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Molly Spotted Elk: A Penobscot in Paris
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Oklahoma Pr
Publication date September 1, 1995
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780806127569
ISBN-10 0806127562
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $34.95
Other format details university press
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Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: This book chronicles the extraordinary life of twentieth-century performing artist Molly Spotted Elk. Born in 1903 on the Penobscot reservation in Maine, Molly ventured into show business at an early age, following the example of many American Indians. Her success afforded her a vast range of experience - from performing vaudeville in New York and starring in the classic docu-drama The Silent Enemy to dancing for royalty and mingling with the literary elite in Europe.
Independent and ambitious, Molly strove to succeed in the wider world without surrendering her heritage. Her determination led her to Paris, where she found an audience more appreciative of authentic Native dance than in the United States. There she fell into a passionate love affair with a French journalist who eventually persuaded Molly to marry him. The German occupation of France in 1940 forced Molly to leave her husband and, with their young daughter, flee the country on foot over the Pyrenees Mountains. What happens to this family, and then to Molly's career, turns her tale from triumph into tragedy.
Molly Spotted Elk is important not only because of her life but also because she recorded it. Among her enduring achievements are her diaries - detailed and reflective records of her public and private experiences. These rare, personal documents of Native history shed light on the pressures she and her peers endured in having to act out white stereotypes of the "Indian."

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9780806127569 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $34.95
About: This book chronicles the extraordinary life of twentieth-century performing artist Molly Spotted Elk.
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Reprint edition from Univ of Oklahoma Pr (September 1, 1997)
9780806129891 | details & prices | 360 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Molly Spotted Elk: A Penobscot in Paris chronicles the extraordinary life of a twentieth-century American Indian performing artist.

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