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The Moccasin Maker
Long before American Indian women’s literature achieved its current popularity, the writings of E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) pioneered the field. A mixed-blood of Mohawk-English descent, Johnson gained renown for literary recitals and theatrical performances in Canada, England, and the United States, being billed at the turn of the century as the "Mohawk Princess." Many ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by University of Oklahoma Press
(first published 1913)
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Pauline's white reviewers always seem to begin with a putdown that says more about them than about her. Sure, from the perspective of the English Department her writing is not great literature. "Literature" is an effete product of Anglo-European "high culture" like classical music. From the more universal perspective of the global human tradition of storytelling, Pauline is a smart, perceptive, and sometimes eloquent storyteller.
Sep 27, 2007 Christy rated it liked it · review of another edition
A collection of short stories (and an essay) that primarily deal with issues surrounding mixed-race marriages and individuals (Indian and white European/Canadian), The Moccasin Maker is not great literature, but it is historically significant as a reflection on elements of 19th century Canadian culture and racial ideology as well as of popular tastes of the same period, for Pauline Johnson's performances and stories were immensely popular in Canada and in England during her lifetime. The narrati ...more
Emily Pauline Johnson (also known in Mohawk as Tekahionwake), commonly known as E. Pauline Johnson or just Pauline Johnson, was a Canadian writer and performer popular in the late 19th century. Johnson was notable for her poems and performances that celebrated her First Nations heritage; her father was a Mohawk chief of mixed ancestry, and her mother an English immigrant. One such poem is the freq ...moreMore about E. Pauline Johnson...