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  1. 1. Louise Erdrich<br />By: Trey Nation<br />And <br />Lindsey Foster<br />
  2. 2. Louise Erdrich<br />Born on June 7th, 1954<br />Was raised in a small town called Wahpeton, North Dakota<br />Family was all about Native American living and rituals<br />Mother was French Chippewa<br />Both parents worked for the bureau of Indian Affairs. <br />Grandmother was tribal chairman on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. <br />
  3. 3. Schooling <br />1972 she entered Dartmouth College, taking part in a Native American studies program.<br />Michael Dorris ran the program and he eventually became her husband.<br />Their marriage end with a divorce and he later committed suicide in 1997.<br />She also Earned a M.F.A degree from John Hopkins. <br />
  4. 4. Erdrich’s work <br />Erdrich is a Native American Author of novels, poetry, and children's books. <br />Erdrich’s poetry sometimes offered realistic accounts of small-town life and sometimes retells mythical stories.<br />Famous Poems: <br />Dear John Wayne<br />I Was Sleeping Where the Black Oaks Move<br />Grief<br />
  5. 5. Erdrich’s Work<br />Known as one of the most significant Native American writers.<br /> Love Medicine, her most famous work won the National Book Critics Circle award in 1984.<br />
  6. 6. Today<br />Erdrich is currently living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.<br />She owns a book store with her sister Heidi called Birchbark Books.<br />Released a book called Shadow Tag in February of 2010.<br />
  7. 7. Plot<br />What was the plot of the story?<br />The story takes place in a town called Argus near Lake Turcot, which is located in Native American reservation in North Dakota<br />
  8. 8. Theme<br />What is the theme of this story?<br />Female power is a very important theme in this story.<br />Daring and fearless Fleur is the most overt wielder of female power, as Pauline tells throughout the story. <br />Sexuality is also another part of the theme as Erdrich refers to Fleur’s sexuality and good looks.<br />
  9. 9. Theme: Continued<br />Lastly, Racism and Sexism is apart of the theme. <br />Tor calls Fleur a “squaw,” of a Native American woman, as an insult, and the men believe that they should superior to her intellectually and physically simply because of their male gender.<br />Racism and sexism was common in the 1920s which resulted in severe abuse and injustice.<br />
  10. 10. Fleur: Characters<br />Fleur Pillager – A girl that drowned in Lake Turcot, located in Native American Reservation in North Dakota, a Chippewa women with magical powers<br />George Many Women – He was at Lake Turcot when Fleur Pillager fell into the lake the next time<br />Pete Kozka – Owned the butcher shop “Kozka’s Meats”<br />Lily Veddar – Employee at the butcher shop<br />Tor Grunewald – Employee at the butcher shop<br />
  11. 11. Fleur: Characters<br />Dutch James – Pauline’s stepfather and employee at the butcher shop<br />Fritzie – the butcher shops owner’s wife, skinny blonde who chain smokes<br />Jean Hat – is run over by a cart after saving Fleur from drowning in Lake Turcot<br />Misshepeshu – the “waterman, the monster” , a devil that lives in Lake Turcot<br />Pauline – Dutch’s stepdaughter and the narrator of the story<br />
  12. 12. Fleur Story<br />How did the story being?<br />The story begins with Fleur Pillager, a girl who drowned in Lake Turcot, located in a Native American reservation in North Dakota. <br />Two men dive in to save her and shortly after this happened the men were never seen again. <br />Fleur falls into the lake again when she is 20 but no one goes near to touch her.<br />
  13. 13. Fleur: Story Continued<br />One man bends towards her when she washes onshore and is cursed by Fleur telling him he will die instead of her. <br />Shortly after this happening the man drowns in a bathtub. <br />Many stay away from Fleur believing that she is dangerous and that the water monster Misshepeshu wants her for himself.<br />
  14. 14. Fleur: Story Continued<br />Fleur is unpopular on the reservation and practices “evil” ways forcing others to gather and throw her out. <br />In 1920, Fleur leaves the town of Argus. She walks straight to the church and asks the priest for work. <br />She is sent to work at the butcher shop to work with the owners’ wife Fritzie, hauling packages of meat to a locker. <br />
  15. 15. Fleur: Story Continued<br />Fleur begins to play cards with the men that work at the butcher shop. <br />Come to find out Fleur was very good at playing cards and won $1 every night she played and then she would leave.<br />Finally, the men got sick of her playing till she won a dollar and decided to put all of their money in to see who would win.<br />
  16. 16. Fleur: Story Continued<br />They wanted to break her streak of luck and after pooling in all of their money Fleur ended up winning again!<br />The men begin drinking whiskey after Fleur leaves with her winnings.<br />The men wait outside for Fleur, they try to grab her and Fleur calls out Pauline’s name, Pauline cannot bring herself to help.<br />
  17. 17. Fleur: Story Continued<br />The next morning the weather begins to turn into a violent storm and the men take shelter in the meat locker. <br />Pauline slams down the iron bar to lock them inside, the town of Argus is wrecked by the storm.<br />Days pass before the townspeople notice that three men are missing. They dig out the meat locker to discover the three men and Lily’s dog frozen to death. <br />
  18. 18. Fleur: Story Continued<br />Pauline says: “Power travels in bloodlines, handed out before birth,” which implies that Fleur was responsible for the deaths of the men. <br />Pauline is now about the only one that visits Fleur, and Fleur has had a child but no one knows who the father is.<br />Lastly, Pauline emphasizes that old men talk about the story over and over but, in the end, “only know that they don’t know anything.”<br />