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July 1987
University of Nebraska Press

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American Indian Women

Telling Their Lives
Gretchen Bataille
Kathleen Mullen Sands

Indian women's autobiographies have been slighted because of the assumption that women had a secondary and insignificant role in Indian society. Gretchen M. Bataille and Kathleen Mullen Sands cogently demonstrate in this book the creative vitality of autobiographies that, despite differences in style and purpose, clarify the centrality of women in American Indian cultures. Included is a comprehensive, annotated bibliography or works by and about American Indian women.


Gretchen Bataille is professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of English at ASU.

Kathleen "Kay" Mullen Sands was professor of English at ASU from 1977–2003. Sands passed away in 2018.

Praise for this book

"This readable and engaging work ... marks a turning point in a developing literature on American Indian women, being a good general summary of all previous work, and making future work more possible. ... The study of American Indian women not only reveals the fundamental nature of Indian societies, it also provides a perspective for the contemporary women's movement."

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
Western American Literature

"An important contribution to the fields of Native/American Indian studies and women's studies. Its approach is innovative and suggests wide possibilities for further exploration."

Clara Sue Kidwell
Women's Studies International Forum