Spider Woman's Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women

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Paula Gunn Allen
Fawcett Columbine, 1990 - History - 279 pages
"Impressive....Haunting....Enchanting...Every story in the book, which covers nearly a century of tradition, is interesting, written with intelligent passion."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Native American scholar, literary critic, poet, and novelist Paula Gunn Allen, who is herself a Laguna Pueblo-Sioux Indian, became increasingly aware in her academic career that the writings of Native Americans, especially women, have been marginalized by the Western literary canon. Allen set out to understand why this was so and, more importantly, to remedy the situation. The result is this powerful collection of traditional tales, biographical writings, and contemporary short stories, many by the most accomplished Native American women writing today, including: Louise Erdrich, Mary TallMountain, Linda Hogan, and many others.
 

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Contents

Introduction Paula Gunn Allen
1
A Womans Fight Pretty Shield
31
Oshkikwes Baby Delia Oshogay
43
The Warrior Maiden Oneida Traditional
62
As It Was in the Beginning E Pauline Johnson
69
The Clearing in the Valley Soge Track
79
Blue Birds Offering Ella Cara Deloria
98
The Warriors Anna Lee Walters
111
Making Do 1 Linda Hogan
188
The Power of Horses Elizabeth CookLynn
201
Evil Kachina Steals Yellow Woman
210
Yellow Woman Leslie Marmon Silko
219
Deep Purple Paula Gunn Allen
229
An American in New York LeAnne Howe
245
Stories Dont Have Endings Misha Gallagher
256
Notes
263

The Beginning and the End of the World
125
The Story of Greenblanket Feet Humishima
135
The Disposal of Mary Joes Children Mary TallMountain
146
Grace Vickie L Sears
168
For Further Reading
269
Acknowledgments
278
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Paula Gunn Allen (1939-2008) was a professor of Native American studies/ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She was the author of Skins and Bones, WYRDS, The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions, and The Woman Who Owned the Shadows.

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