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Ernestine Hayes

Where: Juneau
Genre(s): literary nonfiction, children's litearture, essays
Job(s): Professor at University of Alaska Southeast

Email: ernestinehayes111@gmail.com

Favorite Places in Alaska: Juneau and anywhere on the waters of Southeast Alaska

Bio: Ernestine was born to the Wolf House, Tlingit Kaagwaantaan clan in Alaska at the end of World War II. In Blonde Indian, an Alaska Native Memoir, she weaves reminiscences of her life, stories from her grandmother, Tlingit history, nature writing, and fiction into a testament of the twentieth-century Alaska Native experience and a love song to the land.
In 2007, Blonde Indian received an American Book Award and Honoring Alaska Indigenous Literature award, was named October 2006 Native America Calling Book of the Month, and was a finalist for the 2007 Kiriyama Prize and the 2007 PEN Non-fiction Award.

Books:

  • Blonde Indian (memoir), University of Arizona Press, 2006
  • Aanka Xoodzi ka Aasgutu Xoodzi Shkalneegi (Children's Book, Tlingit Version), Hazy Island Books, 2011
  • The Story of the Town Bear and the Forest Bear (Children's Book, English Version), Hazy Island Books, 2011

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Availability:
Please contact me for readings, workshops, classes, lectures
Audience:
I work with university writers and community writers.
Special Interests:
I have a particular interest in contemporary Alaska Native arts and literary expression.

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Listing last updated: June, 2011

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