By Gerald Robert Vizenor
Established at the unstable factor of the repatriation of local American skeletal continues to be, CHANCERS follows a bunch of scholar sunlight Dancers who got down to resurrect local is still housed within the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology on the college of California, Berkeley. Possessed via the demonic wiindigoo, a mythic monster, the sunlight Dancers, in a ugly ritual, sacrifice college and directors linked to the gathering and garage of local is still. The Dancers change saved local skulls with these of the lecturers, and the resurrected Natives develop into the Chancers. The around Dancers, humane and erotic trickster figures, are typical competitors of the morbid sun Dancers. The warfare among the 2 teams involves a comic book end at a commencement rite attended by means of Pocahontas, Phoebe Hearst, Alfred Kroeber, the anthropologist, Ishi, the local who really lived and labored within the college museum, and many Chancers.
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I should have told them, then and there, as another scene was transmitted to the ethnic emissaries and my editors, that I was not only a native lecturer, but a novelist, a native prosateur, and a secret agent. I told them almost that much, but rather as a strategic tease in the trickster manner of stories. I was not worried, at the time, because they were terminal creeders, morose separatists, and four directionists, and not one of them had ever listened to my lectures or stories in the past. They would never read my stories.
Pardone de Cozener moved closer, and his chicken feathers bounced to the beat. The solar dancers rushed to one side of the drum to escape the fume of his farts. De Cozener had just returned from his regular meditation session at the Paraday Chicken Pluck Center on Telegraph Avenue. Round Dance described the wail of the singers as the torment of students who were not admitted to his native literature course that semester. Well, said the blonde dancer, what do the students who get in sing about? Magic, he said, and with that he invited her to an afternoon of teases and sex in his faculty office.
Cloud Burst wailed and spread her warm blood on his cheeks and arms. We are here to defend mother earth and our nation, he shouted. Cloud Burst shivered with a strange sense of pain and glory. . The other solar dancers were pierced with skewers and tied to the pole. They danced in pain, but not to the bloody end. Cloud Burst and Token White were the only wiindigoo dancers who tore their flesh in an ecstatic vision. Ishi Obscura Token White was at boarding school, eleven years old, when she discovered natives in the book Ishi in Two Worlds by Theodora Kroeber.
Chancers by Gerald Robert Vizenor