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Make a Beautiful Way The Wisdom of Native American Women

ISBN-10: 0803260423
ISBN-13: 9780803260429
Edition: 2008
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 7/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.93" long x 0.35" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Make a Beautiful Wayis nothing less than a new way of looking at history—or more correctly, the reestablishment of a very old way. For too long, Euro-American discourse styles, emphasizing elite male privilege and conceptual linearity, have drowned out democratic and woman-centered Native approaches. Even when myopic western linearity is understood to be at work, analysis of Native American history, society, and culture has still been consistently placed in male custody. The recovery of women’s traditions is the overarching theme in this collection of essays that helps reframe Native issues as properly gendered. nbsp; Paula Gunn Allen looks at Indian lifeways through the many stitches of Indian clothes and the many steps of their powwow fancy dances. Lee Maracle calls for reconstitution of traditional social structures, based on Native American ways of knowing. Kay Givens McGowan identifies the exact sites where female power was weakened through the imposition of European culture, so that we might more effectively strengthen precisely those sites. Finally, Barbara Alice Mann examines how communication between Natives who have federal recognition and those who do not, as well as between Natives east and west of the Mississippi, became dysfunctional, and outlines how to reestablish good relations for the benefit of all.

Barbara Alice Mann is a lecturer in the English department at the University of Toledo and the author ofGeorge Washington’s War on Native America. nbsp; Winona LaDuke is a Native American activist and the author ofRecovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming.

Foreword
Preface
Does Euro-Think Become Us?
Decolonizing Native Women
Weeping for the Lost Matriarchy
Slow Runners
Bibliography
Contributors' Biographies
Index

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