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Harness, Susan Devan

Works: 3 works in 16 publications in 1 language and 1,267 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Autobiographies  Case studies  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E99.S2, 978.60049794350092
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Most widely held works about Susan Devan Harness
Most widely held works by Susan Devan Harness
Mixing cultural identities through transracial adoption : outcomes of the Indian Adoption Project (1958-1967) by Susan Devan Harness( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthropologist at the Fort Collins Museum in Colorado, Herness is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and herself became a trans-racial adoptee at age two. She investigates why so many Indians adopted into Euro-American families do not feel that they belong to either ethnic group. Her conclusion is that both groups are defined by boundaries that are relatively impermeable because they are constructed and maintained by issues of culture, class, and power
Bitterroot : a Salish memoir of transracial adoption by Susan Devan Harness( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Bitterroot Susan Devan Harness traces her journey to understand the complexities and struggles of being an American Indian child adopted by a white couple and living in the rural American West. When Harness was fifteen years old, she questioned her adoptive father about her real parents. He replied that they had died in a car accident not long after she was born-except they hadn't, as Harness would learn in a conversation with a social worker a few years later. Harness's search for answers revolved around her need to ascertain why she was the target of racist remarks and why she seemed always to be on the outside looking in. New questions followed her through college and into her twenties when she started her own family. Meeting her biological family in her early thirties generated even more questions. In her forties Harness decided to get serious about finding answers when, conducting oral histories, she talked with other transracial adoptees. In her fifties she realized that the concept of home she had attributed to the reservation existed only in her imagination. Making sense of her family, the American Indian history of assimilation, and the very real-but culturally constructed-concept of race helped Harness answer the often puzzling questions of stereotypes, a sense of nonbelonging, the meaning of family, and the importance of forgiveness and self-acceptance. In the process Bitterroot also provides a deep and rich context in which to experience life
After the Indian adoption project : a search for identity by Susan Devan Harness( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Mixing cultural identities through transracial adoption : outcomes of the Indian Adoption Project (1958-1967)
Bitterroot : a Salish memoir of transracial adoption
Alternative Names
Charmain, Vicki 1959-

Devan Harness, Susan

Rowan, Vicki Charmain 1959-

English (16)