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Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream (Portraits of American Genius #1)

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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.

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Published May 5th 1997 by University of California Press (first published 1994)
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Matías Torres
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I van only say that I loved this book while I was taking Native North American Cultures in college. Certainly worth reading!
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
The writing was beautiful. Sarris', questions, and thoughts parallel Mabel. Mabel questions the direction she is headed by asking questions of the spirit, Greg ask questions of Mabel to write his book. As he spends more time with Mabel he is confused and fearful just as Mable is with her visitations in her Dreams. Mabel finds out who she is as time goes by just as Greg moves into himself. This is a wonderful story of two people who discovery themselves and their purpose. They both claim their hi ...more
Jan 29, 2008 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book (especially the descriptions of Mabel when she's healing someone by sucking mucus out of their temples!). However, the strongest writing comes out when Sarris' is telling his own story of self discovery/search for identity. I think the book is more Sarris' journey than Mabel's.

plug: David Sarris wrote both the short stories (ANCESTOR and HOW TOM SMITH CAUSED THE EARTHQUAKE OF 1906) that I will be performing in as part of Word for Word's School and Library Tour this S
devin strauch
Apr 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Good book that shows how old traditions deal with the new world. How she could be a flapper at the same time as talking with the spirit. Old meets new. Would recommend to anyone interested in Native tradition/thought.
required read, didn't really captivate me
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fascinating peek into a powerful medicine woman's life....surprising in its mundane detail. Mabel was a fascinating character who was taught her craft by spirits, not humans.
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Thought provoking, but still did not appeal to me. Melissa gave it to me.
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I like reading about healers. This is a really ineresting lady.
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Gregory Michael Sarris is a college professor, acclaimed author, screenwriter and scholar, holds an Endowed Chair in Native American Studies within the School of Arts and Humanities at Sonoma State University.
A Santa Rosa native, Sarris has published several books, including the widely anthologized collection of essays, "Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts," an
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