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On the Rez

Ian Frazier

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A great writer's journey of exploration in an American place that is both strange and deeply familiar.

In Ian Frazier's bestselling Great Plains, he described meeting a man in New York City named Le War Lance, "an Oglala Sioux Indian from Oglala, South Dakota." In On the Rez, Frazier returns to the plains and focuses on a place at their center-the Pine Ridge Reservation in the prairie and badlands of South Dakota, home of the Oglala Sioux. Frazier drives around "the rez" with Le War Lance and other Oglalas as they tell stories, visit relatives, go to powwows and rodeos and package stores, and try to find parts to fix one or another of their on-the-verge-of-working cars.

On the Rez considers Indian ideas of freedom and community and equality that are basic to how we view ourselves. Most of all, he examines the Indian idea of heroism-its suffering and its pulse-quickening, public-spirited glory. On the Rez portrays the survival, through toughness and humor, of a great people whose culture has shaped our American identity.

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CHAPTER 1This book is about Indians, particularly the Oglala Sioux who live on the Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota, in the plains and badlands in the middle of the United States. People want to know what a book is about right up front, I have found. They feel this way even if the book does not yet exist, if it is only planned. When I describe the subject to non-Indians, they often reply that it sounds bleak. “Bleak” is the word attached in many people’s minds to the idea of certain Indian reservations, of which the Oglala’s reservation is perhaps the
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"Reading Frazier, one thinks of such American originals as John McPhee, Wallace Stegner, Edward Hoagland, Peter Matthiessen, and Evan S. Connell."--Ron Hansen, The Washington Post Book World

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ian Frazier

  • Ian Frazier's books include Coyote v. Acme (FSG, 1996), Family (FSG, 1994), Great Plains (FSG, 1989), and Dating Your Mom (FSG, 1986). He lives with his family in Missoula, Montana.
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