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The Woman Who Owned the Shadows

The Woman Who Owned the Shadows starts where the rest of the world leaves Indians off: at the brink of death. Ephanie Atencio is in the midst of a breakdown from which she can barely move. She has been left by her husband and is unable to take care of her children. To heal, Ephanie must seek, however gropingly, her own future. She leaves New Mexico for San Francisco, where she begins again the process of remembering and finding a way to herself, relying no longer on men, but on her primary connections to the spirit women of her people and to the women of her own world.

Paula Gunn Allen

The daughter of a Laguna Pueblo, Sioux and Scottish mother, and a Lebanese-American father, Paula Gunn Allen was raised in a small New Mexican village. A major Native American poet, writer, lecturer, and scholar, Allen has won many awards, including the American Book Award and the Susan Koppleman Award. She is the author of seven volumes of poetry, a novel, a collection of essays, two anthologies, and the well-received Spider Woman’s Granddaughters: Native American Women’s Traditional and Short Stories. Her book Pochahantas: Medicine Woman, Spy, Entrepreneur, Diplomat was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2004. Allen was the third recipient since 1964 to receive the MLA’s Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature. Allen received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon and a PhD in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. Throughout her lifetime, she taught Literature, Creative Writing, and Native American Studies at various learning institutions, including the Ft. Lewis College in Colorado, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, University of California Los Angeles, and University of California Berkeley. Paula passed away on May 29, 2008. Her voice has contributed to various fields such as Native American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Anthropology.

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