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Song of the Turtle : American Indian Literature 1974-1994
Song of the Turtle American Indian Literature 1974-1994 Author:Paula Gunn Allen (Editor) This is volume two of a pair of anthologies of twentieth-century American Indian literature edited by Paula Gunn Allen. — Volume 1 is Voice of the Turtle: American Indian Literature 1900-1970 (1987, Ballantine Books, ISBN 03453575262). — Volume 2 is Song of the Turtle: American Indian Literature 1974-1994 (1996, Ballantine Books, ISBN 0345375254).... more »
The hardcover and paperback editions of these books were published with the same ISBN numbers.
The anthologies together comprise a comprehensive overview of Native American narrative from 1900 to 1994. Their overarching themes are transformation and change, which together have always defined not only Native American culture but also its literature.
"The process recorded in these pages is not 'evolutionary'," writes Paula Gunn Allen. "It is, rather, an account of how what changes and what endures interact."
In forms as varied as oral recitation, autobiography, and fiction, the Native authors represented here explore the sometimes tragic, sometimes comic effects of change on a timeless culture struggling to maintain its most life-sustaining, sacred beliefs.« less