Sending My Heart Back Across the Years: Tradition and Innovation in Native American Autobiography

Sending My Heart Back Across the Years: Tradition and Innovation in Native American Autobiography

by Hertha Dawn Wong
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195069129

ISBN-13: 9780195069129

Pub. Date: 03/28/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Using contemporary autobiography theory and literary, historical, and ethnographic approaches, Wong explores the transformation of Native American autobiography from pre-contact oral and pictographic personal narratives through late nineteenth-/early twentieth-century life histories to written contemporary autobiographies. This book expands the definition of

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Using contemporary autobiography theory and literary, historical, and ethnographic approaches, Wong explores the transformation of Native American autobiography from pre-contact oral and pictographic personal narratives through late nineteenth-/early twentieth-century life histories to written contemporary autobiographies. This book expands the definition of autobiography to include non-written forms of personal narrative and non-Western concepts of self, highlighting the incorporation of traditional tribal modes of self-narration with Western forms of autobiography and charting the historical transition from orality to literacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195069129
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1992
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1Native American Self-Narration and Autobiography Theory11
Native American Concepts of Self, Life, and Language13
The Web of Self-Narration: Native American and Euro-American Autobiographical Traditions20
2Pre-Contact Oral and Pictographic Autobiographical Narratives: Coup Tales, Vision Stories, and Naming Practices25
Coup Tales26
Nineteenth-Century Plains Indian Names and Autobiography37
3Pictographs as Autobiography: Plains Indian Sketchbooks, Diaries, and Text Construction57
Sketchbooks of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries58
A Cheyenne Diarist and Indigenous Text Production77
4Literary Boundary Cultures: The Life Histories of Plenty-Coups, Pretty-Shield, Sam Blowsnake, and Mountain Wolf Woman88
Two Crow Life Histories91
Two Winnebago Life Histories104
Performance, Ceremony, and Self-Narration113
5Oral and Written Collaborative Autobiography: Nicholas Black Elk and Charles Alexander Eastman117
Nicholas Black Elk118
Charles Alexander Eastman139
6Contemporary Innovations of Oral Traditions: N. Scott Momaday and Leslie Marmon Silko153
N. Scott Momaday155
Leslie Marmon Silko186
Conclusion196
Notes201
Works Cited225
Index237

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