Village Boy

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About the author:
Robert Davis Hoffmann is a Tlingit artist and carver from the Tlingit Indian village of Kake, Alaska. He describes the sources behind his carving and poetry this way: "My desire to create come from a drive to connect my past to the present, stated in my poem 'Saginaw Bay': "...I keep going back, I keep trying to see myself against all this history..." When I create new forms out of the old, I bridge the past with the present.
His poems have been featured in the following anthologies: Into the Storm, Orca Press, 1984; In the Dreamlight: Twenty- One Alaskan Writers, Copper Canyon Press, 1984; Harper's Anthology of Twentieth Century Native American Poetry, Harper & Row, 1988; Dancing on the Rim of the World: An Anthology of Contemporary Northwest Native American Writing, The University of Arizona Press, 1990; Raven Tells Stories: An Anthology of Alaskan Native Writing, The Greenfield Review Press, 1991; Strong Hearts: Native American Visions and Voices, The Aperture Foundation, 1995; Alaska Native Writers, Storytellers, and Orators: The Expanded Edition, Alaska Quarterly Review, 1999; Native Universe: Voices of Indian America, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, 2004.
He was the featured writer in Alaska Quarterly Review, Vol. 26, 2009.
A book of his poems, SoulCatcher, was published by Raven's Bones Press of Sitka, Alaska in 1986.
He continues to produce his artwork and writing, while working seasonally at the historic Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka.
He lives in Sitka with his wife, a gardener and companion.
His artwork may be seen at

Village Boy

Poems of Cultural Identity

Authored by Robert Davis Hoffmann
Edition: 1

The 12 poems in this collection are about one man's struggle for cultural identity. They describe experiences of loss buffered by sources of cultural strength and adaptation.
Hoffmann uses language and imagery that imagines the mythical and historical past of his people, the Tlingit Indians of southeast Alaska. This series of poems are assembled in a way that takes its reader into the author's experiences of historical and cultural loss, confused identity as the result of growing up in two cultures and being half-native, toward catharsis and integrity.

Publication Date:
1500925101 / 9781500925109
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Poetry / American / Native American

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