audience would ridicule such Okanagan concepts.

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American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Mary has maintained a traditional way of life with the guidance of her grandmother, while Julia has married a white man and assimilated into American culture. References to this book Native North America: Critical and Cultural Perspectives: With CogeweaMourning Dove attempted to infuse the western romance with the oral traditions of her Okanagan culture. At page 76 Coogewea choose not to finish reading this book.


To ask other readers questions about Cogewea, The Half Bloodplease sign up. Understanding the American Indian Novel. Diana rated it did not like it Aug 14, Views Read Edit View history. Her grandmother describes her as an impulsive and free-speaking young woman. Another major theme is the perils of marriage, which is especially dangerous when between an indigenous woman and white man. Open Preview See a Problem?

It’s pretty predictable in its plot and in its 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 There’s not too much to say about this one. Goodreads helps you keep hlf of books you want to read. Sarah Woodard rated it liked it Feb 10, Paperbackpages.

U of Nebraska Press- Fiction – pages. However, in this novel, this character decides to reveal his lie out of affection for Cogewea.

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He listens to Cogewea, and while she considers him to be family, and he calls her “sis”, he hopes he can kindle a romance with her. However, either a third grade education was a lot more political then or he editorialized a lit, especially the first third of the book.

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

Mourning Dove finished writing Cogewea in but it was not published by the Four Seas Press untilafter Mourning Dove’s friend and editor, Lucullus Virgil McWhorter had threatened to sue the press to have the book released. First, this novel, written by an Indigenous woman, is maddeningly steeped in noble savagism and the myth of the vanishing race.


However, Bob breaks from his stock mold to tell Cogewea the truth about Densmore. Published June 1st by University of Nebraska Press first published Lucullus Virgil McWhorter, a respected and sympathetic student of Indian lore and history, encouraged her in her ambition to be a writer; finally she made her book a record of the folklore of the Okanogan tribe, a plea for the welfare of the half-blood, and above all the testimony to her own singleminded dedication.

May Learn how and when to remove this template message. Wendy rated it it was amazing Oct 12, Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Dec 01, Kit Perriman rated it liked it. University of Oklahoma Press. She then realizes her feelings for Jim and marries him.

She does not trust the Shoyapee her term for white people, which loosely translated compares the “white man” to a “the hog because of his greedy nature”.

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

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 typing on her rickety old typewriter at night.

This book is kind of hard to follow, even with a background in Native history and a love of Harliquin Romances. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mourning Dove was accused by one Indian agent of falsely claiming she authored the novel. Oxford University Press, Densmore’s violence against Cogewea proves Stemteema’s point. Want to Read saving….

Cogewea, the Half Blood: She ends up marrying Frenchy, who is a European but respects Indigenous culture and identity. It’s a romance with a western setting.