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Karen Coody Cooper

Tahlequah, Oklahoma, United States


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I was born in Tulsa but lived much of my adult life in Connecticut, Maryland, and D.C. working in museums and teaching and writing about American Indian topics. I turned my University of Oklahoma thesis into the book Spirited Encounters: American Indians Protest Museum Policies and Practices (AltaMira Press), and my poetry collection Fault Line: Vulnerable Landscapes won Best Book of Poetry from the Oklahoma Writers Federation in 2010. While working at the National Museum of the American Indian, my travels to American Indian museums took me to all fifty states. I now write and weave, having retired from my museum career to live in the Cherokee capital of Tahlequah..

Interests: Hiking, canoeing, finger weaving, reading, Cherokee history, genealogy, American Indian studies, teaching

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Freelance: Yes