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The Reservation
40th Anniversary Edition

Ted Williams
Illustrated by the author
With an Introduction by Eric Gansworth

Paper $19.95    |    978-0-8156-0197-5    |    2017

"Though the Ted in the story is still young, just at the beginning of his formal place as a contributing community member, he is introspective. He recognizes that one day, he will be one of The Tellers, and as such, he will disappear like all the other Tellers, unless there is some record of the things he tells. The last line of the book is the doorway to the first line of the book, to be read and reread as a closed circle, in perpetuity. But you don’t need to know those intricate, meticulous patterns to appreciate this book. You just need to be open to the story and its charms."—Eric Gansworth, from the Introduction

  The Reservation

Ted C. Williams   The son of a Turtle Clan sachem chief and a respected medicine man, Ted C. Williams (1930–2005) grew up on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation near Niagara Falls, New York. He is the author of Big Medicine from Six Nations. Eric Gansworth (Onondaga), a writer and visual artist from the Tuscarora Nation, is Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College and has been an NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colgate University. He is the author of several books, including A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function.

Book Reviews

"These are warm, affectionate stories of real people and events; Williams is a fine storyteller and has given us a unique piece of Americana."—Publishers Weekly

"Williams deserves an audience that will meditate on his message that those who can truly laugh can endure"—Book Forum

"The best modern work of Indian literature, a rough-edged, brilliant, diamond of a book."—Cross Currents

"A vein of humor runs through it all so that the reader finds himself smiling, chuckling, and at times laughing aloud. . . . [The book] will serve to help us understand and appreciate reservation life, at Tuscarora and everywhere."—Ethnohistory


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