Brant, Beth (1941–)

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Brant, Beth (1941–)

Native American essayist and short-story writer. Name variations: Degonwadonti. Born 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, a Bay of Quinte Mohawk from Theyindenaga Mohawk Territory in Michigan; married at 17; children: 3 daughters.

Edited A Gathering of Spirit: A Collection by North American Indian Women (1988); wrote Mohawk Trail (1985) and Food and Spirits (1991); with partner Denise Dorsz, founded Turtle Grandmother archive on Native American women; worked with AIDS survivors in Native American community and as an activist for Native American lesbians. Won Creative Writing Award from Michigan Council for the Arts (1984, 1986), National Endowment for the Arts award (1991), and Canada Council Award in Creative Writing (1992).