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Peter Blue Cloud (Aroniawenrate), 1935-


Blue Cloud was born to the Turtle Clan of the Mohawk tribe on the Caughnawaga Reserve in Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada. He is noted for combining Native American myths with contemporary issues. He has worked as ironworker, logger, carpenter and woodcutter and was previously associated with journal Akwesasne Notes and the journal Indian Magazine. Blue Cloud is especially noted for his use of the Coyote figure in his stories and poems.

Awards and Honors

American Book Award, before Columbus Foundation, 1981.


Books by Peter Blue Cloud:

Blue Cloud, Peter. Alcatraz is not an island
Berkeley : Wingbow Press, 1972.
Genre: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult

Blue Cloud, Peter. Back then tomorrow
Brunswick, ME : Blackberry Press, 1978.
Genre: Short Stories
Audience: Adult

Blue Cloud, Peter. Clans of many nations : selected poems, 1969-1994
Fredonia, N.Y. : White Pine Press, 1995.
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 1877727474

Blue Cloud, Peter. Elderberry flute song : contemporary coyote tales
Buffalo, New York : White Pine Press, 1989.
Genre: Folklore
ISBN: 0-934834-92-x

Blue Cloud, Peter. The other side of nowhere : contemporary coyote tales
Fredonia, N.Y. : White Pine Press, 1990.
Genre: Folklore
Audience: All Ages
ISBN: 1877727008 (pbk.)

Blue Cloud, Peter. Sketches in winter, with crows
New York, NY : Strawberry Press, 1984.
Genre: Poetry
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0936574119

Blue Cloud, Peter. White corn sister
New York : Strawberry Press, 1979.
Genre: Poetry
Audience: Adult

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