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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 Spirit is 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.

Synopsis:

A passionate weaving of past and present, this collection of 22 essays illuminates the Native American experience. "There is no one writing in America who more deserves our attention and respect".--Larry McMurtry.

About the Author

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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684827070
Author:
Silko, Leslie Marmon
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Indians
Subject:
Indian philosophy
Subject:
Indians, North American.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Indians -- Folklore.
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
19970331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.52 oz

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