Tribal Theory in Native American Literature: Dakota and Haudenosaunee Writing and Indigenous Worldviews
Scholars and readers continue to wrestle with how best to understand and appreciate the wealth of oral and written literatures created by the Native communities of North America. Are critical frameworks developed by non-Natives applicable across cultures, or do they reinforce colonialist power and perspectives? Is it appropriate and useful to downplay tribal differences and instead generalize about Native writing and storytelling as a whole? Focusing on Dakota writers and storytellers, Seneca critic Penelope Myrtle Kelsey offers a penetrating assessment of theory and interpretation in indigenous literary criticism in the twenty-first century. Tribal Theory in Native American Literature delineates a method for formulating a Native-centered theory or, more specifically, a use of tribal languages and their concomitant knowledges to derive a worldview or an equivalent to Western theory that is emic to indigenous worldviews. These theoretical frameworks can then be deployed to create insightful readings of Native American texts. Kelsey demonstrates this approach with a fresh look at early Dakota writers, including Marie McLaughlin, Charles Eastman, and Zitkala-Ša and later storytellers such as Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Ella Deloria, and Philip Red Eagle. This book raises the provocative issue of how Native languages and knowledges were historically excluded from the study of Native American literature and how their encoding in early Native American texts destabilized colonial processes. Cogently argued and well researched, Tribal Theory in Native American Literature sets an agenda for indigenous literary criticism and invites scholars to confront the worlds behind the literatures that they analyze.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
and Ira Edwin Cooke j
The Donkey Refused to Carry Kitchen
4 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
affirms American Indian Angela Cavender Wilson audience Aurelia autobiography Bernardin boarding school Bonnin Buffalo ceremony chapter Charles Eastman colonial contemporary Cook-Lynn Craig Womack critical Dakota culture Dakota identity Dakota language Dakota society Dakota Texts Dakota traditional Dakota worldview decolonization Deep Woods Deloria discourse donkey Elaine Elaine Goodale Elizabeth Cook-Lynn embodied engagement epistemology ethnographic Euroamerican Eurowestern father gender genre grandfather Grandma Maud grandmother hakata Haudenosaunee Heflin Indian Boyhood Indigenous Jace Weaver James McLaughlin Kanien'kehaka kinship landscape narrative lifeway Marie McLaughlin masculine Maurice Kenny Molly Brant mother Myths and Legends Native American literary Native American literature non-Indian oral tradition pictographs Raymond readers reading Red Eagle Red Earth relationship rhetoric role scholars self-narration sentimentalism Sioux Speaking of Indians Standing Bear Star Elk strategies Taylor's Tekonwatonti theoretical tion tiospaye tipi traditional Dakota tribal theory twins understanding Vizenor Warrior Waterlily Waterlily's Womack women Woyaka writing Zitkala Zitkala Sa's