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dc.contributor.advisorGingell, Susanen_US
dc.creatorAcoose, Janiceen_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-11-07T11:39:31Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T05:07:55Z
dc.date.available2006-11-07T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T05:07:55Z
dc.date.created1992-09en_US
dc.date.issued1992-09-01en_US
dc.date.submittedSeptember 1992en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-11072006-113931en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis works towards deconstructing stereotypical images of Indigenous women that frequent the pages of popular literature. It calls attention to the ideological foundation of Euro-Canadian literature, which is informed by a White-christian-patriarchy. That literature, as an institution of the Euro-Canadian nation, propagates images of Indigenous women as Indian princesses, squaw drudges, suffering helpless victims, tawny temptresses, and loose squaws. Consequently, Euro-Canadian literature imprisons us in images that foster both racist and sexist stereotypes and that encourage violence against us. Margaret Laurence's short story "The Loons" and William Patrick Kinsella's "Linda Star" provide illuminating examples of some of those images. While these writers do not represent all non-Indigenous people who write about Indigenous women, both of these writers are extremely popular Canadian writers whose stories are often read in elementary schools, high schools, and universities. At the centre of this thesis is Maria Campbell's semi-autobiographical Halfbreed. Campbell's Halfbreed significantly challenges Euro-Canadian literature's White-christian-patriarchal ideology by contextualizing the narrative in an Indigenous-gynocratic ideology. Her book destabilized White-Euro-Canadian liberals' complacency when, as an indigenous woman, Campbell named Euro-Canadians oppressors and identified Euro-Canadian power structures that illegally, unjustly, and intolerably imposed on her people's way of life. This thesis concludes that Campbell's Halfbreed encouraged many Indigenous people to appropriate the White-Euro-Canadian colonizer's English language to write ourselves out of oppression by re-claiming our self--which is ideologically rooted in autochthonous and gynocratic cultures.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectindigenous womenen_US
dc.subjectnative peoples in popular literatureen_US
dc.subjectstereotypesen_US
dc.titleIskwekwak--Kah' Ki Yaw Ni Wahkomakanak : neither Indian princesses nor squaw drudgesen_US
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (M.A.)en_US
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dc.type.genreThesisen_US


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