Daughters of Mother Earth: The Wisdom of Native American Women

Daughters of Mother Earth The Wisdom of Native American Women Daughters of Mother Earth is nothing less than a new way of looking at history or correctly the reestablishment of a very old way It holds that for too long elements unnatural to Native American way

  • Title: Daughters of Mother Earth: The Wisdom of Native American Women
  • Author: Barbara Alice Mann Winona LaDuke
  • ISBN: 9780275985622
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Daughters of Mother Earth is nothing less than a new way of looking at history or 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 oDaughters of Mother Earth is nothing less than a new way of looking at history or 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.

    One thought on “Daughters of Mother Earth: The Wisdom of Native American Women”

    1. Very readable, heartbreaking and sometimes humorous (possibly one of the best ways to deal with heartbreak!), and definitely food for thought.

    2. An eye opener, in terms of some key points and perspectives I never knew about about women's role pre-contact or pre-invasion. Strongly worded and powerful, the three women Barbara Alice Mann, Lee Maracle and ________ discuss different views on women matriarchy and "Indian" sovereignty. They discuss what women's roles were and how they lost that power through colonization and how this has severely damaged mother earth and its people.

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