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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 11, 1995 - 11

ittle' book a big emotional triumph

Eizabeth Lucas
y Arts Writer
Sometimes, far into the evening,
n and Lyle wouldspeak about Pick.
ually, gently, they allowed them-
ies to remember him. They drew
past things that Jackie and I had
er heard, that had been kept apart
l down. We sat and listened, shar-
the stories told in an unrushed but
ady beat between these two men..."
'hese lines, from the conclusion of
vid Treuer's first novel, "Little,"
ne close to capturing the essence
he book. The work is about two
tilies on an Ojibwa reservation in
nesota, and the stories they tell or
't tell. For Treuer, a University

Treuergrew uponareservationsimi-
lar to the one described in "Little," and
attended Princeton as a music theory
and composition major. He happened
to take a creative writing class, and then
began to write this novel.
"Writing was always within the
known universe for me," Treuer said,
noting that his father and a friend's
father are writers. "It wasn't inconceiv-
able, but it wasn't some life-long goal.
It just kind of happened."
Appropriately, this book about re-
membering the past began through the
author's doing that very thing. Before
writing the book, Treuer explained, "I
started thinking about those stories I
heard when I wasyounger, about things
thathappenedto somerelatives ofmine
and how they had no way to talk about
them but to talk around them."
"All the talk and the silence, the se-
crets kept or known gradually changed
shape. They acquired new habits and
grew beyond what Poverty and the res-
ervation had previously allowed..."
The ideas of talk and silence are
probably most evident in the narration
of "Little," which is told through the
shifting viewpoints of all the charac-
ters. Details that at first don't make
sense are gradually revealed; one char-
acter may allude to an event, and an-
other may explain it later in the novel.

esis with stories from his child-
Id.
I remember being a kid and hearing
hese stories told around me, but not
e, because stories are for adults,"
uer said. "I remember listening to
, not making any sense of them,
knowing something important was

The title character, a young, mute
Ojibwa boy, also suggests the idea of
things left unsaid. "In later years all of
us at Poverty dressed up our stories
about Little, gave them wings, and let
them go. Andsince there was so little to
tell, they took off, circled higher, and
like the dandelions, never touched the
ground again..."
Treuer also defined "Little" as "a
novel that both fits into and chal-
lenges the genre of Native American
literature." He explained: "Up until
recently, writing about native people
has done two things. It's always posed
this unbroken, innate connection be-
tween native people and nature, and
it's always talked about nativeness as
being equal to spirituality. Those are
two shortcuts and two crutches, which
I hate."
With the publication of "Little,"
Treuer hopes to bring another dimen-
sion to this genre. "I'm not pretend-
ing to have a handle on what it means
to be Indian. And this book isn't a
guide or a dictionary to what it is - it
doesn't attemptto pose what reality is
for Indian people. But I hope to com-
plicate what people think native real-
ity is. I see my project as remedial, in
a sense. I'm showing that there are
alternate realities out there that
haven't been explored."
The Geraldine Fibbers
are truly great
The Geraldine Fibbers are one of the
saddest and loudest of the alternative
country rock bands out there today.
Influenced as much by the Meat
Puppets and X as Kitty Wells and
Patsy Cline, Carla Bozulich and the
rest of the Fibbers create great, If
troubled music on their debut album
"Lost Somewhere Between the Earth
and My Home."Sawing violins and
churning guitars mix with alternately
cooing and harsh vocals on tracks
like "Lilybeile," "The Small Song" and
"A Song About Walls." The Fibbers'
debut import EP is equally
impressive, with a compelling cover
of the hard-luck classic "Fancy,"
along with tracks like "Marmalade"
and "Get Thee Gone," which made it
to "Lost Somewhere Between the
Earth and My Home." Their live shows
are an incredible outpouring of energy
and emotion; the full power of the
Fibbers' work reveals itself at their
concerts. Lucky for you, the Geraldine
Fibbers play the Shelter (underneath
St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit) tonight.
Call (313) 961-MELT for more
information. No lie - the Fibbers are
great.

See more of Moore at Rick's
Austin blues rocker Ian Moore is bringing his weeping guitar through Ann Arbor tonight, when he and his band take the stag.
at the Blind Pig. Moore draws blood from the same blues veins as Stevie Ray Vaughan with his true Texan grace. With his
powerful vocals and screaming guitar work, Moore is a legend in the making. "Guitar For the Practicing Musician" hailed his
latest release "Modemday Folklore" as "a wet dream of power blues." But with his rich blues and a truckload of musical
talent, Moore is guaranteed to rock your world. Don't miss this ax-slinger at the Blind Pig tonight! Tickets are $7 in advance
at Schoolkids' Records. or nay extra from Ticketmaster at 810.6 4A 6oeea n nan at O0n a m

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OCTOBER 11
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