The Voice of the Dawn: Sixty More Fables by Frederick Matthew Wiseman

The Voice of the Dawn: Sixty More Fables

Frederick Matthew Wiseman
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  • ISBN
    9781584650591 / 1584650591
  • Title The Voice of the Dawn: Sixty More Fables
  • Author Frederick Matthew Wiseman
  • Category Indigenous Peoples
    History Of The Americas
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 2001
  • Pages 328
  • Publisher
    University Press of New England
  • Imprint University Press of New England
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 155mm x 24mm x 231mm

Annotation

"[My] story is a sash woven of many strands of language. The first strand is the remembered wisdom of the Abenaki community. The second strand is our history and that of our relatives, written down by European, Native American, and Euroamerican observers. The third strand is what our Mother the Earth has revealed to us through the studies and writings of those who delve in her, the archaeologists and paleoecologists. The fourth strand is my own family history and its stories. The fifth strand is, of course, that which has come to me alone, stories which I create with my own beliefs and visions."
So begins the first book about Abenaki history and culture written from the inside. Frederick Matthew Wiseman's extensive research and personal engagement breathe life into Voice of the Dawn, making it truly unique. Colin Calloway, Chair of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, writes, “Going beyond all previous works on the Abenakis, Wiseman draws on family and community knowledge in a way that none of those authors could, speaks from an avowedly Abenaki perspective, and addresses aspects and issues ignored in other works. Moreover, no one that I know of has done as much work in locating and regathering items of Western Abenaki material culture. The quality and quantity of illustrations alone make this an attractive book, as well as a valuable visual record of change and persistence over time. As someone personally and pivotally involved in the Abenaki renaissance, Wiseman brings the story up to date without closing it.”

Publisher Description

" My] story is a sash woven of many strands of language. The first strand is the remembered wisdom of the Abenaki community. The second strand is our history and that of our relatives, written down by European, Native American, and Euroamerican observers. The third strand is what our Mother the Earth has revealed to us through the studies and writings of those who delve in her, the archaeologists and paleoecologists. The fourth strand is my own family history and its stories. The fifth strand is, of course, that which has come to me alone, stories which I create with my own beliefs and visions."
So begins the first book about Abenaki history and culture written from the inside. Frederick Matthew Wiseman's extensive research and personal engagement breathe life into Voice of the Dawn, making it truly unique. Colin Calloway, Chair of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, writes, “Going beyond all previous works on the Abenakis, Wiseman draws on family and community knowledge in a way that none of those authors could, speaks from an avowedly Abenaki perspective, and addresses aspects and issues ignored in other works. Moreover, no one that I know of has done as much work in locating and regathering items of Western Abenaki material culture. The quality and quantity of illustrations alone make this an attractive book, as well as a valuable visual record of change and persistence over time. As someone personally and pivotally involved in the Abenaki renaissance, Wiseman brings the story up to date without closing it.”

Review
“It is hard to imagine someone more qualified to undertake this project than Wiseman. An Abenaki raised in Vermont and an academic trained in archeology, he is able to provide both an insider's view of Abenaki life and a scholarly assessment of the archeological and ethnohistorical record. Moreover, since 1988 he has participated in Abenaki politics and activism, making him one of the few writers qualified to describe the Vermont tribe's political resurgence.”—Paradoxa 15

Author Biography

FREDERICK MATTHEW WISEMAN is chair of the Department of Humanities at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont; founder and director of the Abenaki Tribal Museum and Cultural Center in Swanton, Vermont; and author of The Voice of the Dawn: An Autohistory of the Abenaki Nation (UPNE, 2000). Before devoting himself to studying his Abenaki heritage, he was Principal Research Scientist at MIT's Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology.

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