Prisoners of History Pocahontas, Mary Jemison, and the Poetics of an American Myth Karenne Wood Anyone interested in history will admit that it's risky to take on the personas of historical characters--to impute motives to their actions, to "speak" for them, reimagining them as human beings apart from the narrative thread that delivers them to us. And yet what do we receive in most histories of Native people in the Americas during colonial times-- characters pulled out of cultural context because those who wrote about them seldom knew or even tried to understand what it meant to be Native then? In popular culture, we receive worse: characters that have been manipulated to suit the agendas of media and marketing agencies, bearing little resemblance to their origins beyond their names. As both a Native poet and a historical researcher, I am often caught in this dilemma, aware that the mainstream stories of our people are deeply flawed but unable to find more authentic accounts, usually because the American Indians remain voiceless or were deliberately silenced. This is particularly true for Native women--their daily activities and beliefs were of no interest to the colonial explorers and settlers whose accounts form
Studies in American Indian Literatures – University of Nebraska Press
Published: May 14, 2016
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