Sacred Hoop Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions

ISBN-10: 0807046175
ISBN-13: 9780807046173
Edition: 2nd 1992 (Revised)
Authors: Paula Gunn Allen
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Description: This pioneering work, first published in 1986, documents the continuing vitality of American Indian traditions and the crucial role of women in those traditions.

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List price: $21.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 9/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

This pioneering work, first published in 1986, documents the continuing vitality of American Indian traditions and the crucial role of women in those traditions.

Of Laguna Pueblo and Sioux descent, Allen is one of the best-known Native American writers and critics and cousin to another, Leslie Marmon Silko. She was born in Cubero, New Mexico, in 1939. She has published numerous volumes of her own poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She has edited two important collections of Native American writing. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the University of California at Los Angeles, where she was a postdoctoral fellow in American Indian Studies. As a woman, a lesbian, and a Native American in a culture that is often sexist, homophobic, and racist, Allen knows what it is to be oppressed. She has devoted much of her work to combating that oppression by critiquing the ideas that have sanctioned it and by affirming her identities. The Woman Who Owned the Shadows (1983), is about a woman who comes to realize that she is a lesbian. Allen explores and affirms for women and lesbians the ideas of Spider Grandmother who, in many Native American traditions, is the creator of the heavens, the earth, and all the spirit beings, and therefore an icon of female power. The Sacred Hoop (1986), is a collection of essays written over a number of years that explicitly argue that Native American literature, traditions, mythology, and spirituality can be powerful antidotes to white racism, sexism, and homophobia. Allen is currently a professor of Native American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, at Berkeley.

Preface to the 1992 Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Ways of Our Grandmothers
Grandmother of the Sun: Ritual Gynocracy in Native America
When Women Throw Down Bundles: Strong Women Make Strong Nations
Where I Come from Is Like This
The Word Warriors
The Sacred Hoop: A Contemporary Perspective
Whose Dream Is This Anyway? Remythologizing and Self-definition in Contemporary American Indian Fiction
Something Sacred Going on Out There: Myth and Vision in American Indian Literature
The Feminine Landscape of Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony
A Stranger in My Own Life: Alienation in American Indian Poetry and Prose
The Ceremonial Motion of Indian Time: Long Ago, So Far
Answering the Deer: Genocide and Continuance in the Poetry of American Indian Women
This Wilderness in My Blood: Spiritual Foundations of the Poetry of Five American Indian Women
Pushing Up the Sky
Angry Women Are Building: Issues and Struggles Facing American Indian Women Today
How the West Was Really Won
Who Is Your Mother? Red Roots of White Feminism
Kochinnenako in Academe: Three Approaches to Interpreting a Keres Indian Tale
Hwame, Koshkalaka, and the Rest: Lesbians in American Indian Cultures
Stealing the Thunder: Future Visions for American Indian Women, Tribes, and Literary Studies
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Permissions, Acknowledgments
Index

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