Nineteenth-Century Native American Autobiography Gender And Autobiography - Essay

Gender And Autobiography

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Gretchen M. Bataille and Kathleen Mullen Sands (essay date 1984)

SOURCE: "The Ethnographic Perspective: Early Recorders," in American Indian Women: Telling Their Lives, University of Nebraska Press, 1984, pp. 27-46.

[In the following essay, Bataille and Sands discuss the movement toward the ethnographic study of Native American life, which included a new focus on the female experience.]

To fail to understand another person's life story is, in general, to reject one's own humanity. Whether recorded in the extremity of personal or cultural annihilation, or in the midst of joy and productivity, the anthropological life history...

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