The turtle's beating heart : one family's story of Lenape survival / Denise Low.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Denise Low recovers the life and times of her grandfather, Frank Bruner (1889-1963), whose expression of Lenape identity was largely discouraged by mainstream society."--Provided by publisher.
    • Content Notes:
      A twentieth-century native man: Frank Bruner (1889-1963) -- Cutting ties: Dorothy Bruner Dotson (1915-2002) -- A haunted life: Denise Dotson (b. 1949) -- Today: living in Delaware Country.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references.
    • Other Titles:
      One family's story of Lenape survival.
    • ISBN:
      9780803294936 (cloth : alk. paper)
      080329493X (cloth : alk. paper)
    • Accession Number:
      2016012187
    • Accession Number:
      ocn944956465
      944956465
    • Accession Number:
      fay.512693
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      LOW, D. The turtle’s beating heart : one family’s story of Lenape survival. [s.l.] : University of Nebraska Press, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 13 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Low D. The Turtle’s Beating Heart : One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival. University of Nebraska Press; 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.512693. Accessed October 13, 2019.
    • APA:
      Low, D. (2017). The turtle’s beating heart : one family’s story of Lenape survival. University of Nebraska Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.512693
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Low, Denise. 2017. The Turtle’s Beating Heart : One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival. University of Nebraska Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.512693.
    • Harvard:
      Low, D. (2017) The turtle’s beating heart : one family’s story of Lenape survival. University of Nebraska Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.512693 (Accessed: 13 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Low, D 2017, The turtle’s beating heart : one family’s story of Lenape survival, University of Nebraska Press, viewed 13 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Low, Denise. The Turtle’s Beating Heart : One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival. University of Nebraska Press, 2017. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.512693.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Low, Denise. The Turtle’s Beating Heart : One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival. University of Nebraska Press, 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.512693.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Low D. The turtle’s beating heart : one family’s story of Lenape survival [Internet]. University of Nebraska Press; 2017 [cited 2019 Oct 13]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.512693

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2016 December #2

Low delves into the Delaware Indian heritage of her maternal grandfather, who lived in Kansas from 1889 to 1963. Because of discrimination against native people that followed the Delaware branch of the Lenape from New Jersey to Kansas and later to a reservation in Oklahoma—what Low calls "the longest Trail of Tears," extending from 1600 to 1867—her family suppressed their ethnic background, only acknowledging their German and Irish ties. The "vigilante threat" was very real in her grandfather's day, with African Americans, Catholics, Mexican Americans, and Native Americans all becoming targets of the Kansas KKK. Another threat to indigenous families was forced enrollment in Indian boarding schools, which Low's grandfather avoided by moving just outside of federal jurisdiction. The family lived, like many others of mixed heritage, in limbo for years until the author realized that "each individual has a responsibility to a larger history" that should be passed on to not just one's own children but all those that follow. Consequently, she was inspired to research and write this remarkable story of her long-buried native ancestry. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2016 October #2

Spurred by the recognition that she knew little about her grandfather Frank Brunner, despite living in close proximity to him through much of her childhood, Low (former Kansas poet laureate; Worlds of a Prairie Alchemist) endeavored to discover why he was intentionally aloof toward even close relatives. What emerged from her research is this poignant memoir that illuminates not only the experiences that shaped Brunner but also the trauma wrought by the continuation of the Delaware (Lenape) diaspora, which began in the 18th century. Although Brunner tried to hide his native heritage as a young man, he and his family were subjected to constant harassment and discrimination while living in Burns, KS, including threats of violence from the Ku Klux Klan. In response, Brunner relocated with his family to Kansas City. As an adult, he opted to protect his loved ones through isolation and no mention of his Delaware ancestry. While well intentioned, this tactic had long-term implications for his descendants. Through her dogged research, Low rediscovers her native heritage and makes connections to others who share her background. VERDICT Readers interested in the 20th-century American Indian experience will find this to be a valuable account.—John R. Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.