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Louise Erdrich, Native American Author

Postmodern Champion of Her Indigenous American Heritage

Updated November 26, 2019


Louise Erdrich (born June 7, 1954) is an American author and poet and member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Erdrich often explores themes and symbolism relating to her Native American heritage in her work, which encompasses both adult and children’s literature. She is also considered to be a leading figure in the literary movement known as the Native American Renaissance.

in Poetry Foundation



He (my captor) gave me a bisquit, which I put in my pocket, and not daring to eat it, buried it under a log, fearing he had put something in it to make me love him.

—From the narrative of the captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, who was taken prisoner by the Wampanoag when Lancaster, Massachusetts, was destroyed, in the year 1676

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