9780684827070

Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit

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    9780684827070

  • ISBN10:

    0684827077

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-03-18
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Summary

Bold and impassioned, sharp and defiant, Leslie Marmon Silko's essays evoke the spirit and voice of Native Americans. Whether she is exploring the vital importance literature and language play in Native American heritage, illuminating the inseparability of the land and the Native American people, enlivening the ways and wisdom of the old-time people, or exploding in outrage over the government's long-standing, racist treatment of Native Americans, Silko does so with eloquence and power, born from her profound devotion to all that is Native American.Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spiritis written with the fire of necessity. Silko's call to be heard is unmistakable; there are stories to remember, injustices to redress, ways of life to preserve. It is a work of major importance, filled with indispensable truths--a work by an author with an original voice and a unique access to both worlds.

Author Biography

Leslie Marmon Silko:

One of the reasons I felt I must write the essays in this book was to remedy this country's shocking ignorance of its own history.

U.S. history courses in elementary and secondary schools usually begin with the arrival of the Englishspeaking Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock or, if the teacher is quite daring, with the failed colony at Roanoke, Virginia- Yet the true history of the United States begins thousands of years earlier with the stories of the paleo-Indian mammoth hunters on the plains of what is now northeastern and north-central New Mexico. These ancestors of the Pueblo Indian people did more than survive, they learned to thrive under the harsh conditions of the southwest desert.

In 1540, when the Spaniards marched into what is now Arizona and New Mexico, they found large, prosperous villages which reminded them of towns in Spain; and so they called the people "indios pueblos"-"pueblo" is the Spanish word for "town." The "indios pueblos" did not take the invasion of their land lying down- they resisted bitterly, and in 1680, they expelled the Spaniards to El Paso for twelve years.

In 1689, to make peace with the Pueblos, the King of Spain recognized each of the Pueblos as sovereign nations under international law Thus, the Pueblos of New Mexico (and Hopi of Arizona) were acknowledged as nations by international law, almost one hundred years before the United States even existed.

If our U.S. educational system actually gave students a complete history of this country, a great deal of prejudice aimed at Native Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Spanish-speaking U.S. citizens might be ended as our school children began to understand who really settled this country, and who really did the work of planting crops, mining ore, and building cities and railroads.

Until the whole story of the origins of the United States of America is known, there can be no justice, and without justice, there can be no peace.





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Table of Contents

Introduction 13(12)
Interior and Exterior Landscapes: The Pueblo Migration Stories
25(23)
Language and Literature From a Pueblo Indian Prespective
48(12)
Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit
60(13)
America's Debt to the Indian Nations: Atoning for a Sordid Past
73(7)
Auntie Kie Talks About U.S. Presidents and U.S. Indian Policy
80(5)
The People and the Land Are Inseparable
85(7)
Tribal Councils: Puppets of the U.S. Government
92(4)
Hunger Stalked the Tribal People
96(4)
Fences Against Freedom
100(15)
The Border Patrol State
115(9)
Fifth World: The Return of Ma ah shra true ee, the Giant Serpent
124(11)
Notes on Almanac of the Dead
135(11)
Tribal Prophecies
146(3)
Stone Avenue Mural
149(3)
An Expression of Profound Gratitude to the Maya Zapatistas, January 1, 1994
152(3)
Books: Notes on Mixtec and Maya Screenfolds, Picture Books of Preconquest Mexico.
155(11)
As a Child I Loved to Draw and Cut Paper
166(9)
The Indian with a Camera
175(5)
On Photography
180(7)
An Essay on Rocks
187(5)
On Nonfiction Prose
192(4)
Old and New Autobiographical Notes
196(5)
Acknowledgments 201(2)
Notes 203

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