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dc.contributor.authorHassel, Jody Marie
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-09T16:09:35Z
dc.date.available2020-10-09T16:09:35Z
dc.date.issued2012-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/11317
dc.descriptionThesis (M.F.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2012en_US
dc.description.abstract"To the Root: Adopted Memoirs of Samoan Princess in Exile" traces the author's eventful search for and reunion with members of biological family in a memoir of personal essays. The author's search for her birthfather explores thematic elements of loss, abandonment, cultural identity, racial identity, and reconciliation. The memoir explores and challenges boundaries of creative nonfiction through a mosaic of extended narrative scenes and lyric personal reflection. Autobiographical scenes convey the author's family life and upbringing in Interior Alaska tracing her journey through to adulthood, when she travels to Samoa to receive a traditional rite-of-passage tattoo and familial royal title. Resisting an entirely linear retelling of accounts, impressionist reflections on yoga and Polynesian dance are connected to the author's experience of adoption. To the Root reaches a deeper understanding of self as adoptee, as daughter, as agent of lineage.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents1. Blood -- 2. Water -- 3. Re-Pulse -- 4. Sky -- 5. La'ititi Lacuna -- 6. Afakasi in the Fale -- 7. Tufuga ta Tatau -- 8. Body guard -- 9. Curfew -- 10. Aotoa Malepeai -- 11. Lefaga -- 12. Royal goose chase -- 13. The homeless Samoan prince -- 14. Local motion -- 15. The family enrichment society -- 16. Tuimaleali'ifano -- 17. Black -- 18. Root structure characteristics -- 19. All the feathers -- 20. Sunday drive -- 21. Koko Ali'i -- 22. Homing -- 23. The signified -- 24. Genealogical research -- 25. Playback -- 26. Harbinger -- 27. The space left behind -- 28. Sand, stone, sun -- Works consulted -- Appendix.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectadopteesen_US
dc.subjectSamoaen_US
dc.subjectbiographyen_US
dc.subjectfamily relationshipsen_US
dc.subjectFairbanksen_US
dc.subjectAlaskaen_US
dc.subjectSamoan Americansen_US
dc.subjectbirthparentsen_US
dc.titleTo the root: adopted memoirs of a Samoan princess in exileen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.degreemfaen_US
dc.identifier.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US
refterms.dateFOA2020-10-09T16:09:35Z


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