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A world-renowned Pomo basket weaver and medicine woman, Mabel McKay expressed her genius through her celebrated baskets, her Dreams, her cures, and the stories with which she kept her culture alive. She spent her life teaching others how the spirit speaks through the Dream, how the spirit heals, and how the spirit demands to be heard.

Greg Sarris weaves together stories from Mabel McKay's life with an account of how he tried, and she resisted, telling her story straight—the white people's way. Sarris, an Indian of mixed-blood heritage, finds his own story in his search for Mabel McKay's. Beautifully narrated, Weaving the Dream initiates the reader into Pomo culture and demonstrates how a woman who worked most of her life in a cannery could become a great healer and an artist whose baskets were collected by the Smithsonian.

Hearing Mabel McKay's life story, we see that distinctions between material and spiritual and between mundane and magical disappear. What remains is a timeless way of healing, of making art, and of being in the world.

Synopsis:

"Wonderful, and urgently needed in these days of confusion over Native American identity and spirituality. . . . Vibrant testimony to the survival of American Indians and the power of the old spirits."—Leslie Marmon Silko

"All the lean wit of a Castaneda tale, the lyric spark of the Black Elk translations, Weaving the Dream is a modern-day Indian classic."—Kenneth Lincoln, author of The Good Red Road

About the Author

Part American Indian, Filipino, and Jewish, Greg Sarris was adopted at birth and raised in both Indian and white families. He is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, and chief of the Coast Miwok tribe. He is the author of Keeping Slug Woman Alive: Essays Toward a Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts (California, 1993), editor of Rattles and Clappers: An Anthology of California Indian Writing (1994), and author of a volume of short stories, Grand Avenue (1994).

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ISBN:
9780520209688
Subtitle:
Weaving the Dream
Author:
Sarris, Greg
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans
Subject:
Intellectuals
Subject:
Native Americans
Subject:
Pomo baskets.
Subject:
Pomo mythology.
Subject:
Pomo women weavers
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Native Americans
Subject:
American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Portraits of American genius ;
Series Volume:
v. 5.1
Publication Date:
19970505
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
178
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.5 in 7 oz

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"Wonderful, and urgently needed in these days of confusion over Native American identity and spirituality. . . . Vibrant testimony to the survival of American Indians and the power of the old spirits."—Leslie Marmon Silko

"All the lean wit of a Castaneda tale, the lyric spark of the Black Elk translations, Weaving the Dream is a modern-day Indian classic."—Kenneth Lincoln, author of The Good Red Road

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