Michael Dorris Biography

Michael Dorris

anthropologist, writer
Born: 1/30/1945
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky

Noted as the founder (1972) of the Native American Studies program at Dartmouth College, he was also known for his award-winning book The Broken Cord (1989), which chronicles his experiences as the adoptive father of a child with fetal alcohol syndrome. He also wrote a number of fiction works, including A Yellow Raft in Blue Water (1987). He was married to the poet and novelist Louise Erdrich from 1981 until his death.

Died: 4/10/1997

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