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By Gerald Robert Vizenor

Headquartered at the unstable factor of the repatriation of local American skeletal continues to be, CHANCERS follows a gaggle of scholar sun Dancers who got down to resurrect local continues to be housed within the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology on the collage of California, Berkeley. Possessed by means of the demonic wiindigoo, a mythic monster, the sun Dancers, in a grotesque ritual, sacrifice school and directors linked to the gathering and garage of local continues to be. The Dancers substitute kept local skulls with these of the teachers, and the resurrected Natives turn into the Chancers. The around Dancers, humane and erotic trickster figures, are traditional competitors of the morbid sun Dancers. The warfare among the 2 teams involves a comic book end at a commencement rite attended through Pocahontas, Phoebe Hearst, Alfred Kroeber, the anthropologist, Ishi, the local who truly lived and labored within the collage museum, and many Chancers.

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The secretary in native studies said he farted out of his mouth. Maybe so, but he practiced a crucial reach in the right direction to avoid a fleshy vibration. He was isolated as much by intestinal gas as he was by a conspiratorial association with the solar dancers, those students who were possessed by the outrage of wiindigoo stories. The solar dancers hated the round dancers, the many blondes who had sex with my mentor, and the native students who refused to separate their minds from the erotic.

I printed their wiindigoo nicknames, their actual solar dance names, and each blunt tease on the computer display monitor by Touch Tone, Fast Food, and Token White. Bad Mouth, her brother Knee High, Injun Time, and Fine Print luckily were not there. The solar dancers were a ruck of cultural fusions, crude revisions, and naive sanguinity. I then entered a secret code, the one that connected me to my editor, and brought to the screen the first scene of my stories: Provost Pontius Booker started his short but certain march to the Faculty Club at the University of California.

That imagic connection became a curse of native coincidence, because his visions, solar torments, and wiindigoo execrations captured the imagination and spirit of seven lost, lonesome, and desperate students on campus. Bad Mouth was the actual mouthpiece of this coincidence, and the students were dominated by her vile curses. That thick, incredible consonance of cultural torments, dangerous visions, resentments, and low grades in required courses conjured the wicked wiindigoo, the cannibal monsters of anishinaabe stories.

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