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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Arts (MA)
Department / School
Attention in this study will be drawn to the effects of the language of patriarchy on the power of Native American women. Their picture of the universe is very different from the two-valued, either-or thinking of the conquering patriarchal colonizing culture. Their ability to express themselves creatively in English, through the use of poetry and parables, may teach us something of their life, their language, and their world previously unexpressible [sic]. The study will suggest how understanding the Native American woman’s value system could aid feminists. It will exemplify Whorf’s cardinal hypothesis that the “structure of the language one habitually uses influences the manner in which one understand his environment” (Whorf, 1956, vi).
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Women -- Communication
Women in popular culture
Indian women -- North America
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Randall, Dianna Torson, "Communication and the Power of Native American Women" (1990). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5395.