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My Life, by Louis Kenoyer
Reminiscences of a Grand Ronde Reservation Childhood
9780870718830 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies Jun 01, 2017
$34.50 CAD
Active 177.8 x 254 x 22.86 mm 320 pages Approx.. 30 b&w images. 2 maps. Oregon State University Press
A rare, first-person narrative by the last-known speaker of the Tualatin Northern Kalapuya, discussing life on an Oregon reservation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Louis Kenoyer, born in 1868 at Grand Ronde reservation, Oregon, was the last known native speaker of Tualatin Northern Kalapuya. His autobiographical narrative was recorded in 1928 and 1936 and is archived in the Special Collections of the University of Washington Library. Kenoyer’s autobiography is a rare, first-person narrative by a Native American discussing life on an Oregon reservation. To bring his compelling story to contemporary readers, Henry Zenk and Jedd Schrock have completed a translation of the original Tualatin narrative and prepared extensive annotations and commentary to supplement the text. The original Tualatin is presented alongside the English translation.

Louis Kenoyer was born in 1868 at Grand Ronde reservation, Oregon.

Henry Zenk and Jedd Schrock are consulting linguists for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Oregon.

"My Life, by Louis Kenoyer is a rare and beautifully contextualized told-to narrative that presents the life and times of Louis Kenoyer and, in doing so, provides invaluable insight into Native-newcomer relations in nineteenth century Oregon...Of great value is the structural analysis of Kenoyer's narrative as a work of oral literature and the historical context provided by the authors."

- Meagan Evelyn Gouch, Oregon Historical Quarterly

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