The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions
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The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions

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This pioneering work, first published in 1986, documents the continuing vitality of American Indian traditions and the crucial role of women in those traditions.
Paperback, 311 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Beacon Press (first published 1986)
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Christy
Though she sometimes succumbs to generalizations and risks merely substituting the dominance of one gender over the other in her theorization of matriarchal American Indian cultures, Paula Gunn Allen provides some really interesting ideas about the differences between American Indian literature and western literature as well as some useful analysis of major American Indian authors.

"The Sacred Hoop" provides the most insight into American Indian thought. Allen here argues, for instance, that “In...more
al•veiz
Paula Gunn Allen is really a great and notable scholar. I am endlessly pleased with her essays. I have consistently found them to be encompassing, original and acute. It seems that she can write from all sides of the fence in the tesseract dimension of emotional identities.
Her impact is especially well executed through the subjects she chooses to address. Writing to a target audience of english teachers about how to teach literature that integrates native american art and the philosophical envir...more
Deb Owens
Aug 26, 2008 Deb Owens rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: serious students of Native American cultures or feminism
Recommended to Deb by: O magazine
I used this book as a resource in my Field Project for college. It is a collection of writings by Gunn and other authors. As such, I found some articles more interesting/useful than others. Generally, the book describes the important role women in Native American cultures pre-contact with Europeans. A few articles describe the impact that reaches into problems with today's Native American cultures. Definitely not a light read.
Ciara
This book was pretty dissappointing to me. I was looking for a book that celebrated womanhood about Native Americans, with teachings and essays on the subject. But it's really dry, and deals more with modern issues specific to Indian women, and wasn't of much interest to me.
Steven Salaita
I know Allen was revered by many as a Native feminist and intellectual, but this book is just so hard to read at times, what with its essentialism and naturalist bromides. It's a useful book, but it's aging poorly.
Nanu
She makes some very good points regarding the stereotyping that exists even among the indigenous peoples themselves... A very interesting read.
Nancy Rossman
It's not that I hated it. Again, I didn't finish this one. The problem is that it is way beyond my spiritual being, and that is what it is about.
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I just heard she died
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Paula Gunn Allen was a Native American poet, literary critic, lesbian activist, and novelist.

Born Paula Marie Francis in Albuquerque, Allen grew up in Cubero, New Mexico, a Spanish-Mexican land grant village bordering the Laguna Pueblo reservation. Of mixed Laguna, Sioux, Scottish, and Lebanese-American descent, Allen always identified most closely with the people among whom she spent her childhoo...more
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