American Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and by Eric Gary Anderson

By Eric Gary Anderson

Culture-to-culture encounters among "natives" and "aliens" have long past on for hundreds of years within the American Southwest—among American Indian tribes, among American Indians and Euro-Americans, or even, in line with a few, among people and extraterrestrials at Roswell, New Mexico. Drawing on a variety of cultural productions together with novels, motion pictures, work, comedian strips, and historic experiences, this groundbreaking e-book explores the Southwest as either a true and a culturally developed web site of migration and come upon, during which the very identities of "alien" and "native" shift with each one act of travel.

Eric Anderson pursues his inquiry via an remarkable variety of cultural texts. those contain the Roswell spacecraft myths, Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead, Wendy Rose's poetry, the outlaw narratives of Billy the child, Apache autobiographies by means of Geronimo and Jason Betzinez, work via Georgia O'Keeffe, New West historical past by way of Patricia Nelson Limerick, Frank Norris' McTeague, Mary Austin's The Land of Little Rain, Sarah Winnemucca's Life one of the Piutes, Willa Cather's The Professor's House, George Herriman's modernist sketch Krazy Kat, and A. A. Carr's Navajo-vampire novel Eye Killers.

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He grew up speaking Arabic and Spanish, and when she was tiny she spoke Laguna. But since her mother married a German immigrant and they moved to Cubero [New Mexico], a Spanish-speaking town, when Mother was quite small, she forgot Laguna and learned Spanish and English. , Allen’s essay pg 31 # 15 Name /T0201/T0201_CH01 10/01/01 06:10AM Plate # 0-Composite 32 American Indian Literature and the Southwest ‘‘Hwame, Koshkalaka, and the Rest: Lesbians in American Indian Cultures,’’ in Sacred Hoop, particularly 257–258).

Belong to an ancient system of markers that pointed Indian runners to trails spanning vast distances’’ (135). Indeed, the paradoxes of migratory stability and stable mobility are not exclusively Hopi. Laguna Pueblo Indian writer Paula Gunn pg 19 # 3 Name /T0201/T0201_CH01 10/01/01 06:10AM Plate # 0-Composite 20 American Indian Literature and the Southwest Allen, in ‘‘The Autobiography of a Confluence,’’ sees mixed-blood identity as characteristic of the state of New Mexico as well as of her own relations; she regards these personal and cultural hybridities as paradoxes encapsulated by stories that are both roads and fences.

I’ve also been in the Virgin Islands, where there is another kind of light, and in the Arctic, where there is yet another kind of light. So all of these are interesting to me. (Woodard, 182) Class issues come into play here as well: Momaday, unlike many American Indian writers, let alone nonwriters, has the prestige, finances, and leisure time necessary to undertake so many world travels. For other Indian writers, a decision to live or travel off the reservation raises very complicated issues; a decision to relocate a hundred miles away from the reservation is difficult enough.

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