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The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions

The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian TraditionsPaula Gunn AllenBeacon Press1986

This groundbreaking collection of seventeen essays investigates and celebrates Native American traditions, with special focus on the position of the American Indian woman within those customs. Divided into three sections, the book discusses literature and authors, history and historians, sovereignty and revolution, and social welfare and public policy, especially as those subjects interact with the topic of Native American women.

Poet, academic, biographer, critic, activist, and novelist Paula Gunn Allen was a leader and trailblazer in the field of women’s and Native American spirituality. Her work is both universal and deeply personal, examining heritage, anger, racism, homophobia, Eurocentrism, and the enduring spirit of the American Indian.

Table of Contents

1. The Ways of Our Grandmothers
2. Grandmother of the Sun: Ritual Gynocracy in Native America
3. When Women Throw Down Bundles: Strong Women Make Strong Nations
4. Where I Come from Is Like This
5. The Word Warriors
6. The Sacred Hoop: A Contemporary Perspective
7. Whose Dream Is This Anyway? Remythologizing and Self-definition in Contemporary American Indian Fiction
8. Something Sacred Going on Out There: Myth and Vision in American Indian Literature
11. The Feminine Landscape of Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony
12. A Stranger in My Own Life: Alienation in American Indian Poetry and Prose
13. The Ceremonial Motion of Indian Time: Long Ago, So Far
14. Answering the Deer: Genocide and Continuance in the Poetry of American Indian Women
15. This Wilderness in My Blood: Spiritual Foundations of the Poetry of Five American Indian Women
16. Pushing Up the Sky
17. Angry Women Are Building: Issues and Struggles Facing American Indian Women Today
18. How the West Was Really Won
19. Who Is Your Mother? Red Roots of White Feminism
20. Kochinnenako in Academe: Three Approaches to Interpreting a Keres Indian Tale
21. Hwame, Koshkalaka, and the Rest: Lesbians in American Indian Cultures
22. Stealing the Thunder: Future Visions for American Indian Women, Tribes, and Literary Studies