Genocide of the Mind New Native American Writing

ISBN-10: 1560255110
ISBN-13: 9781560255116
Edition: 2003
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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 9/19/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Of Laguna Pueblo and Sioux descent, Allen was one of the best-known Native American writers and critics and cousin to another, Leslie Marmon Silko. She was born in Grants, New Mexico, on October 24, 1939. She received a bachelor's degree in English in 1966 and a master's degree of fine arts in creative writing in 1968 from the University of Oregon and a doctorate in American studies in 1975 from the University of New Mexico. She taught at numerous schools during her lifetime including San Francisco State, University of California at Berkeley and University of California at Los Angeles. She wrote 17 books including volumes of her own poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She also edited important collections of Native American writing. She 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. She received numerous awards including an American Book Award for editing Spider Woman's Granddaughters: Short Stories by American Indian Writers in 1990 and the Hubbell Medal in 1999. She devoted much of her work to combating oppression by critiquing the ideas that have sanctioned it. 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. She died of lung cancer on May 29, 2008.

Leslie Marmon Silko was born in 1948 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Growing up on a reservation, she went to Bureau of Indian Affairs schools before attending the University of New Mexico. She taught at the Navajo Community College in Arizona and is a professor of English at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Marmon has written short stories, poetry, plays and novels. Her books include Laguna Woman, Ceremony and Yellow Woman.

Foreword
Introduction
Keeping the Home Fires Burning in Urban Circles
To Carry the Fire Home
Blood Flowing in Two Worlds
Home: Urban and Reservation
Indian in a Strange Land
Everyone Needs Someone
Unci (Grandmother)
From Brooklyn to the Reservation: Five Poems
Young American Indians: the Need to Reclaim Identity
The Genocide of a Generation's Identity
We, The People: Young American Indians Reclaiming Their Indentity
Indians in the Attic
America's Urban Youth and the Importance of Remembering
Native Languages: Where Will They Go from Here?
Song, Poetry, and Language--Expression and Perception
X. Alatsep (written down)
Don't Talk, Don't Live
Iah Enionkwatewennahton'Se': We Will Not Lose Our Words
The Spirit of Language
A Different Rhythm
Names By Which the Spirits Know Us
Indians as Mascots: an Issue to be Resolved
Symbolic Racism, History, and Reality: The Real Problem with Indian Mascots
Indian As Mascots: Perpetuating the Stereotype
Invisible Emblems: Empty Words and Sacred Honor
Who We Are Who We Are Not: Memories, Misconceptions, and Modifications
Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit
She's Nothing Like We Thought
Manitowac: Spirit Place in Anishinaabe
Pyramids, Art, Museum, and Bones: Some Brief Memories
Identification Pleas
Raising the American Indian Community House
The Secret of Breathing
The Indians Are Alive
"Indians," Solipsisms, and Archetypal Holocausts
Buffalo Medicine: An Essay and a Play
Postcolonial Hyperbaggage: A Few Poems of Resistance and Survival
About American Indian Artists, Inc.
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