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2 (Spring, 1997): 251-264. Vickers, Scott B. Native American Identities: From Stereotype to Archetype in Art and Literature. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998. Vizenor, Gerald, ed. Narrative Chance: Postmodern Discourse on Native American Indian Literatures. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993. Contributor: Ron McFarland Paula Gunn Allen Born: Cubero, New Mexico; October 24, 1939 Died: Fort Bragg, California; May 29, 2008 Native American As a novelist, poet, literary critic, and scholar, Allen preserves and creates Native American literature.
The title comes from a lesson Allen learned from her mother: that all of life is a circle—a sacred hoop—in which everything has its place. These essays, like tribal art of all kinds, support the principle of kinship and render the beautiful in terms of the harmony, relationship, balance, and dignity that are the informing principles of Indian aesthetics. Indians understand that woman is the sun and the earth: She is grandmother, mother, thought, wisdom, dream, reason, tradition, memory, deity, and life itself.
Like her mother Consuelo, she was born poor and was orphaned young. Unlike her mother, however, Eva rises to a position of relative power by the novel’s end. Besides its wealth of poetically rendered detail and thoroughly believable characters, this novel is astoundingly rich in tenderness and insight, drama and humor, satire and compassion, history and myth. Eva is, like Allende, a seemingly natural and naturally inventive storyteller. ” What she offers her television-viewing audience toward the novel’s end is what Allende has already given her readers: that is, among other things, “clashes of snakebitten Indians, embalmers in wheelchairs, teachers hanged by their students, Ministers of State defecating in the bishops’ plush chairs, and other atrocities that .
American Ethnic Writers, Revised ed (Great Events from History) by Lionel G. Garcia, Henry Loius, Jr. Gates, Grace Paley, Gordon, Sr. Parks, Al Young