Back To The Blanket

A Native Narrative Of Discovery

by James A. Starkey, Jr.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/17/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 720
ISBN : 9781425993269
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781452065373

About the Book

     Not since Alex Haley’s Roots has a story probed so deeply into the intimate details of an indigenous American family. Inspired by the events of this Native American author’s descendants, Back to the Blanket chronicles seven generations of his Ojibwe “roots.” But just as importantly, it places the events within the context of a tumultuous time in American History – a time when Western European Civilization was gaining enormous inroads in the Americas and leaving in its wake a devastating clash of cultures.

     But this story is not about typical Indian-White confrontations – bloody, violent, avaricious Indian battles. It reveals a more subtle, yet just as deleterious, subjugation of a people through the proliferation of White trade goods, overzealous missionaries, diseases for which there were no cures, and the most contemptible allurement of all – alcohol.                    

     Back to the Blanket is a story of tragedy, guilt, pride, perseverance, hope and survival which begins in 1988 when the author undergoes a life-threatening bone marrow transplant for leukemia, a deadly blood disease. During the rigorous transplant procedures, he receives a powerful Native Vision, which begins to weave together the stories he has heard as a boy and his curiosity regarding his father’s tumultuous past. But it isn’t until six years later when he and his father are on a train trip bound for the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota that the Vision returns to reveal his legacy and the Red Trade Blanket that has been handed down through the generations.



About the Author

     For the past 36 years, James A. Starkey, Jr. has been a successful English and Social Sciences teacher in Washington State. He is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and has written two plays: The Spirit: An American Tragedy and Mourning Comes at Dawn, which earned for him the Valley Forge Teacher’s Medal. He has two adult children and lives in a suburb of Seattle with Janie, his wife of 39 years.