Daughters of Mother Earth: The Wisdom of Native American Women / Edition 1

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Daughters of Mother Earth is nothing less than a new way of looking at history—or more correctly, the reestablishment of a very old way. It holds that for too long, elements unnatural to Native American ways of knowing have been imposed on the study of Native America. Euro-American discourse styles, emphasizing elite male privilege and conceptual linearity, have drowned out the democratic and woman-centered Native approaches. Even when the damage of western linearity is understood to occur, analysis of Native American history, society, and culture has still been relentlessly placed in male custody, following the western assumption that Euro-American men speak ably for all. This book seeks to redress that balance, allowing, as editor Barbara Alice Mann writes, the Daughters of Mother Earth to reclaim their ancient responsibility to speak in council, to tell the truth, to guide the rising generations through spirit-spoken wisdom.

The recovery of women's traditions is an important theme in this collection of essays that helps reframe Native issues as properly gendered. Thus, Paula Gunn Allen looks at Indian lifeways through the many stitches of Indian clothes and the many steps of their powwow fancy-dances. Lee Maracle calls for reconstitution of traditional social structures, based on Native American ways of knowing. Kay McGowan identifies the exact sites where woman-power was weakened historically through the heavy impositions of European culture, the better to repair them. Finally, Barbara Mann examines how communication between Natives east and west of the Mississippi came to be so deranged as to be dysfunctional, and outlines how to reestablish good east-west relations for the benefit of all.

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Editorial Reviews

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"College-level collections strong in Native American studies will welcome Daughters of Mother Earth: The Wisdom of Native American Women. It goes beyone women's studies alone, maintaining that elements unnatural to Native ways of knowing have been imposed on the study of Native America's elements consisting of European prejudice and male privilege. This focus on women's traditions provides essays which examines Indian lifestyles and history through women's lives and eyes. A fine approach which adds different perspective to Native history and issues."


Internet Bookwatch/The Bookwatch

"Believing that it is important to privilege the voices of Native American women over those of Eurocentric male writers of Native American history, Mann presents four essays that explore issues of Native American history and culture. The major topics include the role of dress and dance in the lifeways of Indians, the need to reconstitute traditional social structures, how the imposition of European culture disempowered Native American women, and the need to repair cultural communication between Native Americans of the east and the west of the Mississippi."


Reference & Research Book News

"Daughters of Mother Earth: The Wisdom of Native American Women tells about the recovery of women's traditions, an important theme in the collection of essays in this volume."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275985622
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2006
  • Series: Native America: Yesterday and Today Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,070,841
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA ALICE MANN, of Seneca descent, is a Lecturer in the English Department of the University of Toledo. Her scholarship in Native American Studies has resulted in several books, among them George Washington's War on Native America (2005), Native Americans, Archaeologists, and the Mounds (2003), and Iroquoian Women: The Gantowisas (2000), as well as numerous articles. She lives, writes, teaches, and works for indigenous causes in her home state of Ohio.

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Table of Contents

1 Does Euro-think become us? 1
2 Decolonizing Native women 29
3 Weeping for the lost matriarchy 53
4 Slow runners 69
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