Voices of American Indian Assimilation and Resistance: Helen Hunt Jackson, Sarah Winnemucca, and Victoria Howard (Book Title)


Program Description:

Between 1879 and 1934, the United States government made a concerted effort to dissolve American Indian tribes. 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; the Paiute performer Sarah Winnemucca; and Victoria Howard, the Clackamas Chinook storyteller. 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. Senier is the first to offer a reading of the texts of these three women together. (University of Oklahoma Press 2001)


Siobhan Senier

Siobhan Senier is an associate professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests include Native American and nineteenth-century American literature and women’s studies.

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