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In How to Dress a Fish, poet Abigail Chabitnoy, of Aleut descent, addresses the lives disrupted by US Indian boarding school...

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Details of How to Dress a Fish

Exact title of the book
How to Dress a Fish
Book author
Abigail Chabitnoy
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
152 pages
Published
December 11th 2018 by Wesleyan University Press
File size (in PDF)
608 kB
How to Dress a Fish

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In How to Dress a Fish, poet Abigail Chabitnoy, of Aleut descent, addresses the lives disrupted by US Indian boarding school policy. She pays particular attention to the life story of her great grandfather, Michael, who was taken from the Baptist Orphanage, Wood Island, Alaska, and sent to Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Incorporating extracts from Michael's boarding school records and early Russian ethnologies-while engaging Alutiiq language, storytelling motifs, and traditional practices-the poems form an act of witness and reclamation.

In uncovering her own family records, Chabitnoy works against the attempted erasure, finding that while legislation such as the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act reconnects her to community, through blood and paper, it could not restore the personal relationships that had already been severed.