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Voices of American Indian assimilation and resistance : Helen Hunt Jackson, Sarah Winnemucca, and Victoria Howard

Author: Siobhan Senier
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Between 1879 and 1934, the United States government made a concerted effort to dissolve American Indian tribes by allotting communally held lands and forcing them to adopt Euro-American practices. Yet women seized a wave of national fascination with American Indians to fashion themselves as public storytellers and to challenge the national drive to assimilate indigenous peoples. This book focuses on three women of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Helen Hunt Jackson; Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins; Victoria Howard; Victoria Howard; Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins; Helen Hunt Jackson; Helen Hunt Jackson; Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins; Victoria Howard; Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins; Victoria Howard; Helen Hunt Jackson
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Siobhan Senier
ISBN: 0806132930 9780806132938
OCLC Number: 44769027
Description: xv, 256 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: American women's narratives about Indians, 1879-1934 --
Helen Hunt Jackson, the women reformers, and Dawes Act discourse --
Sarah Winnemucca's indian agencies --
Can the Clackamas women speak? Reconstructing "Victoria Howard" --
Female and indigenous resistance and expression in Howard's stories --
The politics and perils of representing tribal discourse.
Responsibility: Siobhan Senier.

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Between 1879 and 1934, the United States government made a concerted effort to dissolve American Indian tribes by allotting communally held lands and forcing them to adopt Euro-American practices. Yet women seized a wave of national fascination with American Indians to fashion themselves as public storytellers and to challenge the national drive to assimilate indigenous peoples. This book focuses on three women of this era--the white writer and activist Helen Hunt Jackson, whose 1884 bestseller Ramona has been dubbed "the 'Indian' Uncle Tom's Cabin"; the Paiute performer Sarah Winnemucca, whose Life Among the Piutes is believed to be the first Native woman's autobiography; and Victoria Howard, the Clackamas Chinook storyteller, who worked with Melville Jacobs in 1929 to transcribe hundreds of narratives, ethnographic texts, and songs. During this time, public officials and white citizens advocated the destruction of tribal cultures and identities, which they viewed as a threat to the legal and social traditions of the United States. Jackson, Winnemucca, and Howard countered these fears by providing opportunity for public thought and discussion through their writing and speaking.

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