Spider Woman's Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women
Editor: Paula Gunn Allen
Publisher: Ballantine Books (1990)
Native American scholar, literary critic, poet, and novelist Paula Gunn Allen, who is a Laguna Pueblo-Sioux Indian, became increasingly aware in her academic career that the writings of Native Americans, especially women, have been marginalized by the Western literary canon. Allen set out to understand why this was so and, more importantly, to remedy the situation. The result is this powerful collection of traditional tales, biographical writings, and contemporary short stories, many by the most accomplished Native American women writing today, including: Louise Erdrich, Mary TallMountain, Linda Hogan, and many others.