ERIC Number: ED362345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Communication and the Power of Native American Women.
This thesis focuses on the effects of the language of patriarchy on the power of Native American women, how these women have retained power in their own societies, and how an understanding of Native women's values can aid feminists. An examination of Native American women's literature provides a connecting bridge back to a time before patriarchy and shows how Native languages and oral tradition have nurtured Native culture and values. This literature frequently draws on Native mythology and legends to express female awareness of the loss of traditional power and the importance of regaining its strength. It is a spiritual knowledge focusing on harmony and balance between the male and female aspects of life, and its language differs from the standard feminist rhetoric of proving equality with men. The efforts of patriarchal White society to negate the power and position of Native women are examined, highlighting the destructive influence of the "Indian princess" or Pocahontas image. The growing activism of Native American female poets, authors, and educators as they reestablish women's leadership and confront the problems of their communities is illustrated through their statements and fragments of their works. Contains 107 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Native Americans
Note: Master's Thesis, South Dakota State University.