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Louise Erdrich born 1954
Born Little Falls, Minnesota
Louise Erdrich originally came to public notice with her first novel, Love Medicine (1984), which won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and followed that with a second success, The Beet Queen (1986). Erdrich is from Minnesota, and her ethnic background includes the Ojibway and Chippewa tribes; she is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa. Many of her works explore the psychology and world of Native Americans, but her work cannot be confined to a particular ethnic identity. Nonetheless, she is considered a major voice in the American Indian renaissance. She has published fourteen books, as well as short stories, poems, and children’s stories. In November 2012 she won the National Book Award for her novel The Round House.
Alec Soth (born 1969)
Archival pigment print, 2012
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