Gordon Henry, Jr. identifies as Anishinabe—also known as Ojibwe or Chippewa—and he is an enrolled member of the White Earth Anishinabe Nation of Minnesota. A poet, fiction writer and critic, he is one of the most interesting voices in contemporary Native American literature. In his works and lectures, Henry vindicates a Native presence, fights stereotypes and emphasizes connection beyond racial or cultural barriers. An extraordinary storyteller, his engaging talks and writings are essential for the spreading of Native worldviews and traditional wisdom in the U.S. and Europe.

Born on October 19, 1955, to Gordon and Wilma, Henry is the second oldest of 10 siblings. Both of his parents were born and raised in the village of Pine Point, on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. At

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Citation: Martínez-Falquina, Silvia . "Gordon Henry Jr.". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 May 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14460, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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