Twenty Thousand Mornings
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
360 Pages | 6 x 9 | 10 b&w illus.
Twenty Thousand Mornings is full of rich, witty, and poignant descriptions of daily life in the Osage Nation when Kansas was ‘exotic’ and ‘romantic’ and international travel meant going to ‘the States.’ Mathews takes us into a world where boys and girls play shinny, study ‘jography’ with the Hussar-like schoolteacher Mrs. Tucker, and flee tornados. We ascend with him into the air above Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas, where he learned to fly for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War I, and wonder at his casual failure to appear on time at Oxford. Twenty Thousand Mornings, and Susan Kalter’s brilliantly researched, painstakingly detailed introduction , will reshape what we think of John Joseph Mathews, the American Indian autobiography tradition, and Native identities and politics before the American Indian literary renaissance.”—James H. Cox, author of Muting White Noise: Native American and European Novel Traditions