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 accordance 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 built website of migration and come upon, during which the very identities of "alien" and "native" shift with every one act of travel.
Eric Anderson pursues his inquiry via an unheard of 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 way of Geronimo and Jason Betzinez, work by means of Georgia O'Keeffe, New West heritage via 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 cartoon Krazy Kat, and A. A. Carr's Navajo-vampire novel Eye Killers.
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After she tries out several stories on her husband in the poem ‘‘Storytelling,’’ he leaves her, and she doesn’t blame him: ‘‘I could have told/the story/better than I did’’ (Storyteller, 98). Still, she brings stories back with her, and he listens to them before deciding that they are not very persuasive. The traveler returns with stories that can confer and change identity, particularly self-identity; as Melody Graulich writes, ‘‘Walking away from her everyday identity as daughter, wife, and mother, she takes possession of transgressive feelings and desires by recognizing them in the stories she has heard, by blurring the boundaries between herself and Yellow Woman’’ (14).
My father is Lebanese and my mother is Laguna and Scottish. She was raised a Presbyterian and a heathen and my father was raised as a Maronite Roman Catholic. 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).
It introduces paradoxes of stasis and movement (the mobile home), legibility and indecipherability (the petroglyph). In traveling, these American Indian women poets risk rebuilding themselves as they struggle to translate their travels into memory, language, and an understanding of tribal identity as a process of moving to, from, and through southwestern home places. Rose’s understanding of herself as a participant also reinforces the idea that she is not alone in writing about her travels; she does not see herself as, for example, the heroic or exceptional writer of romance or legend, questing for holy grails or roaming toward sanctioned happy endings.
American Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and Dispositions by Eric Gary Anderson