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Paula Gunn Allen


Paula Gunn Allen was born Paula Marie Francis in 1939 in Albuquerque. Her father, of Lebanese descent, had been lieutenant-governor of New Mexico. She grew up in Cubero, Mexico, bordering the Laguna Pueblo reservation. Though she was of mixed birth, she identified with the Laguna nation. She studied literature and creative writing at the University of Oregon and at the University of New Mexico, where she took a Ph. D. in American studies. She taught Native American studies at various universities and wrote works on the subject, as well writing poetry and one novel. Her anthropological writings were controversial, as they emphasised the feminist tradition in Native American culture as well as the role of lesbianism. She died in 2008.

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1974 The Blind Lion (poetry)
1978 Coyote’s Daylight Trip (poetry)
1981 A Cannon Between My Knees (poetry)
1981 Star Child (poetry)
1982 Shadow Country (poetry)
1983 Studies in American Indian Literature: Critical Essays and Course Designs (Native American studies)
1983 The Woman Who Owned The Shadows (novel)
1986 The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions (Native American studies)
1987 Wyrds (poetry)
1988 Skins and Bones: Poems 1979-1987 (poetry)
1991 Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Women’s Sourcebook (Native American studies)
1994 Womanwork: Bridges: Literature across Cultures (literature)
1996 As Long As the Rivers Flow: The Stories of Nine Native Americans (biography)
1996 Life is a Fatal Disease : Collected Poems 1962-1995 (poetry)
1998 Off the Reservation: Reflections on Boundary-Busting Border-Crossing Loose Canons (Native American studies)
2004 Pocahontas: Medicine Woman, Spy, Entrepreneur, Diplomat (biography)