Mourning Dove: Mourning Dove: A Salishan Autobiography

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The third title by Mourning Dove is an example of yet another genre—autobiography. Although not published until decades after her death, Mourning Dove: A Salishan Autobiography (1990) was constructed from her manuscript. The order of material and its construction into chapters is due to Jay Miller’s conception; nonetheless, the work offers personal stories from Mourning Dove’s life as well as commentary about her Colville-Okanogan culture and intercultural dynamics.

Two examples demonstrate this complexity of information and perspectives: how the work discusses allotment and religion. Mourning Dove explains the division between her parents in response to allotment—her mother did not want to have …

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Muntz, Lori. "Mourning Dove: A Salishan Autobiography". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 March 2010
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