Winter 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 1 NonfictionJanuary 1, 2010 |

Our (Someone Else’s) Father

Articulation, Dysarticulation, and Indigenous Literary Traditions¹ On any given Sunday at Saint Andrew's Mission in Pendleton, Oregon, it is possible to hear and recite Hail Mary in Nimipuutímt, the Nez Perce language.² Liturgical texts remain one of the sites where the local indigenous languages have found a degree of refuge through many years of colonial incursion. If a Nez Perce tribal member has an entire book written in a Native language, it is likely to be a set of scriptures or a book of hymns or a collection of prayers; religious texts constitute a significant genre in Nez Perce literary traditions. In the years that I have been studying Nimipuutímt, I have focused primarily upon the Niimíipuu titwáatit, the traditional Coyote story cycles.³ My primary commitment, in terms of Niimíipuu literary study, remains with these texts. Yet recently I have begun to take a closer look at Nimipuutímtki⁴ translations of religious texts, in the context of older Niimíipuu li

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Beth H. Piatote
Beth H. Piatote is a Nez Perce writer and associate professor of Native American Studies at UC Berkeley. "Feast" is drawn from her collection The Beadworkers: Stories, forthcoming from Counterpoint Press in 2019.

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