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This chapter examines the enduring themes of monument and memory in Potawatomi writer Simon Pokagon’s Ogimawkwe Mitigwaki, Queen of the Woods (1899). By exploring Pokagon’s desire to monumentalize language, I argue that his writings construct a translingual and transcultural poetics that inscribe not only his own life story, but also the language, life-ways, and cultural memory of his tribe. A special attention in this discussion is paid to Pokagon’s use of translation and late nineteenth-century Red English dialect.
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