Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; Notes on Terminology and Abbreviations; Introduction: Fort Belknap and the Question of Indigenous-Language Literacy; 1. Before the Reservation: Language Practices and the Documentary Record; 2. Creating Boundaries: English Literacy in the Early Reservation Era; 3. English Only: Language Ideologies and the Limits of Literacy; 4. Shifts in Practice: Literacy during the Indian New Deal; 5. Bringing the Languages Back: Developing Bilingual Education at Fort Belknap; 6. The Nakoda Alphabet: Reimagining Literacy and Tradition.
New Literacies and Old WaysNotes; Bibliography; Index.
The Bearer of This Letter illuminates the enduring effects of colonialism by examining the decades-long tension between written words and spoken words in a reservation community. Drawing on archival sources and her own extensive work in the community, Mindy J. Morgan investigates how historical understandings of literacy practices challenge current Indigenous language revitalization efforts on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana.
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