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By Susan Supernaw

How American is leave out the US? For Susan Supernaw, a Muscogee (Creek) and Munsee local American, the query wasn’t simply educational. all through a early life clouded by way of poverty, alcoholism, and abuse, Supernaw sought break out in class and dance and the local American Church. She turned a presidential student, gained a scholarship to varsity, and was once topped leave out Oklahoma in 1971. Supernaw will possibly not have gained the pass over the USA festival that yr, yet she did name awareness to the local peoples residing mostly invisible lives all through their very own American land. and she or he did in the end earn her local American name.
Chronicling a quest to flee poverty and locate that means, Supernaw’s tale is revealing, funny, and deeply relocating. Muscogee Daughter is the tale of discovering a local American identification one of the distractions and problems of yank existence and of discerning an id between competing notions of what it's to be a girl, a local American, and a citizen of the world.

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His war adventures caused him to hate the Japanese, although not the Germans, but this wasn’t because of Pearl Harbor or because he fought the Japanese in the Pacific. Dad hated the Japanese because so many people told him he looked Japanese. It grated on his nerves to hear his shipmates marvel at his similarly dark skin, straight black hair, and the small epicanthic fold over his brown eyes. The mere thought of any similarities between him and the enemy offended him. He was an American Indian, and any talk of similarities between him and the enemy would result in a bloody fistfight.

Instead it was my biggest disaster. We wore blue dresses with a small lace yoke in the front. Another member of the congregation owned a beauty salon and volunteered to give matching haircuts and perms to the Supernaw Sisters. When it came time to perform, my sisters all looked great, with their matching hairstyles and dresses. Although my dress matched the others, however, my hair did not. My baby-fine, thin hair couldn’t handle the chemicals, so the same perm that looked great on them burned my hair, breaking it off and frizzing what remained, turning it a funny orangey color.

Things got worse for a couple of years, until a judge finally ordered Dad to give Mom child support checks. 6 Then and only then did our financial situation actually improve. But her getting a job meant we had to live in Tulsa during the week and come home on the weekends. We shopped for clothes at the thrift store. Any clothes that Bozo 27 needed sewing were stitched by hand since Mom didn’t have a sewing machine. She only had one sewing pattern, and she made a special “small” version of it for me out of newspaper.

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