The Fencepost Chronicles Summary
W. P. Kinsella

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The Fencepost Chronicles Summary

As in Dance Me Outside (1977), Scars (1978), Born Indian (1981), and The Moccasin Telegraph (1983), The Fencepost Chronicles deals with the plight of nati ve Americans. Kinsella focuses especially on the Crees living in Canada, who are often in conflict with the white world, represented by bigoted Canadian police, pompous bureaucrats, unscrupulous businessmen, and selfrighteous religious sects. Not all conflicts are with whites; Chief Tom Croweye and his girlfriend Samantha Yellowknees wish to impose white values and customs on the Cree. These stories are variations on the continuing war between red and white cultures. In The Fencepost Chronicles, cultural conflicts emphasize the native American determination to survive through deadpan trickery and sense of humor, especially when Frank Fencepost is involved. Kinsella has said that any oppressed group survives by making fun of the oppressor.

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