Oscar Hokeah | Calling for a Blanket Dance

Calling for a Blanket Dance

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Told in a series of voices, Calling for a Blanket Dance takes us into the life of Ever Geimausaddle through the multigenerational perspectives of his family as they soldier through a myriad of difficulties: his father's sudden kidney failure and subsequent disability, his mother's struggle to hold on to her job and care for her husband, the constant resettlement of the family, and Ever's own bottled-up rage at the instability all around him. Meanwhile, all of Ever's relatives have ideas about who he is and who he should be. His Cherokee grandmother urges the family to move across the state to find security; his dying grandfather hopes to reunite him with his heritage through traditional gourd dances; his Kiowa cousin reminds him that he's connected to an ancestral past. And once an adult, Ever must take the strength given to him by his relatives to save not only himself, but also the next generation of family.

How will this young man visualize a place for himself when the world hasn't given him a place to start with? Honest, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, Calling for a Blanket Dance is the story of how Ever Geimausaddle found his way to home.


Additional Information about the book

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: ‎978-1643751474


Word Count: 51600 words

Length: 272 pages

Language: English

Release Date: July 26, 2022

Available as: Ebook,Paperback

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January 19, 2023
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Ever’s story is one of trauma, hardship, love, family, and redemption. This book brought me to tears multiple times as it told the story of a boy growing into a man and navigating the two cultures he was born into. I loved that the story was written from a multi-person perspective from all the people who were a part of this man’s life. It is a very accurate portrayal of a Native American family, both the challenges and the blessings that come with.

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