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The Sacred Hoop

By Paula Gunn Allen
The Sacred Hoop by Paula Gunn Allen digital book - Fable

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Almost thirty years after its initial publication, Paula Gunn Allen’s celebrated study of women’s roles in Native American culture, history, and traditions continues to influence writers and scholars in Native American studies, women’s studies, queer studies, religion and spirituality, and beyond

This groundbreaking collection of seventeen essays investigates and celebrates Native American traditions, with special focus on the position of the American Indian woman within those customs. Divided into three sections, the book discusses literature and authors, history and historians, sovereignty and revolution, and social welfare and public policy, especially as those subjects interact with the topic of Native American women.

Poet, academic, biographer, critic, activist, and novelist Paula Gunn Allen was a leader and trailblazer in the field of women’s and Native American spirituality. Her work is both universal and deeply personal, examining heritage, anger, racism, homophobia, Eurocentrism, and the enduring spirit of the American Indian. 

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3.5
“Here's the thing. I hated reading this book but I did not hate the actual book. It was part of a book club and I did my very best to actively read, take notes, and absorb the information. Some of the information here is older and a bit outdated in spots. I find it hard to not appreciate where the author was coming from when she wrote this book in 1986. If you're looking for a textbook, this is absolutely the book for you.”

About Paula Gunn Allen

Paula Gunn Allen (1939–2008) was a poet, novelist, and scholar whose work combined the influences of feminism and her Native American heritage. Allen received both a BA in English literature and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon. She received a PhD in Native American studies from the University of New Mexico. One of the foremost scholars of Native American literature, Allen has edited several books on the topic in addition to publishing her own works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

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