When the White Man Smiles
C.T. Biggoose, Author of We Shout Into Silence
Original date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
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"The last time I spoke at Many Rivers I introduced my book by the title We Shout Into Silence. The publisher thought the title "When the White Man Smiles" was not acceptable and was prejudicial to non-Indians. I don't see it that way. What I write is relatively new, and our stories need to be told. Native Americans are emerging from generations of knowledge-deprivation and exclusionism. What price must we pay again for the freedom of speech, and to write what we want? We Shout Into Silence remains available on Amazon, and at select book outlets like Many Rivers, mostly on the East Coast.
C.T. Biggoose was born on the Ponca Indian reservation in north-central Oklahoma. His first school was White Eagle Indian School. From there he was transferred to the Indian School at Pawnee, Oklahoma. In 1958 he was transferred to Fort Sill Indian School north of Lawton, OK. He graduated from Chilocco Indian School in 1964. His family were the victims of the government relocation program. He learned English words at Lakeside High School at Granite, Oklahoma. He didn't write until 25 years later.
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