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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Paula Gunn Allen's novel, The Woman Who Owned the Shadows, is important -- one of few written by an American Indian woman focusing on an Indian woman's life. (Other examples are Sophia Alice Callahan's Wynemia: A Child of the Forest, 1891, and Mourning Dove's Cogewea, the Half Blood, 1927). Allen writes out of her Laguna Pueblo heritage (she says she is Laguna Pueblo/Sioux/Lebanese-American), and gives the reader a view of a contemporary Indian woman's life through her character, Ephanie.
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