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Filled with powerful imagery, this poem relates the tragic story of Indios, a native woman falsely accused of the death of her children. As it echoes the plight of other women like Indios—including Malinche, Pocahontas, La Llorona, and Medea—this narrative conveys the truth of a history twisted to suit the needs of a conquering power. Weaving Native American history with contemporary situations, this evocative poem focuses on the concept and consequences of the oppression of women.

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Indios is set in the timelessness of our lives, writes Linda Hogan. Time is different in the cell structure of bodies created from and on this continent.

Indios speaks to us the truth of a history twisted to suit the needs of a conquering power. It is an old story and yet a tragically contemporary one. Indios speaks to us from a jail cell, a Native woman falsely accused of the death of her children. In her plight we hear echoes of Malinche, cursed and blessed as both a race traitor and as the mother of all mestizos. We hear echoes of Pocahontas, of La Llorona, and ultimately, of Medea—not, Hogan stresses, the Medea of Euripides, but the captured princess of the original story in which her children were murdered by the people of Corinth—and Medea herself was feared for her cultural differences and her knowledge. As Indios says of herself, she is an aftershock of history. This powerful poem is her legacy.

Linda Hogan was inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame in 2007, and currently is Writer-in-Residence for the Chickasaw Nation. She is an internationally sought-after public speaker, a writer of poetry, fiction, and essays, as well as being the editor of numerous anthologies. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, among many other honors.

Indios © 2012 by Linda Hogan

Cover image and frontispiece: Digital drawing by Dustin Mater

First Edition

Print Edition ISBN: 978-0-916727-85-7

ePub ISBN: 978-1-60940-165-8

Kindle ISBN: 978-1-60940-166-5

PDF ISBN: 978-1-60940-167-2

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Hogan, Linda.

Indios : a poem … a performance / Linda Hogan ; with an introduction by Lois Beardslee, Ph.D. -- 1st ed.

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ISBN 978-0-916727-85-7 (hardback, printed edition : alk. paper) -- ISBN 978-1-60940-165-8 (epub ebook) -- ISBN 978-1-60940-166-5 (kindle ebook) -- ISBN 978-1-60940-167-2 (library pdf ebook)

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PS3558.O34726I53 2012



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Author’s Preface





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About the Author


Works Consulted

This book is dedicated to all indigenous women of the world who know this story from our histories.

It is dedicated to my daughters, granddaughters, and my great-granddaughter, Jayla. It is for Tanya, Vivian, Cammie, Danielle, my two Michaels, Angel, and Jasmine.

It is also for my brother, Larry, and sisters, Donna and Anna.

For David and your support.

And to the trees, earth, waters,